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Didi passed over today - We are all very sad

Today Didi went to the Rainbow Bridge to wait for us. She just had given up the will to eat and to live. We will never know what happened to her in the first five years of her life, but we can only hope she knew that she was loved for the short time we had her. Every morning she was the first dog Rich would go to before starting the "rounds". He would talk to her and pet her and encourage her to try and eat something, but for whatever reason she just wanted to be left alone. She's not alone now-she is in good company and not suffering. She is free of her pain and her past. Although she was only here for a short time, we will miss her.

We wish we could save them all, but we know that is not the reality of what we do All of our kids' lives are valuable and worth whatever we can do for them to try and make them "whole" again. In Didi's case it just wasn't possible. Although we lost Didi, her vet bills of over $1,500 still must be paid so if you can help in any amount it would be much appreciated by all of us.

Anna and Rich

Spring has arrived in Redding

Shar-Pei Rescue Parade - May 20, 2011 - Vallejo, CA

Come participate in the Shar-Pei Rescue parade on May 20, 2011. The parade will spotlight the lucky Pei and the families that adopted them. The Parade will be held during the Chinese Shar-Pei Club of Northern California's dog show Specialty. The show is being held at the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo, CA. Contact Deanna Liskey at cspcnc@yahoo.com if you would like to participate. Participation is free.

Happy Spring - Please Meet Marta

Happy spring to everyone. Hopefully, our weather here in Redding will soon reflect this change of seasons. Apparently, Mother Nature has not yet been informed that winter is officially over!

We will be adding several new dogs in the next few days, and Marta is one of our new additions. In my 20+ years of rescuing Pei I had never heard of this before. Someone had tried to do entropion surgery at home. Those are staples in her eyes. Of course now they have been removed and she has had her surgery done by Dr. Larry. It's hard to imagine what she must have gone through. She remains a very calm and loving girl and will be a great addition to just about any family. Please look for her bio soon as well as a new picture.


Gypsy is doing well, but unfortunately will never regain the use of her front leg. Please don't tell her that there is anything wrong because we don't think she knows she is handicapped. She gets around just fine jumping on and off the furniture and playing with her stuffed "babies". She is waiting to have the pin removed from her back leg and then we will have the heartworm treatment done and she will be spayed after that.

Finally, we really need your help as never before. So far this year our vet bills have totaled over $9,000. When you factor in other expenses required to keep this rescue going, we are spending more than we are taking in. Unlike the government, this rescue must "live" within its means. We are lucky to have a little saved for a time like this, but it won't last too long. Please, if you are able to help with any amount, it would be much appreciated by all of us here in Redding. We want to continue to be able to help the less fortunate of this breed who find themselves with nowhere to go if we can't take them in. Please help us so we can help them.

Anna and Rich

Please meet Gypsy

Hello everyone. My name is Gypsy, and I have quite a tale to tell. I was dumped at a shelter in the Los Angeles area by people who were thought to be my owners. They turned me in as a stray, probably because they didn't want to pay the $25 it would take to turn me in as their own dog. Because they did turn me in as a stray, I could not be adopted by anyone (even a rescue) until I had stayed at the shelter with multiple injuries for the legal number of days so that my "owners" could find me-which was never going to happen. Before I was so unceremoniously dumped, I was probably hit by a car which would account for my injuries. My back leg was fractured in a very awkward place which will require a long healing period, but it's been "pinned" by Dr. Larry and casted. If you notice my right front leg, I can't really walk on it. They say I have suffered some nerve damage, but here's the really scary part. If my front leg does not get better on it's own, I may lose it. I try not to think about that and focus on my back leg healing. As if all this was not enough, it has been determined that I am heartworm positive. I cannot be treated until my injured leg heals. No one (two or four legged) deserves to go through what I have, but I know I am in good hands here in Redding, and that all my needs will be met. If you would like to donate to help with my vet care, it would be much appreciated. My bills will be huge, but I would be happy to plant a big kiss on your chin if you would help me out. You see, in spite of everything, I still think you humans are worth my affection. I carry no grudges...

Resuced just in time

This lovely old lady is Franny, who looks great at 12 years old. She had been scheduled to be euthanized merely because she was considered too old to be adopted. Franny's family never came to retrieve her, even though she had been micro chipped and they had been contacted. The California Sharpei Rescue was able to take her away a mere few hours before it was too late. She is a very sweet natured and active girl. She is always wagging her tail, she is very appreciative to be in a home. She has settled in very well at her foster home in San Francisco.

When Glenn and Caroline, took her the next day for her senior wellness check-up, it was determined she had contracted heart worm, which is always fatal if untreated. Anna and Homeward Bound are working with the veterinarian in Redding to devise a plan to save her from this slow demise. The treatment is costly, but she doesn’t deserve to die yet. Let us all keep our fingers crossed and Franny in our thoughts.

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