Six a.m. comes very early on a weekend, when one should be able to catch up on sleep..sleeping in is not an option for me. 6 a.m. on a weekend for me, means getting up, preparing LOKI’s hearty warm breakfast, and going outside with long coat over fleecy pj’s, trudging through backyard snow and refilling his water dish (now frozen) with fresh drinking water, all the while patiently calling to him..standing out in the cold, hoping that he can hear me and anxiously waiting for his arrival. During the work week this whole process is repeated, only I must rise at least a 1/2 hour earlier so that I will still have time to get ready for work. Often times he will not come right away, so I must keep my bedroom window open while getting ready for the office so that I can hear him and be prepared to jump up and head out to him.
Yesterday morning saw him arrive around 6:30 and this morning he showed up about 7:45 a.m. It was cold, and he was covered in ice crystals. With temps on the decline and winter now ahead of all of us, I do not look forward to this long winter. Last year I sat outside in my driveway or on my deck in sub zero temps, winds blowing, freezing my hands and excuse the reference..my butt, at all hours of the mornings and nights ensuring that LOKI received warm nourishing meals to get him through the long frigid winter days and nights.
Nothing has changed and I will continue to do just that. I will continue to do what I have been doing for over a year, protecting him, caring for him and loving him.
Twice in the last two weeks I have witnessed the Town By-Law Officer attempting to capture LOKI, once with Net Gun in hand. True LOKI is technically a Stray and under the Hay River By-Laws of which I am well versed, By-Law is just doing his job. Having contacted the Town of Hay River authorities numerous times concerning LOKI I finally did get a written response for the Towns new SAO…. in my reply to this response I have requested: copied and pasted from my email:
“I do understand that By-Law is doing his job in trying to capture LOKI. That being said…..I am requesting, in writing, a written guarantee that if LOKI is captured that I be immediately notified. A written guarantee that he will be taken to the shelter,he will not be destroyed secretly as were the 22 pups, and that I will be called in, and that I be given the time necessary to obtain and set up a portable dog run for him on my property. That I will be allowed to license him, just as my own two dogs are already licensed. That during his stay at the shelter while I am preparing for his needs here at home, that I be the person who cares for and works with him while he is at the shelter.”
This being Sunday I have not yet received a response.
I also submitted to Town Officials a deposition attesting to the gentle non-aggressive nature of LOKI which has been signed by many who have come to know and love LOKI. Included with this deposition are the comments I received by email and through FaceBook from persons who support LOKI and my continued work with him. This deposition came about due to an allegation made against LOKI which I believe to be a case of mistaken identity. That being said I also provided the Municipal Authorities a video which I took in my own backyard of another dog that could be LOKI’s twin proving beyond any shadow of a doubt that there are other dogs in this town that could be mistaken for him.
LOKI is very special, being the sole survivor of the 23 pups rescued in the Hay River Animal Cruelty Case, raid took place May 29, 2010…(109 dogs involved) 3 of which were immediately put down for humane reasons. This case took over a year to finally go to trial and despite the evidence, all five charges were dropped.
The 23 pups aged between 2 months and one year, were held and cared for by shelter volunteers at the Muncipally owned shelter for 2 1/2 months, before being secretly removed and destroyed in mid August 2010. Despite the numerous offers I made to assist in relocating these pups to properly run facilities outside the NT where they would have received proper rehab from highly qualified professional specialist, my offers were summarily ignored.
LOKI escaped the Municipal shelter the first time in mid June 2010, he was recaptured and thankfully again escaped prior to the other 22 pups being destroyed, the method of destruction has yet to be discovered and consequently rumors abound as there is no resident vet in this town. This last escape is the act that saved LOKI’s life. As the sole survivor LOKI is extremely special, he is precious…he is also a reminder of what took place here. That being said, the importance of keeping him healthy and safe cannot be overstated. His will to survive against all odds is an inspiration in itself, this gentle spirit more than deserves a chance at a loving forever home, free from stress, free from harassment, free from fear, free from frigid temperatures.
My work with LOKI, my commitment and devotion to LOKI, if anything continues to grow stronger, my determination is un-waivering, should he be captured I will have to deal with that if and when it happens. The trust shared between he and I continues to grow, our time together, our journey will continue.
It has been mentioned to me time and again that LOKI’s story needs to be published in a well established publication, and an offer has been made to me from a dear friend and accomplished journalist to assist me in doing just that. Certainly I have enough Blog posts, pictures and videos upon which I can resource to pull this all together. I am happy to say that I am going to do this. LOKI’s full story needs to be told, he is a remarkable animal.
In addition, I am seriously contemplating a larger project, that of writing a book on the the trials and conflicts I have experienced as an Animal Rights Advocate/Activist from Ontario now living in the Northwest Territories.
As my readers know, my three year battle with the Territorial Government resulted in an historic event this Spring, the passing and Enactment of the new NWT Dog Act. This first major victory remains far from the Comprehensive Animal Protection Act that I continue to fight for. The good news is that the Legisaltive Assembly did pass the motion towards continuing work for Comprehensive Animal Protection.
Again, I most certainly have enough Blog Posts, evidenciary pictures and accounts of the decades of animal neglect and cruelty, newspaper clipping as well as records of published accounts of such cruelty that failed to be prosecuted.
Each and everyone of us, who continue the never ending battle to end horrific animal cruelty, can identify with the extreme frustration and heartbreak involved. We can all identify with the phone calls and emails received on a daily basis. We can identify with the personal sacrifices each of us make, taking time away from our families, our homes and yes even our own pets, spending money we really don’t have to spend so that one more will be cared for properly. I would say that we are definitely a Breed Apart, we are unique in our commitment and our devotion and we are as described by one such individual “‘a silent army’”that keeps growing and for that I shall be forever grateful.
To all of you who follow the journey which LOKI and I have embarked upon, all of you who support LOKI and my ongoing work with him, I thank you and I am ever so grateful.
I know that this beautiful boy is grateful as well.
Additional videos of this beautiful boy: