Loxy and her three week old pups are from Attawapiskat and are the shining stars that have led the way through many dark days. For those of you who follow this web page I am sure you have come to realize that, at times, I use this blog as my therapy. When things become too sad, overly hard, enlightening or joyful I have a place to express myself and often what I believe the dogs are feeling well.
Never though, did I think that dog rescuing could become so dark that I couldn’t find the words to express myself. It has taken me days to find enough balance to write about a controversy taking place on Facebook and directed at me personally as well as at Moosonee Puppy Rescue.
At the heart of this, is a wonderful dog named Manajanish, or 'Van'. He was surrendered to us by a family in Attawapiskat after being in a dog fight and having his ear torn off. I have since been accused of stealing this dog that needed his ear amputated and although it has been proven by three separate police investigations and a Crown Attorney that the dog was legally surrendered to MPR there continues to be a campaign alleging the dog was stolen from his family.
The demand of this group is that I return the dog. I have explained, in print, on Facebook why the dog’s present physical condition makes him too vulnerable to be returned to living as he did up north and facing the grave threat of infection and the cold of an Attawapiskat winter. His ear drum is completely exposed as he no longer has an ear flap and he will need ongoing vet care that isn’t available in Attawapiskat. We now live under actual threats of harm, have lost the support of two airlines that we depended on and supporters of ours being trashed and blacklisted on Facebook.
I would like to thank the lawyers that have donated their services by writing cease and desist letters and defending me against criminal charges and winning. I greatly appreciate the words of support we have received by so many people reminding us of the dogs who have found new hope through our work and the people whose lives have been impacted by them. The encouragement has been just what I needed and of course the ten dogs we are living with now give me inspiration to be the person they think I am on their behalf.
I have responded with honesty and respect to the Facebook group when they asked reasonable questions of me and we have reported a local threat maker to the Bracebridge OPP detachment.
I am happy to report that the actual community of Attawapiskat is still supportive of the work we do with them and that dogs are still coming out to us even though we have to pay the airlines a premium to fly them. We will overcome this and if I doubt that from time to time I snuggle a puppy while Loxy looks at me with gratitude and respect.