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In Time for the Holiday Gift Giving

JEWLERY FUNDRAISER! Just in time for holiday shopping! Origami Owl has a full line of gorgeous, modern locket and charm-based jewelry—perfect for all ages and styles. And now through December 10th, purchase any Origami Owl jewelry item, and up to 30% of the proceeds will benefit California Shar-Pei Rescue.

Shop online (select “Categories”) at: http://bit.ly/1HDOxMt

Create a truly personal and unique jewelry piece in just 3 easy steps: (1) pick a product—bracelet, necklace, or earrings, (2) select a locket or stamped tag, and (3) personalize with charms that represent the things you love! Prices start at just $5. And, of course, the collection includes bone and paw print charms, for you dog lovers!

Millie taking her morning winter walk at the rescue - Happy Holidays

Help Ziggy

Please meet Ziggy. We were able to rescue this handsome boy from a shelter in Southern CA today. He does have some medical needs including getting neutered and entropion surgery. As Thanksgiving approaches, Ziggy has much to be grateful for and is looking forward to a wonderful new life. He did ask us to ask you if you could make a donation to be put towards his medical procedures so he can start that new life with a clean bill of health.

Thank you from all of us at CA Shar Pei Rescue

Badly Injured at the Shelter

This gorgeous 1-year old boy is Zeus. He is currently in a Southern California shelter.

As you can see, he has been attacked by another dog—we believe it happened at the shelter—and has gaping lacerations on his face, neck, and ear. And has more than 10 staples in his head.

Acting on faith that our always generous supporters will help, we have agreed to immediately rescue Zeus, so he can have the proper home environment to heal, and the wound care he needs. We are hoping to raise $1000 toward his medical transport and veterinary expenses.

Read his story and help us at: http://bit.ly/VVCXZ3

We Need Your Help - Disaster Evacuation Plan

Greetings from a very hot Redding, CA. We are in the midst of fire season, and right now, have fires burning in several locations around us.

Back in 1999, we were evacuated due to fire. Fortunately, we only had 11 dogs at the time, and were able to get them all out safely. We were very lucky. Last week, with flames just a few miles away, the rescue was put on evacuation alert. We stayed safe, but were acutely reminded that—with 25 dogs to save—we must be prepared if an actual evacuation were to happen again.

The photos you see are of a trailer that is filled with enough crates to get every dog out of danger safely. The trailer was made possible by a generous previous adopter who understands the seriousness of a possible evacuation. In order to make the trailer roadworthy, however, we need to invest in six new tires and replace the air conditioning unit. The total estimated repairs are $2,000. And, of course, we must keep the trailer insured and registered.

We are asking for your donations toward these repairs, to make sure we can put an evacuation plan in place. This is a small price to pay to guarantee no dog gets left behind.

We hope the trailer never needs to leave our property, but if it does, a friend and fellow animal rescuer here in Redding has very generously offered to let us “shelter” at her property, if ours is in danger. This means we would have food, water and a large, safe yard for all of our "kids".

We want the best for every dog in our care, and your donations will help us ensure we can ALWAYS provide them with the best—even if they have to leave "home".

Support our “evacuation plan” through our online fundraising campaign at: http://bit.ly/1t2L2bc

Farewell to Hercules

Farewell to Hercules.

Sadly, we had to say good bye to Hercules yesterday. He was one of the most special, loving dogs that I have ever had the privilege and pleasure of sharing my life with. This is his story.

We were made aware of Hercules and his terrible living conditions in late 2011. Bonnie, a neighbor to Hercules owner let us know that Hercules was being slowly starved in the backyard. Besides no food, there was no water or shelter for him either. The other dog in the yard had already starved to death, and the owners did not even know. They had to be told that their dog was dead in the backyard. Hercules guardian angel, Bonnie, continued to feed Hercules over the fence and give him water even though she was told not to by the owner. Finally, two months later Bonnie convinced the neighbor to surrender Hercules to her.

We decided to take Herc into our rescue because he was already 10 years old, and he was not likely to make it out of the shelter alive if he had been taken there. Herc was a Shar Pei/Lab mix and his story tugged at our heartstrings along with the fact that Bonnie had given so much of herself in helping him. We wanted to help this poor boy who had been through so much. Bonnie also deserved to see Hercules have a happy ending.

As soon as Hercules arrived in Redding there was a bond that formed between the two of us. He and I became best friends and walked the perimeter of this fenced six acres as often as time and weather permitted. He listened to my problems and somehow seemed to understand when I was having a bad day, although Herc never seemed to have a bad day. He chased those rabbits that tormented him, but he was woefully ill equipped to catch them. He never needed a leash as he never strayed far from my side. No matter where he was, he always checked to make sure I was never too far away.

For two years we were content just walking and spending time together. As summer turned to fall in 2013 I noticed Herc seemed to be panting a little too much at the end of our walks even though the weather was cooling down. In November Hercules was diagnosed with heart disease. We were devastated. There is no cure. There are only meds to help control the inevitable progression of the disease. Our daily walks became shorter and shorter until he could only walk outside to relieve himself and walk right back in. He would eat less and less until he did not want to eat anything at all.

Yesterday, Rich and I decided that Herc's life was no longer a life, but simply an existence. We called Dr. Larry to come out and help Hercules leave this world peacefully and painlessly. Herc and I said good bye, and he kissed the tears from my face as if to say "I'm ok".

Although Herc was 10 years old when we took him in, and we only had two and a half years together, I would not change a thing. I would not give up one minute that we had together even though today the pain seems unbearable. Herc was my friend, my companion, and my teacher. I learned so much from him-about forgiveness, not holding grudges, and taking time to be grateful for the little things in life. He made me a better person. Herc was brave and strong to the end. He did not give up, but his heart did. He was a kind and gentle soul, and I am so grateful to have had him in my life.

RIP Hercules. You are forever in my heart.


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