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Good Night Kaiya, We Love You And Miss You

It’s in loving memory of our girl, Kaiya that we are posting this poem. We lost her very unexpectedly today after 4 ½ wonderful years so please bear with us while we go through a grieving period for one of our own “kids”. We loved her very much, and our hearts are heavy here in Redding…….. Anna

A Parting Prayer

Dear Lord,

Please open your gates
and call St. Francis
to come escort this beloved companion
across the Rainbow Bridge.

Assign her to a place of honor,
for she has been a faithful servant
and has always done her best to please me.

Bless the hands that send her to you,
for they are doing so in love and compassion,
freeing her from pain and suffering.

Grant me the strength not to dwell on my loss.
Help me remember the details of her life
with the love she has shown me.
And grant me the courage to honor her
by sharing those memories with others.

Let her remember me as well
and let her know that I will always love her.
And when it's my time to pass over into your paradise,
please allow her to accompany those
who will bring me home.

Thank you, Lord,
for the gift of her companionship
and for the time we've had together.

And thank you, Lord,
for granting me the strength
to give her to you now.

Amen.

- © Brandy Duckworth, 1998

December Update

Happy Holidays for all of us here in Redding. We hope during this holiday season that you are surrounded by family and friends-both two and four legged-and all the things that mean the most to you.



This has been an especially difficult year for this rescue. With the economy such as it is and the high unemployment and foreclosure rates, there are more dogs than ever before who need our help. For the very same reasons there are fewer adoptions than ever before. It is very depressing to have to say “no” almost every day to taking in another dog who needs a place to go or needs to get out of a shelter. We know what will happen to most of the dogs who we have to turn down, but there is no more room here until we are able to place some of the dogs we have.



This year we have also had more dogs returned than ever before. Please, before you adopt make sure you are willing to make the commitment it will take to keep this dog for the rest of its life. We know there are legitimate reasons for having to give up a pet, and we will always take back our dogs at any time. It just seems to us that some of the reasons we are given don’t make sense, and as Judge Judy says, “if it doesn’t make sense, it isn’t true”. We have to base the next placement of the dog on the facts that were given to us as to why the dog was given up. This limits the next placement and may eliminate potential adopters, which is not fair to the dog.



Donations are also at an all time low. If you are able to help our “kids” out, it would be much appreciated and can be used as a tax deduction.



Throughout a particularly “low” year, we have been grateful to those of you who continue to support us in so many ways. We will continue to do what we can for as many as we can, but please remember that we are human and this has been a very emotionally draining year. If we are slow in getting back to you, please try to understand and be patient.



We’re sorry this update couldn’t be on a happier note, but this is the sad reality of the current rescue situation. It seems at the end of 2008 we were hoping for better times in 2009. Now we’re hoping for a better 2010-we all deserve a break, but especially some of our “kids” who have been here so long…



Anna and Rich

October Update

Things are getting back to “normal” here in Redding. I’m still getting caught up from being gone for a few days so we thank you for your patience. Last week we took in this poor boy, Romeo, who needed quite extensive orthopedic surgery for a fractured leg. He also needed eye surgery and to be neutered. I’m going to let him tell you his own story, but he is too proud to ask for help with his vet bills so I will do so on his behalf. Romeo’s bill was close to $2,000.00 so if any of you can help with a donation in any amount, it would be much appreciated by all of us. He is definitely a dog worth saving, but please read on:

Hello to all of you. My name is Romeo only because it was decided that “Lover Boy” was too awkward. I’m not sure how many faces would turn around if someone were calling me “Lover Boy” at the dog park and who might get slapped! Either way, I can live up to the name. I really do love everyone I meet, and it doesn’t matter if you have two or four legs or if my leg is broken. My story begins with someone in San Diego witnessing me getting hit by a car and taking me to the shelter. I was there for 10 days, and nothing was done for my hurt leg. Finally, the shelter staff called and the rescue was told that they had to get me out of the shelter the next day or I would be killed. Somehow it didn’t seem fair to the folks at the rescue that I should have to die because I had an irresponsible owner. I know they worked hard to get me to Redding the next day (it’s about a ten hour drive), but they got the job done so that Dr. Larry could take care of my broken leg. He would have had an easier time if he could have put me back together as soon as the fracture happened, but that was not the case. He did say the surgery was a “challenge”, but we are all hopeful that I will regain full use of my leg. So now you know my story, but I am putting all that in the past. What I have now in front of me is a blank page on which to start writing the next chapter of my life. I am hoping to include one of you in the “rest of the story”.

September Update

I just wanted to let everyone know that responses to your emails, applications, or phone calls will be delayed. I will be out of town for a little while and will try to catch up as quickly as I can when I get back. Thank you for your patience.

Also, for those of you who participate in the United Way Campaign at your workplace, we are eligible to receive those funds. If you would like to help our “kids” in that way, please use Homeward Bound CSP, Inc. for the name of the organization. United Way will contact me for the info they need.

We all thank you for your continued support in so many ways.

Anna

September Updates!

Hello all you Pei lovers. We are sorry for the lack of communication for the last few months. In answer to those of you who asked, yes, we are still in business. Unfortunately, it’s a sign of these tough economic times that there are more Pei than ever who need our help. We are over our legal limit, and we are still two people trying to keep up with all we need to do for those in our care. At this time we cannot take in any new dogs until some are placed. This economy offers us a double edged sword-more and more people are unable to keep their dogs, and less and less people are in a position to adopt.

We do have some beautiful Pei available for those of you who might be considering adopting. If so, please get in touch.

We hope you all had a great summer, and we will try to do better in letting you know what is happening at the rescue. Thank you for your concern for us and our “kids”. Although sometimes having so many dogs here at our home seems overwhelming, we are grateful to be able to provide them the care they need until they find their “forever” homes. It is with your continued support in so many ways that we are able to do that.

Anna and Rich

Upcoming Events

Event News:

The May 3rd "Animals on Broadway" event in Walnut Creek was a huge success! Despite the rain, Holly and Hunter, both rescues, were on-site to welcome the crowd. The turnout was great, and we raised almost $500 in donations and merchandise sales. We were thrilled to talk to so many families interested in adopting. A special thanks to Deanna Liskey, Pam Rogers, and Tami Mitchell for all their help with the event.

Our next event will be at H.A.L.O.'s 11th Annual "Ramble 'Round the Reservoir" at Contra Loma Regional Park in Antioch, CA on Sunday, June 21st, from 10AM - 2PM. The reservior dog walk will be followed by pet photos, dog contests, and a silent auction. You and your best friend can even enjoy a small agility course. Admission to the Ramble is free, and lunch will be served with a small donation. Stop by the California Shar-Pei Rescue booth to learn more about our wonderful kids available for adoption.

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