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Thank You for all your donations for Lizzie

We want to thank everyone who so generously made a donation for Lizzie. She is continuing to respond to her treatments, and we hope she is ready to leave Redding for her forever home soon. Also, please accept our gratitude for all the support we have received throughout the years and continue to receive to help us care for all of our "kids".

SARD-Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration

Fortunately, this update is not to notify you of another loss of one of our four legged family members. It is, however, another type of loss. This picture is of one of our own dogs, Amy.

Last Sunday night Amy woke up in the middle of the night very confused and almost frantic running from room to room. I got her settled down, and she went back to sleep. On Monday night she woke up twice acting the same way, and in the morning it was as though she could no longer see. We took her to see Dr. Larry first thing Tuesday morning, and he confirmed she was blind. On Wednesday we took her to see a specialist in Vacaville. He told us she had SARD-Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration. He explained to us that it is possible for a dog to go to bed one night with perfect vision and wake up the next morning completely blind. I think it took two days for Amy to completely lose her vision. There is nothing we can do for her but to help her make this big adjustment. I can't imagine how confused she must be-it is heartbreaking to watch her bumping into the walls that just a week ago she could see.

In all our years of rescuing, we have not seen this happen before. We learned that it almost always happens to small to medium sized middle aged female dogs. Amy is all of those things. Although SARD does not seem to be common, we want you to be aware that it can happen. I only wish I could explain it to Amy so she wouldn't be so scared by this sudden onset of blindness.

Lizzie could use your help.

Please allow me to introduce myself-my name is Lizzie. My previous owners dumped me along with my companion, Leonard, at a stranger's house on Christmas Eve. Perhaps they thought because the people who lived in the house where we were left own a Pei, that they wouldn't notice a couple more. I guess this is one of those "good news-bad news" situations. The bad news was that the people who found us could not take care of us. The good news is that they contacted my foster parents in Redding, and they agreed to take us in. As you can see, I was not in great shape to say the least. My foster parents took me straight to the vet even before they took me home. My skin had scabs on top of scabs and was oozing from them. I got scraped and shaved and dipped, and it was determined that I have a type of mange-not contagious-and a yeast infection. This photo was taken on Feb, 1, and I have come a long way since then. Someday I will be a beautiful sable bearcoat girl, but in the meantime I will update my photo soon so you can see how pretty I am already in just a month. I have always been pretty on the inside-I love all people and other dogs. All the folks love me at Dr. Larry's office, and they know me pretty well since I have been going twice a week for my dips. Anyway, I'm still getting the medical care I need to get completely healthy and ready for my new forever home, but if you think you could be that home, I will review your application. I am going to be very careful because I never want to end up in the condition that I was in when this photo was taken. I'm a really good girl and deserve better as do all my brothers and sisters here in Redding.


It was with great sadness that we had to say goodbye to our Sophie yesterday. It was very unexpected-she was a brave girl and never let us know how sick she was until she had no choice. Sophie had been slowing down a little lately and wasn't eating with the same gusto that she usually did. Yesterday she would not take her favorite treat so we took her in to see the vet. They did some xrays and saw a very large mass in her abdomen that was already causing her some respiratory problems. The decision was made to let her join her friends at the Rainbow Bridge. She went peacefully with Rich at her side holding her and talking to her until she took her last breath.

This is the last picture we have of Sophie taken in November of last year. She's with her favorite person, Rich. Sophie came to us in 2001 at about 18 months old-making her between 12 and 13 years old. When she arrived here Sophie had already been in three homes. Once in Redding she decided she did not want to leave and made herself unadoptable by growling and barking at all our visitors. She was never an aggressive girl-she just took herself out of the running to go to a new home. Knowing Sophie as we did, maybe she just wanted the others to have a better chance at getting a forever home or maybe she just liked it here. Sophie was never a demanding dog in terms of almost anything. She let all others go before her. She lived with a couple of different "men" while she was here with us, but her perfect mate was Magoo. They truly loved each other and are now together again-never to be separated.

It is a difficult time again for us-this loss coming so close to the loss of Cassie. Sophie was the last of our "posse". They were four good friends-to each other and to us. Magoo was the first to leave us about two years ago. Rufus, Cassie, and Sophie all passed within six months of each other. All four of these fast friends were at least ten years old when they made their final journey to join each other. While here they were allowed to run the property while we were out working with the rest of the "kids". They always made sure there were no unwanted critters coming under their fence to invade their territory, and they did their job well! We miss each and every one of them, but we know that they are together again-healthy and whole-running and playing to their hearts' content.

Magoo, Rufus, Cassie, and Sophie-may you all rest in peace. You are all so very missed and have left a huge hole in our hearts.

Anna and Rich

It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them, and every new dog who comes into my life, gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are. ~Unknown

Please E-mail request for Adoption to rpayne@shasta.com

We are aware that our online application is not currently working. We would hate for one of our "kids" to lose the opportunity to find their forever home because of this problem. If you are interested in adopting one of our homeless Pei, please email us directly at: rpayne@shasta.com, and we will email you the application.

We apologize for any inconvenience, and please know that we are working on resolving this problem.

Anna and Rich

Update on Gypsy

Just a quick update on one of our "kids", Gypsy. It was determined today that she must have her front leg amputated-the surgery will be tomorrow. Gypsy came to us after being hit by a car in southern CA. Her back leg was broken. Dr. Larry inserted a pin, and that leg is as good as new. She has nerve damage in her front leg, and we knew at some point amputation might become necessary. At this point Gypsy cannot use the leg at all-she has no feeling in it. She has started to chew on her own toes because she cannot feel them, and this situation will only get worse.

This is always a great time of year for a last minute tax deductible donation, but helping with Gypsy's surgery would make it even more meaningful. Even if you are not able to help her with a financial donation, please keep her in your thoughts tomorrow as she goes through this very major surgery. She's a strong girl with a fantastic surgeon-we will let you know how she does.

Unfortunately, we are aware that our online application is not functioning. If you have filled out an application recently and have not heard back from us, it could be because we did not receive your application. We are including a pdf file for the time being that can be emailed directly back to us at: rpayne@shasta.com. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused and are working to correct the problem.

We wish you all a very happy and healthy 2012.

Anna and Rich

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