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Last Saturday, LOKI had his first trip to the veterinary clinic which comes into Hay River from Alberta courtesy of Doctors Jim and Jocelyne Stickney. Without these dedicated vets health care for our companion animals in Hay River would mean costly flights to Yellowknife or lengthy drives to Alberta.
LOKI lost his maleness that Saturday, and it broke my heart, but I know that to prevent illness down the road, this had to be. I must say that he was a very good boy, entering his transport crate readily on his own, to and from the clinic. Once home, he did have an uneasy night, coming out of the sedation, restless and uncomfortable he finally decided that my bed and feather mattress was where he wanted to be.
After the trauma of last Saturday, we felt that LOKI should be given something very special for Christmas. His very first ever very own Christmas tree. Call us crazy but I went out and bought a beautiful white tree, lit with white and blue lights, and spent yesterday morning decorating it with blue decorations. This is after all, as I have often described, a Land of Snow and Ice, and against the backdrop of our blue walls and white lace curtains, I must admit, I made a good choice.
Always curious, always the extreme gentleman in the house, this beautiful boy sat for the longest time, head raised and looking……remember this is his first ever Christmas tree, in his first ever loving home. Spotting the blue lights in the window, he ever so gently used his nose to move back the lace and gaze at the blue window lights. After a time he and Hemi decided it time to share their company together settling into Loki’s favorite spot in the living room.
LOKI’s followers on Facebook now surpass 10,000 hearts.
He has reached out and touched everyone with his determination and will to survive against all odds. Each day the comments posted to his Facebook page fill my heart with such joy and comfort. To know that there are good caring people still out there in a world and a society that inundates all of us with daily horrors brings some comfort to my own soul.
I have, in prior posts, made mention of the ‘Silent Growing Army’ and Loki has brought over 10,000 of us together, all of us total strangers to each other until now. The love that each and everyone of these people have given to LOKI as well to myself and my fur family is a gift that was brought about solely by LOKI.
Those of you who have followed our journey, know exactly how hard it has been and how long the road we traveled together. Now the ongoing joy of this ‘New Chapter’ of our journey together is being shared around the world as well.
This gentle beautiful boy, no longer has a bulls eye on his back, no longer must fear strangers, seek warmth from extreme winter storms, nor depend on the generosity of his few human friends to provide nourishment for him. He basks in the warmth of the a loving home and the knowledge that he will be forever safe and cared for.
In the Land of Snow and Ice, LOKI gives thanks, as does my family, for the Love and the Compassion he has received from the ‘total strangers’ now united by our love for him.
Posted in Change Federal Animal Protection Legislation for the Better, Commitment, dogs in Canada's north, Fate of Sled Dogs, LOKI, LOKI : fact not fiction, tagged animal cruelty in Canada's North, animal legislation issues, Commitment & Devotion, Family Members deserve the Best, LOKI Sole Survivor, LOKI UPDATES on October 20, 2013| 4 Comments »
I continue to be amazed at the sheer joy for life that this incredible and beautiful boy shows to me each and every day. The mere fact that he is able to find ways to amuse himself in my absence speaks volumes as to his high intelligence and youthful exuberance.
I have, since LOKI was rescued and brought to my home, been sleeping outside in his dog run each and every night. LOKI has issues with separation anxiety.
Having gone for his leash training session earlier yesterday, he spent the day quietly, snoozing, being cuddled, sung to, and in the company of his new BFF my own sweet Hemi. Whom I must mention stands vigil to ensure that no intruders approach or disturb LOKI. Mind you he has no control over the Magpies and Mr. Raven who often comes to call.
Last evening was no different, in that I did again sleep outside with LOKI. It is very true what they say about the Full Moon, and the ‘Calling’ that goes on during such an event.
LOKI began ‘calling’ at approximately 10:30 last night, and my plans of attempting to sleep in my own bed for the first time in weeks, was quickly dashed. Donning my snow suit, carrying my tiny foam mattress and numerable fleecy blankets I head out to this big boy.
He of course sat innocently enough on his bedding eagerly awaiting my arrival, of course I did not disappoint him. Placing the tiny mattress in just the right position for myself and close to him, as well as ensuring he had his comy bedding, we settled down for the long night together. Both of us covered nose to tail, head to toe in fleece. Within a few minutes the behind the ear gentle rubs saw this boy sound asleep.
The temperature dropped considerably during the night and I awoke to numb cold toes and ice on his water bowl. Winter and snow is just days away.
Time for me to rise, it is now 8:00 a.m., put the coffee on and prepare LOKI’s breakfast.
Someone once told me that Silence is Golden….hhhhm….dare I believe same?
When I returned to serve a warm breakfast to this most deserving of bed fellows, low and behold what did I find you may wonder?
Youthful exuberance? Perhaps. Impatience waiting for my return? Perhaps. Perhaps it was just the sheer delight of being able to do what he likes to do best. I long ago gave up my attempts to apply human logic to the actions of canine or feline energies. If anything, I continue to be delighted at the various and unending antics of my four legged companions. The beloved family members that continue to bring such joy to my life.
LOKI is the Sole Survivor and he is a Miracle. Living Proof that the impossible becomes possible. He has united people all around the world, total strangers who came together to ensure his safety and his care, to bring him home to me. No longer with a Bulls Eye on his back, the promise I made to him three years ago has finally come to fruition.
In order to ensure that LOKI’s immediate needs are met, vetting, training equipment and the like a Webpage specific for donations has been set up. Contributions may be made via PayPal. This page will give you details on how to make your donation and just how the funds will be spent as well as describe where funds surplus of our goal will be donated to aid dogs in Canada’s North and help to continue the amazing work that Eldad Hagar and his organization Hope for Paws does.
(PayPal and other ways)
via this webpage: http://www.lokisolesurvivor.net Thanks so very much.
Please feel free to visit and to join in our continuing journey. LOKI has his own FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-LOKI-Sole-Survivor/188340937903082
Check out his photo albums, see him, his friends and his videos on YouTube: Tundra Voices
A very special thank you to the thousands around the globe that have expressed their love and support for this beautiful, innocent and often mischievous boy.
Posted in ALERTS, Commitment, dogs in Canada's north, Fate of Sled Dogs, LOKI, LOKI : fact not fiction, tagged Action Alert, animal protection in N.W.T., Canada's North, LOKI Sole Survivor, LOKI UPDATES on September 15, 2013| 28 Comments »
Many around the world have been following Loki and our journey, Loki has his own FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-LOKI-Sole-Survivor/188340937903082
There are also many Blog posts here as well.
I must let you know that the town officials plan to go after him again and I fear that the outcome will see Loki as just one more dead dog amongst thousands in the North. I raised the funds needed to purchase a dog run for him, donations came from Ontario, Quebec, Texas, Mexico, Alberta, BC and a few from here.
The plan was to dart him, have him brought here and I would work with him closely to rehab him and allow him to live out his life in safety as part of my family. The pen was only going to be used until he would allow me to handle him. Unfortunately the first darting attempt failed miserably, the dart failed to discharge the sedative and poor Loki was in pain for three days as the dart remained stuck in his shoulder for 3 days before falling out. That fateful night, Anna, her daughter and I spent almost 5 hours searching the bush behind my place trying to find him. When I finally did, I followed him for yet another hour and could not get close to him. He was terrified. I had to give Loki antibiotics hidden in his food for almost 3 weeks, Another friend of Loki’s helped in that, giving him his morning dose while I gave him his evening dose.
The second darting attempt saw the dart deflected missing Loki so that failed, and the third attempt, (Wildlife Officer) could not get within range.
All of this took place during July. The last darting arrangement was cancelled at the last minute by the Wildlife Officer and no further help has been forthcoming to help me get him here. I have idea why.
When I contacted the Wildlife Officer, and town officials , basically saying that due to unanswered emails and calls made to the Wildlife Officer, that I and others could only conclude that Loki was going to be allowed to live out his remaining days in freedom. Only one person to responded, Mr. Potter, stating that this is not the case and that they want to see Loki’s issue resolved by the end of September or sooner. In other words if I do not have him here they will take the manner in their own hands to get him off the streets and we know what that means.
Those whom I’ve spoken to who support Loki are outraged. His Facebook followers across Canada, here, the US and on the International scene are outraged.
I was informed me that some complaints about Loki have been made and that some people in town have implieds of shooting him themselves.
Those that do not know him as the rest of us do, as a gentle friend, are intimidated by him, because they have not taken the time to know him and are totally ignorant of his gentle ways.
I need people who do know him to stand up and fight for him in order to save his life. Those that have sung his praises need to contact Town Hall and attest to his gentle ways, state clearly that he is non aggressive, lives quietly and that they enjoy his company when he is with them. In summary the target now on his back must be removed and his life must be protected. I even submitted a small petition to Town Hall, attesting to his gentle an unassuming nature and suggested that Loki be made the Town Mascot.
As the sole surviving pup (one of the 23 seized in the Hay River Hoarding case of 2010) Loki has survived free and cared for by those of us who dearly love him. The 22 other pups, rather than be relocated as I offered to do in emails and letters to the Town Officials in June 2010, were secretly removed from the shelter and destroyed in mid August 2010. My offers to relocate the pups to properly equipped professionally run rehab shelters out of territory were not even acknowledged by town officials. Those pups were murdered needlessly. Only Loki survived because he escaped the shelter twice prior to the destruction of the puppies. (Means of destruction is a big secret but I do know that no vet was present) (reliable source information provided).
I have done everything humanly possible to insure his safety for three years. Spending time with him in the bush in sub-zero temps, out in my own yard with him no matter the weather or temperature often up to 4 times daily during winter. I raised the funds needed for the dog run, medications, sedatives, equiptment, bug protection netting for the dog run, collars, harness, leads, pet bed and blankets..all is ready for him here, but now what help I was getting from the Wildlife Officer is non existent and I have no idea why.
I really need people to speak up and defend Loki, to plead his case so that he can live out his life in freedom. I pray that you will speak for him. Loki spent the first year of his life caged (I have pictures to prove that) and has only enjoyed his freedom since escaping the shelter in 2010 after having been rescued/seized in May 2010.
He deserves to live, he escaped the shelter twice, has survived 3 harsh winters, is loved by so many worldwide and in town and he united total strangers around the globe who came together to raise the funds I needed to prepare for his life here with me. Short of a miracle Loki will become yet one more victim of total indifference.
Since I alerted everyone to what is happening concerning Loki and the very real impending actions that town officials may take, I have been receiving countless emails and Face Book messages in support of Loki. For that I thank all of you sincerely.
With your permission I wish to copy and past these messages and comments to a single Word doc which I would like to send to the Powers that Be, as testimony to how much Loki is loved and supported.
I would also ask that all of you who support Loki, to contact directly Ross Potter and Andrew Cassidy (Mayor of Hay River) personally by email so that you may plead Loki’s case.
Mayor Andrew Cassidy: email@example.com
Ross Potter: firstname.lastname@example.org and or email@example.com
You can also send letters to: City Hall
Town of Hay River,
73 Woodland Dr
Hay River, NT X0E 1G1
While I must acknowledge that complaints about Loki have been received at Town Hall, likely from persons who are ignorant of his gentle ways and lacking in his friendship, those who just don’t like dogs period, and those who are intimidated by his stature and who failed to get to know him…I must also acknowledge the fact that Loki is loved by so many, that those whom he has chosen to share his life with want only the best for him, that he has united so many strangers from around the globe who have rallied around him, and he has also as a dear Ontario friend so accurately stated he has put Hay River on the map.
With no further help coming from the Wildlife Officer and officials wanting this situation resolved by the end of September or sooner, time is running out to plead Loki’s case. I need everyone to contact those persons listed above, a blitz if you will, so that the Powers that Be will see that Loki should be allowed to live out the rest of his life in freedom and not become one of the thousands in the NT who have been slaughtered. I have in the past via letters, suggested that Loki become the Town Mascot, which would make Hay River noted for compassion and become a leader to other northern communities for being a community that values even a feral animals life. Proving that a bullet is not the answer!
Thank you to all of you. You are all amazing, and it is from all of you that I gain renewed strength for this ongoing battle to protect Loki.
Posted in ALERTS, Commitment, dogs in Canada's north, Fate of Sled Dogs, Help Needed, LOKI, LOKI : fact not fiction, tagged animal cruelty in Canada's North, animal protection in N.W.T., Commitment & Devotion, cruelty against animals, LOKI Sole Survivor, LOKI UPDATES on June 2, 2013| 3 Comments »
A couple of weeks ago I put up the poster in order to raise funds for LOKI. A deadline date had been given to me of May 31st to get him off the streets of Hay River, NT. Thankfully I was able to obtain a time extension from Town Officials.
Darting of Loki was planned for this past Friday, June 1, however the ENR Officer who will be darting Loki for me, came by the house mid afternoon Friday, and due to the number of calls he had to go out on concerning bears, as well as lynx, the darting of LOKI was postponed. New time and date is yet to be set up.
LOKI was here yesterday, actually wanted to know what I was doing in my storage shed, he is the curious type. He also joined in the walk with ‘Henri’, and the two young ladies walking their kids in their strollers, yesterday. The women live a few doors down from me, and Loki regularly walks with them when they take the kids out. He looked so proud and happy, trotting in front of them, head and tail held high.
He had a good brunch and long drink of cool water in my backyard with me yesterday, and I was with him on Friday as well.
The ENR Officer checked out the dog run, and felt I had everything set up well for Loki; I washed out a large pet bed of Hemi’s for him, used $83.78 of the donations to purchase a 20′ nylon lunge line, a 15′ heavy duty tie out, a humane nylon training collar, and a regular wide nylon collar and leash. The lunge line I will use as an ‘umbilical cord’ which will be attached to my person and to Loki so that where I go he will go.
I wrapped a tarp around one end of the dog run, on the outside, which will give Loki additional shade and a hiding spot from curious eyes from the road. I also hung the fake wasp/hornet nests in the backyard trees, that deter those nasties from coming around. The screening has been ordered to enclose the whole dog run but has yet to arrive. This will keep all the nasties out so that he will not be a meal to those awful bugs.
I also cut down and trimmed the trees and cut down the wild roses out back, as I don’t want any of them spreading into the run. Those thorns are nasty. Today I will remove the remnants of the brush, lumber and continue getting the backyard ready for him so that when I bring him out of the run, we will have no obstructions or anything he can get tangled into.
What with the Town extending the deadline date, and with the ENR Officer having to go out on bear calls, it may have been just as well that I did not get Loki here on Friday. The vet will be back mid June I believe, so if darting is still a week away that may be a good thing if the vet is available.
In the meantime, I will spend time with Loki as we have been all along. When he was here yesterday he did not seem at all nervous to be eating near the dog run at all..another good thing, he has accepted that it is in my backyard now.
I received a lovely call from Jean M (Ontario) last evening, which came as quite the surprise. Of course we talked about Loki. Jean follows Loki’s FB page
I must tell all of you that if it were not for the donations that came in from Ontario, BC and Alberta, none of this would be possible. Loki received one donation from a Hay River resident, despite the article being published in the paper here, the posters that I put up everywhere in town and the posters I put on the local online groups here in the NWT. To say that I am extremely disappointed and hurt by the lack of donations here in town and across the NWT is an understatement given the 3 year battle I went through at my own personal expense to get the new NWT Dog Act legislated.
A very special thank you to Darlene, with a rescue organization in Ontario for having held a fund raiser for Loki. Those whom Darlene was able to get donations from have certainly helped this cause. Fund raisers are not easy, they are time consuming, require volunteers and are a lot of work to put together.
It is what it is, as they say. Once Loki and I begin this new chapter in our journey together, all will remain in God’s hands, just as it has been since we began our journey in October 2010.
This is one of the earlier pictures of LOKI back in 2010, when I first began going out to him. He was a youngster at this time. Every day, often 3 times daily, I would make the trek across the ravine, bringing him food and fresh water. At that time we were building trust, he did not come to my property at all back then. He would play hide and seek in the dandilions
Loki has come a very long way from that scrawny scared youngster, he is now a magnificent, beautiful and mature gentle soul, who deserves a loving forever home which I fully intend to give to him.
Before the snow flies once again in October, my goal is to have Loki feeling comfortable enough to be bringing him inside, being friends with all my own pets, except I will keep my bunny away from him, and looking forward to the warmth and safety of his forever home. He won’t have to hold up against frigid winds, blowing snow, rains and all manner of crazy weather, alone out there and be a meal to bulldogs, mosquitoes and other nasties.
LOKI wishes to thank all of those total strangers in Ontario, BC and Alberta, he has never met, who have rallied around him, who have made donations, who have put in the time and energy to raise funds for him, he thanks the two reporters who published his story, and he also wants to thank all of you who continue to message and email their support, encouragement and love.
Posted in ALERTS, Fate of Sled Dogs, Help Needed, LOKI, LOKI : fact not fiction, Recovery, Rescue, Touching One's Soul, Tribute to Animal Angels, tagged Action Alert, animal cruelty in Canada's North, animal protection in N.W.T., Commitment & Devotion, Family Members deserve the Best, LOKI Sole Survivor, LOKI UPDATES on May 25, 2013| 2 Comments »
First off I wish to thank Lilianna with the Examiner for having done such a wonderful job in putting together her amazing article at the link below. She has included a photo gallery as well as a beautiful video that I took last Fall.
http://www.examiner.com/article/saving-hay-river-s-beloved-loki . I also want to thank those wonderful individuals who have enough love in their hearts for LOKI that they have reached into their pockets, and who are emailing and messaging me, with their sincere support and encouragement along with their prayers for both he and I.
Donations came in fast and furious at the start, which covered the cost of the Dog run which is now on my property. I will be securing the floor to the run today. The dog run has already been paid for out of what donations came in, which greatly depleted the account set up for him at the RBC. My estimated goal is far from being reached.
Having made contact with an ENR Officer here in town, arrangements have been made that this individual who knows LOKI well, as does his young son, will dart LOKI with a tranquilizer in order to capture hm and get him to my property. The sedatives needed must be provided by the Alberta veterinarian and shipped in from Alberta. I do not know as yet what cost to myself this will mean.
When asked by the only media reporter in the NWT that contacted me why I was raising funds, I responded by saying …. Being the sole income support for my family, is the reason that this fund raising campaign was launched. The dog run could never have been purchased, had not donations started coming in as fast as they did. A deadline to get Loki off the streets by May 31st has been extended, however, it was not made clear by Town officials how much more time I have.
The donations which have come in have been from caring persons back home in Ontario, some from Alberta and BC by e-transfer.
Additional Funds are needed to cover the cost of screening to protect LOKI from the horrible insects such as bulldogs who take huge chunks out of anything that lives, heavy duty dive bombing mosquitoes and of course the clouds of sand flies up here. Veterinary costs that will include a complete physical, heart worm testing, complete immunization and also neuter, and whatever else he will need initially.
Messages and comments have been coming in fast and furious both to my email firstname.lastname@example.org and to LOKI’s FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-LOKI-Sole-Survivor/188340937903082?fref=ts
I continue to be awed and inspired with the messages of love towards him so many are sending. LOKI has touched the hearts of so many since I began chronicling our journey three years ago. You can view his many videos on http://www.youtube.com/user/TundraVoices?feature=watch
Soon his freedom will become lost to him, and the long and patient work both on his part and mine will begin once he is here with me. I promised him from the very start that I would never ever give up on him, and I will keep that promise. I also promised him just the other night, that we will continue to take our long and beautiful walks together in this pristine Northern Boreal Forest area together just as we always have, only this time he will have to leashed.
Loki has never know the warmth of a loving hug, he has never known the comfort of laying beside a warm wood stove on a frigid winters night, he has never known the comfort of a secure, safe and loving home. No doubt about it, there will be a difficult period of adjustment for him, even greater trust must be built before I will be able to truly handle him, put a collar or harness on him for our walks together. But I will Never give up on him, on us.
LOKI and I still need your help to raise funds for him.
LOKI by any other name IS A SURVIVOR. Now with your help his continued life can be secured in a safe and loving forever home.
Donations can be made by e-transfer, the easiest method. If doing this way please notify me by using my email address so that I will know the security password you are using and I can then email you back a confirmation number issued as a receipt…..email@example.com
Checks or money order can be mailed (please personally email me for that information). Thank you.
Please help me keep LOKI alive, healthy and safe…to give him the loving home he deserves but has never known.
We, LOKI and I, wish to thank all of you who have already contributed, and we thank any of you who are planning to do so.
The logistics of his capture have yet to be figured out as there is no resident vet in Hay River, and I am unsure if tranquilizer gun is even available here.
Due to my continued work with him, and out of respect for and a sympathetic gesture, I was immediately contacted with the news that he must be removed from the streets. I of course will take him here to my home, to care and give him a loving home for the rest of his days. If I do not do this then the Town Officials will step in and likely LOKI will not survive.
Donations can be made by e- transfer or mail. An account has been set up for Loki at:
Royal Bank of Canada,
77 Woodland Drive,
Hay River, NT X0E 1G1
RBC clients may do an online transfer or at their own branch. Other banking institutions can do e-transfers directly to the Account set up for Loki. A confirmation # will be provided to all donors when the e-transfer has gone through to his account.
Clients of other institutions may also do transfers at their own institution or send a check or money order, but it will have to be made payable to Bonnie Dawson (For the Love of Loki) and mailed to the above bank address.
To obtain the Bank #, Transit and Account # for transfers please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or message me here through a comment and I can then email you directly with the needed account information.
I have set it up through the bank rather than through PayPal as I feel this affords more credibility and will lend itself to a paper trail.
I am appealing to the followers and lovers of LOKI to be his Angels and to ensure his continued safety and care.
With deepest thanks,
LOKI and I.