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Update on Agnes

Agnes had surgery to repair a significant hernia that she arrived with. Fortunately, we have an excellent surgeon (Thanks Dr. Larry!) and she is now resting comfortably. The surgery was rather unexpected, so we could certainly use any donations to help cover the expense.

We thank you and Agnes thanks you. Merry Christmas!

Meet Agnes, A Little Old Lady From Pasadena

Tomorrow, Agnes is getting out of the Pasadena Humane Society and heading north to Traci's Pei Palace. Here is the story that caught our attention:

Meet Agnes, an old fashioned dearie of a Shar Pei, who is bewildered to find herself at the Pasadena Humane Society this holiday season.

This timid but companionable little soul is from another era, and doesn't know what to make of her current lodgings. She stays out of the melee at the shelter, preferring to snooze in the heated back area of her kennel. She has impeccable manners, and politely gets up to greet visitors to her kennel. But she's shy and moves slowly -- in today's modern fast-paced shelter environment, this means her human visitors have often already moved on by the time she approaches the front of her kennel. We're worried about dear Agnes, because with her civilized ways she's not getting enough public attention at the shelter, and has been there almost a month.

Agnes arrived at the PHS as a stray, having lived for a short but difficult time on the streets. This poor dearie was not accustomed to street life, and managed to pick up biting flies and all manner of mud and filth. But she's a tough little girl, and incredibly she has no obvious injuries or illnesses, other than some age-related stiffness. She confided in me that the shelter vet staff was very kind, and coddled her a bit and cleaned her up, but she'd really like one more bath and a nice grooming to bring her back up to her immaculate former standards.

Agnes is friendly, shy, extremely gentle, curious, adorable, and very quiet. I've never heard her bark, but she occasionally likes to indulge her very cute hobby of singing along with fire-truck sirens. It's rare, and she sings very soft and low (I'd say alto), but she really seems to enjoy herself. See if you can catch her at it!

I spent some time visiting with Agnes in her kennel Friday, and found her to be a surprisingly companionable little cutie. She is friendly but reserved, warms up quickly, and likes to be with people. We played a little game where I'd call to her, she'd toddle over to me, look up at my face, and then toddle off again. After a couple times, she'd give me a little kiss on my chin before toddling away. After a few more times, she decided to curl up next to me, and I gave her some pets while we watched the world go by.

Agnes needs nothing more than a kind person and a cozy home to live out the rest of her years. She is cute, funny and companionable, and very easy to fall in love with. There's definitely a person out there for Agnes, the only question is will they find her in time. The shelter has unfortunately filled up again, and will remain full through the holiday season. This dear little old lady has very very limited time to find a new home.




I'm happy to say that her time is no longer limited. Agnes will get a chance to chill out as long as she wants at my house. It seems to have been raining senior Pei lately, but I'm a sucker for the oldies.

More about Agnes later. Merry Christmas!

Bodie

I just want to share my sad story with all of you. It would be sad anytime, but it is especially so during this season. My previous guardian, Paul, is 81 years old and had worked as the manager of a storage unit facility for the last 20 years. He also lived next to the office so he could keep on eye on the place. I have been his constant companion for the last eight years. He took me away from his grandson who was not caring for me properly when I was about two. I had jumped out of a car window and needed hip surgery and Paul took care of that and became my new “person”. We have been best buddies ever since. That is until the owners of the storage unit facility decided to update and computerize their business. They did not want to retrain an 81 year old man, and so they fired Paul, and he lost his living arrangements. Being on a fixed income, he was limited as to where he could go, and when he did find a place, I was not allowed to go with him. Now we are both heart broken. I know Paul is happy knowing that I am safe, but I also know he misses me as much as I miss him. Here is part of the note he wrote when he gave me up:

In the eight years I’ve had Bodie, I only needed to scold him 2 times. But for the most part Bodie is a great friend. Bodie understands “no”. He is protective of his property. Signed with a tearful heart,

Paul

I know I don’t look ten years old, and I really love all people-even kids. There must be someone out there who has room in their hearts and home for an old boy like me. I’m really no trouble, and I know Paul would be so happy to know that I have another loving home since we can’t spend our last years together. Please help two old guys to know that people care by considering adopting me.

Thanks.

Bodie

Oh Man Is That A Good Lookin' Dog....And A Rescue No Less!

The Holidays Are Here!

All of us from Homeward Bound California Shar Pei Rescue wish you a wonderful holiday season. We are thankful for all of the people that rescued a wonderful Pei from us and supported our efforts to care for and find homes for all the homeless and neglected Shar Pei.

A quick reminder to everyone: People food is not good for your pets!

We all feel generous and loving to our pets, but it is possible to love them to death. So, before you slide off into your turkey/football/beer coma, put the left overs away. This is a time of year when many pets end up at the vet's office because well-meaning people wanted to give them a treat. Pancreatitis, bloat and similar disorders are extremely painful and usually fatal.

If you suspect bloat in your pet, get to the Emergency Vet as fast as you can! If you have any anti-gas medications on hand (aka simethicone), try to get some into your pet on the way. I keep infant anti-gas drops (mmm banana-strawberry!) on hand, just in case.

And now we present....Griffey Claus!

Ranger News and An Update

We hope all of you are doing well going into this holiday season. We do have some bad news. Ranger died here in Redding at the rescue yesterday of Evans Syndrome. It seems that his own body was destroying his red blood cells and platelets. It was only two weeks ago that he was diagnosed with the disease when we realized that he was just a little “off” in his behavior and took him in to be evaluated. We had extensive blood work done and it was returned with the bad news. He was started on meds for the first week, and when he did not respond to those an oral chemo drug was added. Still he did not respond, but he is sleeping in the sunshine now with the rest of our “kids” who have gone on ahead of us. Ranger did not suffer and went on his own terms, but it is always hard to lose one of our friends. Although Ranger did not make it, we still have the vet bills for him-the tests and the meds-that must be paid. If you are able to help with Ranger’s final bills, it would be much appreciated. There are still lots of “kids” here who have ongoing needs and could also use the help.

We also took back two of our Pei who had been adopted almost two years ago. You may remember Lauren and Bogart who were placed together as we had wanted for them. Please don’t hold the fact that they were returned against them. As usual, it was the owners who failed the dogs and to provide a safe environment for them. We try very hard to make the “rescue” experience a positive one for all involved. The instructions and advice we give are for a reason, and every dog is different in terms of needs and wants. We do try to get to know our dogs so that when they leave us, we can give good sound advice in regards to the care of each individual dog. We like to believe that the new owners listen to us, but sometimes when they don’t, the poor dogs suffer. Now these two wonderful dogs find themselves again in a kennel environment instead of living in their own home. We will do our best to find them a “permanent” home this time that will provide them with what they need.

When anyone adopts a dog from us, that dog comes with a lot of resources to make the transition easier for everyone. We have people who have a great deal of knowledge in terms of the behavior and training of Pei. They are more than willing to share that knowledge with adopters if they are asked. We get very few dogs returned-most of our dogs are adopted into new homes and become part of the family. We do understand that sometimes there are circumstances that none of us could predict, and of course we will always take our “kids” back. Please remember that all of us come with some baggage, but most times it is just a short transition period before a new Pei fits right into the family. Please be willing to work through the usually minor adjustments that may need to be made in return for a lifetime of unconditional love. These “kids” are worth it and deserve it!

Anna and Rich

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