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A Heartfelt Good-Bye to Isaac

It seems so many of our updates this year have been letting you know of our losses. Unfortunately, this one is no different. Last week we lost "Isaac" who had come to us about five years ago. It became apparent early on that Isaac was not an adoptable Pei. Although he loved me and Rich very much, he did not trust anyone else and was very unpredictable around strangers. As with every Pei who comes to us, we made the promise to Isaac that he would have a home here with us for the rest of his life-and so he did. About the same time we took Isaac in, we received an email from a soldier in Iraq whose name was Isaac. That is how our Isaac got his name. We are happy to say that Isaac (the soldier) has ended his term of service to our country and has returned home to Utah safely. We are so grateful to him and all the others who risk their lives to keep this country safe. Last week our Isaac seemed to be losing his appetite, and he was eating less and less. Finally, he would not even eat the treats he loved so much. On Monday we took him to see Dr. Larry, and they did some blood work. On Tuesday, we were told the blood work reflected that Isaac had kidney disease and his kidneys were probably only functioning at about 25%. We were told Isaac was not in pain and that we might have about two more weeks with him. Wednesday morning Isaac was still going outside and holding his tail high. By noon on Wednesday when Rich went out to walk the "kids" Isaac seemed more depressed and wouldn't jump up on Rich's knee as was their routine. Rich hugged Isaac and told him that if he were really tired and didn't feel good, it was ok to let go. When Rich went out in the evening to do the final feeding and walk, Isaac had "let go". It was as though he listened to Rich and understood. Although Isaac's "forever home" ended up being with us here in Redding, we loved him very much, and he is missed. This year has been a struggle for us in terms of personal losses. We appreciate you patience as we try to catch up and keep this rescue going. Anna and Rich

Thank You all for your Patience

We hope you all had a great summer. We know some things have fallen behind a little lately-responses to applications and email questions have been delayed. We had a death in the family-Rich's mom passed away recently-and we just need some time to get through this. We appreciate your patience, and we'll make every effort to get back into the flow of things as soon as we can.

Mid-Summer 2010 Update




Well, the summer is drawing to a close-we hope it was a good one for everyone. There are not many changes here in Redding, and unfortunately, not many adoptions. There are so many more Pei who need our help, but due to lack of space availability we can't take them in. We will be adding a couple of new "kids" so please take look when you have a minute. We have so many great dogs here who always seem to be passed over. It seems the longer they are here, that people begin to think there is something wrong with them. I can assure you there is nothing "wrong" with them other than having been left behind when adoption time comes. All of our "kids" deserve loving homes, and although they have a home with us for as long as it takes, it is our wish for all of them to have there own families. We spend individual time daily with every Pei here, but after all there are only two of us for all of them. Please consider one of our long time residents when it is time to open your heart and home to a new family member.

Summer 2010 Update

Well, the summer is drawing to a close-we hope it was a good one for everyone. There are not many changes here in Redding, and unfortunately, not many adoptions. There are so many more Pei who need our help, but due to lack of space availability we can't take them in. We will be adding a couple of new "kids" so please take look when you have a minute. We have so many great dogs here who always seem to be passed over. It seems the longer they are here, that people begin to think there is something wrong with them. I can assure you there is nothing "wrong" with them other than having been left behind when adoption time comes. All of our "kids" deserve loving homes, and although they have a home with us for as long as it takes, it is our wish for all of them to have there own families. We spend individual time daily with every Pei here, but after all there are only two of us for all of them. Please consider one of our long time residents when it is time to open your heart and home to a new family member.

Update-Great News!

Thanks to all of you who offered your help to Wizzard in so many ways-we are all very grateful. Wizzard was rescued by a local rescue group on Friday, and they will care for him until he finds his forever home. It really was a close call, but the word got out about him, and he was spared the needle.

Please Help Save Wizzard

First, we would like to thank everyone who expressed an interest in Odin. Odin has been adopted and will be living in Santa Cruz with Jane and Bruce. We never have enough puppies to go around, but all of our other "kids" need good homes as much as Odin did-maybe even more. Please consider an adult Pei as a new addition to your family. That brings us to "Wizzard" and his story. Wizzard has been in a shelter in Southern CA for thirteen months and if not adopted or placed in an all breed rescue will die there at the end of the work day on Saturday, Aug 7. I will let him tell you his story.

Hello. My name is Wizzard. I have been residing at the Rancho Cucumonga Shelter in Southern CA for the last 13 months, which means I came here before I was even one year old. It is thought that I am a Greyhound/Shar Pei mix, although I seem to have more of the Greyhound characteristics. I am energetic and would make a good running or jogging companion. I am told that I am smart, but I have no way of knowing that nor do I care. I am crate trained and good on a leash, and I love my toys and treats. I have spent some time with some lady friends here that are about the same size and age as I am, and all I want to do is play! I have even been featured as Pet of the Week, but still I am skipped over. I think it's the color of my fur. I know some of you have experienced discrimination for one reason or another, but you won't pay for it with your life. I will. You see, no matter how wonderful I am, I will die at the end of the day on Saturday. I really need you to help me find a place to go. If you can't adopt me, maybe you know someone else who will open their heart and home to me. Perhaps you know an all breed rescue that could help me find a forever home. The shelter staff and volunteers have come to know and love me (that's why I have been here so long)and they have tried so hard to help me find a home, but now it's come down to the wire because there is no more room for me. I am begging for my life. Please help me find a family so that I can show them what unconditional love really is-I have so much to give and so much life left to live-at least I
hope so... Thanks for taking the time to read about me.

Wizzard Thank you sooo much Anna. I love this dog that is why I am (personally) offering the $200 donation to anybody who will rescue him. He is smart, active, loves to go for walks with volunteers here (and he is great on leash). He is Pet of the Week (feature pet) but people skip over him because he is brindle color and they want light colored animals (same with black cats). I really don't get it - he should have been adopted along time ago. He is so cute! He does get protective of his area, loves toys and treats, does very well in his crate at off site events. We had him paired with spayed female dogs - about the same age and size as he is - he just wants to play. I will be in tomorrow and Friday, but off on Thursday and Friday this week. I can work with you until August 7th, then that is about it. Hope and pray someone comes thru on this guy! Thanks again so much, Barbara

Barbara Hansen Community Programs Specialist Animal Care and Adoption Center 11780 Arrow Route Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 Tel (909) 466-7387 ext:2075 Fax (909) 919-2698 www.rcpets.info

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