By Anna Payne,
Monday 9 May 2016 à 09:36 :: General
Greetings everyone. Before I tell you my story, my foster mom here in Redding wanted me to let you all know that she is sorry for not being in touch for so long. She and my foster dad had some matters that needed attention. Those matters have now been taken care of, and things are getting back to normal.
I will tell you about myself to see if you might be a good fit for me. I am about seven years old now and very healthy. I guess I could stand to lose a few pounds, but I do love my food! I love humans, but I would prefer to be an only dog. I am good natured and loving, and I really like to play with my toys. I know I can make you laugh, and with the world as it is, we can all use a good laugh. If you have room in your heart and home for me, please get in touch with my foster parents here in Redding. Nothing would make me happier than to let my “mom” know that I am once again being spoiled in a loving home. I am sure it would help put her mind as ease as I am her only “family”.
Now for my story. I have been in this rescue once already. I was placed in a home about six years ago with a wonderful couple who loved me dearly. They spent all of their time with me, and I was very spoiled by them. They had Shar Pei before, but they said I was the funniest one they had ever had, and I kept them laughing. About two years ago my “dad” was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and all of our lives changed forever. There were many new people in and out of our house, and my “mom” had to spend a lot of time with Smitty at his medical appointments. Unfortunately, Smitty died last year, and our lives were turned upside down again. The house we had lived in had to be sold, and we moved into an apartment. I really didn’t mind as long as I could be with my mom. That went well for a time, and then we had to find a place that was not quite so expensive. Throughout these moves, my mom always found a place where I could go with her-I loved her even more for that because she loved me so much.
Throughout all these changes, I was always a good girl and grateful for the home I had. I tried to let my mom know how much I loved her, but I guess it just wasn’t enough, and she seems to have given up the will to live without her Smitty. She is now in an assisted living facility, and although I could live there with her, she is not physically able to care for me. The only photo she keeps by her bed is of me, so I know how hard it was for her to call my foster parents to see if they would take me back and try to find me a new home where I could once again be loved and cared for. Sometimes bad things really do happen to good people and good dogs.
By Anna Payne,
Sunday 29 November 2015 à 22:26 :: General
Happy holidays to all you Shar Pei lovers!
It’s hard to believe we have been rescuing Shar Pei here in Redding for the past 16 years, but we now have quite a few Pei who are not adoptable for one reason or another. They either have medical issues that are beyond what most people are willing to take on or their temperaments do not allow us to be comfortable placing them in a new home. Some have been here a very long time and will remain here until they cross the Rainbow Bridge. They may not be adoptable, but their home is here with us, and they still deserve the very best care we can give them including all their veterinary care. As with us, sometimes as we get older we require more medical care, so do some of our dogs require additional vet care as they age.
It is the time of year we ask you for donations to help us care for our “kids”. Those who have been here for a while and those who will find their way here when there is nowhere else for them to go all need your help. We are grateful to all of you who donate to help us keep this rescue going. You can donate with a check or through Paypal. Or below is another way to help through your holiday shopping. Shop Amazon and support us with every purchase! Just by starting at our charity page, we earn a percent of every dollar spent. Same products, same prices, same service. Let’s go shopping: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-2938414.
Thanks to each and every one of you for your support. It means a great deal to us and our four legged friends.
Anna and Rich
By Anna Payne,
Sunday 14 June 2015 à 11:44 :: General
Hi, it's me, Bobby.
I just wanted to let you all know how I am doing here in Redding. I have been to see Dr. Larry who thinks I’m probably closer to 6-7 years old than 12 years old judging from my teeth. That’s good news for me and anyone who might want to make me part of their family. My foster dad says I don’t act like a 12 year old Pei. I’m out there doing “play bows” and running around the yard trying to engage him in some kind of play, but maybe HE’s the one who is too old for that!
I have had my eyes done, I was neutered, and they even cleaned my teeth for me. Unfortunately, now I have tested positive for heartworm disease. I will start the treatment as soon as I heal from my surgeries. I hear it’s not an easy treatment for me, but I am confident that I will be fine and ready for a new home when it is complete. It will be about two months before I will get a “clean bill of health”, but you know good things are worth waiting for!
I hope my story has touched your heart. I also hope for those of you who have not tested your four legged companions for heartworm disease and put them on preventative, that you will make an effort to do that. The treatment may be difficult and somewhat painful, but left untreated the disease is a death sentence. I am lucky that my foster parents test every dog who is accepted into their program. Yes, there have been dogs that have come from Southern CA who were positive, although there are people in that area who do not think their dogs are at risk. The area I came from is not considered high risk, but that mosquito who bit me and gave me this disease sure didn’t know any boundaries. It’s an easy blood test and a once a month preventative that can prevent heartworm disease, and I can tell you that I sure wish my previous owners had done that for me so I would not be having to go through the upcoming treatment. I am just glad it was discovered, and I will have the opportunity to live a long and healthy life. Once the treatment is complete, I will have no lasting effects.
Well, I will get off my soap box now. I just wanted all of you to be aware of heartworm disease and what you can do to prevent it.
I wish I had new photo of my handsome self to share with you, but my foster parents have had a lot going on. I will be touch after my treatment with an update and new picture.
Thanks for caring.
By Anna Payne,
Sunday 8 February 2015 à 08:54 :: General
Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you from all of us up here in Redding. My name is Abbie, and it seems that I have been appointed to speak on behalf of all of us in regards to a sweatshirt fundraiser that is running right now to generate funds that will benefit us. We have seen the sweatshirt and would agree that it really doesn’t make a fashion statement. We also know most of you reading this probably have a four legged friend to walk, and we think this sweatshirt could be put to great use on those walks. Maybe you just want to wear this while lounging around the house and spending time with your furry friends. Perhaps the shirt could be for a friend and/or Valentine-even one who does not have a Shar Pei to love, but I’m pretty sure we could make that happen for them!
We realize the our 50 shirt goal may be a little unrealistic, but we need to sell quite a few more shirts before they can even be printed and at that we would just break even. Please consider helping us out by purchasing a sweatshirt. Winter is not over yet, and we want to make sure you stay warm, and at the same time support a very worthy cause-that cause would be us, and we are worthy!
Although we won’t be celebrating Valentine’s Day with our forever families, we all have each other up here. Most of us are lucky to be celebrating at all and are thankful to be here. As for me, I have been here for eight years now and will spend the rest of my life here. Please don’t be sad for me because I am thankful to be here. When I got here, my spirit was broken, and I lashed out by trying to bite. I still have my demons, and I just can’t get over what happened to me in an earlier life, but I have a good life here. My foster parents love me and spend time with me which is what we all really want and they make sure all my medical needs are taken care of. The food is really good too, and I wear it well! I will try and post an updated photo soon-I am still a pretty girl!
Wear your support by purchasing a California Shar-Pei Rescue sweatshirt. Only $35 and all proceeds go directly to the dogs in our care. Available in adult, plus, and children's sizes.
Purchase online at http://bit.ly/1yRbLI4.
Thanks to all of you for your continuing support in so many ways.
By Anna Payne,
Thursday 29 January 2015 à 10:54 :: General
Hi everyone. I just want to let you know that I am doing really well. I got that terribly pink cast off-what were they thinking? Could they not recognize that I am a very handsome young MAN? Well, maybe not, I did already have the surgery that eliminated those very tell tale parts. No matter, life is good! I am still healing, and my jaw has healed to the point that I can eat most anything now, and I do like my food. I am putting on much needed weight. Dr. Larry saw my xrays and said it was a very bad break. I still have the pins in my leg for at least another week, when he will check it again. All of this has not slowed me down-I get from place to place quite well.
All of this being said, I should be ready for my forever home in 4-6 weeks. Please keep me in mind if you are looking for a new family member. I might just be your BOY!
I want to thank you all once again for your help in getting me back on the right track by helping me get the medical care I so badly needed. I'll be in touch...
By Anna Payne,
Wednesday 24 December 2014 à 15:34 :: General
Let my start by saying "Merry Christmas"!
My name is Charly, and I guess you can tell from this photo that I found out the hard way that I am no match for a car. I was found by my guardian angel, Mary, limping on three legs with blood coming from my mouth. Mary was on her way home from church and realized my plight. She stopped her car and helped me in and took me straight to a vet. The vet determined that my left leg was badly broken and needed to be "pinned" in order for it to heal properly. That surgery needed to be done immediately. My jaw is also broken, but we are going to try and let that heal on it's own with a diet of only soft food. You all know how much we dogs like wet food so I guess that's the upside to tangling with a car. I'm trying to stay positive.
This rescue has paid $1,000 because I needed immediate attention but now needs your help so there will be money to take care of the next dog who may need immediate care. I will also need additional xrays and surgeries once I get to Redding as well as lots of TLC. I am asking you for help so that I can get well and be a "whole" dog again and find a wonderful new home.
I am told this rescue has never turned down a dog due to medical needs and the costs associated with those needs. I know this to be true because they did not turn me down when I needed help the most. I am also told that there are other "kids" in Redding, and we all need food, vet visits, and sometimes long term medications. I am asking on behalf of all of us for a little Christmas "cheer" which I hope will translate into a donation to help take care of us. No amount is too small, or too large, for that matter! Just know that 100% of what you give is put towards our care. This is a 100% voluntary organization. Another benefit, whatever you donate is tax deductible. So, if you are looking for that end of the year tax deduction, now would be a good time to help us out.
Thanks from all of us for your support.
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