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

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

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

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

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

This recent video:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

Happy Boy

Always the perfect gentleman in the house.

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From the once skittish pup:

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

        LOKI Sole Survivor

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

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

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

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LOKI Sole Survivor

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

PEEK – A – BOO…..HERE I AM

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LOKI Feb 16  17 and Hemi 007So many of you have been following the story of LOKI.  The Sole surviving pup, one of 23 seized in a 2010 hoarding case in Canada’s Arctic.

Many of you are also followers of Loki on his Face Book page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-LOKI-Sole-Survivor/188340937903082

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During the years that I spent with LOKI, on his terms, in his domain, you can only imagine the fear and anxiety I felt each day that I would venture out looking for him.  The question always in the back of my mind (would this be the day that I could not find him, or that he would not come to me when I used our signal)?  There were those days that my heart was in my throat, because I could not find him, because he did not come.  The search would then be on and I would keep going out at all hours of that day to find him.  There were times that he would totally disappear for days, and at those times my fears flourished in nightmarish visions of him suffering, laying perhaps in a leg trap, perhaps dying a slow death from poison or from a fatal gunshot.

The mind has a wonderful way of conjuring such images, removing sleep from ones agenda and instilling sheer panic…motivating one to go to extremes in their search attempts.

Three years, each and every day, no matter what time of day, no matter what weather conditions, that is the life I lead. Nov 18 2011 035 Now that life has taken a term for the better and LOKI is home, safe, loved and protected with my family.  Gone for me now, is the daily anxiety and fear as well as the horrible anger I carried for so long.  Replaced with a calm and renewed commitment to ensure that LOKI remains healthy, happy and strong in his new life.

Despite him now living with my family, his new pack, diligence is on the agenda each and every day to ensure his safety.  Multiple leashes are used when we go for our daily walks, a necessity to ensure that he remains connected to my person.  No risks can ever be taken for him to break away as catching him again would be a monumental task if not impossible…and it could mean his death.

Some individuals have questioned as to why he has not been placed within a sanctuary…..to those who have asked…research was done by myself and my closest followers on just that.  Did you know that there are approximately 250,000 +  WD in sanctuaries across North America.  That most of these sanctuaries are full.  It is a sad commentary that they are, that they continue to have to rescue and save these beautiful creatures.

LOKI and I, through our three years of contact, on his terms, in his domain shared something very special…Patience….with each other.  Through this Patience was born Trust, Respect and Understanding.  Never, ever did I force him to do anything, all was by his own Choice and his Choice alone.  From the very first time that he allowed me to approach him when he was a youngster, to his eventual responding to our secret signal, to his showing me the whereabouts of his secret hiding places, secret stashes of the many toys and blankets I would bring to him, even to taking me to and allowing me to enter into his winter dens…..all has been by his Choice.

It takes a great deal of time to win the Trust, Respect and Understanding of an animal, more so from one that had never known the kindness of a gentle touch.  It takes a great deal of Patience and an unwavering Commitment from both parties to develop that form of relationship.  LOKI took the time, offered his Patience and his Acceptance to me.  The Bond that developed over those three years grew stronger each and every day, and it is that Bond born of Love that has allowed him to Transition as gracefully as he has to his new life.

From the moment that LOKI decided to and took that first step into my home, his life changed as did my own and that of my family.  Admittedly it was difficult for him at first, new sights, new smells, new dogs and cats to get acquainted with and of course another human, my mother.  His nervousness was evident and understandable, his Patience was again required.  He did not fail in this.  He tolerated ear scratches, nose rubs and gentle touching….now he looks for it and quite enjoys the attention….often coming silently up behind us and poking us with his nose to say ‘I am here’.  He sleeps in front of the fire, on soft pet beds, after long evening walks on cold nights, he lounges where it is warm and safe and sleeps beside my Hemi on beds in my own bedroom.  He no longer wonders where and when his next warm meal will come from, nor where he can find shelter from winter storms, freezing rain and powerful winds.  I will never again find him huddled in a tiny ball, soaked to the skin and looking terribly cold and forlorn, pitiful in fact.December 25 2012 031

A Promise which I made to him over three years ago has been kept, and now through the Patience, Trust, Respect, Understanding, Bond and the Love we share, LOKI will live out his days without fear, without harassment, without the dangers that faced him each and every day of his life in his first years.

He is one of the lucky ones, and it breaks my hear to know that there remain so many others out there that are not so lucky…so despite the diminished anger, I still do get angry when I become aware of those that could not be helped in time.

We must all do our part to end the relentless suffering, both at home and around the world.

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These following pictures are the before and after in the life of LOKI and speak of our three year journey together from the beginning.

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LOKI Sole Survivor

LOKI Sole Survivor

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Hhmm I like her choice

Proud and strong

Proud and strong

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PEEK-A-BOO  HERE I AM

PEEK-A-BOO HERE I AM

Mom makes a good dinner, mission accomplished

Mom makes a good dinner, mission accomplished

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The many global “Friends of LOKI” have countless stories of their own to tell.  Many are not of dogs, cats, birds and the regular animal companions that we all share our lives with.

Here, submitted by Barbara Ettles Carter, in her own words, is her story about an amazing little Raccoon with whom as she says “I wouldn’t have missed that for the world!”

“CHARLENE”

Charlene, as she came to be known, was a tiny raccoon being baby when she was brought back from a feline hunting trip into the bush one fall day.  Born at the wrong time of the year, likely because her mother lost her spring litter of kits, she was “found” by Buster the Cat.

My husband who was digging the garden in preparation for the next year of planting called out to me to see what had arrived.  There she was, scrambling around at his feet and chattering several volumes of books of stories.  And there was Buster, sitting off to one side, having deposited her at my husband’s feet.

  Looking around, no mother raccoon being could be seen and given that winter was approaching and this little one was way too small to survive on her own for a winter, we agreed that she would be welcome to join our family.  “But only for the winter!”  I admonished.  “No matter how attached we get to her, she is a wild animal and belongs in the bush with the other raccoon beings being a raccoon.  She is not a domestic pet!” I said as I told myself every bit as much as I was telling my husband.

  We took Charlene to our vet, Brian, who gave her some shots to keep her from bringing rabies back to us since we lived in the rabies capital of Canada.  “You shouldn’t keep her,” he said.  “She will climb your drapes; she will eat your furniture; she will destroy your house.”  I reminded Brian that the last time I had taken one of the feline beings to him for an appointment, there were two baby raccoon outside his house, eating and drinking from the dog dishes.  “And where did they come from?” I asked.   “I found them on the road one night; their mother had been hit by a car and there they were.  What could I do?  I couldn’t leave them.”  “And neither can we.”  I said looking straight at him.  “Neither can we.”

Gradually, word got round and people began knocking on our door to see the raccoon.  People began to phone to see the raccoon.  My sister arrived for a visit and she was not so excited to see the raccoon.  She sat on the chesterfield most of the time with her legs pulled under her, looking warily at the little raccoon being.  We had to deliver coffee to her there on the chesterfield and she held the mug up high in the air, seeing that is how we had learned how to hold our coffee too with Charlene around.

  We learned a lot that winter.

We built her an eight by four foot pen in the basement where she spent the nights.  The days, she spent in the house with us.  My husband had surgery that winter and was off work most of the time and I stayed home to look after him.  As she grew – and grow she did with the nutritious food we provided – we learned that when people try to live with a raccoon, it is the person who must change more than the raccoon.  To live successfully with a raccoon, a person has to begin to think like a raccoon.

  She became a little argumentative about going in the pen at night.  And at 40 pounds she was becoming difficult to pick up – especially with teeth that gave warnings that being picked up was not on her agenda.  The solution was to give the teeth something to hang on to that was so precious she would not drop it when we urged that plump little body through the door of the pen for the night.  Marshmallow cookies – the kind with the pink marshmallows on top and lots of sweet coconut – were heaven to that little raccoon being. Another piece of raccoon gold was a grape – to be rolled around in her hand and felt with her fingers until – and I swear she did- until she would smile with anticipation.  Popping it in her mouth, she would hold it there and then crunch down with one bite.  Her little eyes would close with delight as the sweet juices flooded her mouth.  To this day, I swear she smiled!  She definitely was a being.

  But it wasn’t until the spring as we were preparing to release her that I understood fully how I felt about her.  We wondered how much raccoons knew from instinct and how much they learned from their mother.  We took her out for climbing lessons – just in case.  She didn’t need them.  She chose a beautiful maple tree and began her climb.  We thought she would merely go up a few feet and then come down.  Charlene had other ideas.  Up she went – 10 feet, 25 feet, 50 feet, 75 feet, 100 feet and more.  Right to the top.  And there she clung to the uppermost twiggy branches, hanging on and looking ever so like a sailor in the rigging looking for land.  She swung back and forth in the breeze and my heart moved to my mouth.

“Charlene, come down!  Come on down right now!”

  Not a whisper of her chatter as a reply and she maintained her hold.  We realized we had a huge emotional attachment to our baby and we desperately wanted to bring her in for the night.

  “That’s enough, Charlene, come in!”  Still not a muscle moved.  “I think I know what to do,” I said to my husband.  “Be right back.”  I went into the kitchen and came out holding forth a pink marshmallow cookie.  “Look Charlene,” I called to her.  “Cookie! Your favourite.”  She looked down at us and began to descend.  And now we learned something new – raccoons descend from trees head first.  We were convinced she would fall on that precious little head but no – one foot lifted and moved and then another foot lifted from the trunk and down she came.

  I gathered her up in my arms, gave her the cookie and snuggled her tightly.  “I guess she doesn’t need climbing lessons,” my husband said.  The next day was a beautiful blue sky day with puffy white clouds.  Only little patches of snow remained on the ground and we decided to take Charlene out with us while we cleared some of the fallen branches from the garden.  I looked around and she was gone.  “Where’s Charlene?” I asked.  “I didn’t see her lately,” said my husband.  She was gone.

There were little footprints in the patches of snow going into the bush but then they disappeared in the leaves.  She was gone, without a look back.  And a feeling of emptiness was all that was left as I gazed into the woods.  Three weeks later, an early April snowfall blanketed the land.  My husband and I were doing dishes one night and he would look out the window in the back door every so often.  “What are you looking at?” I asked.  “Nothing,” he said.

“Hey!  What was that?”

Drying my hands, I rushed to the back door to look and just as I did, I saw something disappear over the edge of the deck and under, into the space beneath.  “That’s Charlene!”  I shouted.  “She’s back!”  I opened the door and up on the deck she came.   “Charlene!” said my husband.   “Where have you been?”

She chattered – obviously she had been on an adventure.  Despite the door being open, Charlene would only put two feet inside.  And she stayed like that – half in and half out – for an hour.  Finally, in she came and down to the basement she went.  She would have nothing to do with the pen and hefted her big rear end up onto the woodpile, preferring that to the confinement of the cage.  In a few days, after the snow had melted, off she went again.

We had been successful in returning her to her wild ways.  The bush is where she preferred to be.  Brian was right.  She ate our furniture.  She climbed the drapes.  She destroyed parts of the house.  But she also squirmed and chattered her way into our hearts that winter.  I wouldn’t have missed that for the world!

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The loss of a beloved companion leaves a massive emptiness, a whole in our hearts that we believe can never be filled.  Sometimes we as caregivers need our own Guardian Angels, sometimes it is our lost loved one that comes to us with their own plans for our future.  Bruce is a very dear friend, although we have never met face to face, we share a love and commitment for all animals and in that our journeys never cease.  

This is an amazing story of a lost loved one doing just that.  Bruce’s Guardian Angel made sure that the whole in his heart would be filled.

In Bruce’s own words  “And, every morning she goes to little Magnum’s urn on the dining room table and rubs her head on it – she knows,”

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SPECIAL UPDATE!!! “….hi remember me from last night…I’m Dusti in case you forgot….”


“Well you see…..the other day I was sitting alone in my kennel just thinking about stuff when much to my surprise my guardian angel came…….he sat on my shoulder and said ‘well Dusti, I’m supposed to be on the other side of the rainbow bridge but there’s something I have to do before I can go…….I left behind the most loving person any pet could ever wish for and I have left a big hole in his heart…one he feels will never mend and so I need you to help heal this wonderful generous heart because without his light in the world…it is a much dimmer place ‘…..and so the plan was set…..in all my shyness I was to come to facebook and my guardian angel would lead him to me…in all his sadness he hasn’t spent much time on facebook but my guardian said he would do his part so long as I did mine ……and it worked. I couldn’t believe my eyes…..it was real…..this wonderful person that I’d heard about around the shelter……everybody whispering and talking that this person was coming to see me……oh my heart was pounding but then ours eyes met and a calm came over me and it happened…..I was giving my heart to a very special person and he was giving me his………his name is Bruce McDonald and think most of you know him from all the blessings he gives each pet posted on this page……how did I get so lucky….I will love you for all my days Bruce……and thank you to my guardian Angel, Magnum…its time for you to play over the rainbow with all the other furbabies that have passed…..I will continue to fill Bruce’s heart and help him heal and I will be here…safe for the rest of my days with Bruce……I couldn’t have asked for more”

All of us wish “Dusti” and her ‘Bruce’ a wonderful and amazing journey in their new life together.

  We must also not forget to  offer a very special Thank You to a very precious Guardian Angel by the name of “Magnum”.

Below is the link and as Bruce has said, they do amazing and wonderful work for the animals.

 

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LOKI’S CHRISTMAS WISH

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After surgery Dec 2013 NC 013  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 surgery Dec 2013 NC 010

After surgery Dec 2013 NC 019  Mom and I took turns laying with him to comfort him.  Giving him the reassurance he needed and he finally fell into a deep sleep at around 11 p.m. After surgery Dec 2013 NC 004

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.

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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 Dec 14 2013 015and gaze at the blue window lights.  After a time he and Hemi decided it time to share their company together Dec 14 2013 032settling into Loki’s favorite spot in the living room.

LOKI’s followers on Facebook now surpass 10,000 hearts.

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

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.

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       “For all of you who dare to believe, I must explain that Loki is my Spirit Guide. He came to me in my youth and has remained with me my entire life. Together we  embarked on wondrous journeys, he has  shown me much and from him I have gained much.”  Quoted from my first post about Loki in 2009.    “The Journey”  http://giftofloki.com/2009/01/

         Some fifty years later, and a move to the Canadian Arctic, a world of pristine wilderness, wild flowers and the infamous snow and ice is where my Spirit Guide took me and I remain here today.  The first few years were most difficult, transition to the eight month winters clothed in darkness sapped energy and enthusiasm.  The search for a decent job compounded the frustration and stress. 

While leaving the hectic pace of big city life was a welcome relief, my mother and I found that first year difficult at best.  So much so that we planned our move back to Ontario at the end of that first year.

“Loki’ my Spirit Guide had other plans for us, my journey with him, only in my dreams at that time, continued and deeper and deeper he led me into a world completely foreign to me.

“This place was far different from anywhere he had taken me before. It was desolate, barren and terrifying. Winds beat upon my face, blowing snow and ice crystals stinging my eyes, and his image began to quickly fade in the swirling winds. “Excerpt from “The Journey”.

We did move that year, surprisingly further North, and it is in the town of Hay River, NT that we settled permanently.  Little did we know then, what we have come to know now.  Little did I know that I would take on the battle of my life and win.

I was told that “no one cares”, that “it will never happen”, and that “you are wasting your time”.  Disparaging comments, but I never gave up that three year fight, why, because Loki had shown me in our journey. “It was then that I realized that the cries of agony which surrounded us were the many voices of the innocents who had suffered without mercy at the hand of mankind. I was hearing the voices of those who had come before, the voices of those in the present and the voices of all of those who will continue to suffer in the future.”  Excerpt from The Journey.  I made a promise to him and with the Grace of God I was determined to keep it.  After three years of battling the Territorial Government, the first Animal Protection Legislation in the history of the Northwest Territories became law in May 2011 with the new NWT Dog Act.

It was during this struggle that I met for the very first time, the true Loki.  Not the black silver tipped wolf of my dreams, rather a young innocent who through no fault of his own found himself living wild, likely terrified in this vast wilderness and had through his courage and will to live, escaped the death that met others of his kind.

Three years have passed since out first encounter, he and I have shared many frigid winters and hot glorious summer days together.  That was then and now I have, by God’s Grace, and the help of those who “dared to believe” kept my most important promise to Loki.  A promise that would see him forever safe and forever loved by his own family.

From this scared and extremely cautious youngster, to this  now beautiful and amazing gentle spirit, Loki has given me so much more than can be expressed in mere words.

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For all who Dare to Believe, Loki is Living Proof that with trust, faith and commitment, the Impossible becomes Possible.

All of us who have dedicated our lives to the rescue, foster and rehabilitation of the innocents know that we must be cautious in introducing a new member to our family.  We are keenly aware that transition for the newcomer is something that cannot and should not be rushed.  We are also keenly aware that transition for those companions within our home is also difficult.  Acceptance by all must be total and complete.  We also have experienced the heartbreak of not reaching an animal in desperate need  in time, and if he have been lucky enough to do so, we have too often experienced the pain of loss.

I was warned and cautioned that time would be long and that a great deal of patience would be needed for Loki to transition to his new life within my family.  Determined not to break his spirit, I allowed him to make his own choices. Despite being urged by so many to bring him into my home quickly as winter approached, I knew that Loki himself would make that decision on his own.

One cannot, without devastating effects, force their own will upon such a Spirit  who by his own intelligence has survived in the wilds of the Canadian Arctic, for as long as Loki did, .

Now I can, with much joy, say that Loki made his own choices.

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A New Chapter in our Journey has begun, where it will take us remains a wonderful mystery.  I do know that we will take this journey together wherever it may lead us.  After all Loki is my ‘Spirit Guide’ both in my dreams and now our reality.

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      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.

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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.

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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?

Laying so quietly on his fleece, which he dearly loves and will not damage, is the most innocent of all creatures, LOKI.  Youthful exuberance Oct 20 2013 003

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.

Youthful exuberance Oct 20 2013 008Youthful exuberance Oct 20 2013 009  Note that this tiny little mattress was once my bed.  I saw no point in taking a picture of my former pillow.

  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.

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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.

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