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LOKI – HIS BEGINNINGS

 

Loki caged on Hobson property prior to May 29 2010 raid and seizure

 

Loki’s amazing journey began at a very early age.  His was not a good start in life. His actual date of birth is unknown, however what is known is just how he spent at least the first year of his life…..caged, with others of his kind.

The first pictures taken of him with other pups in his cage were taken in 2009, at that time there were approximately 4 other pups (white) in the cage with him.  They were very young.  Pictures taken in Spring of 2010 a month before the raid, show Loki with only a couple of the white pups that had been with him in 2009.

All pictures were provided to both the Town Mayor and to RCMP around May 25, 2010,  which in turn prompted the raid on the Hobson property, on May 29, 2010. Note that the identities of those who took the pictures and who provided the individuals who then submitted the pictures to the authorities is protected by Law.

23 pups ranging in age from 2 months old to yearlings, were seized, removed from that property and taken to the Municipally owned shelter, where the SPCA volunteers spent many hours bathing these terrified pups.  Covered in filth, scared and traumatized.

During the raid, three dogs were immediately euthanized for humane reasons.The pups remained under the care of the SPCA volunteers for a period of 2  ½ months, receiving de-worming medication, fresh food and water on a daily basis.

Volunteers worked in shifts, ensuring that the pens were spotless and that these young victims were cared for.  It did not take the volunteers long to reach the point of exhaustion.

Without anywhere to move the remaining 83 dogs, the decision was made to leave these animals on that property, remaining under the care of their owner..however the Mayor did state that this care was to be supervised and monitored by someone employed by the Town.   All 83 dogs plus the 23 pups became ‘wards’ of the Town of Hay River.

Within weeks of the pups seizure and rescue, assistance to relocate the 23 out of the N.W.T. was made, in the form of written hand delivered letters directed to the Town Mayor.  Unfortunately these offers of assistance were totally ignored. Thus sealing the fate of the 23 pups at the shelter.

Thankfully, Loki, escaped the Municipal shelter, therefore he survived.In mid August , SPCA volunteers were asked to leave the Municipally owned shelter property, the remaining 22 pups were removed and destroyed by persons yet to be identified, by order of  Town Officials.   Just how these pups were destroyed remains a total mystery as Town authorities continue to refuse to provide details.  It must be noted that this removal and destruction of the 22 pups was done secretly and it was only by chance that it was learned via a tip from another town resident that they had disappeared.

Once confirming from a Town employee that indeed the pups were dead, CFAWR, Canadians for Animal Welfare Reform, a B.C. based animals rights/welfare group were notified and they  issued numerous letters and Press Releases directed to the Town Mayor and Officials.  On August 30, 2010 the Deputy Mayor of Hay River issued a release stating the pups had been destroyed.

Had not so much pressure been put upon Town Officials, via the press releases and letters which were issued concerning this incident, one can only speculate as to whether any statement about the removal and destruction of the pups would have been forthcoming at all.

Any and all information relating to the remaining 83 dogs left on that property has not been forthcoming, despite written requests from the Animal Alliance of Canada.  The Animal Alliance of Canada submitted one letter in October 2010 and another in the Spring of 2011.  CFAWR as well has made inquiries to no avail.

It remains unknown just how many more pups have been born on that property since the raid took place on May 29, 2010.  It remains unknown as to the condition and status of these animals.   It remains unknown as to what supervision and monitoring of their care is actually taking place.  It remains unknown as to whether  or not a veterinarian has been in attendance to any of the remaining animals on that property since last May.

Linda Hobson is due back in court September 2011 to face her charges and await the Judge’s  decision. One can only hold their breath until that time.  It has been over a year since the raid was conducted.

Will she be convicted as charged?  If so, will the sentencing be lenient?  Will she be allowed to continue owning animals?  What determination and decision will be made in respect to the remaining dogs left on her property all of this time or for any additional pups born on that property over the last 15 months?

Will the unnecessary deaths of the 22 pups seized, sheltered and cared  for 2.5 months at the Municipally owned shelter by caring volunteers,  be in vain.   Will these innocent victims who lost their lives or the remaining dogs on that property see Justice?

Will LOKI see Justice?

  Will our journey together continue or will he continue to be stalked, eventually caught and likely shot?  A most common practice in the NWT.

Our fate together will remain unknown, what time we share now together is a  precious gift and God willing our journey will be allowed to continue.

Latest YouTube Videos

GUESS WHO CAME FOR DINNER

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BIQ6hHupJo

SHARING

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8cvT0a0yw0

 

The following links relate to the media coverage on this case:

RCMP charge N.W.T. woman allegedly hoarding 109 dogs

Edmonton Journal / 1st Jun 2010

http://gleekifi.com/gossip/NWT-woman-charged-after-109-dogs-found-in-home-2627652.html

N.W.T. woman charged after 109 dogs found in home

Vancouver Sun / 2nd Jun 2010

Over 100 dogs found neglected in HR, woman charged :  June 2, 2010

http://www.mix100.ca/news_and_sports/news/Local/10/06/2/Over-100-dogs-found-neglected-in-HR-woman-charged

Woman charged after 109 dogs found in home  : Thursday, June 3, 2010

http://animalhoardinginfo.blogspot.com/2010/06/woman-charged-after-109-dogs-found-in.html

Neglected dogs under care of SPCA :  June 4, 2010

http://www.mix100.ca/news_and_sports/news/Local/10/06/4/Neglected-dogs-under-care-of-SPCA

Lack of resources forced town to euthanize puppies — SPCA : September 8, 2010

http://www.mix100.ca/news_and_sports/news/Local/10/09/8/Lack-of-resources-forced-town-to-euthanize-puppies-SPCA

Hub was wrong to euthanize 23 dogs – animal welfare group

http://www.mix100.ca/newsDetails.php?newsID=1412&pageID=116&parentID=108

Posted on: September 10, 2010

Town finds itself under attack after destroying 23 dogs

KRISTEN CAMPBELL reporter@hayriverhub.com

Hay River Hub: WEDNESDAY, September 8, 2010 37th Year No. 29

 

What happened to the rest of the dogs? – animal welfare group on Hay River hoarding case

September 21, 2010

http://hqyellowknife.com/news/local/news/Local/10/09/21/What-happened-to-the-rest-of-the-dogs-animal-welfare-group-on-Hay-River-hoarding-case

What happened to the rest of the dogs? – animal welfare group on Hay River hoarding case

September 21, 2010

http://www.mix100.ca/news_and_sports/news/Local/10/09/21/What-happened-to-the-rest-of-the-dogs-animal-welfare-group-on-Hay-River-hoarding-case

Hobson to enter plea on November 24 : Sep 29th, 2010

http://www.hayriverhub.com/2010/09/hobson-to-enter-plea-on-november-24/

HR accused dog abuser faces more charges : December 3, 2010

http://www.mix100.ca/news_and_sports/news/Local/10/12/3/HR-accused-dog-abuser-faces-more-charges

Woman pleads not guilty to dog neglect :  January 20, 2011

http://www.mix100.ca/news_and_sports/news/Local/11/01/20/Woman-pleads-not-guilty-to-dog-neglect

 

Not guilty plea in dog hoarding case

http://www.nnsl.com/northern-news-services/stories/papers/jan24_11nwteds.html

A Hay River woman has pleaded not guilty to animal abuse charges. Linda Hobson, 67, entered the pleas during a brief appearance in Hay River territorial court on Jan. 19.

Trial date set in animal cruelty case : March 4, 2011

http://www.mix100.ca/news_and_sports/news/Local/11/03/4/Trial-date-set-in-animal-cruelty-case

Additional Links found on Internet reporting this case:

dog posts – Animal Hoarding News & Info | Dog Time – Dog Blog Network

http://celebrifi.com/gossip/RCMP-charge-NWT-woman-allegedly-hoarding-109-dogs-2627655.html

http://celebrifi.com/gossip/The-Getaway-2606449.html

RCMP charge N.W.T. woman allegedly hoarding 109 dogs

ANIMAL HOARDING

Animal Hoarding is recognized as an illness, akin to OCD.  A great deal of research has been done on this illness and the consequences and suffering inflicted upon the animals involved.

According to the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association:

“Typically, an animal hoarder is someone who accumulates a large number of animals that overwhelms the person’s ability to provide even minimal standards of care and who fails to acknowledge the deteriorating conditions of the animals and the environment as well as the negative effects on the health and well-being of the hoarder and other household members. Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium: www.tufts.edu/vet/cfa/hoarding . Last consulted March 9, 2005.”

Described by PETA as follows: http://www.peta.org/issues/Companion-Animals/animal-hoarders-the-illness-and-the-crime.aspx

“Animal hoarders—once described as “collectors” whose good intentions had gone awry—are now recognized as individuals whose mental illness or compulsion can cause criminal behavior with horrific consequences for animals, the hoarders’ families, and their communities.”

http://www.pet-abuse.com/pages/animal_cruelty.php

According to HARC: Animal Hoarding 2.htm

  “How is animal hoarding defined?
“The pathological accumuation of animals was first described in [1981] and animal hoarding was formally defined in the public health literature in [1999] using the following criteria:

  • Having more than the typical number of companion animals
  • Failing to provide even minimal standards of nutrition, sanitation, shelter, and veterinary care, with this neglect often resulting in illness and death from starvation, spread of infectious disease, and untreated injury or medical condition
  • Denial of the inability to provide this minimum care and the impact of that failure on the animals, the household, and human occupants of the dwelling
  • Persistence, despite this failure, in accumulating and controlling animals “

“…..psychologists are currently considering whether hoarding should be a separate disorder in DSM-V

“A recent (June 2010) in-depth review by eminent psychologists explains the differences between OCD and hoarding, and suggests there is sufficient evidence for creation of a new disorder, provisionally called hoarding disorder, in DSM-V.”

Companion Animal Hoarding: What is It?

http://www.animallawcoalition.com/animal-hoarding/article/251

Animal ‘Hoarding’ Often Tied to Mental Illness

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_110268.html

Animal Hoarding AKA Collecting

http://www.pet-abuse.com/pages/animal_cruelty/hoarding.php

Animal Hoarding Facts

http://www.aldf.org/article.php?id=250

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2010/07/19/f-animal-hoarding-faq.html

http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/news-animal-hoarding-%E2%80%93-when-love-animals-turns-disease

http://www.tufts.edu/vet/hoarding/abthoard.htm

http://www.suite101.com/content/animal-hoarding-a-mental-illness-a125178

http://www.k9magazinefree.com/k9_perspective/iss49p9.shtml

 

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As everyone can see I have been very busy Blogging on this and my other sites today…no rest for the wicked…..especially when you are dedicated and committed to animal welfare and positive change.

So why stop now.  Cutting the lawn can wait, housework can wait.  Here are some new pics of “Zephr”, the stumpy legged kitten and newest addition to the family….a sweet, holy little terror….at least she can be….when she is not being so cute to photograph.  Wait till I get decent videos of her playing with and grooming  China (bunny)!!!

Okay pictures loaded, time to publish and prepare LOKI’s dinner and head out to look for him.  Hope the bugs aren’t bad.

Enjoy the pics of Zephr.

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 PERMISSION TO POST HAS BEEN GRANTED

Thank you Wendy for allowing me to Post

IF ANY RESCUE GROUPS/INDIVIDUALS OUT THERE CAN HELP SAVE/FOSTER THESE CATS PLEASE ACT NOW.

“Below is a letter from Holly Bowen at Georgina Animal control in Keswick.  I offered to put out a newsletter similar to my HAC newsletter in the hopes that some of their kitties could be saved since they are at full capacity.!! I’m hoping that with more exposure, they might be able to get rescued!

Please help if you can and pass this along!

The below kitties are all URGENT and will be the 1st on the euthanizing list next Monday. Please contact Georgina Animal Control(Holly Bowen) at animal-control@georgina.ca Phone # and address follow the postings!”

Thanks

Wendy Tracy

NO ADOPTION FEES for rescue groups, they are waived!

“Hello Wendy,

It would be great if you could help us with your newsletter. Rescues do not have to pay to take the cats.

We are very full and we never have euthanasia dates, we tend to procrastinate euthanasia and we just take it day by day. We are having an adopt-a-thon this week and it hasn’t been too successful. We will have to euthanize some cats next Monday as we have let the population get a bit out of hand here hoping we would adopt out more this week. We have cats in dog rooms (we took the dogs out) and portable cages and we also have them in our bathrooms! The Urgents you put on will be on the list. We find ourselves full of healthy, friendly cats and kittens. Euthanizing for space alone is extremely hard for us.

Thank you very much for wanting to help us, your support is greatly appreciated.

I hope I was able to answer your questions,

Have a great day,

Holly”

7 URGENTS:

Oscar: special needs

Domestic Long Hair: An adoptable cat in Keswick, ON

Large • Adult • Male

Oscar came to the shelter as a stray May 6 from Warden Ave  in Belhaven. 1-800-898-8606.

Oscar is 3 years old.

Oscar’s adoption fee is $150 and includes vaccinations, spay/neuter, deworming, microchip and a Veterinarian checkup.

Pet ID: 19478 • Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Special Needs • Primary color: Tabby – Orange or Red • Coat length: Long  http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/19789008

Spooky URGENT

Domestic Short Hair: An adoptable cat in Keswick, ON

Large • Adult • Male

Spooky came to the shelter as a stray March 30 from Mapleview in Stouffville. 1-800-898-8606.

Spooky is 4 years old.

Spooky’s adoption fee is $150 and includes vaccinations, spay/neuter, deworming, microchip and a Veterinarian checkup. Spooky is a scaredy cat. He is friendly but likes to hide. He will let out the most tortured howl when he is uncovered. He needs a home to feel more secure.

Pet ID: 19241 • Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Primary color: Black • Coat length: Short  http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/19106318

Grayson URGENT

Domestic Short Hair: An adoptable cat in Keswick, ON

Large • Adult • Male

Grayson came to the shelter as a stray March 30 from  Main St in Newmarket. 1-800-898-8606.

Grayson is 4 years old.

Grayson’s adoption fee is $150 and includes vaccinations, spay/neuter, deworming, microchip and a Veterinarian checkup. Grayson is a happy, friendly male.

http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/19106616Pet ID: 19244 • Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Primary color: Gray, Blue or Silver • Coat length: Short

Micah URGENT

Domestic Short Hair: An adoptable cat in Keswick, ON

Medium • Young • Male

Micah came to the shelter as a stray March 31 from Saltzburg Crescent in Keswick. 1-800-898-8606.

Micah is 1 year old.

Micah’s adoption fee is $150 and includes vaccinations, spay/neuter, deworming, microchip and a Veterinarian checkup. Micah is a friendly young male.

Pet ID: 19247 • Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Primary color: Black & White or Tuxedo • Coat length: Shorthttp://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/19227963

B.B URGENT

Domestic Short Hair: An adoptable cat in Keswick, ON

Large • Adult • Male

B.B came to the shelter as a stray Feb 28 from Bowers in Queensville. 1-800-898-8606.

B.B is 5 years old. B.B or Big Boy is an affectionate male. He is laidback.

B.B’s adoption fee is $150 and includes vaccinations, spay/neuter, deworming, microchip and a Veterinarian checkup. B.B or Big Boy is an affectionate male. He is laidback.

Pet ID: 19174 • Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Primary color: Tabby – Orange or Red • Coat length: Short  http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/18788489

Sabra URGENT

Domestic Medium Hair: An adoptable cat in Keswick, ON

Medium • Adult • Female

Sabra came to the shelter as a stray Feb 22 from Oakcrest Rd in Keswick. 1-800-898-8606.

Sabra is 6 years old. Sabra is a friendly, pretty cat. She has an old injury to one eye.

$150′s adoption fee is $150 and includes vaccinations, spay/neuter, deworming, microchip and a Veterinarian checkup. Sabra is a friendly, pretty cat. She has an old injury to one eye.

Pet ID: 19162 • Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Primary color: Black • Coat length: Medium  http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/18731176

Meow URGENT

Domestic Short Hair/Siamese Mix: An adoptable cat in Keswick, ON

Medium • Adult • Female

Meow came to the shelter as a stray March 30 from Pasadena Dr in Keswick. 1-800-898-8606.

Meow is 2 yearsold.

Meow’s adoption fee is $150 and includes vaccinations, spay/neuter, deworming, microchip and a Veterinarian checkup. Meow is a pretty young female. She looks to be mixed with siamese.

Pet ID: 19242 • Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Primary color: Black & White or Tuxedo http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/19106446

Georgina Animal Control
26815 Civic Centre rd.
Keswick, ON L4P 3G1

Phone: 1-800-898-8606

Email: Georgina Animal Control

Click here for a list of pets at this shelter PETFINDERS

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Update Canada’s Animal Cruelty Laws

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/895/434/413/?z00m=20018290#

 I urge everyone to sign the petition above which has been issued by WSPA.

I have signed this myself with my personal comment which is below and which has been sent to the Canadian Federal Government.

We can do this people!!!

 

Found alive and frozen to floor of wooden doghouse

“The current F.C.C. on the books is archaic, antiquated and enables animal cruelty in this country. Canada’s dismal ongoing record protecting animals in this country is well known around the world and much negative focus has been brought and continues to be brought to this fact. Instead of continuing to embarrass the Canadian people and this country, the Federal Government needs to recognize that animal cruelty is NOT acceptable, nor will it continue to be tolerated. The treatment of Factory Farm animals is especially horrific, animals in research and those licensed breeders who supply animals for research, puppy and kitten mills, pet stores who deal with mills, the failure to prosecute effectively those who inflict pain and suffering an companion animals, strays, the total lack of funding on the part of both Provincial and Federal Govt’s to support local animal rescue groups, shelters and the like exemplifies the indifference and complacency which remains prevalent with the Powers that Be. Canada for example continues to import cat and dog fur products from China, continues to import U.S. wild horses into this country for slaughter despite the US having banned such slaughter for horsemeat in their own country. Animals are more than mere property!!! It is time for change. It is time that the Canadian Federal Government enact legislation that fully protects animals (all manner) in this country!!

Instead of continuing to embarrass the Canadian people and this country by enabling animal cruelty the Federal Government needs to recognize that animal cruelty is NOT acceptable, nor will it continue to be tolerated.”

Mother and daughter starving

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Newest Video:  This video taken last evening will show exactly what type of terrain Loki lives within.

June 20, 2011

Just before I headed back, he had scampered off with his soup bone, smart boy, because I just made it in the door when the rain hit.

Later in the evening around 10:30 p.m. he appeared at my front flower pots, he loves petunias, and was gazing in through my living room window.  Of course I dashed to the refrigerator to grab the plate of dinner he had not eaten.  By the time I got outside he was gone..vanished…as only he can do.

Quite prepared to get a good soaking in the down pour I walked my street calling his name, I reached the end and turned to see him racing towards me from behind me.  Together we ran back to my  own property and I found myself placing his dish in numerous places, he grabbed some, took off, returned a few minutes later and was very skittish, the least sound causing him to flinch.    The best thing to do was to let him lead me to where he felt comfortable and he did and I followed.

I do believe he is getting me quite well trained.  What do you think?

He ate in comfort, hidden from view and I watched silently, through my window while towel drying my hair and smiling.

Despite the mud, the rain and the bugs, the earlier not as successful as I had planned trips to his domain, he chose to come to mine and together we shared more memories, albeit wet ones.  It was a perfect evening spent with Loki, smack dab in the middle of the Boreal Forest in the N.W.T.

It cannot get better than that.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwmQo-2IQ6A

 

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Situation critical at Refuge RR for horses

http://www.hudsongazette.com/Othernews.html

by KIRA YAGER

GO TO LINK THEN KEEP SCROLLING UNTIL YOU FIND FULL ARTICLE

Thank you.

Excerpt:

“If we do not receive massive support from people soon, the 20 years of saving, rehabilitating and in some instances placing hundreds of animals will have been in vain and the consequences will be serious,” said Refuge RR volunteer Karin Gebert.

Refuge RR’s well has run dry despite numerous revival attempts. A new artesian well and delivery system will cost RR’s backers $25,000 and the money just isn’t there. Without water, Refuge RR founder Rose Gergely is constantly having to figure out how to provide water for the 60 plus horses (of which some arrived blind), as well as the 340 other animals such as dogs, cats, cows and pigs and birds.”

An urgent appeal is being made via this Blog to help Refuge RR for Horses.  The amazing work that this dedicated woman has dedicated her life to cannot be allowed to go by the wayside due to a lack of funding, a dry well and little support.

All of us owe her a debt of gratitude for the countless number of lives she has saved and hopefully will continue to save in the future.

Please allow the Refuge to continue rescuing, rehabilitating and saving lives.  Every penny will count.

To all of those Ontario and Quebec Water Drilling Specialists out there, please consider offering your assistance.  Think of it as a tax deductible business donation and consider the positive ripple effect it could have on your businesses by being publicly acknowledged and promoted as being the ones who came to the rescue.  The media coverage would be amazing.

Excerpt:

“Refuge RR is a federally registered, charitable organization. Donations can be made via the Refuge RR website. Horses can also be sponsored individually. If you decide to sponsor a horse, you are welcome to visit him or her regularly. To give, visit http://www.refugerr.org and click on the “how to help” link. You’ll be redirected to a secure area where donations can be made, and tax receipts printed.”

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Loki and littermate prior to May 29, 2010 raid and seizure of pups

 


The white pup is one of the 22 now dead.  Loki escaped the shelter before all the rescued pups were removed from Town owned shelter and secretly destroyed.  Pups had been at shelter 2 1/2 months under care of shelter volunteers who were asked to leave in mid August 2010.  Method of pups destruction remains unknown.

What love and compassion brings

Two new videos of Loki. 

Looking for Loki before the storm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7b9jkbLo64

 

Proud and strong

Loki takes off with treat

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khYfPVoIBMw

Look at me NOW!!!

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July 17, 2011….hot, humid and rain.

Each and every evening Loki and I spend time together, sometimes early evening, sometimes quite late, but with almost 20 hours of daylight remaining one loses all track of time.

Often times I will go out to him and he may be visiting his dog pals, or just exploring and much to my concern he does not come right away, returning home I am worried..but I know that I will go back out looking for him before I finally go to my own bed.

Yesterday morning I was delighted when I found him curled up beneath my living room window, close as he could to the flowerbed.  Did I tell you, Loki loves to smell the flowers in the beds and pots decorating my yard?  He will often stick his nose into a pot of Petunias or investigate the lily with it’s shocking yellow blooms.  His delight in sheer living,”‘stopping to smell the flowers” gives the phrase a whole new meaning.

Last evening, I did not find him the first time, so I again went out shortly after 9 p.m.  I did spot his tracks in the fresh mud leading to my backyard so I know he had come looking for me.    Walking and calling to him, he soon appeared, stopped, had a long stretch and a big yawn and I knew I had awakened him.

Often he can be fussy!!  But usually I get it right for him.  He has become quite the gourmet.

What is tonight’s menu      
                                                                                                            
Hhmm I like her choice

Tummy is full and I am content

Time for a nice long nap

What greater joy can there be to provide for and care for another? As I hummed softly to him his eyes grew heavy and as I watched he slowly lowered his head for sleep.  Trusting me that much as I now sat in silence with him. His beauty and his gentle spirit inspires me each and every day and for that I shall be forever grateful, more than mere words can say. Surrounded by nature, calm and surreal these are memories we share together I will cherish forever and I pray that there be more memories together in our journey yet to come.

Tonight, July 18th, was not a very good night for Loki.  After today’s rain, the mosquitoes were mini vampires, clusters of them covering his nose.  He retreated to the higher wild grasses, rubbing his face back and forth in his attempt to rid these blood feeding pests.  He ate little, as he could not tolerate the onslaught of these winged beasts.  His nose already so tender from so many BullDog bites from the night before. (BullDogs are the nightmare version of Horseflies).

I will go back out to find him later tonight, when the air is much cooler and hopefully these hordes of thirsty insects have departed.  Hopefully then he will be able to eat in peace.

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Dear animal supporters,

 Refuge RR, its horses, dogs, cats and other animals need your urgent help!

 

With the overall economy over the past year, there has been a huge decline in donations,  but yet a huge increase in animal emergencies. These animals were not sought out by the Refuge but were taken in because members of society failed them. As with dogs and cats, the number of abandoned or neglected horses is on the rise. We have always been proud to be able to come to the aid of all that needed it. However, with the current reality, it is no longer possible to further take in new animals at this time.

 In addition to the current situation, our water well has recently gone dry again, and as a result, water must be transported 3 times every single day from a neighbour and needless to say that adds many more hours of work. The Refuge is responsible for a total of 400 + animals which includes all kinds, small and large.

 Refuge RR urgently needs your help. If we do not receive a massive response from the public the animals and horses will no longer be saved and given a decent home. We urge you to help us help them! Please be generous and remember no donation is too small. A tax receipt will be sent for donations of $ 25.00 and up.

 You can make a donation electronically http://www.refugerr.org/How-to-help/  (if the link doesn’t work, copy it in your address bar) or send a cheque to Refuge RR for Horses, 21305 Concession 10 Road, RR2, Alexandria, ON, K0C 1A0 (please include your name and address if you wish to have a tax receipt).

 Thank you on behalf of all volunteers and the animals at Refuge RR.

 21305 Concession 10 Road, RR2

Alexandria, ON

K0C 1A0

 www.refugerr.org

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Chers supporters du Refuge,

 

Le Refuge RR, ses chevaux, chiens, chats et autres animaux ont besoin de votre aide de façon urgente!

 

Avec les conditions économiques, il y a eu une énorme diminution des dons tandis que les cas d’urgence d’animaux eux, ont augmentés. Ce n’est pas le Refuge qui a recherché ces animaux mais il les a accueillis parce que des membres de la société les ont laissé tomber.  De la même façon que les chiens et chats sont abandonnés, le nombre de chevaux abandonnés ou négligés augmentent. Nous avons toujours été fiers de pouvoir venir en aide à tous ceux qui en avait besoin. Toutefois, étant donné la réalité présente, il ne nous  est plus possible pour le moment de prendre d’autres animaux.

 

De plus, dernièrement notre puits est tombé à sec à nouveau et pour cette raison, l’eau doit être transportée 3 fois par jour de chez un voisin, et ce, tous les jours. Inutile de vous dire que cela ajoute aux nombreuses heures de travail. Le Refuge s’occupe de plus de 400 animaux de toutes sortes, petits et grands.

 

Le Refuge RR a un urgent besoin de votre aide. Si nous ne recevons pas une réponse massive du publique, les chevaux et autres animaux ne pourront plus être sauvés et obtenir un foyer décent. Nous vous encourageons à nous aider à les aider. S.V.P., soyez généreux et rappelez-vous qu’aucun don n’est trop petit. Un reçu d’impôt sera envoyé pour les dons de 25,00$ et plus.

 

Vous pouvez faire un don de façon électronique http://www.refugerr.org/fr/How-to-help/  (si le lien ne fonctionne pas, copiez-le dans votre barre d’adresse) ou vous pouvez envoyer un chèque au Refuge RR pour Chevaux, 21305 Concession 10 Road, RR2, Alexandria, ON, K0C 1A0 (SVP inclure votre nom et adresse si vous voulez avoir un reçu d’impôt).

 

Merci au nom de tous les bénévoles et animaux du Refuge RR.

 

21305 Concession 10 Road, RR2

Alexandria, ON

K0C 1A0

 www.refugerr.org

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This week has flown by quickly.  Additional rains, much needed, have resulted in thicker brush and higher grasses, and more mud to slide in when going to Loki.

After the first rain this week, Loki did not seem at all like himself and my concern for him was very high.  He was very sluggish, almost ill looking.  He was off his normal food and not at all interested in eating.  Our evening together was spent huddled in the tall grass, his head bowed upon his outstretched front legs, eyes closed and very quiet…as for me I laid quiet as well within feet of my friend.  Thankfully the grasses thick enough to give us both safety and a soft bed.

Eventually, after about a half hour,  he did finally eat a little and have a healthy long drink of the fresh water I brought to him.  Much later that evening he appeared in my driveway and I was grateful to see him eat the offerings made to him.

The following morning, when he appeared, he was fine, back to his old self, happy to see me and hungry.

The short video clip below was taken last evening, and for all intent and purpose, the seagulls were determined to steal every morsel of Loki’s meal.  Terribly nervous with about 15 to 20 gulls overhead, swooping and hovering, Loki finally bolted to the safety of the tall grasses.  In turn I ran back home, grabbing a bag of stale bread and headed back out to meet him.  The bread I threw in a different area, far enough away from where Loki had sought cover and the gulls feasted long enough for Loki and I to find cover in the grasses where he could then enjoy his meal.

Loki harassed by seagulls July 8 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWScFMuaxT0

The shorter video below was very short, in the blink of an eye he disappeared, again due to the gulls.

Loki seeking safety from seagulls

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1WpYK5V3aw

As mentioned it has been a busy week….a new addition having joined my family “Zephr” is a going concern, a live wire that must be on steroids.  That one little stumpy leg does not slow her down whatsoever.  She is a joy and watching her personality develop is wonderful.  I am one lucky mom to have such terrific pets that they have accepted her into the fold so readily.  Even China (bunny) tolerates Zephr’s playful swats and pounces.

Zephr being Zephr

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPgbQdcn6FY

She can still motor even with stumpy little leg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J33Aocfyjz8

On a really good note, thanks to the many within my network and the assistance of the NWTSPCA, I was able to make arrangements to have four 9 week old Hay River puppies relocated to British Columbia.  With the Hay River shelter now full, these pups could not be surrendered to the Town shelter.  As a result, my out of territory network contacts were utilized and strangers who have only met via the internet got together to save tiny lives.

The four pups flew to Yellowknife this morning, thanks to Buffalo Air (Ice Pilots) free of charge.  Once in Yellowknife, the NWTSPCA has arranged that the pups will be flown to Edmonton where they will be met by yet another group of rescuers, from Edmonton the pups will be driven by relay to their new rescue group in British Columbia.

Special thanks to the puppies owner with whom I dealt with directly for surrendering the pups, thanks to Buffalo Air for their generosity, to NWTSPCA who assisted with flight to Edmonton and who will be caring for the puppies until they head to Edmonton, to rescue groups such as  Pawsitive Match in Alberta and the B.C. Group , to those volunteers who will set up the drive train relay to get the puppies to B.C.

Together, united, we can make a positive difference in the lives of the innocent.

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