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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

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-LOKI-Sole-Survivor/188340937903082?id=188340937903082&sk=photos_streamNC Nov 30 2013 018 NC Nov 30 2013 016 NC Nov 30 2013 015 NC Loki in the house My bed and Den 009 NC - October 29 2013 007 Loki joins his family  October 25 2013 Loki First day in house  Oct 2013 NC Hemi and Loki  Oct 13 2013 003 Good boy on mom's bed Oct 2013 NC October 23 2013 014 New Chapter Oct 14 2013 001

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.

Animals dont make me cry

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

Hhmm I like her choice

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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  • Dec 19 2012 023October 24 and 25 2012 004Dec 19 2012 029December 25 2012 054020Feb 1 2 and 3 2013 020Jan 2013 Loki across ravine 049Loki and gardens 062Loki s first day out of run 017Sept 29 2013 LOKI IS HOME 041 Nov 14 2013 NC 006 Nov 14 2013 NC 016 Dec 14 2013 016 Dec 14 2013 032 After surgery Dec 2013 NC 004 After surgery Dec 2013 NC 015Youthful exuberance Oct 20 2013 003Dec 14 2013 015
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Wild Horse Education

Foal born in facility days after the Antelope Complex Roundup dies in facility. copyright Laura Leigh Foal born in facility days after the Antelope Complex Roundup dies in facility. copyright Laura Leigh

Temperatures are expected to launch into Triple Digits this weekend in Reno as things heat up in the ongoing Triple B (Three HMA) lawsuit that now includes the Antelope Valley.

Today attorney Gordon Cowan of Reno filed a reply to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) new motion to dismiss a case that has been in the court system for years on behalf of Plaintiff Laura Leigh, President of Wild Horse Education. The case to date, that also includes the Jackson Mountain HMA in Northern Nevada, has gained two Temporary Restraining Orders and a Preliminary Injunction, the first in the history of the Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act (WFRH&B Act), to inappropriate conduct.

The suit alleges that egregious conduct that includes running babies to exhaustion in intense summer heat, babies and pregnant mares…

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Wild Horse Education

Stallion, mare and foal run from chopper through grazing cattle. Jackson Mountain, BLM ran foals in JUNE during the prohibited foaling season claiming drought. Stallion, mare and foal run from chopper through grazing cattle. Jackson Mountain, BLM ran newborn foals in JUNE during the prohibited foaling season claiming drought Complex wide while cattle grazed on the range.

(RENO) Today Wild Horse Education (WHE) President and founder Laura Leigh filed documents requesting court permission to intervene in a legal action aimed at all of Nevada’s wild horse population. The Complaint, brought by the Nevada Association of Counties (NACO) and the Nevada Farm Bureau Federation, makes broad allegations asking for wild horse removals statewide and the destruction of what they call “excess” horses in Bureau of Land Management (BLM) facilities.

“We have to try all that we can to defend wild horses against this suit,” stated Leigh “BLMs lack of proactive action to correct flaws made in historic wild horse management has created a situation where our ‘living symbol of the pioneer spirit’ is again the…

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Wild Horse Education

copyrightWHE Feb 136/11/2013 BREAKING NEWS! BLM Releasing Wild Hoses from Diamond Complex Back to the Wild!

(WHE-Reno, NV)  Thirty wild horses, rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) this January from the Diamond Complex, will be released back into the wild sometime after mid-July in an innovative project of the Battle Mountain BLM District, which spans land in both the Ely and Elko Nevada. The horses were part of a larger group, most of whom went to long term BLM holding facilities. This experimental group was held out to improve their condition prior to release back into the wild in a project to preserve the genetic health of the herd. The horses will be returned to the range along with the foals they had in captivity.

Youngsters from the Battle Mountain portion of the Diamond Complex arriving at PVC, a real need for change in practices seen in the backbones through thick winter coats Youngsters from the Battle Mountain portion of the Diamond Complex arriving at PVC, a real need for change  seen in the backbones through thick…

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Wild Horse Education

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Citizen’s Pledge To Protect Wild Horses From Abuse 

(RENO)  Citizens from around the world are signing a pledge to take action to create a humane care policy for wild horses and burros managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Over the last few years the BLM wild horse and burro program has been under intense public scrutiny. The program has been deemed a fiscal failure and unsustainable. Range management practices that favor private profiteers on public land have reached a “boiling point” as drought conditions begin to force issues to a breaking point. More wild horses are held in captivity than exist on the wild.

All of the issues apparent in this program have created an intense public debate, except one. One issue most people appear to agree on is that our wild horses and burros must be treated humanely.

Young wild horse that collapsed after being driven during roundup in area used by large cattle operation Young wild horse that collapsed…

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Straight from the Horse's Heart

Agency denies need for same protection it requires of all mustang adopters

BLM captives without shelter ~ photo by Carol Walker of Wild Horse Freedom Federation BLM captives without shelter ~ photo by Carol Walker of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

In late January Lisa Friday and Ginger Kathrens of The Cloud Foundation (TCF) met with BLM District Manager, Mark Storzer, in Rock Springs, Wyoming to discuss ways to protect the over 600 horses held captive in the 30-year-old corral facility. Harsh westerly winds regularly blast the corrals and the BLM has tried to deal with the problem in the past by putting up plywood on the corral panels, but few of the wooden windbreaks remain.

“At the meeting, we discussed what might work for windbreaks and Mr. Storzer indicated that plywood is too heavy and the wind could topple the entire fence,” states Kathrens, Executive Director of the Colorado-based wild horse advocacy organization. “A week after our meeting with Mr. Storzer, we were excited…

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Tuesday's Horse

Oatman burros, Arizona. In Oatman, Arizona, burros are likely to nuzzle with tourists and are notoriously difficult to move out of harm’s way. 18 burros have been shot and killed in the last five years. Photo credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images.

by PETER O’DOWD
From KJZZ

In the desert outside of Phoenix, there have been 18 shootings in the last five years, a series of mysteries that has stumped federal investigators.

Let’s be clear, we’re talking about donkeys: specifically, wild burros, the federally protected asses of the Old West. In late January, out among the desert scrub and beavertail cactus, two from the Lake Pleasant herd were found dead.

“We consider that a murder scene,” says Steve Bird, a burro specialist with the .

Thirty-five miles northwest of Phoenix, the dirt road stops at a gate. This is where someone took aim, with skill.

“One bullet hole per animal, right set in the lungs,”…

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