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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

Fire Update

From Anna and Rich: We just want to update everyone on the fire situation here in Redding. At this time the rescue and our house is not threatened. However, Merrian and Rick Black, who foster our sanctuary dogs were evacuated from their home on Tuesday. They managed to get all of their dogs and our sanctuary dogs here to Redding. They were also called by a neighbor to see if they could get the neighbor’s eight Chihuahuas out of their home. For those of you who are not aware, once a mandatory evacuation is declared, the roads are only open to outgoing traffic. If you happen to be away from your home when the evacuation is called, you cannot go back in, even to get your animals. Merrian was able to also get the Chihuahuas and all her dogs and come to Redding in the middle of the night when it was cooler to travel. They arrived here with 26 dogs to be taken care of. Fortunately, we had a place they could stay and keep the dogs safely, but most of the dogs have to live in crates and be rotated for food and walks. Please keep in mind that the temperatures have been in the triple digits here for the last few days (111-115). There is some relief in sight next week. As I write this, we don’t know when Merrian and Rick will be allowed to go home or even if there is a home to go to. People who have lived in Redding for many years say there has never been a time this bad in terms of the number of fires that surround us or how long it is taking to get them under control. We can only hope that things get better.

I am writing this because even when this is over we need to have a plan to evacuate our 30+ dogs at a moment’s notice. We will need more wire crates to keep on hand to take with us. We have some, but sure could use more. Right now, we could us portable kennels to keep the dogs at Merrian’s a little more comfortable and give them a little more room. We will also need those if this happens to any of us again. If you have anything you could donate, you can click under any dog on our webpage, where it says “Click to Sponsor” and your donation will be used for our immediate needs. We could sure use your help. If you prefer to send a check it can be mailed to:

California Shar Pei Rescue
P.O. Box 492404 - Redding, CA 96049-2404

As always, your donations are tax deductible, and we will send you a letter acknowledging them for tax purposes. We understand that this is a tough time for a lot of people for many reasons, and really appreciate any help.

Due to the fire situation here in Redding, we will be closed to incoming dogs until further notice. We are sorry to have to do this, but until things settle down here, we just need to take care of the dogs already in our care.These fires were started almost a month ago and none are contained. Our firefighters are tired and stretched thin. Please keep us in your thoughts.

Anna and Rich

News And Notes

We’re sorry for the lack of communication for the last couple of months. Things are still hectic here in Redding with incoming dogs and some adoptions that we’re very thankful for. We are especially grateful to Stephen and Mary Ann Lopeman for giving our girl, Karlie a loving forever home. Karlie, unfortunately, was diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease which is devastating and for Karlie almost fatal. Karlie had lost so much weight from the IBD that she was literally a walking skeleton. Our vet was willing to try one more thing but said that if it did not work, we would be faced with putting Karlie down. To make a long story a little shorter, the last treatment worked and allowed her to gain about 10 pounds in month. She still had a long way to go, but things were looking up for her. Karlie had been with us for over a year when the Lopemans met her, and decided to adopt her. Karlie’s temperament from the first day here at the rescue was one of the best we had seen, but she just never got adopted because of her health concerns. I believe Mary Ann when she said that Karlie hadn’t been adopted because she was meant to go home with them, and she did. Stephen and Mary Ann are our heroes for giving one of our very special “kids” a home, and for that we are forever grateful.

We also hope to open our online store again soon. We will, hopefully, be offering T shirts, collars and leashes, and bandannas. Other than the collars and leashes, I will need some time to make the other items, so please be patient. I will do my best to get everything done in a timely manner. With the economy as it is, donations are down, so if you find yourself with a few extra dollars that you are able to donate, our “kids” would be very grateful. As always, your donations are tax deductible.

Also, as I am writing this Redding is surrounded by fires. We have been evacuated once in the ten years that we have been here, but that was with only 11 dogs-we have way more now! We are hopeful that we can make it through this fire season with no evacuations, but fire will always be a concern to us here during the summer months.

We hope you all have a safe and enjoyable summer.

Anna and Rich

We Need Your Help

We want to place dogs. Really we do. But sometimes we get adoption applications that aren't filled out and that really slows down the process. Here are some tips to help us with your application:

1) Fill the application out as completely as possible. The more detail, the better. We love our rescued Pei and don't want them to be returned because you forgot to tell us you had a cat/snake/hamster...and it became a squeaky toy.

2) Full street addresses only, please. We can't do a homecheck at a P.O. Box.

3) Listing your other pets is crucial. We have limited ability to tell if our dogs are safe around cats/snakes/hamsters, etc. Shar Pei are amazing hunters and for a lot of our dogs, cats are a no-no. We are rescuers and we hate to see a life lost due to misinformation.

4) Please list your veterinarian and a contact number. Even if you are not currently using a veterinarian, please let us know who you used in the past. It's important to us that our dogs get excellent care.

5) Please. please, please...if you rent we must have the contact information for your landlord. Like we said, we want our Pei to stay in the loving home of an adopter.

6) Be open-minded about which Pei you want to adopt. Sometimes, one of our dogs will generate a lot of applications. We have many other wonderful dogs that would love to make you the center of their universe. Please give them a chance; you will help save another life.

7) We can't take requests. If you are looking for an 8-week-old, blue, brushcoat, female meat mouth, we can't help you. Think of us as a thrift store for Pei. You know that somewhere in our facility is an amazing dog. You just have to look.

8) Please be patient. We are all volunteers and it sometimes takes a few days for us to get back to you. We really want to make sure you get the right dog and our dog gets the forever home of its dreams.

Thank you for considering adoption. Everytime one of our dogs is adopted we can save another dog from a shelter. We can't do this without you!

When Saving A Dog Means Saving Your Life

We received a very uplifting email from one of our adopters. By adopting one of our dogs, it seems he returned the favor...

Subject: Re: Safe by a Shar Pei

Dear Anna & Rich

It has been about 5 years since we adopted two Shar Peis ( Ming/Maude red fawn and Bix/dirty Harry cream color shar pei) from your Rescue. Both are doing well and happy with us.

I just wanted to write to tell you thank you so much for finding us our two beautiful dogs. A few weeks ago, as you know Northern California was plummeted by heavy rainfall and gusty wind about 80 miles per hour.

Our boy Bix (the cream color horse coat shar pei) who is used to sleeping with us in our bed was restless and kept pawing my husband Ray starting about 0130 and he kept at it every 15 to 20 mins. He has never done this before even on stormy nights before. We thought that he wanted to go outside to relief himself. When we open the door, he refused to go outside, even with much coaxing.

We were tired and went back to bed and he was very persistent and finally we got up and went downstairs again and then when we heard loud crashing noises outside our back yard. We saw several trees started to fall and a 70 foots cypress fell at an angle inches from our bedroom.

If the tree would have fell straight forward, it would have came down over the roof into our bedroom and on our bed. That was when we realized that Bix had sense danger and was trying to get us up and out of the bedroom. Our boy Bix was trying to save our lives. My beautiful boy is our guardian angel. I wanted to share this story with you. By rescuing a dog, you’ll never know when he’ll return the favor. Thanks for finding us our two beautiful kids. Here are some updated photos of our kids.


Diane Levinson

Who Is Keyser Soze?

A couple of weeks ago, I transported 2 Pei from Sacramento County shelter to our wonderful folks in Redding. One was on the euthanasia list because he would try to bite anyone handling him. When I went into quarantine, I met a beautiful dog and he seemed that he wanted to interact. Then I noticed his back feet. Both were swollen and misshapen from infected dewclaws. It also turned out he had several dislocated toes. Somehow, something inside of me felt that he had it in him to be an amazing dog when he felt better. I agreed to take him. The officer wouldn’t let me walk him to my car because they were afraid of liability.

When she finally brought him out his face was bleeding from her tying a rope around his muzzle (a technique that does not work on Pei.) She was unable to get a hold on him to put him in the crate. Finally, I told her to leave him to me. I got him up and into the crate (first try) and got him out of there. Because of his messed up feet I named him Keyser (from the movie "The Usual Suspects.")

Yesterday I got the report that he was happy, grateful and pain free. Hearing that made me cry. I knew it was in there once he got past the pain. He wags his little Pei butt off at Anna and Rich. Anyone can handle him and he is one of those dogs that KNOWS he was rescued and is thankful. He will be a wonderful dog for someone someday.

They would have killed him for being in pain. I’m grateful that we could give him a new life.

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