By Anna Payne,
Tuesday 13 January 2009 à 19:29 :: General
Submitted by foster mom, Deanna
You’re in for a treat. We have puppies! We have not had a whole litter in quite a while. There are a total of six but if you look closely at the photo you will notice two things. That one is not a flowered black and white Shar-Pei but a gentleman of a different breed, a blue nosed pit bull. His name is Boston. And the other is- three black and tan boys, Buzz, Chestnut, & Carmello. The two solid ones are girls, Kona & Buttercup. And here is their story:
Their trip to California started Christmas Eve when an Animal Control officer removed them from under a shed in Arizona. The neighbor had been feeding them but the mom was very emaciated. But she took very good care of her babies, they were fat little puppies. And over the hours it took to drive back to the Bay Area, they fell in love with her and are going to adopt her. That’s part of the perks of volunteering to transport. Transporters fall for their little travelers a lot. So that is why you will see a dog in the “Happy Endings” section that was never posted in the “Our Kids” section.
Now your next question is what about those black and tan boys? Well, we believe they are pure Shar-Pei. The Breed Standard states that the dogs can be of any solid color or sable. But those with a Tan-pointed pattern, Albino, Brindle, Parti-color, or Spotted are to be disqualified (http://www.cspca.com/gait.htm or http://www.cspca.com/colors.htm.) So this coloring is in our breed but just not a color that is to the Breed Standard. I have a friend that has a 14 year old pair of Shar-Pei, a brother and sister, which are black and tan. I have their pedigree and I know the breeder. Sometimes things pop-up in a breeding and then that pairing is not bred again. As was the case with my friend’s two dogs. And although we don’t know who the father is, of the litter I am fostering, do not assume that they are a mix.
This family of seven has kept me busy since they have arrived. At first I had to paint the toe nails of the three tan-pointed boys, so I could tell them apart. But over time, things are popping out so I can tell who is who. I sent photos to children in our club (Chinese Shar-Pei Club of Northern California) of a puppy to name. They always have so much fun doing that. Just today I got a note from one of the moms. She said her daughters have been telling their classmates about Shar-Pei rescue and how they got to name some of the puppies. Education starts with the young.
As of the date of this blog we estimate their age to be about 6 ½ weeks old. Boston may be a few days younger. They will be neutered shortly after they reach 12 weeks old. Until then approved adoptive families are welcome and encouraged to visit their puppy until they are able to leave after neutering.
Only people that are approved for adoption will be allowed to visit the puppies.
We will be adding the photos and bios of the individual puppies in the next day or two.
By Anna Payne,
Thursday 1 January 2009 à 08:51 :: General
We hope everyone had a great holiday season, and we’re all hoping for a better new year. The weekend after Christmas we asked Dave and Dee Faraca if they would be able to pick up two “kids” in Southern CA who were out of time in different shelters. They happily agreed to a “road trip” and began their adventure. Because Karly (who was left in the backyard when the owners moved out of their house) was in Banning, we asked Joe Anderson, another adopter, if he would pull her from the shelter and meet Dave and Dee along their route. As always, Joe came through and delivered Karly. In the meantime, Kappy was being bailed from the Carson shelter. Everyone met, and the two dogs have a new start at wonderful lives. We are so grateful to these volunteers for making this happen for Karly and Kappy. Without this transport, these dogs would probably have died in their respective shelters. We would like to share photos of these two very lucky dogs, along with the heartfelt note we received from Dave and Dee…
Hello up there......................
I know Dee has been talking to you about "Karly" & "Kappy" but I just had to chime in. lol
That was quite an experience getting these little friends. I truly didn't know what to expect as we drove to LA but was excited to be able to help. At first seeing Kappy I was surprised to see him all curled up shaking while all the other dogs were barking and jumping around. A lot went through my mind, if he was in absolute fear or he knew that the end might be near...................Whatever it was I couldn't wait to get him out of that cage! He was as friendly as ever and couldn't wait to get out of there. We gave him as much time to get used to the carrier but I'm sure he didn't know what to expect. He turned down a couple of offers for some treats..............but then after getting out and doing his duty he must have felt a whole lot better and a treat was welcomed with "open mouth". I kept waiting for a mean side or something that might qualify him to be taken to a shelter and dropped off..........but nothing..........he had kisses and kisses and kisses. He was starting to pull on my heart strings ever so gently.
When we met up with Joe to get little Karly we were very shocked at her condition. How could someone abandon this little cutie and walk away. She was very very cautious of us and once she got into her carrier she decided to just stay there and wanted nothing to do with us. She had no need to trust us and we could tell that it was going to take time for her and us before we could begin to erase all the bad that Karly had experienced in the beginning of her life. Then a little miracle happened.......Dee left her fingers in Karly's carrier while she drove and Karly eventually put her paw on Dee's fingers! A beginning, just a little, but it was a start. bye the time we got home treats were well accepted by the both of them and the kisses were given freely without being asked for. It was then that I figured they knew that some of their fears were beginning to subside.
I know it's only been a couple of days but I'm fully convinced these little ones just needed a little luv'n and care. They didn't deserve the hand they were dealt. Kappy is my best friend, "just ask him" ,following me all around the house reminding me that he is still here and that a little hug would be appreciated. And little Karly loves, loves, loves the chance to eat.lol She is just exploring everything within sight. Dee has taught her to sit. The trick of using the doggie door is a little hurdle for now but we are getting there. I told Dee that 'she is just like a little lady waiting for a gentleman to open the door for her". How's that for social skills?
Another interesting note is that the other dogs, even though their noses are a little out of shape, haven't gone crazy with the two new kids. I find that very interesting.
I understand that all dogs aren't going to share the same good nature that these two have shown us but Karly & Kappy have proven to us that it was well worth the trip to help them start a new life with all kinds of love and hugs that we can give.
Thanks Rich & Anna for what you do!
P.S. Everyone including me got a shower and we all smell soooooooo good.
Have good day!
By Anna Payne,
Thursday 11 December 2008 à 08:56 :: General
We just wanted to share the following story with you-it could have been written by any one of our “kids”. As much as our rescues need us to help them along to the next phase of their lives, they make our lives complete. Rich and I are fortunate to have been “saved” and loved by so many. Please consider letting one of our “kids” come to your rescue.
And, Scott, thanks for following our webpage and keeping me on my toes.
I rescued a human today.
Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering
apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to
help her. I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn't be afraid.
As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn't
feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a
difference in someone's life. She got down on her knees and made
little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars
to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for
companionship. A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that
all would be well.
Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that
I instantly jumped into her arms. I would promise to keep her safe. I would
promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see
that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.
I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many
more are out there who haven't walked the corridors. So many more to be
saved. At least I could save one.
I rescued a human today.
By Anna Payne,
Wednesday 26 November 2008 à 07:46 :: General
We are grateful to all of you who offered to help getting the donated dog food to Redding. Thanks to one of our adopters, Jennifer O’Connell, it arrived here yesterday. Rich and I, and all of our “kids” appreciate all of you who help make this rescue “work”.
By Anna Payne,
Monday 17 November 2008 à 08:31 :: General
Well, the holidays are fast approaching, and it should be a happy time of year. Unfortunately the country’s economic woes affect not only the humans but our four legged friends as well. Whether it’s a result of the mortgage crisis or just hard times, we are getting calls everyday about Pei who need our help. Here at the rescue we’re “dancing as fast as we can”, but it seems we just can’t keep step with the music that’s being played. We took in four new dogs this weekend-two from Utah, one from Southern CA, and one from Davis, CA. That puts us one dog over the number of kennel spaces we have here. We just couldn’t turn these “kids” down, but now until we place a dog, we will be saying “no”. It’s the sad reality of rescue, but if you or anyone you know anyone who is thinking of adopting a Pei, there couldn’t be a better time. Our “kids” deserve happy holidays too, and the best present anyone could give them is a new loving home. Until that time they will celebrate with us.
Our dog food situation is a good news/bad news story. The good new is that we are being donated quite a lot of Natural Balance dog food that we couldn’t afford to feed if it weren’t for the donation. The bad new is that it is being donated in Southern CA, and we have to get it to Redding. If anyone reading this drives a pickup (or any vehicle) that can accommodate 1,000-2,000 pounds of dog food and would like to drive to Redding, we could sure use your help. If you have never been to Redding, it is really a beautiful place to visit. Maybe you could make it a mini vacation, and if necessary we will even pay for the gas. Please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to help. There might even be a dog who needs to hitch a ride to Redding along with the food.
It seems most news these days is bad news, but we do have a lot to be thankful for. We are grateful for all of you who continue to believe in us and support us through good times and bad. We have lots of great dogs in our care who continue to love us through the good times and bad. And we will continue to try and keep that promise that we make to each and every one of them who enters our rescue, and that is to find them a new loving home. In the meantime we planning some big holiday feasts-just us and our dogs! Who could ask for more?
Have a happy and safe holiday season.
Anna and Rich
By Anna Payne,
Wednesday 1 October 2008 à 09:21 :: General
Dog love is amazing. Each day when I wake up, my dogs let me know just how much they love me. The excitement, the wagging tails, the sloppy kisses; all tell me that despite their backgrounds, my rescue Pei still have faith. Sometimes we get to hear back from our alumni and that really makes it all worthwhile. Below are pictures of Lilly and Marnie, two girls that prove to us that despite the hardships, financial struggles and other uncertainties, we are doing the right thing. And that is worth every chewed shoe, potty accident, astronomical vet bill and more.
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