Archive for the ‘Legends of the far north’ Category

This week has been a mixed back of tricks weather wise.  Needed rain came in short bursts, causing humidity which is normally unheard of this far North.  Hot temperatures in the high 20’s celcius, and also sun showers and yesterday morning heavy fog.  Thankfully the bug issues were improved somewhat and time spent with Loki was more comfortable..no need to wear the infamous bug suit (netting) to protect myself.  Loki does not like the bug suit as he is then unable to really look into my eyes.  Eye contact is very much a part of our communication process, usually a dog will avert their eyes from a human, and as experts will tell you, eye contact can be interpreted as a threatening gesture to some animals.  Not with this boy however, we will gaze into each others eyes forever during our quiet sit together/lay together moments.  Seeing the pictures below, I still envision him within my home, lounging in the living room or stretched out on my bed.

I realize and have had to accept that this may never happen, that Loki may remain feral, that he may choose to remain free and proud, and that is his absolute right….but I hang onto the hope that he will make the choice to join my family.  Whatever his choice, I plan to ensure that he is well fed, that his health issues are taken care of the best way that I can, and to spend as much time with him for as long as we are allowed to share our time together.

Living in the wild as he does presents many dangers to him, bears, cougars, wolves as well as the ever present human factor.  The NWT has a reputation that a bullet solves everything, feral dogs are shot as are loose roaming dogs in many communities, and if he is caught I will not be notified and he will be destroyed.  Thankfully he is smart, his intelligence, his will to survive has kept him alive.

I feel a great privilege that he has chosen me, that he trusts me and responds to my call, that he shares special moments with me, time together is so very important.  When I began this, rather we began this journey last October, he was skittish all the time we were together, however over time we have come a very long way.  He is far more relaxed, more trusting, and more responsive.  His body language and gentle bumps and nudges of me as I sit with him are gifts I continue to treasure.


A Beautiful Evening with Loki and His Friend ‘Henry’

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Hay River, NT Hoarding Case



Public Hearings on proposed New NT Dog Act



Very interesting reading:


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Keeping informed and updated on the relevant issues concerning Animal Advocacy is so important.

As typified by the Public Hearings on Bill 16, concerning the amended NWT Dog Act, the opposition to this deadly loophole in the proposed new Act is causing a great deal of conflict with those who would like to see this loophole kept in the Act and the fines actually reduced.

A clear definition of what constitutes “acceptable local or traditional practices”  here in the NWT or across the Canadian North period, has yet to be made.  Further no definition appears in any form of Federal or Provincial Legislation anywhere in Canada.

When one surfs the Net to do research it is amazing what a person can find.  For example, Sandy Lee, the now Canadian Minister of Health, did speak out in the NWT Legislative Assembly quite a number of years ago on the need to improve Animal Protection in the Northwest Territories.  Her address to the Legislative Assembly can be found on the GNWT Website Hansard.

The GNWT’s MLA Robert Bromley also addressed the NWT Legislative Assembly concerning the need for improved Animal Protection within the last two years.  MLA David Ramsay has been a vocal supporter for Animal Protection reform over the last three years and now chairs the Public Hearing Meetings taking place.

One need only google Northern News Service and type in Animal Abuse, Neglect or  Deaths pertaining to dogs, and an amazing amount of media coverage has been published over the years.  Many of those links to those articles are posted on this Blog.

Keeping oneself actively involved, researching, bringing Public Focus to issues not only in the Canadian North but all over the world is a daunting, time consuming and heartbreaking task.  However it needs to be done and so many dedicated individuals the World over are doing just that.  Dedicated persons who spend hours each day, every day getting the message out there, alerting others, alerting those of moral conscious and reminding everyone that all living creatures are sentient beings worthy of our respect, our care and our protection.

To those dedicated individuals, you are APPLAUDED LOUDLY!!!  Many have made this their life’s work, be it the hands on rescue work and or the process of educating the public, and in most cases doing both with a passion and commitment that is unrivaled.

Animal Rights Advocates and Activists, Environmental Advocates and Activists, and Animal Rescue Workers around the World have a dirty job cleaning up the mess, destruction and horrors left by irresponsible animal owners, hoarders, puppy and kitten mills, dog fighters and  big business to name a few.  The dedicated individuals are also left to clean up the mess that the government fails to take proactive measure on.

Why is this?  Because governments and often law enforcement agencies  fail to uphold existing laws already in place that are there to  protect domestic and farm  animals, wildlife and the environment.  Governments also fail miserably to LISTEN and to upgrade antiquated and backwards laws that presently do exist, despite the ongoing outrage and demand for them to do so.  It would appear that quite possibly the elected officials whose salaries are paid for by the taxpayer, are either deaf or incapable of comprehending the written and spoken  word which has for years called for Animal Protection Reform in Canada, reduction in Environmental destruction and curbing Global Warming.

Big bucks are to be made from the exploitation of animals and the environment.  Every day at lease one species of animal and or plant life becomes extinct or is put on the Endangered Species List.

Natural disasters are taking place everywhere across the Globe;  Mother Nature is really very angry, and her message is very clear.  Something to think about.

Below are a series of links which may be of interest.  Please take the time and learn for yourself, the truth of what is going on.

Animal Advocates and Activists, Environmental Advocates and Activists are not crazy people, who these individuals are are dedicated, educated and intelligent  individuals who have the courage to speak out, to educate and who have committed themselves to making a POSITIVE difference to a world and environment that is going to hell in a hand cart.

fb group- http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2559701041
fb cause- http://www.causes.com/causes/8495-stop-animal-cruelty-in-canada-with-effective-legislation
Wordpress- http://stopanimalcrueltyincanada.wordpress.com/

More relevant links-
What you can do- Speak up (easy letter campaign!)- http://stopanimalabuse.ca/
CFHS- Federal legislation- http://cfhs.ca/law/federal_legislation/ (C links on left!)
ALDF- 2010 Canadian Animal Protection Laws Rankings- http://www.aldf.org/downloads/ALDF2010CanadianRankingsReport.pdf
ALDF- When You Witness Animal Cruelty- http://www.aldf.org/section.php?id=93
IFAW- Stop Animal Cruelty in Canada: Support Anti-Cruelty Laws-http://www.ifaw.org/ifaw_canada_english/join_campaigns/national_and_regional_efforts/stop_animal_cruelty_in_canada_support_anti-cruelty_laws/index.php
WSPA- Animal Cruelty Laws- http://www.wspa.ca/helping/action/animalscrueltylaws/animalcrueltylaws.aspx
Bill C-229- http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?DocId=3619379&Language=e&Mode=1&File=24
Petition- http://stopanimalcrueltyincanada.wordpress.com/help-with-petition/
Link 2 find your MP- http://canada.gc.ca/directories-repertoires/direct-eng.html

Dear Gov’t of Canada, 2011.. The Year for animals in Canada?


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So innocent and grand

Life is great unless you live in the Canadian North

This dog not even two years old, had a litter of pups .You only see one unknown outcome of the rest of the litter. This pup meet death by a car. She had a second litter, she died later on in the winter due to malnutrition, and cold from a dog house with no floor, no nothing, she sat on ice. she was skin and bone. Please help stop back yard breeding. Please help and send a vote to change the Dog Act in the NT to a Protection Act of Northern Animals. We need strong fines and enforcement of them. Help stop the cycle of abuse and death

Above was submitted, unedited,by a very active and concerned collegue in the war against Animal Cruelty in the Northwest Territories Canada.

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Video on the Interview with Micheal Aumond, Deputy Minister, GNWT   re Amendments to current NWT Dog Act

This announcement came out the beginning of January 2010.  It is now March, just when is this going to be put into effect?

The animals cannot wait any longer.

Please view link  and send me your comments so that I can forward to GNWT Ministers. Note that I have received written assurances for GNWT that work continues towards a comprehesive Animal Protection Act.  Amendments to current NWT Dog Act is “an interim measure”,

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I found this and many other poems on the Internet and I believe that this message says it all, far too many wonderful, beautiful animals continue to be neglected.   The priceless unconditional love that they have to give is cast aside; their need for companionship denied them, how can they possibly understand …they cannot.  Please raise your voice for those who continue to suffer so greatly.


I wish someone could tell me
What it is that I’ve done wrong,
Why I have to stay chained up
And left alone so long.

They seemed so glad to have me
When I came here as a pup.
There were so many things we’d do
While I was growing up.

They couldn’t wait to train me
As companion and as friend.
They told me they would never fear
Being left alone again.

The children said they’d feed me,
Said they’d brush me every day,
They’d play with me and walk me,
If only I could stay.

But now the family hasn’t time.
They often say I shed.
They wont allow me in the house,
Not even to be fed.

The children never walk me.
They always say, “Not Now!”
I wish that I could please them.
Won’t someone tell me how?

All I have is love, you see,
I wish they would explain,
Why they said they wanted me
Then left me on a chain.

From The Detroit News 2/25/1999
Author Unknown

Look into the eyes of the two  ‘working dogs’ in desperate need below, located in Tuktoyaktuk, NT the others were shot, 3 were found dead and frozen to the ground. (Temperatures along the Beaufort Sea drop to -50 celcius) To view their full story go to the  January/February Archives. Despite desperate efforts nothing was done to rescue these two survivors and no charges were ever laid.

Legacy of the North Victims Pokiak's dogs

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Knowing how us animal lovers are, I felt you would all enjoy seeing the pictures of these adorable wee ones.  They are all safe in their new home in British Columbia.  Truly amazing how these little furballs united total strangers isn’t it?

To Quote Foster Mom Linda:

“Just a quick note to let you all know that the babies have settled in nicely with their new Mama…my dog Cassie. Cassie is 12 years old and has raised many orphaned litters of kittens, pups and even baby chicks. She LOVES her new babies and won’t let the other dogs come too close to them so the other six dogs sit in a cirlce around them and stare. The pups have settled down since being able to snuggle with Cassie. I give them to her after they have been fed so that they don’t root around for a nipple and get frustrated. Enjoy the photos.”

To quote our Hero Meghan:

“This has been a true adventure and a success story beyond measure. It wouldn’t have been possible to get the puppies to safety if it wasn’t for everyone who came together from so many different places.  This has showed me what a positive attitude, lots of prayers and a whole bunch of love from so many people can really do. I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart, this has meant so much to me, and has meant the world to the five little babies that are finally home.”

Mom & Pups   YukonMom & Pups   Yukon.    2 JPGReal Mom in Yukon, pups 1- 1/2 weeks old

Yukon Pup 5

YK 2

YK Pup 1


Yukon Pups 2

Yukon Pups 1Yukon Pups 3

Below:  pups travelling to BC and with surrogate Mom in BC a week later.

Pups with surrogate momSurrogate mom in BC

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