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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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Thanks, Thanks and More Thanks

We are grateful to all of you who offered to help getting the donated dog food to Redding. Thanks to one of our adopters, Jennifer O’Connell, it arrived here yesterday. Rich and I, and all of our “kids” appreciate all of you who help make this rescue “work”.

'Tis The Season

Hi everyone.

Well, the holidays are fast approaching, and it should be a happy time of year. Unfortunately the country’s economic woes affect not only the humans but our four legged friends as well. Whether it’s a result of the mortgage crisis or just hard times, we are getting calls everyday about Pei who need our help. Here at the rescue we’re “dancing as fast as we can”, but it seems we just can’t keep step with the music that’s being played. We took in four new dogs this weekend-two from Utah, one from Southern CA, and one from Davis, CA. That puts us one dog over the number of kennel spaces we have here. We just couldn’t turn these “kids” down, but now until we place a dog, we will be saying “no”. It’s the sad reality of rescue, but if you or anyone you know anyone who is thinking of adopting a Pei, there couldn’t be a better time. Our “kids” deserve happy holidays too, and the best present anyone could give them is a new loving home. Until that time they will celebrate with us.

Our dog food situation is a good news/bad news story. The good new is that we are being donated quite a lot of Natural Balance dog food that we couldn’t afford to feed if it weren’t for the donation. The bad new is that it is being donated in Southern CA, and we have to get it to Redding. If anyone reading this drives a pickup (or any vehicle) that can accommodate 1,000-2,000 pounds of dog food and would like to drive to Redding, we could sure use your help. If you have never been to Redding, it is really a beautiful place to visit. Maybe you could make it a mini vacation, and if necessary we will even pay for the gas. Please email us at: rpayne@shasta.com if you are able to help. There might even be a dog who needs to hitch a ride to Redding along with the food.

It seems most news these days is bad news, but we do have a lot to be thankful for. We are grateful for all of you who continue to believe in us and support us through good times and bad. We have lots of great dogs in our care who continue to love us through the good times and bad. And we will continue to try and keep that promise that we make to each and every one of them who enters our rescue, and that is to find them a new loving home. In the meantime we planning some big holiday feasts-just us and our dogs! Who could ask for more?

Have a happy and safe holiday season.

Anna and Rich

Tails Of Love

Dog love is amazing. Each day when I wake up, my dogs let me know just how much they love me. The excitement, the wagging tails, the sloppy kisses; all tell me that despite their backgrounds, my rescue Pei still have faith. Sometimes we get to hear back from our alumni and that really makes it all worthwhile. Below are pictures of Lilly and Marnie, two girls that prove to us that despite the hardships, financial struggles and other uncertainties, we are doing the right thing. And that is worth every chewed shoe, potty accident, astronomical vet bill and more.

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

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