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Life and it’s demanding realities take away from much loved writing, blogging, and I have been away far too long.

For all of the 10,800 followers of Loki’s FB page updates have been frequent.

For my readers here, I extend heartfelt apologies.

Much has transpired since Loki was rescued and joined my family.

Much has also transpired in the world of animal exploitation and the autrocities continue unabated.

My return to blogging will likely be slow as I am still recovering from Compassion Burnout (a form of PTSD) that all who fight for animals worldwide know too well.

Hence this first post in a very long time, is a happy one.  I hope you enjoy the latest video of Loki enjoying all the mud puddles he can find.

LOKI is doing GREAT!!!!!

It has been some time since I last did an update about this amazing, highly (scarily) intelligent boy.  Loki’s followers get thier updates on his FB page:  I hope you will follow him there.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-LOKI-Sole-Survivor/188340937903082

Summer has finally arrived in the Northwest Territories and of course we are all enjoying this long awaited time.  Longer day,s higher temps and hours upon hours of daylight.  The birds are singing, the wild roses are in bloom, the Boreal Forest is thick and lush and the skies, the most amazing and the clearest of blue.

Winters here are too long, too cold and too harsh.  Temperatures are brutal, the winds off the Great Slave Lake are fierce and chilling.  One thing, if it is extremely cold, we do not get that much snow.  A small gift of the heavens to compensate for the extreme and lengthy hours of darkness we experience during winter.

LOKI has been in the family now since September 27, 2013 and this amazing fellow, and I must again stress his high intelligence, has settled into his new family and home life.  I did not have to housebreak him, leash train him or go through the normal training exercises associated with adding a new family member.  He did all of this totally on his own.  What we, mom and I, as his new family did do was give to him a great deal of love, patience, respect and trust.  From the moment he entered my home he was and still continues to be the perfect gentleman.April 8 2014 023

This recent video:

shows this happy boy enjoying one of our many evening walks, just look at that tail folks!!

 

Loki June 2014 035  Here you can see us sitting by the river, enjoying the daylight, this pic was taken around 9:30 p.m.

 

I invite all of you to become his followers, so that you can keep up on his photos, videos and his Blog.  Just go to his FB page.  Feel free to submit photos of your furballs so I can add to the growing Friends of Loki album.

 

Loki June 2014 013   This is a picture of Bonnie C and China, China is the love of Loki’s life and he “oofs” every time he sees her, China in turn “yodels”.

 

 

 

Happy Boy

Always the perfect gentleman in the house.

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From the once skittish pup:

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to a magnificent adolescent living wild and threatened: Jan 2013 Loki across ravine 049 December 25 2012 052 December 25 2012 054 Jan 2013 Loki across ravine 050 Jan 23 to 26 2013 011

 

 

 

Loki is now safe, happy and healthy in his loving forever home:

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We have all had the experience of the horrid emptiness in the loss of a Beloved Animal Companion.  It matters nothing whether that companion is a cat, dog, ferret, rabbit, mouse, hamster, or even fish.  There is a gaping hole left behind, that can only be filled with the Loving Memories of a life lived well, shared with complete devotion and unconditional love.

 

We can relish in the yesterdays, the many pictures, the fond memories of the antics, the unique personalities, the growing and developing years from infant to mature and loyal companion.  They have silently and willingly shared our sorrows, bringing us great comfort by their presence;  they have allowed us to rant and rave, to also sit in quiet contemplation,; they have been patient and tolerant of our moods or our delays to take them for the needed quality time together of a long walk.  They have sat in silence ever watchful over us, sensitive to every emotion even though we may have successfully hidden it from our human companions.  Each furry companion has taught us to sit in silence, to observe the world as they do, they have taught us to be kind, to be compassionate and gentle and they have taught us what it means to truly love unconditionally.

 

My mother and I, and I know many of you do as well, believe animals have souls, some also believe as we do that they are angels sent to comfort and protect us.

 

With all of this now said, it is with honest heartfelt sorrow that I must let all of you know that we have lost a loved one, the dearest and closest Friend of Loki.

 

Sarg

Sarg

Sarg passed away at home last Thursday evening.  He was not alone.

Called Home, Sarg has now crossed that Beautiful Rainbow Bridge, healthy and strong once again..

Thank you Sarg for having taken such good care of Loki, for being his lifelong Best Friend

Thank you Sarg for having become my friend and for enriching the lives of those within my family.

Thank you to Sarg’s mom and Gord his dad, who so loved and cherished this beautiful soul.

Run Sarg Run and know that you will Never Be Forgotten.

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HELD FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS

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So many of you have followed Loki’ story for a lot of years now.  From the early says in 2010 when I first began in the wilds with this boy, to present day, with him now part of my family.

From his days as a youngster, living feral in the Boreal Forest of the Northwest Territories Canada , when I would take food and fresh water to him each and every day and night, often 4 times a day our journey continued and our trust in each other grew.

     Watching this beautiful boy’s personality develop, his gentle and timid nature grow through out those years, was a precious gift that can never be taken from me.  The time we shared, hidden from view, from prying eyes was very special to both of us.  Silent conversations that taught me personally so much about what it is to love, to share my life with such an amazing and beautiful spirit allowed me to return back ‘home’ as I call it.  That inner place that the years had buried so deep inside that I had believed it lost to me forever.

      The struggles, the fight, the worry, emotional pain and days of terror and fear for his safety are now over, now it is time to relish in the life we two now share as one.

       No longer is “Our Boy” as all Loki’s close to 11,00 followers call him, going to face life alone.  No longer will he find himself wondering about  his next meal, dealing with mud to lay upon, snow and ice to cover him….now he is in his forever home.

        LOKI Sole Survivor

As a beautiful pup, growing into a magnificent and mature Spirit, in the wild and now in my home, LOKI, continues to amaze and teach me.

Aug 1 2011 009Aug 1 2011 013Proud and strong  From this wonderful intelligent and curious pup to this magnificent and gentle Spirit, LOKI continues to amaze and inspire myself and so many others around the world.

This collage of our journey together is a history, the history continues and God Willing, Loki will continue to teach me as I have never been taught before.

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LOKI Sole Survivor

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PEEK - A - BOO.....HERE I AM

PEEK – A – BOO…..HERE I AM

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Received via email:

Photo: Animal Alliance of Canada

Photo: Animal Alliance of Canada

 

Dear Friend of Wildlife

Thanks to all of you who have written letters and signed petitions opposing the Spring Bear Hunt in Ontario. Although the Liberal government seems determined to go ahead, our collective efforts are getting a lot of attention and have encouraged us to continue this fight.

Animal Alliance of Canada, along with Zoocheck Canada, are taking the Province to court over the partial reintroduction of the spring bear hunt.

On Monday the Minister of Natural Resources and Attorney General of Ontario were served with a Notice of Application for Judicial Review and the Attorney General of Canada was served with a Notice of Constitutional Question on behalf of the two organizations. David Estrin, a certified environmental law specialist with Gowlings LLP in Toronto, Michael Watson, a Gowlings civil litigation partner and Brent Arnold, another Gowlings litigator, are our lawyers. Three Justices of the Ontario Divisional Court are scheduled to hear the application April 29, 2014 in Toronto.

Mr. Estrin summarized the legal position to be advanced:

“The Applicants contend that the Minister failed to comply with the MNR’s own Statement of Environmental Values and therefore failed to comply with section 11 of the Environmental Bill of Rights, that the Proposal violates the Criminal Code of Canada prohibition on causing cruelty to animals and is therefore illegal and unconstitutional, and the Minister did not apply for or receive approval for this Proposal under the Environmental Assessment Act.”

You can read more information on the Animal Alliance website, including their legal filings: http://www.animalalliance.ca

Gowlings is very generously working pro bono, but Animal Alliance will have to cover other costs. So if you wish to help out by donating to its legal action, please feel free to do so at the address below.

We’ve heard from some very passionate people over these past few weeks. We feel so fortunate to have such an outpouring of support – for the bears.
Donna DuBreuil, Ontario Wildlife Coalition

https://twitter.com/Animal_Alliance

http://www.animalalliance.ca/campaigns/ontario-spring-bear-hunt.html

UPDATE:

April 17, 2014 Media Release – Groups seek legal remedies to stop re-introduction of the Ontario Spring Bear Hunt

April 14, 2014 – Notice of Constitutional Question

April 14, 2014 – Notice of Application to Divisional Court for Judicial Review

The Facts – Sault Ste. Marie Statistics (source data: Freedom of Information)

Photo: Animal Alliance of Canada

Photo: Animal Alliance of Canada

Background Information – David Estrin, Julie Woodyer and Liz White

The Issue:

Until 1999, thousands of black bears were killed when they came out of hibernation in the spring, baited with garbage food and hunted down by dogs.

Now black bears will be killed as they come out of hibernation – when they are most vulnerable – when females have nursing cubs.

You can still vote No in opposition to the Spring Bear Hunt by going to this link:
It’s important to Vote as our side has moved slightly ahead at this point.  Many thanks for the determined Bear advocates out there who found this avenue to Vote after the link on the news page had changed.
Donna DuBreuil
Ontario Wildlife Coalition
Thank you Donna for all that you do.
SUMMER IS COMING:  Thank you Sarah West for this:

HEAT: HEATSTROKE

 

Dogs eliminate heat through panting; however if the temperature of the environment is too hot and humid then panting becomes ineffective.

Normal body temperature is around 38.5C/101.4F. In cases of heat-stroke a dog’s body temperature can rise in excess of 41.6C/107F. Increased muscular effort displayed during excessive panting can also cause a rise in body temperature.

 

Signs of heat-stroke:

·         Panting excessively

·         Anxious behaviour

·         Very red gums turning blue in extreme circumstances

·         Salivating

·         Very rapid heart rate

·         In cases of severe heat-stroke – collapse, convulsions, shock

What to do if your dog is suffering with heat-stroke:

·         Seek veterinary attention immediately as it can be difficult to be sure how serious the situation is and urgent treatment may be needed.

·         Remove the dog from the hot environment

·         Reduce body temperature immediately 

·         Immerse the dog in tepid water, cooling gradually, using either a shower spray or similar.  Then douse the dog in cool water, particularly the head and neck – avoid using ice-cold water; or cover your dog with wet sheets.  Use a fan to increase air flow over the dog as this aids cooling.

·         Allow the dog to drink as much water as he wants in small quantities at a time (if possible add a pinch of salt to the water)

·         Continue to douse the dog in cold water until his breathing starts to settle  

·         Seek veterinary attention as soon as is safe to do so

Please note

·         If using a fan to cool your dog be careful of electric wires. 

·         Do not  EVER throw cold water over your / any dog!

 

If a dog’s temperature is not reduced immediately, heat-stroke can be fatal

 

If you come across a dog in a hot car PLEASE REPORT ASAP ! Find a spray bottle and try to spray dog and also change spray nozzle to you shoot water into dog’s mouth a little at a time Hopefully a car window will have been left open

 

Information from Animal Aid UK

 

Sincerely

 

Sarah West Founder/President

Canadians For Animal Welfare Reform (CFAWR) www.cfawr.org

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Tick Repellents
Information excerpted from an article by CJPuotinen

Far be it from us to tell you to put pesticides on your dog. But we’ve never heard of a single nontoxic preparation that was effective at keeping ticks off all dogs.  For some dogs, only the potent pesticides seem to keep ticks away. There are, however, some nontoxic products – both commercially produced and homemade formulas – that work to repel ticks well enough to consider using them as part of a comprehensive Lyme disease prevention program.

In 1994, botanist Arthur O. Tucker reviewed the scientific literature on herbs that repel mosquitoes, flies, fleas, ticks, and similar pests. He found that opopanax myrrh (Commiphora erythaea), the myrrh of ancient Egypt, has been shown to repel adults of the African brown ear, deer, black-footed, lone star, and American dog tick. Because opopanax myrrh is not widely sold, Tucker speculated that the more readily available common myrrh (C. myrrha) might have similar properties, but herbalists who experiment with live ticks report that of the herbs said to repel them, including myrrh, rosemary, and California laurel, only rose geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), palmarosa (Cymbagopogon martini motia), which has a similar fragrance, and opopanax myrrh truly repel deer and dog ticks.

CJ Puotinen, author of The Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care and Natural Remedies for Dogs and Cats, describes an all-purpose repellent that will make pets (and people!) less attractive to ticks and other biting insects. She suggests blending 20 drops of rose geranium, palmarosa, or opopanax myrrh essential oil (or any combination) with three drops citronella essential oil (which repels mosquitoes) and enough vodka, neem tincture, or bay rum aftershave to dissolve the essential oils. Start with two tablespoons alcohol or tincture and add more as needed to make the oils dissolve completely. Do not use isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol. When there is no longer a thin film of oil on the surface, add one cup water, herbal tea, or aloe vera juice or gel. Apply frequently, avoiding the eyes.

To examine more options on ways to keep ticks off of your dog, purchase and download the ebook Ticks and Canine Lyme Disease from The Whole Dog Journal.

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