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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.


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.

NC Loki in the house My bed and Den 009 NC Nov 30 2013 015 NC - October 29 2013 007 Loki joins his family  October 25 2013 NC Nov 30 2013 018 Hemi and Loki  Oct 13 2013 003 Dec 14 2013 015 April 8 2014 027




From the once skittish pup:






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:

After surgery Dec 2013 NC 006 After surgery Dec 2013 NC 004 Dec 14 2013 032 Dec 14 2013 016 After surgery Dec 2013 NC 019 Nov 2013 NC 052

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This big, black beautiful boy showed up last evening with two of his fave friends.

Both friends had been here earlier 



Fiddle came inside..making herself quite at home. 

Sarg and I remained outside with LOKI.   Sarg behaved very well, despite grumblings as he wanted to share in LOKI’s meal, Sarg remained on the deck with me, waiting patiently for whatever LOKI left for him.  LOKI always will share some little tidbit with his buddies.




  LOKI never ceases to amaze me.  He truly is a Free Spirit, yet he has chosen to share his life with me on his own terms.

      With a full tummy from a warm meal, he is content and it is time for our quiet time together.  Each night he comes, and no matter the temperature or the weather conditions, we spend quality time together.  He stretched out and often myself as well in the snow, be it my driveway or my backyard.

Some have told me that there is a spiritual connection between he and I and perhaps there is.  LOKI has allowed me to be part of his world, and in allowing me this great gift, he has taught me much, not only about him but about myself as well.

Through his eyes, I see things differently, the wonders that surround me that I had lost touch with.  Through him, I have met some of his beautiful friends, and they too have allowed me to be part of their lives.

Being ‘part of’ not apart from..is the difference.  Each and every precious friend of his, has their own story to tell, each has their own lesson to teach and I as their pupil have learned so much.

  Please visit “Friends of LOKI on Facebook to see all his photos and his friends.

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Please enjoy this beautiful video.




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A Winters Day with LOKI


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


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.




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New videos

Ingenious Zephr being Zephr


Never leave your milk unattended

Flight from Hay River to Yellowknife aboard Buffalo Airways of “Ice Pilots” fame.  You will be able to see just how vast and remote this one area is.  We are smack in the middle of the Boreal forest.  “Buffalo Joe” is quite the character and he also transports Hay River shelter animals to Yellowknife gratis…many needing medical attention and many on their way to new loving forever homes outside the Territory.  THANK YOU Joe.

Videos and pictures were taken while flying from Hay River to Yellowknife on September 20, 2011.


Large ponds found on land outcrops scattered throughout the lake.  Videos will show the size of this lake as well as the cast wilderness.  When winter comes and the lake freezes over this becomes the ICE Road……History Channel Series “Ice Road Truckers”.   Miles and miles of solid ice in the middle of nowhere…




Sunrise in Hay River, waiting to board plane

Ponds scattered everywhere

Shoreline along Great Slave Lake

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YELLOWKNIFER: Wednesday November 9, 2011

Feature News

“Puppy dies after being left in garbage bin”

Excerpt:  Northern News Services: by Laura Busch

“ A dying puppy found in a garbage bin outside of a downtown bar last week was euthanized Monday evening at Great Slave Animal Hospital.”

Named Olive, this 8 to 10 week old female husky cross was found near death, after being found “curled up in the corner (of the garbage).”  The pups whimpers were heard outside the Raven Pub located in Yellowknife and a passerby came to her rescue.

Veterinary Assistant Jenna McCrendle stated that it was possible that Olive had also suffered internal damage from some form of physical trauma, possibly a kick or other trauma.  Olive was unable to ingest food or water and was incapable of moving on her own.

Olive who was seriously anemic met a humane death Monday, due only to the fact that Chris Blais took her to the GSAH. It had been a freind of Chris’s who had found the pup and Chris upon seeing her took her himself to the hospital.   Had this young man not taken this action, Olive’s suffering would have continued. Special thanks must also go to Chris’s friend who found the pup and took her home with him.

A second pup was also turned in to the GSAH on Friday and was suffering from a “large abscess on his lower jaw”.  “Teddy Ruxpin” as he was named, has been treated, is doing well and is now  ready for adoption.

Puppies, dogs, cats and kittens across the NWT continue to be neglected, discarded, thrown out in the trash despite the new NWT Dog Act which came into effect Spring 2011.  The new Dog Act is supposed to protect Dogs Only….obviously legislation is not worth the paper it is written on when incidents such as this continue to happen.  There is no protection whatsoever for felines or any other neglected pet in the NWT.  A Comprehensive Animal Protection Act, one which I have been fighting for over three years now, MUST be implemented.  Named ‘Best Place to Abuse Animals’ by the Animal Legal Defense Fund for three consecutive years, this recent incident of “Olive” and “Teddy Ruxpin” reinforces this dubious distinction.


Today, it is, with windchill -20 celcius which translates into -52 farenheit.  Knowing that there are likely many more discarded pups, dogs, cats and kittens ‘out there’ left to freeze and starve to death not only breaks my own heart, but it breaks the heart and enrages anyone who actually has a conscience.

Out of the three major cases of Animal Cruelty in the NT during 2010 – 2011 there has only been two successful prosecutions made in the NWT , both of which were in Yellowknife this past Spring.   Well known  Yellowknife musician Lloyd Thrasher received a jail term for the stabbing death of “Garlic” the tiny Chinese Pug which he stole out of Vanessa Baron’s vehicle: https://giftofloki.wordpress.com/2011/06/02/garlic-the-chinese-pug-brutally-stabbed-in-yellowknife-nt-january-2011-gets-some-form-of-justice/   and the second case involved “Yuki”, the sole surviving puppy rescued when RCMP were called to investigate a mother dog who had just given birth to puppies was reported dead with her pups in a yard.  Mother and pups were found frozen to death.  The mother had been pushed out into sub-zero temperatures by her owner when she went into labor.  “Yuki” did survive but suffered frostbite and lost part of her tiny nose.  Additional dogs were found  on very short chains and in a neglected state:


The third case brought before the courts and which took over a year to finally go to trial was the Hobson case involving 109 dogs, in Hay River,  three of which were immediately humanely euthanized by attending veterinarians from Alberta who participated in the property raid on May 29, 2010.  Five charges were laid in this case.

Twenty-three pups were seized and taken to the Municipally owned Hay River Animal Shelter where volunteers cared for them for two and a half months.  The other 83 dogs were left on the property of the accused in the care of the accused and it was publically stated that Municipal officials would be monitoring the dogs care.  Mid August 2010 22 of the seized pups were ordered destroyed by the Municipal Authorities despite offers to assist in the relocation of these pups aged between 2 and 12 months had been made numerous times.  The one surviving pup  LOKI who escaped the shelter  twice  in June, remains a stray and has been cared for by myself personally since last October.  LOKI also receives food from many of my own neighbors, and has thus far eluded all attempts being made by the By Law Officer to capture him.  It must be noted that the method by which the 22 puppies were destroyed remains a big secret to which no one, not even the Animal Alliance of Canada, can get answers.

Despite the evidence provided and the testimonies, in this case the courts dropped numerous charges and in the end the verdict was Not Guilty.

In 2008 the Behchoko case whereby 44 sled dogs owned by a reknown  Dene artist Archie Beaulieu had to be humanely put down due to severe neglect resulted in charges under the Federal Criminal Code, however the courts stayed these charges and these 44 neglected dogs did not get the Justice they deserved.

Again in Behchoko six puppies were found in a town dumpster with their tiny throats slashed, again in sub-zero temperatures.  Taken to the GSAH only one of these pups survived.  No charges were ever laid in this case.

The Pokiak case in Tuktoyatuk is also another perfect example whereby sled dogs met with neglect, death and the failure of authorities to prosecute or to seize the two surviving sled dogs, despite all attempts made by the BDRSPCA as well as PETA.

The new NWT Dog Act is merely the First Step, it is not the Comprehensive Animal Protection Act which I have been fighting for, but it is a Victory and it also is a historical event in the NWT.  The motion did carry in the Legislative Assembly to continue working towards the Comprehensive Animal Protection Act, a good thing one would say, however until such time as cases of Animal Neglect/Cruelty are successfully prosecuted, until such time as very real educational programs are put in place to change the apparent mindset of so many towards ‘disposable’ animals; until such time as spay/neuter blitzes  are set in place; until such time as qualified highly trained Animal Cruelty Investigators are established within the NWT;  until such time as needed animal shelter facilities are built and supported not only by volunteers and resident donations but also the Territorial Government;  until such time as there is an expansion of much needed veterinary services within the NWT……..puppies, dogs, cats and kittens will continue to be subjected to prolonged suffering, starvation, freezing to death, slashing of throats and gunshot:


With the Territorial Elections now over and GNWT Officials now back to work, it is time to once again put pressure on this government to fulfill the motion carried in the 16th Session to continue working towards a Comprehensive Animal Protection Act, one without the current potentially deadly loophole that was opposed by MLA’s and so many NWT residents.








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LOKI now how has his own FaceBook Group and everyone is welcome to join.  Blog posts about him, and a lot of pics can be found in the album now.  Group is called “Friends of Loki”.

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