Corbin and Connie are the only dogs we have now who are looking for homes. Both have been assessed and are wonderfully loving and affectionate dogs. Corbin lived with his father Cole for a while at the Wolf Den Retreat in Algonquin Park. Corbin and Cole are both pure bred chocolate labs from Attawapiskat and they were part of the breeding fiasco up there. We fostered Corbin with his dad so he could run and play and gain the confidence he needed to understand all that he endured up north. He was kept chained outside and was neglected for many months. His heart is huge and his kindness abundant so living without affection and care would have been very difficult for him.
Connie is a gentle, sweet soul who had to hide her glee for far too long. She has bloomed now though and loves to play and connects with people very quickly. She seems to know that her time has come and she is eager to begin the life she was meant to live.
All other dogs and pups have been adopted so this is the perfect time for us to get away for the first vacation together in almost twelve years. We do know, however, of dogs waiting to come to us when we return mid-February. There is a pregnant dog that will most likely deliver in Attawapiskat and then come to us with her pups when she can travel and two other dogs that have quite the tale to tell. Our rescue worker Floyd was alerted to a dog that was caught in a trap on the out skirts of town and while he was looking for him he found the three dogs just mentioned, starving and freezing to death. They were chained to dog houses at two different locations and he could see their ribs even from a distance. It was fifty degrees below zero F. Once Floyd had freed the dog caught in the trap he approached the house where the pregnant female was and asked if the owner would give her up to our organization. The answer was an immediate yes. He then approached the second house and asked the same question but was given only one of the two dogs in need. The owner said he wanted to keep the female for breeding purposes but admitted he had not fed either dog in months because he could not afford dog food and could not spare any scraps. He hadn’t provided any water during this time either. Being left to just eat snow when the body is cold is harmful because it lowers the body temperature even more then uses up all the calories the frail body can produce to try and warm up to some degree and this hastens death.
Floyd took the male dog and the pregnant female to his place and set them up where they were warm and gave them water and just a bit of food to begin with. Getting nourishment back into a starving dog is a delicate process because the body is easily overwhelmed.
All dogs in Attawapiskat are lucky that to Floyd, two out of three is just not good enough. He approached the reserve police and asked for their help in seizing the female that he had had to leave behind. It took a phone call from our organization but the police did go to the house and take the dog into their custody. They then surrendered it to Floyd and all was well until the owner found out and not only were the dogs then at risk but so was Floyd. He was angry and wanted both his dogs returned to him. We had both Puzzle and Jigsaw flown out immediately to protect all involved and left only the pregnant girl up there as there was no dispute over her. This is the first time the reserve police have ever worked on our behalf and we are most appreciative.
There is also a smallish dog that is pregnant and being surrendered to us as well as a small male whose family no longer wants him. A male Shih Tzu was surrendered to us recently and while he is not a northern dog he certainly has demonstrated that he could be.
As much as we need time away I do look forward to meeting the dogs waiting to come down. Once I know of them I hold them in my heart until we have made up for any harm they have suffered. Our work will begin again in full force mid-February and the magic of the northern dogs will impress us all over again.