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Last Saturday, LOKI had his first trip to the veterinary clinic which comes into Hay River from Alberta courtesy of Doctors Jim and Jocelyne Stickney. Without these dedicated vets health care for our companion animals in Hay River would mean costly flights to Yellowknife or lengthy drives to Alberta.
LOKI lost his maleness that Saturday, and it broke my heart, but I know that to prevent illness down the road, this had to be. I must say that he was a very good boy, entering his transport crate readily on his own, to and from the clinic. Once home, he did have an uneasy night, coming out of the sedation, restless and uncomfortable he finally decided that my bed and feather mattress was where he wanted to be.
After the trauma of last Saturday, we felt that LOKI should be given something very special for Christmas. His very first ever very own Christmas tree. Call us crazy but I went out and bought a beautiful white tree, lit with white and blue lights, and spent yesterday morning decorating it with blue decorations. This is after all, as I have often described, a Land of Snow and Ice, and against the backdrop of our blue walls and white lace curtains, I must admit, I made a good choice.
Always curious, always the extreme gentleman in the house, this beautiful boy sat for the longest time, head raised and looking……remember this is his first ever Christmas tree, in his first ever loving home. Spotting the blue lights in the window, he ever so gently used his nose to move back the lace and gaze at the blue window lights. After a time he and Hemi decided it time to share their company together settling into Loki’s favorite spot in the living room.
LOKI’s followers on Facebook now surpass 10,000 hearts.
He has reached out and touched everyone with his determination and will to survive against all odds. Each day the comments posted to his Facebook page fill my heart with such joy and comfort. To know that there are good caring people still out there in a world and a society that inundates all of us with daily horrors brings some comfort to my own soul.
I have, in prior posts, made mention of the ‘Silent Growing Army’ and Loki has brought over 10,000 of us together, all of us total strangers to each other until now. The love that each and everyone of these people have given to LOKI as well to myself and my fur family is a gift that was brought about solely by LOKI.
Those of you who have followed our journey, know exactly how hard it has been and how long the road we traveled together. Now the ongoing joy of this ‘New Chapter’ of our journey together is being shared around the world as well.
This gentle beautiful boy, no longer has a bulls eye on his back, no longer must fear strangers, seek warmth from extreme winter storms, nor depend on the generosity of his few human friends to provide nourishment for him. He basks in the warmth of the a loving home and the knowledge that he will be forever safe and cared for.
In the Land of Snow and Ice, LOKI gives thanks, as does my family, for the Love and the Compassion he has received from the ‘total strangers’ now united by our love for him.
Posted in Change Federal Animal Protection Legislation for the Better, Commitment, dogs in Canada's north, Fate of Sled Dogs, LOKI, LOKI : fact not fiction, tagged animal cruelty in Canada's North, animal legislation issues, Commitment & Devotion, Family Members deserve the Best, LOKI Sole Survivor, LOKI UPDATES on October 20, 2013 | 4 Comments »
I continue to be amazed at the sheer joy for life that this incredible and beautiful boy shows to me each and every day. The mere fact that he is able to find ways to amuse himself in my absence speaks volumes as to his high intelligence and youthful exuberance.
I have, since LOKI was rescued and brought to my home, been sleeping outside in his dog run each and every night. LOKI has issues with separation anxiety.
Having gone for his leash training session earlier yesterday, he spent the day quietly, snoozing, being cuddled, sung to, and in the company of his new BFF my own sweet Hemi. Whom I must mention stands vigil to ensure that no intruders approach or disturb LOKI. Mind you he has no control over the Magpies and Mr. Raven who often comes to call.
Last evening was no different, in that I did again sleep outside with LOKI. It is very true what they say about the Full Moon, and the ‘Calling’ that goes on during such an event.
LOKI began ‘calling’ at approximately 10:30 last night, and my plans of attempting to sleep in my own bed for the first time in weeks, was quickly dashed. Donning my snow suit, carrying my tiny foam mattress and numerable fleecy blankets I head out to this big boy.
He of course sat innocently enough on his bedding eagerly awaiting my arrival, of course I did not disappoint him. Placing the tiny mattress in just the right position for myself and close to him, as well as ensuring he had his comy bedding, we settled down for the long night together. Both of us covered nose to tail, head to toe in fleece. Within a few minutes the behind the ear gentle rubs saw this boy sound asleep.
The temperature dropped considerably during the night and I awoke to numb cold toes and ice on his water bowl. Winter and snow is just days away.
Time for me to rise, it is now 8:00 a.m., put the coffee on and prepare LOKI’s breakfast.
Someone once told me that Silence is Golden….hhhhm….dare I believe same?
When I returned to serve a warm breakfast to this most deserving of bed fellows, low and behold what did I find you may wonder?
Youthful exuberance? Perhaps. Impatience waiting for my return? Perhaps. Perhaps it was just the sheer delight of being able to do what he likes to do best. I long ago gave up my attempts to apply human logic to the actions of canine or feline energies. If anything, I continue to be delighted at the various and unending antics of my four legged companions. The beloved family members that continue to bring such joy to my life.
LOKI is the Sole Survivor and he is a Miracle. Living Proof that the impossible becomes possible. He has united people all around the world, total strangers who came together to ensure his safety and his care, to bring him home to me. No longer with a Bulls Eye on his back, the promise I made to him three years ago has finally come to fruition.
In order to ensure that LOKI’s immediate needs are met, vetting, training equipment and the like a Webpage specific for donations has been set up. Contributions may be made via PayPal. This page will give you details on how to make your donation and just how the funds will be spent as well as describe where funds surplus of our goal will be donated to aid dogs in Canada’s North and help to continue the amazing work that Eldad Hagar and his organization Hope for Paws does.
(PayPal and other ways)
via this webpage: http://www.lokisolesurvivor.net Thanks so very much.
Please feel free to visit and to join in our continuing journey. LOKI has his own FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-LOKI-Sole-Survivor/188340937903082
Check out his photo albums, see him, his friends and his videos on YouTube: Tundra Voices
A very special thank you to the thousands around the globe that have expressed their love and support for this beautiful, innocent and often mischievous boy.
Posted in ALERTS, Commitment, dogs in Canada's north, Good News, LOKI, LOKI : fact not fiction, tagged ALERT, animal cruelty in Canada's North, Commitment & Devotion, Family Members deserve the Best, Immunization for a Healthy Pet, LOKI Sole Survivor, LOKI UPDATES, Philly's Corner on October 6, 2013 | 8 Comments »
First I wish to thank all of the amazing people who took such a major part in enabling me to rescue and bring to my home this amazing boy. Those of you who took the time to email the Mayor of Hay River, those of you who signed the online petition.
Special thanks to Michelle Nadon founder of Cause 4 Paws (C4P) located in Ontario, to Sarah West founder of the Canadian Federation for Animal Welfare (CFAW), Jean McCarthy a dear friend in Ontario and Lawrence Pinksy who is so busy raising needed funding to help cover Loki’s vetting and other needs.
To list each and everyone by name is an impossible task so I will not even make that attempt.
As some may already know, Eldad Hagar founder of Hope for Paws based in L.A., California, was contacted by both Jean and Sarah, who in turn gave me a call at home, with just days left before the deadline of September 30th. I called Eldad and we spoke at length, formulating a plan for LOKI’s capture.
The backbone in this plan was a wonderful lady, Bonnie Crowther who lives down the street from me, and who also ensured Loki received proper nourishment during his wild days. She and her beautiful dog China walk every day and Loki would always accompany them. LOKI spent much of his time at Bonnie C’s, laying in the company of China.
Following Eldad’s instructions, Bonnie C began coaxing LOKI to eat inside her garage. Eldad had told us if he would eat inside for two days in a row thenEldad would catch the next plane to get here. Well Bonnie succeeded and Loki became comfortable eating in her garage.
Eldad arrived at the Hay River Airport at 2:45 pm on Thursday September 26th. Meeting him at the airport, he followed me to my home, checked out the dog run, decided it was not strong enough and I took him over to Bonnie C’s to see Loki and to speak with her. Eldad had checked out Loki’s FB page prior so had a good idea as to the size of Loki. He and I then went about locating and purchasing additional chain link reinforcement for the dog run. It now has 2 and three layers of added chain link.
After having gotten Eldad checked into the hotel where I work as the Financial Administrator, and getting a good meal into us both, Eldad retired to his room and I headed home. Eldad’s parting comment was to the effect of would it not be great if we got him tonight. With the deadline date to get Loki captures only 4 days away…well…
I had just crawled into my own bed, relieved that Eldad was here when I got the phone call. Bonnie C had been able to close her garage door and trap Loki inside. Rushing over to her place, my heart was pounding and I was trembling. Eldad was already there and together he and I entered her garage. LOKI being terrified had reacted in fear and was now sitting on top of Bonnie’s freezer. We entered slowly and I was able to calm him with my voice and humming, I sat on the garage floor with Eldad standing behind me. Gradually as I continued in a soft voice, Eldad took baby steps and approached LOKI eventually being able to sit on the freezer next to Loki. Using the end of the catch pole(no drugs or catch pole were used) wrapped in a towel, Eldad placed it behind his back and was able to ease the towel to Loki’s side and began touching him gently with it. I was shocked. Within a few moments Eldad told me he was petting Loki with his bare hand.
Myself having never been allowed to pet Loki, I immediately asked “What does his coat feel like”, the answer “amazing so soft”. I slowly approached Loki and for the first time in the three and a half years we have journeyed together, I was able to hold him. I cannot describe the incredible joy.
Eldad slept on top of the freezer that first night, with LOKI up there with him. Friday the next day, I slept on the garage floor with Loki in my arms the whole day while Bonnie C and Eldad began re-inforcing the run. Eldad took over sleeping with Loki in her garage that night.
More work was done on the dog run all day Saturday, and without Bonnie C, none of this would have been possible. This amazing and dedicated woman worked like a construction guy, lacing the additional chain link purcahsedd by Eldad, to the existing, going over everything with an eagles eye to ensure that Loki would not only be safe but also unable to escape. Eldad purchased the additional chain link to wrap around the run and I purchased the chain link flooring. Eldad also added to Loki’s comfy bed linens (4 more comforters and another fleecy blanket).
Saturday evening we planned to relocate Loki to my home and the dog run. Remarkably our fears of getting him into the large borrowed transport carrier was ill founded. Loki calming walked into the carrier on his own. We loaded him into Bonnie C’s truck and in the darkness of night got him into the dog run. That night and Sunday I had the immeasurable pleasure of the first sound sleep I have had since Loki had been given a basic death sentence if I did not get him secured and safe at my home. Of course I slept in the dog run, Loki, calmly curled up in my arms, both of us safe and sound.
Both Bonnie C and her husband Roy came back on Sunday and Roy had picked up some gravel and earth for one portion of the run near the door so that Loki can do his business. Bonnie also brought a bale of straw as well. Additional run reinforcements were made. Eldad came over and spent time working on the run as well as spending time with Loki.
Monday morning Eldad again came by before he headed out to catch his flight out of Hay River. I will be forever grateful that he chose to be a part of Loki’s journey.
Bonnie C comes over regularly to spend time with her beloved Loki, and of course the work that I and Loki are doing now in this newest chapter of our journey together, is slow, calm and steady. I will not push him, all must be on his terms, I will not see his spirit broken, nor will I do anything to lose his respect and his trust. Sleeping outside with him is all part of the growing bond that we share. He has made friends with my own dog Hemi, who has a remarkable calming affect on Loki, which is easing the transition.
I was so proud of Loki yesterday, his second venture outside the run, he did so well calmly exploring the backyard he knows so well. Tethered securely and also fashioned to me physically, he enjoyed the ability to explore and relax outside the run, his head uplifted watching the birds fly overhead, smelling the plants and investigating all manner of scents. Not yet leashed trained, but learning, I am hopeful that soon I will be able to bring him inside the house as well as taking him for long walks like we used to take together.
Patience on both our parts, silent communication and most of all mutual respect and trust will see Loki transition slowly and without additional emotional trauma. His remarkable eyes fixed on mine tell a story so intense it is not to be believed unless personally experienced. The trust and strong bond we have shared for over three years continues to grow.
LOKI is living proof that the impossible can be made possible. He has touched the hearts of total strangers around the world, uniting all for the sole purpose of saving his life. He proves that when we all work together miracles do happen.
It is my hope that Loki’s continuing story will inspire others to step up and go beyond what appears to be limits and impossible situations, to stick with it, to never give up.
Please visit Loki’s FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-LOKI-Sole-Survivor/188340937903082
Funds are being raised to secure the cost of Loki’s vetting and any other initial needs. When visiting Loki’s FB page: Friends of Loki, should you wish information as to how to make a donation for this beautiful gentle sould, please Private Message Lawrence Pinsky, or leave a comment on this page.
Please share Loki’s Story – He is amazing.
THANK YOU FROM LOKI.
Posted in ALERTS, Commitment, dogs in Canada's north, Fate of Sled Dogs, LOKI, LOKI : fact not fiction, tagged Action Alert, animal protection in N.W.T., Canada's North, LOKI Sole Survivor, LOKI UPDATES on September 15, 2013 | 27 Comments »
Many around the world have been following Loki and our journey, Loki has his own FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-LOKI-Sole-Survivor/188340937903082
There are also many Blog posts here as well.
I must let you know that the town officials plan to go after him again and I fear that the outcome will see Loki as just one more dead dog amongst thousands in the North. I raised the funds needed to purchase a dog run for him, donations came from Ontario, Quebec, Texas, Mexico, Alberta, BC and a few from here.
The plan was to dart him, have him brought here and I would work with him closely to rehab him and allow him to live out his life in safety as part of my family. The pen was only going to be used until he would allow me to handle him. Unfortunately the first darting attempt failed miserably, the dart failed to discharge the sedative and poor Loki was in pain for three days as the dart remained stuck in his shoulder for 3 days before falling out. That fateful night, Anna, her daughter and I spent almost 5 hours searching the bush behind my place trying to find him. When I finally did, I followed him for yet another hour and could not get close to him. He was terrified. I had to give Loki antibiotics hidden in his food for almost 3 weeks, Another friend of Loki’s helped in that, giving him his morning dose while I gave him his evening dose.
The second darting attempt saw the dart deflected missing Loki so that failed, and the third attempt, (Wildlife Officer) could not get within range.
All of this took place during July. The last darting arrangement was cancelled at the last minute by the Wildlife Officer and no further help has been forthcoming to help me get him here. I have idea why.
When I contacted the Wildlife Officer, and town officials , basically saying that due to unanswered emails and calls made to the Wildlife Officer, that I and others could only conclude that Loki was going to be allowed to live out his remaining days in freedom. Only one person to responded, Mr. Potter, stating that this is not the case and that they want to see Loki’s issue resolved by the end of September or sooner. In other words if I do not have him here they will take the manner in their own hands to get him off the streets and we know what that means.
Those whom I’ve spoken to who support Loki are outraged. His Facebook followers across Canada, here, the US and on the International scene are outraged.
I was informed me that some complaints about Loki have been made and that some people in town have implieds of shooting him themselves.
Those that do not know him as the rest of us do, as a gentle friend, are intimidated by him, because they have not taken the time to know him and are totally ignorant of his gentle ways.
I need people who do know him to stand up and fight for him in order to save his life. Those that have sung his praises need to contact Town Hall and attest to his gentle ways, state clearly that he is non aggressive, lives quietly and that they enjoy his company when he is with them. In summary the target now on his back must be removed and his life must be protected. I even submitted a small petition to Town Hall, attesting to his gentle an unassuming nature and suggested that Loki be made the Town Mascot.
As the sole surviving pup (one of the 23 seized in the Hay River Hoarding case of 2010) Loki has survived free and cared for by those of us who dearly love him. The 22 other pups, rather than be relocated as I offered to do in emails and letters to the Town Officials in June 2010, were secretly removed from the shelter and destroyed in mid August 2010. My offers to relocate the pups to properly equipped professionally run rehab shelters out of territory were not even acknowledged by town officials. Those pups were murdered needlessly. Only Loki survived because he escaped the shelter twice prior to the destruction of the puppies. (Means of destruction is a big secret but I do know that no vet was present) (reliable source information provided).
I have done everything humanly possible to insure his safety for three years. Spending time with him in the bush in sub-zero temps, out in my own yard with him no matter the weather or temperature often up to 4 times daily during winter. I raised the funds needed for the dog run, medications, sedatives, equiptment, bug protection netting for the dog run, collars, harness, leads, pet bed and blankets..all is ready for him here, but now what help I was getting from the Wildlife Officer is non existent and I have no idea why.
I really need people to speak up and defend Loki, to plead his case so that he can live out his life in freedom. I pray that you will speak for him. Loki spent the first year of his life caged (I have pictures to prove that) and has only enjoyed his freedom since escaping the shelter in 2010 after having been rescued/seized in May 2010.
He deserves to live, he escaped the shelter twice, has survived 3 harsh winters, is loved by so many worldwide and in town and he united total strangers around the globe who came together to raise the funds I needed to prepare for his life here with me. Short of a miracle Loki will become yet one more victim of total indifference.
Since I alerted everyone to what is happening concerning Loki and the very real impending actions that town officials may take, I have been receiving countless emails and Face Book messages in support of Loki. For that I thank all of you sincerely.
With your permission I wish to copy and past these messages and comments to a single Word doc which I would like to send to the Powers that Be, as testimony to how much Loki is loved and supported.
I would also ask that all of you who support Loki, to contact directly Ross Potter and Andrew Cassidy (Mayor of Hay River) personally by email so that you may plead Loki’s case.
Mayor Andrew Cassidy: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ross Potter: email@example.com and or firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also send letters to: City Hall
Town of Hay River,
73 Woodland Dr
Hay River, NT X0E 1G1
While I must acknowledge that complaints about Loki have been received at Town Hall, likely from persons who are ignorant of his gentle ways and lacking in his friendship, those who just don’t like dogs period, and those who are intimidated by his stature and who failed to get to know him…I must also acknowledge the fact that Loki is loved by so many, that those whom he has chosen to share his life with want only the best for him, that he has united so many strangers from around the globe who have rallied around him, and he has also as a dear Ontario friend so accurately stated he has put Hay River on the map.
With no further help coming from the Wildlife Officer and officials wanting this situation resolved by the end of September or sooner, time is running out to plead Loki’s case. I need everyone to contact those persons listed above, a blitz if you will, so that the Powers that Be will see that Loki should be allowed to live out the rest of his life in freedom and not become one of the thousands in the NT who have been slaughtered. I have in the past via letters, suggested that Loki become the Town Mascot, which would make Hay River noted for compassion and become a leader to other northern communities for being a community that values even a feral animals life. Proving that a bullet is not the answer!
Thank you to all of you. You are all amazing, and it is from all of you that I gain renewed strength for this ongoing battle to protect Loki.
Posted in ALERTS, Commitment, dogs in Canada's north, Fate of Sled Dogs, Help Needed, LOKI, LOKI : fact not fiction, tagged animal cruelty in Canada's North, animal protection in N.W.T., Commitment & Devotion, cruelty against animals, LOKI Sole Survivor, LOKI UPDATES on June 2, 2013 | 3 Comments »
A couple of weeks ago I put up the poster in order to raise funds for LOKI. A deadline date had been given to me of May 31st to get him off the streets of Hay River, NT. Thankfully I was able to obtain a time extension from Town Officials.
Darting of Loki was planned for this past Friday, June 1, however the ENR Officer who will be darting Loki for me, came by the house mid afternoon Friday, and due to the number of calls he had to go out on concerning bears, as well as lynx, the darting of LOKI was postponed. New time and date is yet to be set up.
LOKI was here yesterday, actually wanted to know what I was doing in my storage shed, he is the curious type. He also joined in the walk with ‘Henri’, and the two young ladies walking their kids in their strollers, yesterday. The women live a few doors down from me, and Loki regularly walks with them when they take the kids out. He looked so proud and happy, trotting in front of them, head and tail held high.
He had a good brunch and long drink of cool water in my backyard with me yesterday, and I was with him on Friday as well.
The ENR Officer checked out the dog run, and felt I had everything set up well for Loki; I washed out a large pet bed of Hemi’s for him, used $83.78 of the donations to purchase a 20′ nylon lunge line, a 15′ heavy duty tie out, a humane nylon training collar, and a regular wide nylon collar and leash. The lunge line I will use as an ‘umbilical cord’ which will be attached to my person and to Loki so that where I go he will go.
I wrapped a tarp around one end of the dog run, on the outside, which will give Loki additional shade and a hiding spot from curious eyes from the road. I also hung the fake wasp/hornet nests in the backyard trees, that deter those nasties from coming around. The screening has been ordered to enclose the whole dog run but has yet to arrive. This will keep all the nasties out so that he will not be a meal to those awful bugs.
I also cut down and trimmed the trees and cut down the wild roses out back, as I don’t want any of them spreading into the run. Those thorns are nasty. Today I will remove the remnants of the brush, lumber and continue getting the backyard ready for him so that when I bring him out of the run, we will have no obstructions or anything he can get tangled into.
What with the Town extending the deadline date, and with the ENR Officer having to go out on bear calls, it may have been just as well that I did not get Loki here on Friday. The vet will be back mid June I believe, so if darting is still a week away that may be a good thing if the vet is available.
In the meantime, I will spend time with Loki as we have been all along. When he was here yesterday he did not seem at all nervous to be eating near the dog run at all..another good thing, he has accepted that it is in my backyard now.
I received a lovely call from Jean M (Ontario) last evening, which came as quite the surprise. Of course we talked about Loki. Jean follows Loki’s FB page
I must tell all of you that if it were not for the donations that came in from Ontario, BC and Alberta, none of this would be possible. Loki received one donation from a Hay River resident, despite the article being published in the paper here, the posters that I put up everywhere in town and the posters I put on the local online groups here in the NWT. To say that I am extremely disappointed and hurt by the lack of donations here in town and across the NWT is an understatement given the 3 year battle I went through at my own personal expense to get the new NWT Dog Act legislated.
A very special thank you to Darlene, with a rescue organization in Ontario for having held a fund raiser for Loki. Those whom Darlene was able to get donations from have certainly helped this cause. Fund raisers are not easy, they are time consuming, require volunteers and are a lot of work to put together.
It is what it is, as they say. Once Loki and I begin this new chapter in our journey together, all will remain in God’s hands, just as it has been since we began our journey in October 2010.
This is one of the earlier pictures of LOKI back in 2010, when I first began going out to him. He was a youngster at this time. Every day, often 3 times daily, I would make the trek across the ravine, bringing him food and fresh water. At that time we were building trust, he did not come to my property at all back then. He would play hide and seek in the dandilions
Loki has come a very long way from that scrawny scared youngster, he is now a magnificent, beautiful and mature gentle soul, who deserves a loving forever home which I fully intend to give to him.
Before the snow flies once again in October, my goal is to have Loki feeling comfortable enough to be bringing him inside, being friends with all my own pets, except I will keep my bunny away from him, and looking forward to the warmth and safety of his forever home. He won’t have to hold up against frigid winds, blowing snow, rains and all manner of crazy weather, alone out there and be a meal to bulldogs, mosquitoes and other nasties.
LOKI wishes to thank all of those total strangers in Ontario, BC and Alberta, he has never met, who have rallied around him, who have made donations, who have put in the time and energy to raise funds for him, he thanks the two reporters who published his story, and he also wants to thank all of you who continue to message and email their support, encouragement and love.
The logistics of his capture have yet to be figured out as there is no resident vet in Hay River, and I am unsure if tranquilizer gun is even available here.
Due to my continued work with him, and out of respect for and a sympathetic gesture, I was immediately contacted with the news that he must be removed from the streets. I of course will take him here to my home, to care and give him a loving home for the rest of his days. If I do not do this then the Town Officials will step in and likely LOKI will not survive.
Donations can be made by e- transfer or mail. An account has been set up for Loki at:
Royal Bank of Canada,
77 Woodland Drive,
Hay River, NT X0E 1G1
RBC clients may do an online transfer or at their own branch. Other banking institutions can do e-transfers directly to the Account set up for Loki. A confirmation # will be provided to all donors when the e-transfer has gone through to his account.
Clients of other institutions may also do transfers at their own institution or send a check or money order, but it will have to be made payable to Bonnie Dawson (For the Love of Loki) and mailed to the above bank address.
To obtain the Bank #, Transit and Account # for transfers please email me at email@example.com
or message me here through a comment and I can then email you directly with the needed account information.
I have set it up through the bank rather than through PayPal as I feel this affords more credibility and will lend itself to a paper trail.
I am appealing to the followers and lovers of LOKI to be his Angels and to ensure his continued safety and care.
With deepest thanks,
LOKI and I.
It appears that Ole Man Winter is not yet done with us yet. Alberta was getting hammered yesterday and of course the NT had it’s own fair share of heavy snow…so much so that visibility was minimal at best. One cannot complain however, given the horrific devastation other areas around the world have faced, severe tornadoes in the Southern U.S., hurricanes and the like. We are fortunate this far North.
The last few days have been balmy believe it or not, plus temperatures saw a melting snow, making it much easier to get to LOKI. Snow is deeper now, but has not affected my determination to make sure he is well fed and safe.
Yesterday saw heavy snowfall, the white fluffy stuff, that is fun to roll around in…and LOKI and I did just that. I continue to be in awe of his gentle and playful nature, his inherent curiosity and the trust we share together. I had brought him out a blanket (which he has taken in the past) and he delighted in his attempts to pull it out from under me as I lay horizontal across it. In the end, he did trot off with one of my handmade hats.
April 4th is also the 8th anniversary of my father’s passing, and I must wonder what my father would think of his daughter today…going out in all manner of weather, slipping, sliding and often falling awkwardly in order to spend time with a beautiful feral wolf hybrid in the middle of the Boreal Forest of the NT. I doubt he would laugh, I know he would not criticize…he bore witness to my lifelong dedication and commitment to all animals and stood by me, regardless to the numbers and species that I would rescue and bring home to care for.
I know in my heart that my father would be amazed and likely proud….he would also marvel at the relationship and trust that has been built between LOKI and I. He would consider LOKI to be the gentle spirit that I see in him, and he too would continue to admire his will to survive.
Having spent time with him early yesterday afternoon, I was delighted when I went out to top up my bird feeders, and turned around to see LOKI portraying himself as King of the Hill on the large mound of snow piled up from my driveway. Once again we were given the time together that is is very precious. Later in the evening he returned and of course was served a warm meal and fresh water.
Just a half hour ago, he again gifted me with his presence here at my home, and having trotted off with a large piece of fresh meat, I prepared his plate and crossed the snow laden small bridge to meet up with him in his domain. How did he know? But he did, that I would follow him…he sat patiently watching and waiting as I crawled up the side of the deeply snow covered ravine.
LOKI has become, is an integral part of my life. He has taught me so much about who I am, he has touched my inner soul and awakened that spirit within that I embraced as a child. LOKI has also touched the hearts of so many around the world, complete strangers that continue to marvel and to care about his survival. He has brought to me new friends, around the globe, that I will never meet in person. One such friend is Sharon who despite the distance between us, cared enough to mail to me a treasure…a St. Francis medal which I continue to wear faithfully. St. Francis is the Patron Saint of Animals.
Prior to moving to the North, from Ontario, I had developed an affinity to wolves, seeing in them the true spirit of freedom. In studying First Nations beliefs and traditions, as well as various other cultural traditional beliefs, I learned about the spirit, and what each animal represented culturally. I learned about what is termed ‘Familiars’ those animals that come to one in dreams, that guide us.
Little did I know that over twenty years later, the wolf that came to me in my dreams, and whom I then called LOKI, would be an important part of my life today. Dreams are said to reveal the soul, and the journeys that the wolf of my dreams and I shared remain with me vividly today. I do not believe in co-incidence, therefore I cannot believe that the beautiful Pewter wolf head that I wear today, purchased as a gift to me from my mother prior to leaving Ontario to head North, is a co-incidence. Friends have told me that it was my destiny to make the journey to the North, leaving the comforts of an established career and lifestyle far behind me. That it was meant to be, that I should be here, that I would fight for the rights of animals and see the new NT Dog Act legislated. Perhaps they are right…..I do know that it took crossing provincial borders and facing a great deal of change to bring me to this place, this time…and to bring LOKI and I together.
I shall be eternally grateful for this amazing gift.
The Pact of Fire – A Lakota Sioux Legend
Posted in ALERTS, Animal Wellness, ANIMALS IN RESEARCH, Change Cdn Federal Legislation, Commitment, DOG FIGHTING - THE VICTIMS, dogs in Canada's north, Factory Farm Animals, Fate of Sled Dogs, LOKI, LOKI : fact not fiction, OSPCA (Ontario SPCA), PUPPY MILLS - INDUSTRY OF GREED, Recognizing Animal Cruelty, seal hunt, Shelter Animals, Toughen Municipal and Provincial Animal Protection Legislation, United States - Action Needed, Wildhorses of America, Zoos and Aquariums, tagged animal cruelty in Canada's North, animal legislation issues, aNIMALS IN RESEARCH, Canadian seal hunt, LOKI Sole Survivor, LOKI UPDATES, PETA Speaks out, Saving America's Wild Horses on February 26, 2012 | 2 Comments »
How does that saying go?
“Talk is Cheap”.
Well for at least one Province int this country, Action Speaks Louder than words!!!!
We are all aware of the horrific brutality inflicted on the 100 sled dogs in Whistler, B.C. These dogs, faithful money making servants were summarily shot and in some cases had their throats brutally slashed. Why, because the economy had taken a decline and the owner and operator of this particular business felt the animals were of no more use. This case only came to light when the individual who did not say NO when told by the owner to kill these beautiful faithful dogs, applied to Workers Compensation claiming he was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The province of British Columbia stepped up, and toughened their Animal Protection Laws.
Now for the second year in a row, B.C. has approved and made this Proclamation in honor of those 100 Whistler dogs.
Having fought so hard myself for over three years for animal protection laws within the NWT, there remains a great deal yet to be done. The new NWT Dog Act contains a potentially deadly loophole which MLA and now Minister David Ramsay is quoted as describing “big enough to drive a truck through”. The new NWT Dog Act pertains solely to dogs period and does not protect any other domestic pet. Not the Comprehensive Animal Protection Act that I fought so hard for. It must be noted that the motion did pass in the Legislative Assembly that the Territorial Government is to keep working forward to enact Comprehensive Animal Protection which already exists across the rest of Canada.
A number of years ago, due to a horrific incident involving many dogs in the Yukon, the Yukon chose to strengthen their own Animal Protection Legislation. Now with the news that a well known Yukon Musher is planning to ACT in a proactive manner to toughen protection of Sled Dogs in the Yukon, it is evident that perhaps the new Yukon Legislation of a few years ago was not strong enough.
Obviously Mr. Turner also believes that
Actions Speak Louder than Words.
Clearly animal cruelty is and will remain an International focus, on so many levels one cannot even fathom. Every second of every single day, an animal is being horrifically neglected, abused and exploited at the hands of a human. Says a lot about the human species does it not? From the starving neglected dogs left on chains, animals tortured and butchered for the sheer sick pleasure that some even sicker individual gets out of inflicting such pain, to the dog fighting rings that provide an illegal income to the cruel and greedy, the puppy and kitten mills run by the totally insensitive mass breeders, to those breeders whose sole goal is to make money from research companies, to the Factory Farm Animals, Battery Hens and roadside zoos that fail to provide proper care and the necessities of life to the animals that they derive income from.
The list goes on and on. I will not even cite other instances such as those that take place in China or on the frozen coasts of Canada.
A challenge to the rest of Canada, to the remaining Provinces and Territories across this vast and magnificent land is being made right now.
Follow the lead of British Columbia!!!
Put forward your own Provincial and Territorial Proclamation in honor and memory of the thousands of animals brutalized every day,
the thousands of animals that die in shelters because they have been discarded by others!!!!
In honor of the innocent lives taken because existing Municipal, Provincial and Federal Legislation is not
tough enough, does not do enough to end the suffering and to bring those responsible to Justice.
Picture of dead pup submitted by a resident of Hay River, NT. Decaying body was found by the river in Town.
It is Time!!!
Zero Tolerance to Animal Cruelty across Every Municipality, Every Province, Every Territory in Canada!!!
Actions Speak Louder than Words!!!
Posted in Commitment, dogs in Canada's north, Food for thought, LOKI, LOKI : fact not fiction, tagged Commitment & Devotion, Family Members deserve the Best, Philly's Corner on December 24, 2011 | 1 Comment »
The phrase “Home is Where the Heart Is” could not be truer for Animal Lovers and Rescuers around the World. We are a rare breed, willing to sacrifice so much to help any animal in need. Our only reward is knowing that if even one animal is rescued, saved and given a new forever loving home, we have indeed made a real difference. With so many animals, abandoned, forgotten and discarded our daunting task never ends.
All of you who have followed my work with LOKI know just how rewarding this can be. While still not inside my home, my hope remains…yet I must also respect his desire to remain as he is, allowing our time together to be on his terms. He is truly a free spirit and in that I admire him greatly. Trusting me enough after 14 months, to finally take treats from my bare hand, for him is a major step.
I have received so many gifts, unknown to LOKI, that he has given me. From the quiet times together hidden from prying eyes, to his playful woofs and dances when we are together. Seeing him come on the run to me as I walk silently under clear skies, witnessing him flipping that chew stick high in the air with delight, rolling in the snow or just laying silently beside me, our eyes meeting and silent messages exchanged, his gifts have been many. I have witnessed his quiet strength and his will to survive, watched his power and beauty as he races full tilt across the ravine, and he instills within me such an amazement that I remain awestruck for days. The memories we have created and shared will last my lifetime.
Another gift LOKI has given to me, are the many friends of his that I have made. My home has become a “Doggy” Drop In Center. I never know which of his pals will show up on my deck or what time they will arrive. All are most welcome and all are brought inside my home for belly rubs and treats. Sometimes they arrive on their own, other times along with LOKI, who will lay patiently in my driveway as I allow his buddy inside. After many hugs to his pal, I then venture outside to be with him. Our quiet time together while his friend enjoys my couch.
“Home is Where the Heart Is” and for me and these beautiful animals my door will always remain open.
I hope you enjoy these latest pictures of some of LOKI’s friends.
It is always a delight when Fiddle comes for a visit.
All are welcome, all are loved.
I am honoured by their company and truly blessed to share their love.
Thank You LOKI, You have wonderful friends.