A wonderfully sad and horrible story came to an end the other day. A little dog I name Rig came down from Attawapiskat about a year ago. He was sent to us because he was having violent seizures several times a day and was suffering terribly from the confusion of it all. His symptoms came on suddenly and in his second year of life. From what I was told, I suspected them to be caused by a neurological problem that was most likely due to a kick in the head or a two by four blow. Floyd sent the little boy down to us and with all the hope I hold for all the dogs, I intended to fix him.Read More
I have said many times that the dogs lead me to where I need to be. For nearly twenty years I have followed, without doubt or hesitation. So, when I found myself surrounded by dogs and their people on September 23rd I knew I was where I was meant to be. It was the sixth annual Moosonee Puppy Rescue Reunion and while many had advised against making the effort this year, I knew I needed to gather the dogs.Read More
Stillwater knew her own mind. Never did I see her falter or become unsure. She was peaceful within herself and she shared her sense of calm with any who looked in her eyes. She was gracious, giving, kind and all-knowing and she centred me. Stillwater was a wise yet humble dog.
I lost the light that guided me for seven years when Stillwater died last week. We had to let her go but I wanted to cling to her and beg her to stay. I loved her as much as I needed her though so I whispered goodbye instead.
I had let her go once before but she made her way back to me. She had known where she belonged.Read More
We lost a kind and caring soul last week and her name was Keller. She came to us as a pup from Fort Albany in January 2006. Her littermates were Clemmy, Mathew, Wynn and Sawyer. They were a rather serious-minded group. They played of course, romping and falling all over each other but they had more solitude time than most. Keller especially gave thought and consideration to almost everything. I would see her sitting off on her own and often wondered what she was pondering. She wore a pleased expression and seemed to be awaiting something. I could guess what it was but never knew for sure. I worried for her slightly because I didn’t want her ever to be disappointed.
I named her Keller after Helen, the blind-deaf author/humanitarian because I felt they shared the same strength of character.Read More
I have long believed that you are sent the dog or dogs you need. Potential adopters may have a certain type of dog in mind for themselves that they want but after much discussion with them, I will suggest a dog they may never have considered. Perhaps they have a strong need for control and are frustrated by not being able to manage every moment as they would like to. I may suggest a dog that experiences random moments of glee or who truly appreciates life’s opportunities while seeking wild possibilities. The dog will lead his or her person on adventures they never would have scheduled into the daily agenda planner and together, they will stop to smell the daisies.
People contact us wanting a dog but manage to repeatedly talk themselves out of one during the discussion process. They worry and doubt themselves. They get in their own way by creating barriers and obstacles that don’t exist.Read More
UNDER THE PORCH
I understand so much more about dogs than I ever did before and there are moments when I wish I was one. I have interacted with packs for years and I have witnessed individual behaviours with both interest and intent. Had I been a dog on July 11th I would have been wary entering the surgeon’s office and sniffed the hand that held my medical file. He was the doctor that had performed my brain surgery and the file contained the pathology report and my prognosis. Had I been a dog, I would have kept a bit of a distance and not put all my faith and trust into a human who had not yet proven himself to be worthy. But I wasn’t a dog so I rushed in, eager to hear and accept anything the wise one had to tell me. I ignored his dismissive nature and apparent lack of interest.Read More