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Must be something in the water...

As the owner/guardian/loveslave of several Pei, I frequently get a lot of odd comments and questions about the breed. Over time I have learned that these are opportunities for me to educate people about my marvelous wrinkle pups.
I will admit to the occasional frustration with some of the (oh how should I put this?) "less well thought out" stuff that I hear. But, not everyone is enlightened as a Shar Pei owner/guardian/loveslave. :)

One misconception that I have been working on dispelling, is the notion that Shar pei are "hard to train".

Now we all know that Shar Pei tend to have "Selective Hearing" at times. This is a unique condition where they cannot hear you calling them to come inside, but they can hear a morsel of food drop 3 rooms away. This just goes to show you that Shar Pei are highly intelligent and tuned to the important things in life.

OK, kidding.

But seriously, as a professional dog trainer, I can assure you that Shar Pei are just as capable of being trained as any other breed. What is different about them, and many other breeds, is that they were originally bred to be able to think for themselves. They are not what trainers refer to as a "push-button" type of dog. I am continually complimented on how well-behaved and friendly my dogs are. But, a lot of work went into that. These guys are smart, and they will try to game the system, when the opportunity arises.

Shar Pei have demonstrated themselves to be quite capable of competing in obedience trials, agility competitions and other popular dog sports. I encourage Shar Pei owners/guardians/loveslaves to look into these opportunities for your Pei. And don't forget the AKC's Canine Good Citizen program. Even the least athletic wrinkle pup can excel at that! Just don't try dock-jumping. We all know how how these guys feel about water. And its not pretty.....

Now it's time for a nap.....

Answers to Some Frequently Asked Questions (and a Silly Story)

Well now that the new site has been up for a week, there are some questions I need to answer.
Q: What do the highlighted dates on the calendar mean?

A: If you click on the highlighted date, you will be able to read the blog entry for that date. Even though they may no longer appear on the main page, all the entries are lurking in the archives. You can also click on a category and see all the entries for that category. Nifty, huh?

Q: Why does it say "comments" at the end of the blog entries?

A: Good question! And the answer is...so you can add comments about the things we say! We enjoy feedback from the people who visit our site.

Q: Where is the store?

A: It's coming! Hang in there. We are working on a few things and we hope to launch in time for the Christmas season.

And now for a silly story:

I have been fostering Bernie at my house in Modesto, since March of this year. Bernie is a bit of a character, but he is ALWAYS happy. When Bernie first arrived, he needed some crate training. Well, he figured out that the other dogs wouldn't willingly go into his crate, so he would hide his favorite toys and treats under the blankets, in the back of the crate.

Another dog came along after Bernie completed his crate training and while that dog was crate training, Bernie used that dog's crate as a stash for his goodies.

Smart boy, right? Well he also managed to train me. Bernie loves to rub his face on damp towels. After a shower he will wait politely for me to lay the towel on the floor and he goes to town rolling and rubbing away.

It gets better. Bernie figured out that all the stuff coming out of the washing machine is damp. Woohoo! So with some very polite encouragement, Bernie now has trained me to always toss a small towel in each load, so that he gets a fresh damp towel everytime I wash.

I'm a sucker for a wrinkly face.


Did You Know?

Every nine seconds an animal is euthanized in an American animal shelter.

Take the Pledge for Life!
Pledge for Life
From the authors of One at a Time: A Week in an American Animal Shelter

I care about animals.
I want to help bring about an end to the homeless animal tragedy.
I believe that the euthanasia of millions of animals in shelters every year
is an unacceptable solution to this tragedy .
And I understand that my actions have a direct effect,
and that my actions can create change.

I pledge to never cause an animal to be in an animal shelter.

I pledge...
...to understand the commitment of living with a companion animal.
...to be ready and willing to accept that commitment
before I bring an animal into my home and my family.
...to educate myself so that I can make a good match when choosing an animal,
and then to save a life by adopting a homeless animal
from a shelter, rescue group, or from the street.

...to protect my companions from becoming lost
by keeping them safely confined and wearing current
identification at all times.

...to not contribute to overpopulation,
by spaying and neutering my companion animals.

...to provide my companion animals with the basics of food and shelter and medical care,
and to provide them with the love and companionship they need to be happy.

...to include my companion animals as part of my family,
to socialize them so that they are comfortable in human society,
to train them so that they will be safe and be good citizens.

...to work through problems with my companions,
and to include them in my own life changes.

...to always demonstrate respectful, loving and responsible companion animal care
so that others may learn from my example and want to do the same.

I make this pledge to the animals, between them and me,
to the animals I know, and the ones I may never see,
to the animals in my home, and the ones in our shelters and on our streets,
to the animals here, and the ones yet to come.

I make this pledge to honor their love and companionship,
to acknowledge their intrinsic value,
to respect them as living beings
who carry the same precious spark of life that I myself do.

I understand that the solutions are in my hands.
I pledge to use those solutions, and in doing so,
to begin to create a community and a society that shows
compassion, love, and respect for those who cannot speak for themselves.

I make this pledge in love and hope.

TGIF! and some Hot Weather Tips

Happy Friday everyone from all of us at Shar Pei Rescue!

I just want to share some hot weather tips with everyone before you head off for the weekend.
Remember to have plenty of fresh cold water available at all times, for yourself and your pets.
If the pavement is too hot for your feet, then it's too hot for your dog's.
The sun is hottest between 10am and 4pm. Take a cue from from your dogs and have a nap!
Stay in the shade! If you can't find any, have a friend make some, like our boy Snoopy below.

Bonne weekend!

New Look Day Two!

Well I hope everyone is enjoying the new look of California Shar Pei Rescue's website.
A major THANK YOU! to Nathalie Woot de Trixhe for her work in creating the design. She spent many an hour while the rest of us were sleeping (well she does live in Europe) creating the beautiful result you see here.
Another round of THANK YOUs to everyone who tried out the site and reported back with their comments. Glenn, Jan, Michele, Deanna, Anna Wan, Debbie, and everyone I missed were very helpful.
Anna and Rich can now get back to rescuing and caring for these wonderful dogs that we love and quit worrying about web stuff!


Welcome to our new and improved site! We hope you will find the format and navigation easier to use and enjoy!
More improvements will be coming so check back frequently!
In the meantime....view our dogs, adopt one, and enjoy!

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