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Happy Endings!

Good Morning to all,

Rich and I can never really thank Deanna (and Russell) enough for all they have done for our “kids” here at the rescue. Her help comes in many forms including, but not limited to: arranging for home visits to get done, helping us during an evacuation due to fires, and of course fostering our puppies. As this last litter is leaving, we have asked for help with three from the litter below. They do have some eye and skin problems, but aside from that have great temperaments. They are about four months old now, and the owner was trying to give them away free in from of Petco in his town. They will be vetted here in Redding, and then Deanna has agreed to provide them the necessary training to assure they have a great start in life-so far life hasn’t been too good for them. Keep your fingers crossed that the owner follows through with giving them up to us.

Thank you Deanna from both your two and four legged friends in Redding-we couldn’t do this without you!

Thanks to all of you too, who have helped us in so many ways-from doing home visits to adopting one of our kids to helping with fundraising. It really does take all of us to keep this rescue going, especially during these very difficult times.

Make it a great weekend!


Update From Redding

Well, spring has almost sprung, and things remain dismal here at the rescue in terms of adoptions. We are trying to remain optimistic in hopes that things will turn around soon. We feel like we are in a holding pattern-only able to maintain the dogs we have and not able to help any new ones. We really need adoptions to happen so keep us in mind if you hear of anyone who may be looking for a great Pei. Anyway, we really don’t have room, but we are making an exception for “Willard”. He has a very sad story. You can read his bio below:

Hello. My name is Willard because I came from the town of Willard in Utah. I’m not sure this is such a good name for me because I sure don’t have any happy memories of that town or my previous neglectful owner. I’m only about eight months old, but I can’t see. My owners couldn’t afford to get me the eye surgery I need so instead of doing the right thing, they just let me suffer. For those of you who don’t know, I have a condition known as entropion. My eyelashes are growing inverted, towards my eyeball instead of away from it. You know how much it hurts to have one eyelash in your eye, well multiply that by lots of eyelashes. Anyway, I’m told I will have the surgery as soon as I can get to Redding. Right now I’m staying with a nice lady, Kathy Allred, and her two Pei who were adopted from the rescue where I am headed. I can’t see my new found friends, but they are all being really nice to me and taking good care of me. My ears hurt so much that I am going to the vet tomorrow to have them checked and cleaned. They bothered me so much that I have scratched them until they bled. I’m also really thin. I think my previous owner ran out of food before they could find a place for me to go. I was a phone call away from going to the shelter, and we all know what that would have meant! I know soon I will have all my needs met in terms of surgeries-that would be my eyes, my rear dewclaws need to be removed, and I still need to be neutered. After all that is done, and I’m feeling really good, I’m hoping to get to enjoy puppyhood like I never could before. I have a long way to go (in more ways than one). I still have to find a way to Redding and then have the several surgeries I need. I’m really a good boy and really smart too! My foster mom made me promise not to tell Chelsea and Beasley, but she says I am smarter than they are. Or is it that I just haven’t learned that Shar Pei selective hearing thing yet?

Anyway, I know the folks in Redding could use some help with my vet bills so if you could find it in your heart to help me out, I will keep you in my heart forever. Also, when I am good and healthy, I will be looking for a forever home. I know I could make you happy if you will just give me a chance. Thanks for reading this-I feel better already…

Thanks For Asking!

Hello Shar Pei Lovers,

We are happy to say that all of our puppies have been spoken for at this time. I wish we had enough to place one with everyone who submitted an application, but we don’t. Please consider an adult dog. They need homes as much as the puppies do-maybe even more. Puppies are wonderful, but so are the adults. None of the Pei in our care deserve find themselves in a rescue environment, and some of our “kids” have been here for a very long time. We certainly don’t mind taking care of them and love them all, but they all deserve a home of their own where they can receive much more time than we can give with so many here. I’m asking on their behalf-won’t you please consider opening your heart and home to one of the “kids” here who isn’t a puppy any longer. It shouldn’t mean that their lives are less valuable. I promise if you do this you won’t be disappointed. They have so much love and devotion to give, and as much as we love being the center of their universe, it’s a universe that we and they would like to share with you.

Anna and Rich in Redding


Submitted by foster mom, Deanna

You’re in for a treat. We have puppies! We have not had a whole litter in quite a while. There are a total of six but if you look closely at the photo you will notice two things. That one is not a flowered black and white Shar-Pei but a gentleman of a different breed, a blue nosed pit bull. His name is Boston. And the other is- three black and tan boys, Buzz, Chestnut, & Carmello. The two solid ones are girls, Kona & Buttercup. And here is their story:

Their trip to California started Christmas Eve when an Animal Control officer removed them from under a shed in Arizona. The neighbor had been feeding them but the mom was very emaciated. But she took very good care of her babies, they were fat little puppies. And over the hours it took to drive back to the Bay Area, they fell in love with her and are going to adopt her. That’s part of the perks of volunteering to transport. Transporters fall for their little travelers a lot. So that is why you will see a dog in the “Happy Endings” section that was never posted in the “Our Kids” section.

Now your next question is what about those black and tan boys? Well, we believe they are pure Shar-Pei. The Breed Standard states that the dogs can be of any solid color or sable. But those with a Tan-pointed pattern, Albino, Brindle, Parti-color, or Spotted are to be disqualified (http://www.cspca.com/gait.htm or http://www.cspca.com/colors.htm.) So this coloring is in our breed but just not a color that is to the Breed Standard. I have a friend that has a 14 year old pair of Shar-Pei, a brother and sister, which are black and tan. I have their pedigree and I know the breeder. Sometimes things pop-up in a breeding and then that pairing is not bred again. As was the case with my friend’s two dogs. And although we don’t know who the father is, of the litter I am fostering, do not assume that they are a mix.

This family of seven has kept me busy since they have arrived. At first I had to paint the toe nails of the three tan-pointed boys, so I could tell them apart. But over time, things are popping out so I can tell who is who. I sent photos to children in our club (Chinese Shar-Pei Club of Northern California) of a puppy to name. They always have so much fun doing that. Just today I got a note from one of the moms. She said her daughters have been telling their classmates about Shar-Pei rescue and how they got to name some of the puppies. Education starts with the young.

As of the date of this blog we estimate their age to be about 6 ½ weeks old. Boston may be a few days younger. They will be neutered shortly after they reach 12 weeks old. Until then approved adoptive families are welcome and encouraged to visit their puppy until they are able to leave after neutering.

Only people that are approved for adoption will be allowed to visit the puppies.

We will be adding the photos and bios of the individual puppies in the next day or two.

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.


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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