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Dear Friend,

The 2010 commercial seal hunt has limped to end and I wanted to take a moment to share my latest speech in the Senate with you.  Paste the following into your browser to access the text of this speech.

http://www.parl.gc.ca/40/3/parlbus/chambus/senate/deb-E/038db_2010-06-15-e.htm?Language=E&Parl=40&Ses=3#62

The government has failed the people of Canada by refusing to accept that it is time to transition those involved in the commercial hunt into viable jobs with a future.  The government’s lack of leadership has also caused considerable damage to the well-being of Canada’s Inuit and other indigenous hunters, and to Canada’s international reputation.

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Please go to link below to get details, food type, UPC Codes and Best By Dates

http://www.iams.com/iams/en_US/data_root/html/recall_message.html

Please remember to ensure your animals have shade and fresh clean drinking water during the summer if they are outside for any length of time. 

Interior car temperatures during summer rise extremely fast and extremely high, and leaving your dog in the car, even with window cracked open won’t protect your pet from the suffocating heat building inside your vehicle.   Best to leave pet at home.

Also don’t count on bringing pet in car and going to do your shopping, leaving your vehicles air-conditioning on.  If the car stalls out, as happened to a Police Officer recently, you may find your dog dead when you get back to your vehicle.  This Officer lost not only a highly trained member of the K9 squad, but also a companion.

Keeping your pet protected from heat stroke and sunburn during summer is a matter of just using common sense.

 For example:  If you tether your dog within an area shaded by trees, please remember to check that he/she does not become so entangled as to start choking..it only takes seconds for a pet to strangle…also that there is no debris in the area that could harm your companion.  I cannot count the number of times I have had to untangle my neighbors dog who got so wrapped up in tree branches that the poor dog could not move and was choking.

1.  Shade

   2. Fresh cool water 

  3.  Minimum outdoor exercise 

  4.  Leaving him/her at home  

  5.  Not leaving animal in vehicle

 6.  Carry extra water and a container on walks with your dog, if you are thirsty from the heat and exhertion you can be sure your dog is too.

7.  Watch for burrs and other prickly items your pet can pick up between toes and foot pads.  Check for parasites too, like ticks that can be picked up in long grasses,  insect bites that can become inflamed and infected, resulting in serious skin rashes, hot spots and bacterial infections.

8.  For those who love to go boating, a life vest can be purchased for your dog from any well stocked pet store.  Fido can swim, but like a human they can get tired too, and make not make it to shore.  Remember extremely cold river/lake water has the same affect on your pet as it will have on you.

9.  Always make sure you have an ID tag on the collar in case you become seperated…your name and phone number and pets name to ensure you will be easily reunited.

10.  For those of you living in areas where Heart Worm (carried by mosquitoes) is a known factor, remember to have your dog tested prior to the start of summer, so that they can be given the medications that will protect them during summer.  Treatment for Heart Worm once the animal has become infected is a very lengthy and costly process which your faithful companion may not survive.

Hope these tips help to ensure a healthy, happy and stress free summer for all.

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Every now and again, I will find a poem that says it all.  I do not know who the author is, but it is clear that the compassion this person has speaks volumes about the understanding held in thier heart for the ever increasing “Victims of Man”.

A STRAY DOGS PRAYER

Dear God, please send me somebody who’ll care!
I’m tired of running.  I’m sick with despair.
My body is aching; it’s so racked with pain,
and dear God I pray, as I run in the rain.
That someone will love me and give me a home,
a warm cozy bed and a big juicy bone.

My last owner tied me all day in the yard
sometimes with no water, and God that was hard.
So I chewed my leash, and I ran away,
to rummage in garbage and live as a stray.
But now God, I’m tired and hungry and cold,
and I’m so afraid that I’ll never grow old.

They’ve chased me with stickS and hit me with stones,
while I run the streets just looking for bones!
I’m not really bad, God, please help if you can,
or I have become just a “Victim of Man”
I’m wormy dear God and I’m ridden with fleas,
and all that I want is an Owner to please!

If you find one for me God, I’ll try to be good,
and I won’t chew their shoes, and I’ll do as I should.
I’ll love then, protect them and try to obey…
when they tell me sit, to lie down or to stay!
I don’t think I’ll make it too long on my own,
cause I’m getting so weak and Im so all alone.

Each night as I sleep in the bushes I cry,
cause I’m so afraid God, that I’m going to die.
And I’ve got so much love and devotion to give,
that I should be given a new chance to live!
So dear God, please answer my prayer,
and send me someone who will REALLY CARE.

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I am grateful to ” Canadians  For Animal Welfare Reform”  for having recently contacted me regarding the continued unabated and unpunished incidents of Horrific Animal Cruelty that goes on the Northwest Territories, Canada.  Together I am hoping that with their assistance and additinal contacts the Government of the Northwest Territories will stop postponing Animal Protection Legislation here.

Below is an excellent site, one dedicated to making positive change across Canada.  Please take the time to view the posts, to inform and educate yourselves.  Canada’s lax Animal Protection Laws need to be improved greatly.  All animals are sentient beings worthy of human respect, NOT indifference.

http://queenwaldorf.org

Please feel free to send us an email at info@queenwaldorf.com
or you can also send us a letter at;
QUEEN WALDORF
P.O. Box 36556
75 Centennial Prwy North
STONEY CREEK, Ont.
L8E 5B2

Additional Links:

INFO

Toronto Star article on Kevin Newman’s documentary – note Kevin’s comment regarding how media cover stories “incrementally” – and how seldom you get the bigger, or full picture. It offers good perspective to those seeking to take their animal stories to media, particularly those looking for continuance on their animal stories. Very rare to get continuance or big picture.
http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/television/article/840295–kevin-newman-tackles-animal-rights

Beautiful story of solders & their dogs (thanks to Lawrence Pinsky):
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/international/dog_gets_his_day_haMOgDHiJOYZ3sFg3n0iBM

“No Country for Animals”   can be seen online at:

http://www.facebook.com/l/8a97emYcowlL_Liz1hwFQnmqcjg;www.globallethbridge.com/story.html?id=3336734.

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