By Anna Payne, Saturday 1 December 2007 à 17:35 :: General
By Anna Payne, Thursday 22 November 2007 à 08:43 :: Your Help
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!
By Anna Payne, Wednesday 7 November 2007 à 13:45 :: General
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
By Anna Payne, Thursday 18 October 2007 à 08:09 :: General
I hope this finds you well. I have not been good about keeping in touch over the years... once we had the kids, I just got so busy, but I wanted you to know that I think of you often and I thought you might like an update on Hogan and Penney.
Hogan is estimated at 11 ½ or so now and is really starting to show his age. He's a bit arthritic - his back can bother him at times, but if you just introduce a cat, he looks like he's about 2 again or when you take him for a walk. He sleeps a lot now and heads up to bed after the kids are tucked in. He's has been a wonderful dog. He has lost most of his hearing in the past year, but still guards the house and family with pride. I have attached a picture of him with my almost 4-year old, Jason. We also have an 18-month old daughter, Avery (she's in the background).
Penney is estimated at about 9 ½ or so. She's doing well. She's not as active as she used to be, but she's not showing arthritis like Hogan. She also acts like a puppy when there's some action around. I've attached a picture of her with Jason as well, although it's not as good. It's classic Penney though... "oh bother, another picture with the kids, ho hum." I do have to tell you how funny she has been though. When I was pregnant with Jason, she had to sleep curled up to my stomach or back EVERY night. She preferred to sleep next to my stomach and would not tolerate being at my feet for long. She was very persistent about this. If I tried to roll over and put her to my back, it wouldn't be long and she'd be sitting up with her chin resting on my shoulder or face until I would give in and roll back over to let her curl in to my stomach. She did the same thing when I was pregnant with Avery... the only difference was that it started much earlier - within the week that I conceived her. I knew I was pregnant before I could test positive because of Penney's change in behavior. She also go up with me EVERY time I was up with the kids when they had to be fed at night. She was a mommy at heart too.
Both of the dogs are great with the kids. Hogan will grumble a little if they lean on him too hard, and Penney will take a break upstairs if they get to wild, but both are very tolerant. They love to stand under the table and high chair during meals and Hogan has been known to lift a cracker or cookie ever so swiftly (and gently) out of an unsuspecting child's hands.
It's hard to believe that Hogan will have been with us 10 years in December. Thanks for helping us find such great dogs and for all the work you have done for these precious creatures.
Rena Sorensen-Burnworth, Ph.D. Asst. Professor - Clinical Pediatrics Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
By Anna Payne, Wednesday 19 September 2007 à 08:30 :: General
Hello, my name is Janie. Animal Control in Manteca, CA, wanted me to be killed. I was picked up after I had been hit by a car and taken to an animal clinic for observation. It was observed that I am a wonderful girl who loves everyone-I was even their greeter at the clinic! The nice people at the clinic knew I deserved to live and called the folks in Redding to see if they would consider taking me. Unfortunately, I have a fractured tail and pelvis which sometimes makes me a little cranky when touched in those areas. The only thing that can be done for me is to let me rest and let these fractures heal on their own. I am already able to pick my tail up and wag! I am a beautiful black bearcoat-somewhat rare I am told. I really do get along with everyone but need to stay in Redding until my injuries heal and I can be spayed. Please keep me in mind if you will be ready for a wonderful new companion in about a month.
Now for the rest of the story. The reason I was out running and got hit by a car is that my previous owners decided they no longer wanted me, or my two companions, and opened their door and turned us all loose. Both my four legged friends are also Shar Pei and thankfully were not injured before they were caught. There is my friend Jasper, also a black bearcoat who looks just like me, and my friend Otis, who is a black horsecoat. What is wrong with you humans? Some of you think that turning us loose is better than taking us to a shelter. Let me tell you it is not! We run the risk of being hit by a car, which I can tell you is a very frightening and painful experience. I'm just lucky I was found and not left to die on my own. There is also the chance of starvation-we are domestic animals and cannot fend for ourselves and find food. Most humans don't want stray dogs around and will try to scare us off by various means-most not so pleasant. We cannot fight off wild animals who may want us for a meal of their own. There are so many things that can and do happen to dogs whose owners set them free. Humane euthanasia would be better than the other alternatives. Anyway, that is our sad story, and we all deserve better. Remember, Jasper looks just like me and is looking for a home now, and as soon as Otis gets to Redding and is neutered, he will be available also. Their pictures will soon be posted. Thanks for taking the time to read this, and if you are able to donate to our vet care while we are here in Redding, it would be much appreciated.
By Anna Payne, Thursday 13 September 2007 à 14:15 :: General
Please participate in a study being conducted by the University of Colorado. Researcher Anne Avery states, “This study will be measuring proteins in the blood that are associated with inflammation. In people with Familial Mediterranean Fever, there are elevated levels of these proteins, even when they are not having (fever) episodes. This is not necessarily to develop a test for the disease, because I think a group at NIH (National Institutes of Health) is close to identifying the gene(s), but to understand how those genes make dogs sick, and perhaps to use the levels of some of these proteins to monitor therapy, for example colchicine therapy.”
Researchers are looking for blood samples from all Shar-Pei – no pedigree is necessary. They are more interested in the medical history behind your Shar-Pei, so rescue dogs are very welcome to participate in this study. They prefer at least a year’s documented medical history (can be combination between the rescue organizations records and personal history after adoption) on non-fever dogs. If your Pei’s medical history is less than a year but the dog has had two documented fever episodes, they can participate. The minimum age requested is one year old.
There are two ways to participate: First, I have arranged to hold a DNA draw Sunday afternoon, September 30, 2007, at my home in Fremont, CA. Please e-mail CSPCNC@yahoo.com or call (510) 795-9456 to make an appointment for that day. There will be two licensed veterinary techs who are very familiar with Shar-Pei doing the blood draws. I will gather all that day’s samples together and cold ship overnight. Or you can go to your own veterinarian to have blood drawn and then you can cold ship overnight via UPS (on U C’s prepaid account). Most veterinarians will do this at no charge for research purposes. Contact me at the above e-mail address or phone me for all the particulars.
Please consider participating in this and/or any future research project that will benefit our breed. One needle stick can possibly reduce or eliminate future pain and suffering from disease for our breed. Over the past 30 years, we have gone from a life expectancy of six to eight years to 12 years. Let’s see if, through research, we can add a few more precious years to that.