I was told that “no one cares”, that “it will never happen”, and that “you are wasting your time”. Disparaging comments, but I never gave up that three year fight, why, because Loki had shown me in our journey. “It was then that I realized that the cries of agony which surrounded us were the many voices of the innocents who had suffered without mercy at the hand of mankind. I was hearing the voices of those who had come before, the voices of those in the present and the voices of all of those who will continue to suffer in the future.” Excerpt from The Journey. I made a promise to him and with the Grace of God I was determined to keep it. After three years of battling the Territorial Government, the first Animal Protection Legislation in the history of the Northwest Territories became law in May 2011 with the new NWT Dog Act.
It was during this struggle that I met for the very first time, the true Loki. Not the black silver tipped wolf of my dreams, rather a young innocent who through no fault of his own found himself living wild, likely terrified in this vast wilderness and had through his courage and will to live, escaped the death that met others of his kind.
Three years have passed since out first encounter, he and I have shared many frigid winters and hot glorious summer days together. That was then and now I have, by God’s Grace, and the help of those who “dared to believe” kept my most important promise to Loki. A promise that would see him forever safe and forever loved by his own family.
To view the full post and see that the Impossible becomes Possibel when one Believes, please go to the link provided.
First I wish to thank all of the amazing people who took such a major part in enabling me to rescue and bring to my home this amazing boy.Those of you who took the time to email the Mayor of Hay River, those of you who signed the onlinepetition.
Special thanks to Michelle Nadon founder of Cause 4 Paws (C4P) located in Ontario, to Sarah West founder of the Canadian Federation for Animal Welfare (CFAW), Jean McCarthy a dear friend in Ontario and Lawrence Pinksy who is so busy raising needed funding to help cover Loki’s vetting and other needs.
To list each and everyone by name is an impossible task so I will not even make that attempt.
Please read more at this link and see the latest pictures of Loki.
LOKI is living proof that the impossible can be made possible. He has touched the hearts of total strangers around the world, uniting all for the sole purpose of saving his life. He proves that when we all work together miracles do happen.
It is my hope that Loki’s continuing story will inspire others to step up and go beyond what appears to be limits and impossible situations, to stick with it, to never give up.
Loki is a non aggressive feral cross that I have been working with since he escaped the town owned shelter in 2010. He is one of 23 puppies seized in the Hay River, NT hoarding case of May 2010. Thankfully he escaped the shelter prior to the other 22 rescued pups being destroyed by unknown method 2 1/2 months after they were seized and cared for at the shelter.
Loki has been living as a feral since he escaped and has been cared for by myself and a number of other town residents. We have ensured he is well fed, and I have personally ensured that he receives de-worming and antibiotics if needed. Loki has survived 3 sub zero winters in the Canadian Arctic, he is a gentle soul and friend to many here and around the world he has united complete strangers who have rallied support for him.
Since I alerted everyone to what is happening concerning Loki (on his FB page) and the very real impending actions that town officials may take, dogs are shot in Canada's North. I have been receiving countless emails and facebook messages in support of Loki. For that I thank all of you sincerely.
I am issuing this Network message as an urgent plea to gain support for Loki in order to save his life.
I would also ask that all of you who support Loki, to contact directly via email Ross Potter and Andrew Cassidy (Mayor of Hay River) personally by email so that you may plead Loki's case.
Mayor Andrew Cassidy: firstname.lastname@example.org Ross Potter: email@example.com and or firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also send letters to: City Hall Town of Hay River, 73 Woodland Dr Hay River, NT X0E 1G1 Phone: 867-874-6522 Fax: 867-874-3237
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 Jean McCarthy 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 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.
This is a quick moving situation and we already have an update:
We're told that there are currently 467 horses in pens at the slaughter auction.
Not all of these are wild horses. Some of them are branded horses owned by the tribe. But we know there are unbranded wild horses among the branded tribal horses. Sadly, there are no laws that will allow us to help the branded horses.
The unbranded horses are the ones we're asking the Feds to confiscate because there is a very good chance that they are federally protected wild horses.
We are aware of reports that the USDA, which is responsible for initiating this roundup of wild horses, has changed its Facebook settings to prevent us from posting to the page to urge the agency to act. It is disappointing that we can't have our say on an official government page, but as an alternative, we encourage you to share our Facebook post that has USDA's page tagged.
You can also call Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack at 202-720-3631 to let him know that you expect his agency to do everything possible to prevent unbranded, wild horses from being sold for slaughter tomorrow.
Time is running out for these horses. We're taking legal action today to raise the stakes, but that might not be enough.
We need your help right now to save wild horses who have been caught up in a large tribal roundup that has snared 417 horses who await their fate at a slaughter auction in Fallon, Nevada. Many of the horses are branded and “owned” by the Ft. McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Tribe, and sadly, there is nothing legally that we can do to save them.
But among the tribal horses are an undetermined number of unbranded horses – taken from public lands where federally-protected wild horses are known to roam. We must ensure that federally protected wild horses are not sold at the slaughter auction.
This can't wait. The auction takes place in a little over 24 hours from now.
How we got here is a long story which you can catch up on here. Suffice it to say that these horses have been captured off Forest Service and BLM, as well as tribal lands. The lands in question are in close proximity to a designated Herd Management Area (Little Owhyee) where federally-protected wild horses live.
There is no way to distinguish wild horses from tribal horses if they are unbranded. Unbranded horses captured from our public lands are sitting at the slaughter auction waiting to be purchased by kill buyers.
Welcome to the holocaust being inflicted upon the wild horses of the US. Terrorized by helicopter round-ups and held prisoner. Left to dehydrate and bake in BLM Hoarding Pens without shelter from burning sun, 100+ temps, given unsafe drinking water, foals dying from dehydration, adults and yearlings collapsing and dying in relentless heat and exposure.....why..awaiting slaughter...why so special interest big buck cattle producers can infringe on the lands given to the horses and protected by Federal Legislation. Hell they gotta feed their cattle right!! Govt coffers have to be filled with tax dollars, wildlife and protected lands must be exploited to make room for human greed. Enjoy:
The end to LOKI’s freedom is drawing close and funds are needed to purchase the needed dog run and to cover the initial veterinary costs for his vaccinations and eventual neutering.
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 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.
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.
I posted a story on
'Brides Throwing Cats'
Instead of Flowers.It's
about how ppl photocopy
their cats and put them
in place of flowers; they
do NOT RECOMMEND anyone
actually does it. I
tried to make a comment
on it and ...
When I was in college, I
had several good friends.
One, named Bob, was 6'9
and he loved to go to
Audies to get beer and
drive back to the dorm,
where we lived on the
campus of Wright State
night at around midnight,
Bob knocked on...
I was so happy for a
while. I could sign my
petitions at the
Knight and still be
BarbCat here. But today I
notice that my name has
switched back to Barb
always up for a good
challenge *yes* Happy
I'm such an editor; I
can't stand it
when the printed
word is goofed up. And
whoever wrote this
petiton for Trayvon
really messed up. I'll
let you read the
paragraph.In the case of
Trayvon Martin--a boy who
was shot and killed on
his way to a Flo...
"Men, for years now, have
been talking about war
and peace. But now, no
longer can they just talk
about it. It is no longer
a choice between violence
and nonviolence in this
world; it's nonviolence
- Dr. Martin Luther King
Ever since I saw that
horrific pic of the
beautiful white horse, I
can't get it out of my
mind. To think a group of
people--or maybe it was
actually do something
like that totally blows