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Starting A New Year

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! Dave

I Rescued A Human Today

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.



Anna



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.

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Thanks, Thanks and More Thanks

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”.

'Tis The Season

Hi everyone.

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: rpayne@shasta.com 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

Tails Of Love

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.



More About The Fires

Fire Update From Anna and Rich:

Well, things here in Redding are settling down. The fires are still burning, but no longer a threat to us. Merrian and Rick still have a home, and were able to go back on Thursday evening. All of their “kids” are safe and no longer stressed. They are glad to be home. We certainly thank all of you for all of your support during this crisis. Your financial help was and is much appreciated as well as your kind words and good thoughts.

While the threat from these fires has passed for now, it has taught us to be working towards a plan if it were to happen again, and we were forced to leave our home. We were evacuated in 1999, but we only had 11 dogs and were able to get them out safely. It is much different now with 30-35 dogs, and it’s very necessary that we know what we would do should the need arise. We certainly wouldn’t want to leave anyone behind so we will work towards getting a trailer to be able to move all the dogs. We have enough crates for everyone now, but we need a trailer to put them in. If any of you know of anyone with a trailer to donate or sell at a reasonable price, please let us know.

Now we have some more news. Merrian and Rick hope to move to Redding by the first of next year. This will make things so much easier for all of us to have all the dogs close to each other so we can help each other with their care. Anyone coming to visit our “kids” will be able to see all of the dogs together-or at least very close to each other. We are really looking forward to their move and having some great new neighbors here in Redding. They are a huge part of our extended Shar Pei “family”.

Thanks again for your continuing support.

Anna and Rich

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