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Forgotten Dog’s Christmas~~

 

‘Twas the night before  Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a  mouse

 

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care

In hopes that  St. Nicholas soon would be there

 

The children were nestled all snug in  their beds

With no thought of the dog filling their head

 

And mamma in  her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap

Knew he was cold, but didn’t care about  that

 

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter

I sprang from the  bed to see what was the matter

 

Away to the window I flew like a  flash

Figuring the dog was free of his chain and into the trash

 

The  moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow

Gave the luster of mid-day to  objects below

 

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear

But Santa  Claus – with eyes full of tears

 

He un-chained the dog, once so lively and  quick

Last year’s Christmas present, now painfully thin and sick

 

More  rapid than eagles he called the dog’s name

And the dog ran to him, despite  all his pain

 

“Now, DASHER! Now, DANCER! Now, PRANCER and VIXEN!

On,  COMET! On CUPID! On, DONNER and BLITZEN!

 

To the top of the porch! To the  top of the wall!

Let’s find this dog a home where he’ll be loved by  all.”

 

I knew in an instant there would be no gifts this year

For Santa  Claus had made one thing quite clear

 

The gift of a dog is not just for  the season

We had gotten the pup for all the wrong reasons

 

In our  haste to think of the kids a gift

There was one important thing that we  missed

 

A dog should be family, and cared for the same

You don’t give a  gift, then put it on a chain

 

And I heard him exclaim as he rode out of  sight

“You weren’t given a gift! You were given a LIFE!”

 

 

Author  Unknown

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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.

Sarg

Fiddle and Sarg arrive together

It is always a delight when Fiddle comes for a visit.

Fiddle makes herself completely at home

  Yes, my door is always open, it always has been, it always will be.

   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.

https://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/10/16/an-amazing-weekend-with-loki-meet-two-of-his-newest-friends/

    

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Happy New Year from Hemi

WOW!!!  Where did the year go?  Now your home is sparkling with all manner of delight, tinsel, decorative glass/plastic tree ornaments, snow globes, tree and window lights….it all looks so amazing.  Beautifully wrapped gifts tied with shiny ribbons and of course that amazing pine tree.  Holiday plants, nuts, chocolate and scented candles add to the welcome glow of your home. It is a magical time for kids, friends and family.

Your home looks beautiful, yet, all of these things can be potentially deadly to your pet.  Some snow globes contain poisonous antifreeze, holly, poinsettias, mistletoe and lilies if ingested by your pet can result in death.  Pine needles can puncture holes in your pet’s intestine, and the water keeping your tree fresh can contain deadly fertilizers held in tree sap.  NEVER put aspirin (to keep the tree fresh) in the water, you risk your pet’s life.  Shattered tree ornaments can cut a pets foot, and worse if thought to be a toy and shattered in your pet’s mouth and ingested will cause intestinal laceration and internal bleeding. Ornaments made from dried food can also cause considerable damage.

Unfortunately the holiday season is NOT a good time to bring home that much wanted puppy or kitten.  The noise and hectic activity will stress and frighten the new addition, and you will be far too busy with friends and family to keep the needed eye on the new pet which is necessary to ensure its safety.  You will not have the needed time to begin house training, nor time to keep that litter box clean…in other words…you just will not have the time needed to ensure a non traumatic adjustment to your new home for this animal, be it a kitten, puppy or mature animal.  You are best to wait until the holiday activity, is over and your home is back to normal and without the potential deadly hazards that provide the Christmas ambiance we all enjoy.

Remember that it is also a very stressful and a very dangerous time for your current companion animals. The comings and goings of family members and friends will make it far too easy for a pet to slip outside unnoticed.  Ensure you have ID on your pet’s collar, just in case. This will allow the pet to be easily reunited with you. The best precaution is to advise your guests that you have animals in the house and that they are NOT to be allowed out unless tethered.  Even better is to place your pet in another room when your guests arrive and depart, that will ensure no accidental slipping out the door.

Keep the already established routine in place, feeding and walking your dog at the same times you always did. Ensure your pet has a safe and secure place where they can hide out if need be.  Holiday activity and guests can really stress your pet out and be very frightening.  Your pet can easily experience tummy upsets and sudden illness.

Practice extreme safety, not only for your family but also your pet.  Use the gift of Common Sense.  Remember to check your smoke detectors and change the batteries if needed, can you imagine yourself out shopping while the alarm won’t stop and your pets are exposed to that high shrill for hours.

Protect those extension cords from being chewed, and for your own safety do not plug too many in one outlet.

Keep candles high up where they cannot be knocked over.  If you use tinsel, place it high on the tree, curious cats love shiny tinsel and if ingested it can cause serious intestinal blockage and intestinal strangulation.  Put away those plastic bags, the handles can wrap around a playful kittens neck, pick up those ribbons and wrapping paper once the presents are opened, plastic toys that can be chewed or stuffed toys with solid eyes and noses should be safeguarded after children’s playtime.  Toys using batteries should not be left on the floor, batteries contain acid and if chewed will cause severe burns to your pets mouth, acid ingested can lead to death.  New shoes and boots often contain small silica packs, before wrapping those gifts, dispose of those packs safely.

When buying a new pet toy, remember the size of your pet compared to size of toy.  A small ball can lodge in their throat, stuffed toys with tiny beans or silica, plastics eyes and noses are not what you want for your pet.  Toys with bells inside can be torn apart and the bells accidently swallowed.  Remember just like a young child, with an animal everything goes into their mouth.

You will likely purchase dog/cat treats…check the Internet to ensure there have been no FDA warnings or recalls for those products first. Example: the FDA has been issuing warnings on the “Chicken Tenders Jerky” treats since 2007.  Discourage guests to cave into those soulful eyes, people food can make your pet extremely sick, and no one wants a vet bill or mess to clean up.

Have a First Aid Kit handy:  many people items can be used for your pet.  Polysporin ointment for lacerations, canned pumpkin or Metamucil (dosage depends on size and weight of pet) whole wheat, high fibred bread to help the pet to pass an ingested foreign objectPepto-Bismol and plain white low fat yogurt for upset tummies is good to have on hand.

 If your pet swallows broken plastic, glass, tacks, push pins or any other sharp object call your Vet Immediately.  Often in such cases surgery is required.

Please do not tie your pet outside and leave there for the sake of houseguests, and convenience, the temperatures are far too extreme.  It is a bad mistake to believe that because your cat or dog has a fur coat that they can withstand extreme cold for very long.  If left out too long, an animal’s body reacts just like that of a human. Blood is diverted from the extremities which are the legs, tail, ears, feet; this is done so that blood is circulated to the vital organs (liver, heart, lungs and kidneys).  Deprived of blood flow, the extremities will suffer severe frostbite which can result in the loss of limbs, ear tips, nose and tail. Foot pads, their eyes, faces, noses, ears and often in males their genitalia will freeze.  How often have you witnessed your own dog outside lifting one foot at a time, or just sitting down and refusing to move….that is because their foot pads are beginning to freeze and are painful…how often have you experienced the severe pain in your toes and hands due to extreme cold..That should tell you something.   If your pet is whimpering to draw your attention or scratching at the door, let them in immediately, and base the time allowed outside, by the temperature and wind chill.  Smaller animals, such as cats, should remain indoors period, short haired dogs and those without undercoat should be protected by coats/sweaters/boots when allowed outside or taken for short walks.  The BEST precaution is to use COMMON SENSE:  Rule of thumb…if it is too cold for you, and your exposed skin will freeze in minutes/seconds then it is too cold for your pet.  Leaving your cat or dog out in extremely cold temperatures could and too often results in death.  Remember not only is it illegal to transport your dog in the back of an open pickup truck,  you are exposing the animal to increased wind chill, the possibility of falling out, jumping out and being dragged or strangled, flying objects such as ice, and death caused by possible multiple vehicle accidents.

 Look for signs of frostbite:  your pet is shivering, there is ice on limbs and body, body tissue has turned bright red, followed by a pale color, often turning to black which is indicative of dead tissue which will be followed by gangrene if not immediately treated medically.   If you see any of these symptoms you can immediately provide First Aid.

  1.  Use towels soaked in warm water (not hot) or warmed ice packs to warm the affected area
  2. Using a warm bath or bowl of warm water to soak a frozen limb or paw
  3. Once the area has been warmed, dry the area completely and NEVER massage or rub frozen tissue.  This area will be very sensitive and painful, to prevent further self-injury caused by licking or chewing, wrap your pet in a blanket and keep warm.
  4. NEVER apply snow or ice to the frozen area and NEVER completely immerse your pet into a bath, this would cause the body temperature to drop more and the result would be hypothermia.

 

Remember if your pet is showing signs of frostbite, there is the real possibility that the pet is also suffering from hypothermia (abnormal lowered body temperature), this can happen even if the animal does not show signs of frostbite and it will result in death if immediate action is not taken.

What you can do:  Body temperature is below 37.5C

  1. Using blankets, warm your pet, if using hot water bottles or an electric heating bad, DO NOT apply appliance  uncovered to the pet, wrap these warming agents in towels first, if you do not it can result in burns to your pet and increase the risk of tissue damage.
  2. DO NOT overheat your pet, normal body temperature is 38.5 C; monitor your dogs temperature using a rectal thermometer (perhaps an unpleasant task) but one that will save your pets life.  Remember to lubricate the thermometer first.
  3. SEEK VETERINARY CARE:  Even while your pet may seem to have recovered, both bladder and kidney problems are common in animals that have been hypothermic.  A pet that has suffered hypothermia and or frostbite is in danger of their life, and in the case of frostbite, severe life threatening infections in dead tissue resulting in gangrene which can spread rapidly.

Using Common Sense and taking the needed precautions will ensure a Safe and Happy Holiday for your family and your pets.

From my family to yours, Philly, Hemi, China, Luna and Zephr wish you all a magical and Blessed Christmas, and a Prosperous, Happy and Healthy New Year.

References: found on Pets.ca

Frostbite/Hypothermia C. Robinson, AHT Bs,  Holistic and Alternative Vet. Medicine, Salaberry Veterinary Clinic, Montreal, QC

PAW, Partnership for Animal Welfare, Greenbelt, MD

 

 

 

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LOKI

ONE WISH AT CHRISTMAS

Christmas is s Special Time for Family and Friends, to hold dear to our hearts those who have touched us in so many wonderful ways.

It is also a time to recognize so many who have inspired us, who have believed in us, and who have supported us…our wildest dreams, our crazy ‘lost it moments’ and who have given us the strength and courage to do what we must  to carry on.

TO ALL OF THE WONDERFUL FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS THAT I HAVE MET ALONG THE WAY

A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU – FROM MY FAMILY TO YOURS

ONE CHRISTMAS WISH

FOR YOUR HEALTH AND HAPPINESS, YOUR CONTINUED SUCCESS , STRENGTH AND COURAGE

Have a magical Christmas and amazing 2012.

Zephr

China

HEMI

PHILLY

LUNA

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Wild for Life Foundation

All Posts contained on this Blog pertaining to the issues facing the Horses across America are authored by this Blogger for the intent of drawing International attention to the issues.

Links and videos have been researched and are provided for your information.

Please support  NDP Alex Atamanenko, MP in getting these Canadian slaughter plants shut down.

Canada’s Hands are Bloodied Enough with the Continued Seal Hunt!!

JUST IN: 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 05, 2011

NDP CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO SHUT DOWN HORSE SLAUGHTER INDUSTRY
Regulators and operators cannot be trusted to operate honestly or humanely

Ottawa – NDP MP Alex Atamanenko (BC Southern Interior) reacted today to a shocking investigation by the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition (CHDC) which revealed inhumane horse slaughter and other abuses at yet another Canadian slaughterhouse.

“I join with so many Canadians who are sickened and disappointed that our government continues to allow this industry to abuse these animals and the regulatory system with obvious impunity,” stated Atamanenko. “This is the fourth plant to be exposed by undercover investigations indicating that an ingrained culture of abuse is still firmly in place.”

Despite reassurances from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) that horse slaughter plant conditions would be improved, the disturbing footage captured on July 13th and 14th of 2011 at Les Viandes de la Petite-Nation, Inc. in St. Andre-Avellin, Quebec shows serious violations of humane slaughter regulations. “There is no reason that it should take eleven shots to the head to kill a horse,” said Atamanenko. “Why is this plant being allowed to operate in such an inefficient and inhumane way?”

Atamanenko was also concerned by the discrepancies revealed by the report concerning in the new Equine Identity Document (EID) system which is meant to record medical histories and keep horses that have been administered banned drugs from entering the slaughter pipeline. “The EID system is fraught with loopholes that are obviously being taken advantage by predatory kill-buyers looking for product,” said the BC MP. “Clearly the horse meat we are selling for human consumption is not a fit food for humans, especially children.”

According to Atamanenko, the commonly administered drug “phenylbutazone”, more commonly known as ‘horse’s aspirin’, can cause anaplastic anemia in children if consumed in even the tiniest amounts. It was this fact that led the EU to stamp new passports on horses over the age of six months as ineligible for the food supply. “It is reprehensible that we have an industry without such a segregation system,” declared Atamanenko.”

The NDP MP says the overwhelming majority of horses are not raised as food and are commonly administered drugs that are dangerous to people. “It is criminal to sell this meat to humans and the government must shut this industry down immediately,” concluded Atamanenko.

For more information contact:
Alex Atamanenko, MP 613 996 8036

Castlegar Office:
337 Columbia Avenue, Castlegar BC V1N 1G6
1-800-667-2393
250-365-2792
Fax: 1-250-365-2793
atamaa1@parl.gc.ca

Oliver Office:
9964-350 Avenue
Box 1701,
Oliver, BC V0H 1T0
250-498-5353
Open Tuesday 9 – 12:30 Wednesday 12 – 3:30
atamaa1@parl.gc.ca

Ottawa Office:
525 Confederation Building
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6
1-613-996-8036
Fax: 1-613-943-0922
atamaa@parl.gc.ca

One can also express their concerns and comments to:

Vital Moreira,MEP
Chair, Committee on International Trade
European Parliament
Rue Wiertz
ASP 13G242
B-1047 Brussels

Equine Welfare Alliance: http://www.equinewelfarealliance.org/

Press Release from Italian Horse Protection Association

 Sito Horse Protection

15 dicembre 2011 12.23
Oggetto: Carne di cavallo in Italia: un’indagine rivela la presenza di sostanze pericolosissime per la salute. / Horse meat in Italy: an investigation reveals that it contains substances dangerous to health

Excerpt:

” Drawing together results of research carried out by one French and two American universities, and an inquiry by the Equine Welfare Alliance (USA), IHP can assert that at least part of the horsemeat sold in the European markets has been subjected to no checks whatsoever for drugs present in the slaughtered animals. IHP asserts moreover that since autumn 2010 the European health authorities have been fully aware of this fact yet have done nothing to protect the health interests of the European consumer.

Sonny Richichi, IHP Organizational Manager, and also head of the ‘Horse Slaughtering’ section, affirms, With the myth that horse meat contains more iron and is good for the blood those countries where horsemeat is widely consumed are administering to the most vulnerable members of society a cocktail of anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics, hormones that control estrous cycle and who knows what other substances“.

Antonio Nardi-Dei da Filicaja, President of IHP adds, “The European health authorities make big news of the checks on meat and how they track and trace it all from source, but then they sweep under the carpet the results of their own inquiries which reveal that not only does a significant percentage of the horse meat on the market NOT have any credible certification regarding the use of drugs prior to slaughter, but moreover comes from countries where pretty well any drug is legally permitted and used, only at the discretion of the owner of the animal. Thus while fully cognisant of the risks that eating horse meat holds for consumers, the authorities have turned a blind eye and tried to conceal the incriminating evidence. According to the FAO, in 2009 approximately 16,000 tonnes of horse meat entered the EU from Canada and Mexico. In general, around 50% of horse meat consumed in Italy comes from abroad.”

http://www.horseprotection.it/docs/phenylbutazone.pdf

http://www.horseprotection.it/dett_articolo.asp?id_a=379

This article describes the risks/deaths occurred from consuming tainted horse meat.

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/17/7/10-1642_article.htm

Italians Complain to EU that Drug Tainted American Meat Reaching European Consumers

http://horsebackmagazine.com/hb/archives/13173

Investigation on horse meat entering Europe from America

Excerpt:

“In the USA there is no differentiation between FPA (Food Producing Animal) and non-FPA equidae; horses are simply not considered as part of the food chain. US’ horses are slaughtered in Canada and Mexico (and perhaps in the USA re-starting in 2012). Horse meat is exported primarily to Europe (France, Belgium, Italy and Germany are the main horse-meat eating countries). The significant point here is therefore that any horse, not being considered part of the food chain, can be treated with any and all drugs which the vet – or indeed simply the owner – considers necessary, with no formal requirements to observe or fulfil.”

http://www.horseprotection.it/docs/eid/album/index.html

Given the situation, some university researchers (Nicholas Dodman, Tufts University, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Massachussets; Nicolas Blondeau University of NIce “Sophia Antipolis”, Institute of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology , France, and Ann M. Marini, University of Bethesda, Department of Neurology, Maryland) put to the test a theory, cross checking the data of some of the animals sent for slaughter with the data banks from racecourses where the horses had run. Those data bases contain the records, required by anti-doping laws, of treatments with phenylbutazone (commercial name: Bute), a non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug commonly used on horses but which is prohibited in Europe for horses destined for human consumption.

By means of a complex procedure, the researchers uncovered information about the data of races of 16 horses out of 50 of those under study. The result of the study is that all the horses whose data was located had been treated with Bute, some of them only one week before slaughter. However the data uncovered was relative to race dates, while not all treatments administered are logged if they are not close to the date of a race. Horse meat exported to Europe, therefore, is very likely indeed to contain traces of prohibited substances, and not only of fenilbutazone.

Read here the full text of the article by Dodman, N., et al. Association of phenylbutazone usage with horses bought for slaughter: A public health risk. Food Chem. Toxicol. (2010), (doi:10.1016/j.fct.2010.02.021)

http://www.horseprotection.it/docs/phenylbutazone.pdf
Read the Canadian inspection report. http://www.horseprotection.it/docs/fvo_canada.pdf
Read the Mexican inspection report. http://www.horseprotection.it/docs/fvo_mexico.pdf

American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign

http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6931/t/0/blastContent.jsp?email_blast_KEY=1188351

AWHPC Marks the 40th Anniversary of the Wild Horses Act With Lawsuit Against BLM Wild Horse Extermination and Castration Plan

Excerpt:

“On December 15, 1971 – 40 years ago today – President Richard Nixon signed into law the Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act, stating,  “Wild horses and burros merit man’s protection historically for they are a living link with the days of the conquistadors, through the heroic times of the western Indians and pioneers, to our own day when the tonic of wilderness seems all too scarce. More than that, they merit it as a matter of ecological right – as anyone knows who has ever stood awed at the indomitable spirit and sheer energy of a mustang running free.” “

 

Equine Welfare Alliance

The shame of the BLM

http://www.lasvegascitylife.com/articles/2011/12/15/opinion/knappster/iq_49594018.txt

“”Forty years ago this week, the American people spoke with one voice on an issue that clearly touched the heart of the nation. The Wild Horse and Burro Act was signed into law, over the objections of the powerful cattle industry. Congress was flooded with more letters and telegrams about wild mustangs than for any other issue save the Vietnam War. They insisted that wild horses must be preserved on public lands. That demand became law.”

Will of the People

http://cs.thehorse.com/blogs/horses-and-the-law/default.aspx?mid=554

Horse Slaughterhouse Investigation Sounds Food Safety and Cruelty Alarms

http://www.forbes.com/sites/vickeryeckhoff/2011/12/06/horse-slaughterhouse-investigation-sounds-food-safety-and-cruelty-alarms/

The Canadian Horse Defence Coalition

 http://www.defendhorsescanada.org/

 

Pasture to Plate

The True Cost of Canada’s Horsemeat Industry

http://www.defendhorsescanada.org/lpn.html

Alberta horse slaughterhouse probed by RCMP

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/story/2010/04/22/calgary-horse-bouvry-slaughterhouse-rcmp-cruelty-inhumane.html

Humane Society International Canada

http://www.hsicanada.ca/horses/horse_slaughter/

Excerpt:

Horse Slaughter

“With more than 93,000 horses slaughtered in 2009 alone, Canada’s horse slaughter industry is among the largest in the world, and a shameful betrayal against our loyal companions.”

Local Farm Works To Keep Horses From Starvation and Slaughterhouse

http://kingspark.patch.com/articles/horse-rescuer-22-runs-facility-in-fort-salonga

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Bloggers note:  Please take the time to COMMENT on this Blog Post to show your support for BRINDI, comments can then be passed onto Ms. Waterman and to Brindi’s owner. Confidentiality of your contact info will be honored unless permission to release is provided by you.  Please also be sure to sign the petition:  Link is contained below.

EXTREMELY URGENT. PLEASE READ FROM CAROL WATERMAN, MONTREAL, QC. CANADA: Founder and President of Canadian Volunteers for the Protection of Animals (CVPA)

  (copied and pasted with permission)

TIS THE SEASON TO BE JOLLY ??

 

For many animals, it will be the season to be jolly, but sadly for others, it will not be !!

 

I am a dedicated animal activist, Founder and President of Canadian Volunteers for the Protection of Animals (CVPA) and reside on the South Shore of Montreal, Quebec.

 

As you are well aware our Canadian animal laws are extremely antiquated and need to be drastically changed.  I won’t write about our ever-failing MAPAQ (Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food) in charge of our Quebec animal laws. That will be another story for the near future.
Many animals have been abandoned, lost or abused.  Many end up in shelters because of the lack of room at non-profit rescues.   Many of those innocent beings, who end up in shelters are killed via methods of euthanasia, or inhumanely killed “en masse” in gas chambers,  or with heart sticks.  It is heartbreaking to know that all these animals have suffered most of their lives and then die a horrific death !!     In the meantime, we non-paid activists, volunteers and  rescues  work on a daily basis, trying to save as many animals as we can.  No matter how difficult this work is & sometimes overwhelming we cannot quit, as we will have failed the animals.  They need us as we are  their voices, their hope and their angels !!
I would like to tell you one true story, and one that is very close to many hearts.  It is about one precious, innocent dog in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Her name is Brindi and she won’t be home for the holidays, as she is being held in a Halifax shelter.  There is not much time left before Brindi could be sentenced to death !!  The trial for Brindi’s owner, “Francesca Rogier” is scheduled for March 2 and March 16, 2012. Trial dates were initially set for November 2011, but had to be postponed due to an unfortunate injury to Francesca’s hand.   I know Francesca personally and she is a wonderful, responsible person and loves her dog very much.

 

I am reaching out to all you good-hearted people to help save Brindi.  It would be a miracle if a pro-bono lawyer would open up his/her heart and help Ms Rogier. Francesca does not have legal counsel and has to defend herself & Brindi, against the City of Halifax.  Please send polite letters to the persons mentioned below. Halifax’s provincial law empowers both Minister of Justice “Ross Landry”  and Minister of Municipal Affairs “The Honourable John MacDonnell” to intercede in a case being prosecuted by the Halifax Regional Municipality, and drop charges or stay the proceedings or stop them from going beyond the charges to ask for an order to sentence Brindi to death.    

Please write and/or call them to say this. Use the bullet points below for other arguments that you may wish to make.

Nova Scotia Department of Justice

Minister of Justice Ross Landry:

Hon. Ross Landry justmin@gov.ns.ca

5151 Terminal Road, P.O. Box 7

Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2L6

Phone: (902) 424-4030
Minister of Municipal Affairs:

Hon. John MacDonnell

snsmrmin@gov.ns.ca

Phone: (902) 424-5550
Fax: (902) 424-0581
Toll Free: 1-800-670-4357

Below are the events that have transpired since 2008.

Since August 2008, thousands of people worldwide, including myself, have been trying to save Brindi. We have a petition on line and to date has gathered 7,492 signatures.  http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/free-brindi-this-dog-must-not-be-euthanized/.  Please circulate the petition and this message to everyone you know and post to your sites.

In this case, Halifax is seeking a court order to kill Brindi as an additional penalty. This is a repeat of the first trial in 2009-2010, in which her owner was charged for three by-law violations and but not until six months after the event, and immediately after the city lost its case in supreme court, but refused to return Brindi.  Brindi’s health has suffered from three years of confinement, and her owner has lost a considerable amount of money, her life put on hold.  

* Halifax decided in 2008 to muzzle, then seize and destroy Brindi, fully aware that she had never attacked a person and had not injured dogs at all, except for one minor injury that was treated with first aid. Ms Rogier spent thousands of dollars on legal fees to save Brindi and her beautiful, gentle dog was finally released in/around July 2010 after spending 2 long years in a shelter.

* Brindi was evaluated by several trainers and behaviorists at the request of her owner. None of these deemed Brindi dangerous. They regard her as territorial, and suggested more training.

* Brindi’s owner, Francesca Rogier, observed all court-imposed conditions for Brindi’s return.

* The conditions are: following a muzzle order, building and maintaining a dog run, and doing further training.

* The conditions were identical to the conditions she originally offered to the city in 2008, but were met with no response from the city.

* The incident leading to Brindi’s second seizure in September 2010 and a third year behind bars was an accidental event. Freak accidents do happen! People should not be punished for them by the destruction of a beloved family member.  She remains incarcerated to this date.

* Moreover, the incident was no more serious than previous incidents. Like those, it occurred on or near her property – i.e. at most, a few feet from the boundary.

* Brindi simply needed more time to readjust to her surroundings, after being locked up for two years without contact with other dogs.

* Francesca worked with trainer Susan Jordan. She did more training that was required and continued after Brindi was released and not because a court ordered it, but because she wanted Brindi to be as perfect as possible.

DOG LAW MUST BE ENFORCED USING REASON AND DISCRETION

* Cities have a role to insure public safety, but within reason: they must also treat dogs and owners fairly.

* By-law infractions are minor offenses that are meant to be fined.

* Killing a dog is not a fair or moral penalty for any by-law infraction.

* If a city seeks to kill a dog it says is dangerous, it must present proper grounds. It must have proof that it has attacked with the intent to kill or do serious harm.

* Dogs that fight dogs are not necessarily a threat to public safety. Dogs are not part of the public. If they were, they would have rights!

* Dogs typically fight dogs as a way to establish dominance. It is no indication they will attack humans. And dogs can be trained out of this behavior.

* Fatalities due to dog attacks rank very low on the list of causes of accidental death and injury. They are not even among the top fifty.

UNFAIR TREATMENT OF DOGS AND OWNERS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE

* Cities should be held to a consistent standard that is in keeping with their usual enforcement of the by-law.

* Halifax decided in 2008 to muzzle, then seize and destroy Brindi, fully aware that she had never attacked a person and had not injured dogs at all, except for one minor injury that was treated with first aid.

* Halifax’s decision to kill Brindi was thus way out of line with its customary enforcement. Its decision to seize Brindi once again is not only cruel and unusual punishment itself, but also in stark contrast with its handling of a recent case of a pit bull that attacked a woman in the throat and face.  

* The city has never had Brindi’s behavior evaluated professionally. It will not be bringing an expert witness to the trial. An animal control officer will testify, but she is not qualified in dog training and behavior.

* Clearly Halifax is not pursuing this case in the interest of public safety.

BOTTOM LINE: BRINDI IS NOT A KILLER AND MUST NOT BE KILLED !!

 

As well, please write to the lawyer for HRM Animal Services, Ms. Katherine Salsman – salsmak@halifax.ca.  DO NOT SEND the above points to the lawyer.  HRM refuses to let Brindi return home, regardless of her ill health.  Since spending three long years in a shelter, Brindi has now developed two chronic conditions –  pancreatitis and dental disease, and  both are directly related to care/lack of care at the shelter. In addition to medical concerns there is the matter of the cost of the tests, which run over $200, in addition to the cost of the visits to the veterinary clinic, which Ms Rogier has been covering since September 2010. This is the second time in a year special tests have been necessitated by Brindi’s condition. In the opinion of Francesca’s vet, they have much to do with her care at the shelter.  These costs are an extra burden for Francesca.  In truth, they are rightly the responsibility of HRM, which I doubt that they will reimburse.

 

Anyone interested in helping should let HRM know that the world is watching and everyone is welcome to contact Ms Salsman directly. This city has not made one move to cooperate, negotiate, be reasonable or compassionate, since the day they took Brindi in July 2008. The very act of taking her followed the highly unreasonable action of muzzling her, which it did with the sole intent of seizing and killing her at the very next opportunity, despite the fact that she had not done anything to deserve it, and regardless of whether she would later hurt anybody or anything. In fact she had not !!  It is not an issue that Halifax wants to “save face” –  Halifax  does not care !!

 

If you write any letters, please send me a copy so that I may send to Ms Rogier.  Thank you for your valuable time, patience & understanding.

 Bloggers note:  Please leave your comments: if you have written a letter on Brindi’s behalf and wish to send to Ms. Waterman, I will then provide you with her personal email address so that you can forward your letter of support personally to her.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to Everyone !!   Wishing you Peace and Health for the New Year !!

 

Carol Waterman

President and Founder

Canadian Volunteers for the Protection of Animals (CVPA)

 

What must be going through Brindi’s mind when she sees animal control officers show up at her door again, to take her away again, to be put in a cage again? The picture shown below says it all! This split photo is one of Brindi in July 2010, happy and energetic, socializing with those who love her. The second photo was taken directly after they seized her on September 27, 2010. The utter look of defeat in her eyes and the sadness. This is cruel and unnecessary punishment! We have to do everything we can to help save Brindi’s life!

 

For more information, please see Brindi’s Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/287807274888/

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A Winters Day with LOKI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5ft9DBT4bY

Well ole Man Winter is upon us, not much we can do about it, other than to bundle up and enjoy.

Nights are much longer now, daylight is at a premium, winds sound like freight trains and chill you to the bone.  Unlike the rest of Canada, Northern winters last from October through to May, if one is lucky and Spring thaw comes early.  Remarkably though the skies remain a beautiful shade of blue for the most part, and of course the dance of the Northern Lights is amazing.  Skies are clear and the moon and stars magnificent, reflecting off the pristine white snow, illuminating everything  to be seen. 

Sunrise comes late but is spectacular, as is sunset 

and at times we are treated with the Sun Dogs, a northern phenomenon.

 

Time spent with LOKI during winter is hard on both of us.  I had hoped to have him in by now, but this independent fellow continues to live by his own fashion, paying me visits, bringing along his many buddies and enjoying the life of the free spirit.

This video was taken on November 18, 2011, there are two more videos of this day yet to be uploaded.

A Winters Day with LOKI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5ft9DBT4bY

LOKI had been by for breakfast, then returned for his dinner mid afternoon.  Ironically later in the day he again returned, but chose to dash across the ravine and insisted I follow…which I did, waist deep in snow to get there.  He was waiting at the top of the hill for me, silently observing my slipping and sliding to reach him and once I had joined him he delighted in playing ‘let’s just jump around in the snow’…of course how could I not join in the fun.  Playful woofs, darting back and forth, leaping into the deepest snow drifts he could find and burying his face in the snow and rolling was all part of the games….I chose not to bury my face in the snow, but certainly enjoyed mimicking him the other ways.  From his reaction it was clear he was delighted.

After 45 minutes of this, I could no longer feel my hands again, so decided it best to cross the ravine and seek the warmth inside.  Not to be undone, LOKI raced past me, at which point I lost my footing and buried my face in the snow…man that cold hurts on exposed skin.

Waiting for me at home, he sat patiently, the look on his face, appearing to be devilish delight that I too was now covered in snow…all I could do was laugh and continue brushing ice crystals from my cheeks, dig snow out of my coat collar and shiver.

We were soon joined by “Fiddle” and LOKI’s cohort “Mr. Raven” 

Hope you enjoy the video and new pictures.

For those who are interested in the Rescued Loon: video taken before she headed to Edmonton.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lin3MIY-uQk

https://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/11/26/wildlife-rescue-is-not-always-a-success-story-no-matter-how-hard-you-try/

 

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