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Bowie’s life was pitiful for at least four years while chained outside up north. Her emaciated body told us she wasn’t fed regularly as did her under developed figure. Being un-fixed meant she had to ward off wild animals each time her cycle attracted them. Her teeth are all fractured and worn down, indicative to constant chewing on the chain to free herself. The Humane society deemed her “un-adoptable” because of aggressive behavior. We saw a scared dog, and assumed her into our rescue. She was groomed right away ridding her of mats and excessive dirt. She was put on a weight gaining diet and fed lots of treats. Sadly Bowie’s demons kept her up all night, pacing, whining and guarding in a heart-breakingly stressful state. We consulted two vets who both advised she be put down MAINLY due to her mental state but compounded by her age, an unknown tumor in her belly and the condition of her teeth. They advised fixing her teeth will be excessively costly. (especially for a rescue based on donations) Bowie had one failed adoption, and her future was grim. When not battling unseen monsters, Bowie was the sweetest, gentlest little dog and tried her very best to be a good girl. We gave her another chance. A young couple was her best and likely last hope. They patiently came several times to visit and walk her. They understood and accepted all her quirks. They fell in love with her the first time they met, but new she may not come around. They took their time with her, until Bowie realized these were “her people” and the best a girl-dog could ask for. Bowie’s doing her very best to be a “normal” dog despite her challenges. Her family is committed to managing her stressful episodes offering love and support through those tough times. We are committed to fixing Bowie’s teeth no matter what the expense, and removing the tumor. We are just happy this little dog has a home she’s safe in, never to be ties up or left outside again.

Bowie now Zoey will be scheduled for surgery in the next couple weeks.


Luna came to Merlin’ Hope from a tragic beginning to her life in South Korea
Surviving the meat market but then being hit by a car
A wonderful rescuer named Claudia helped her in receiving veterinary care to repair multiple fractures, caring for her during recovery and making arrangements to get her Canada
With the help of multiple volunteers and Vancouver Shar Pei Rescue Luna made it to us.
Luna’s foster mom Dawn fell instantly in love. After consulting an orthopedic specialist it was concluded that Luna will have many ongoing health issues and the possibility of multiple surgeries in her future in excess of $6000.
A special home would be needed for Luna, one who could afford ongoing medically and the possibilities of future expensive surgery.
Merlin’s Hope has decided to make Luna a permanent resident and she will live our her life and be treated like the Princess she deserves and be loved unconditionally
Dawn and her family are elated to have her as part of their pack

“Big” Ben

Happy Adoption Day! Ben found his fur-ever home!
Ben was a stray in Regina Saskatchewan picked up by the Human Society. His aggressive behavior deemed him un-adoptable. Thankfully the staff had faith in Ben and reached out to rescue hoping to give Ben a chance. Big Ben was flown in and extremely irritable after his flight. Once he realized he was in no danger of getting hurt, he quickly adjusted. His biggest challenge was meeting men…That was until he met his new Dad. These two awesome guys are definitely meant to be together. We at Merlin’s and the staff at the shelter are thrilled for Ben’s Happy Ending knowing both fella’s will always have their Buddy by their side.


Gaia was in rescue and foster care for quite some time. She waitied patiently for the perfect home to come along…..Little did she know, that she was in her furever home. … Bonsai & Chinook adopted her !! Congratulations to eveyone….


Savannah was a neglected little girl in desperate need of help. Bacterial skin infections, and ear infections and terribly under weight. We committed to Savannah site unseen. Arranging transport from the U.S. to Canada was proving difficult, and getting Savannah into rescue was taking much longer than we had hoped. In the process of arranging her transport, a fellow rescuer offered to foster her in order to keep her safe, start her vetting , and holding her as long as we needed …and here is when the story get even better….Savannah didn’t acutally be making it on a transport up here to Canada…..Her Mommy Flunked Out and couldn’t let her go…She fell for this little girl fast and hard. Savannah will never lack for love or attention ever again.
We love happy endings like this !!!


The best thing that happened to Sammy was when her owner realized he could no longer provide proper care and surrendered Sammy to a local shelter. One look at her soar red weepy eyes and they knew she needed medical help. Thankfully they reached across the boarder from New York to Merlin’s Hope for support. We in turn reached out to our amazing followers and arranged transportation. Before Sammy arrived we booked her an appointment with Dr. Bob and discovered she was also battling a bladder infection. Antibiotics helped with that, and her painful eyes underwent surgery right away. Once feeling better, basic training started, but not for long. Sammy’s future “parents” saw the transportation post and helped…or perhaps ensured Sammy get here, so she could get to them. Being past adopters of Merlin’s Hope and having a handsome young boy who instantly clicked with Sammy made them the perfect fit.
Sometimes the best things happen in round about ways….Sweet Little Sammy is healthy, cared for, loved, has all the attention she deserves and is as happy as she could possibly be! She’s part of a family!


What a great start to the New Year !!!

Handsome boy Ozzie was our little anomaly . A mix between Chow-Sharpei and who knows what. He presented himself with all the tough traits of both breeds, the energy of a husky and the cuteness of a cuddly bear. Ozzie was picked up as a stray and it didn’t take long for us to realize why. Not only did he immediately searched for a way out, but he lacked manners and any social graces. We worked on his extreme guarding and his zero tolerance to meet new people.
This boy had a lot to learn for any chance of a forever home and yes he worked hard. Lucky for him a nice couple saw him and it was love at first sight…thankfully they fell for him too….because Ozzie was NOT letting them leave without him! When a rescue picks their people, it’s bliss. Have a blissful life Ozzie, you deserve it!

2016 ..Thank you to all our Supporters

Happy Holidays to everyone

2016 proved to be a fantastic year for our little rescue. We placed a total of 9 dogs this year, 5 Shar-Peis and 4 Chow Chows! Nicholas,Samson,Lechee,Jagger,Zara,Royal,Nikko,Buddy and Tia are all doing well in their forever homes and we couldn’t be happier for them. Their Happy ending stories are listed in the “happy endings section”
If you’re reading this, then you’re one of the many people we’d like to thank. Whether you commented or clicked “like” on a photo, it’s your show of support that drives us forward.
A special thank-you to two incredible ladies. Cathy Virberg of Think artisan for all that she does with the Artisn Fair. If you haven’t attended, you’re missing an awesome event featuring amazing deals on some of the most cool gifts out there! Also a big thank-you to Vivian of Rupert Wraps. Your unwavering and generous support goes straight to vetting those wrinkle dogs and all their needs…Thank-you so much!
Big thank-you to all who sponsored a dog, donated and to those who participated in our on-line auction. Every effort counts and makes a big difference to our rescue dogs!
Of course we couldn’t do this without volunteers. So much goes on behind the scene. Phone calls, home visits, emails, transports and so much more. Time is a precious gift. Thank-you Maggie for always stepping up when we need you, and to everyone who’s played a part in helping a dog in need.
With your continued support, we look forward to sharing many more rescue stories and “happy endings” in 2017. As always, we encourage you to help out at your local animal shelter. Spread the joy by walking or playing with a shelter dog. Provide them with some attention and love. A donation of time is invaluable. If that’s not possible, a monetary gift may save a life!
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year! May there be many less in need of rescue in 2017.
Happy holidays,

Dawn & Debbie – Merlin’s Hope
Saving one dog will not change the world, but for that one dog the world will change fur-ever.

Merlin’s 2nd Annual Artisan Fair 2016


You are invited to attend our Second Artisan Fair in aid of Merlin’s Hope Rescue.

These hand-picked artisans offer you the very best quality and variety of merchandise. All monies raised will go directly to the rescue – to provide vetting and rehabilitation of Chows & Shar-Pei in need.

Handmade items such as dog apparel and treats, knitting and crochet, stuffed animals, jewelry, stained glass, soaps & body products, Rupert wraps, preserves, paper products and repurposed home décor are just a few of the things that will be for sale.

Be sure to check out our online pre-sale if you are unable to attend in person.
Select merchandise will be available from November 18 to 23, 2016 in a special collection offered by, purchases will be mailed to you the week following the fair.

We will have a small lunchroom, so come join us for coffee and a bite to eat 🍴🍴🍴

Please join us in making this event s BIG Success

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Nous avons sélectionné les artisans tant pour la qualité que pour la variété des produits qu’ils offrent. Les fonds amassés seront versés à Merlin’s Hope afin de leur permettre de venir en aide à des chiens de races Shar-Pei et Chow Chow dans le cadre de leur programme de rescousse en leur offrant des soins vétérinaires ainsi que des outils de réhabilitation.

Une panoplie d’items confectionnés à la main sera disponible lors de la vente : des items pour vos animaux de companie tels les biscuits, des produits tricotés et crochetés, des animaux en pluche, des bijoux, des vitraux, des savons et autres produits de bain, les doudous de chien Rupert Wraps, des conserves, des produits de papier et des items de décor faits de produits recyclés pour en nommer que quelques un.

Assurez-vous de participer à la pré-vente en ligne si vous ne pouvez pas y être en personne. Un certain nombre d’items sera disponible entre le 18 novembre et le 23 novembre 2016 par collection spéciale via Vos achats seront postés la semaine suivant la foire.

Nous aurons aussi une petite salle à dîner donc venez nous joindre pour un café et une petite bouchée 🍴🍴🍴

Svp venez nous visiter et aidez-nous à en faire un énorme succès.

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