Monday, April 28, 2014

People for Stronger Animal Protection put on a rally in New Brunswick and tons of people come out to support them!

A small portion of the audience from my view at the podium

I was so lucky that I was invited this past Saturday to a rally in Fredericton for the group "People for Stronger Animal Protection"'s rally that they organized in front of the legislature in Fredericton - they had a lot of great speakers - the mayor of Moncton, MLA Pam Lynch, dog trainer Bill Grimmer - People for Dogs Scott Saunders, myself - and PFSAP's Rita Bier and Susan Henley also gave super speeches - they had tons of media there which was great to see and they really got their message across that animal abuse in New Brunswick isn't going to be tolerated anymore and legislation in the province has got to be changed so that animals won't have to suffer.

I'd like to thank the organizers for inviting me up - I had such a good time - it was an honour to be involved in the day!

I thought I'd put my speech here so I could put it out there what I said, such as it is - along with photos from the day - all the photos I took are available here - https://www.facebook.com/dogkisser/media_set?set=a.10152319685160546.1073741833.592875545&type=3&uploaded=20

The only place a dog house should be seen - as a prop at an animal rights rally

A couple of very cute frenchies telling us what they think of animal abuse!

A couple of the organizers Wendy and Susan




Here's my speech -

"When I was thinking about what I could talk about today I looked back at old blog posts that I’ve written on a blog that I have going back to 2003 - and it occurred to me that you guys here in New Brunswick should be proud of yourselves – when push comes to shove – you step up – back in 2004 your province was faced with the prospect of province wide breed specific legislation – maybe a lot of you remember that time – there were hearings held around the province – and guess what – you all won – you don’t have bsl in your province today.

In 2009 a kennel by the name of Chapman killed 175 dogs and no one noticed. Also in - In 2009 a man by the name of Keith Barton bludgeoned his Pomeranians to death – he killed all but one - a beautiful little creature named Sugar Bear – Mr Barton was found guilty of only count of cruelty to animals – but the animal lovers of New Brunswick came together to form something called “The Bark Campaign” – which I can’t help but think has led us to this rally today - to this huge group of animal loving New Brunswickers who are committed to making the world better for animals who can’t help themselves.

In Nova Scotia we are very close to having it in our laws that abandoning a pet will be illegal when our new regulations come into effect – hopefully in the fall – it will be illegal to abandon an animal in Nova Scotia. Here in New Brunswick your animal advocates don’t walk away from animals in distress – and that is something to be very proud of – you have many people here who are stepping up today, and have been for a long time – for all animals – and it has gotten us to this rally today - so that today – lots of people are listening and caring and wanting to make changes to the laws you’re currently living with so that the people who have the real power won’t be allowed to walk away from animals in distress, and basically abandoning that animal wherever it is.

The reason I’m here today is because of the anti-tethering movement – how it’s been brought to the forefront in the last year and the great strides we’ve made bringing it to people’s attention – and to the legislators attention too!

I run a rescue called No Chains all Love that since last July has taken in 35 dogs – 32 of which were permanently chained – some to dog houses, some to just trees with no shelter at all – but when all of them were unchained something magically happened – they became normal dogs. They didn’t become perfect dogs – you only have to look to your own dogs to know that a perfect dog does not exist – but these chained dogs – who statistics say are 2.8 times more likely to bite and are in the news for mauling children – have all just become normal pets when the chain is taken away. It’s a fact. We are proving that one dog at a time in Nova Scotia with no chains all love.

Tethered dogs deserve the same love and attention as any other dogs and it’s time that they get the same attention under the law as well.

Tethering gets to the core of cruelty to animals – dogs cannot escape from where they are at and they are at the mercy of everything – their owners, their environment, the weather, other passing loose dogs, wildlife – everything – that’s why it’s so heinous – and why it needs to be stopped – and it’s so simple to do – just bring the dog inside – and if you as the dog owner can’t do it – let the dog go.

What most moved the anti-tethering movement along in Nova Scotia was the people of Nova Scotia – the time had come and people were sick and tired of seeing the same dogs in their neighbourhood being neglected day after day after year after year – and started calling the SPCA over and over and over and over – and it has produced results - those dogs are now gone – the SPCA has in fact seized 100’s and 100’s of dogs in the last 9 months because people have started to believe in their own power – when they see nothing happen – they call again – and again – until something is done. And it’s working.

The agenda at the NS SPCA HAS changed – they DO seize chained dogs now who live in poor conditions even if they have food water and shelter – they will seize a dying dog even if he has water food and shelter – and that’s a paradigm shift – and it only happened because the people of Nova Scotia demanded it. And that’s a fabulous thing – People do have power.

It wouldn’t have happened though if we would have continued to allow the status quo – if we would have allowed to have dogs continue dying on their end of their chains – hopefully no more will, but I’d imagine we haven’t seen the last of it unfortunately – I hope not too many more have to die before we get our laws, and the enforcers of our laws doing things the right ways.

Here in New Brunswick you too have had enough of pet owners who are not willing to give their animals basic care – and that makes sense to me – because for as long as I’ve been watching the animal advocate community – this last 10 years – your province has been stepping up when you’ve needed to – and I know you will continue to do it until the job is done – the rest of Canada can only step back and watch.

Your time has come – and the government of New Brunswick should get it’s legislation in line with what it’s constituents beliefs are – let them hear what your voices are, and make them listen!"

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Neat local artist who does pet portraits - Simone Manley

I was the successful bidder in an auction last year for a 6x6 portrait - by local artist Simone Manley and I was so impressed I wanted to talk about it here - this is the result of my photo that I gave her - isn't it neat?

You can contact her through email at simone.inhouse@gmail.com - her paintings are very reasonable and they are awesome!

No bullshit - the Draft Standards of Care for Cats and Dogs in Nova Scotia

I'm a little bit angry about the things that other animal advocates have been saying about the Draft Standards of Care for Cats and Dogs that the Nova Scotia government has proposed in the last couple weeks saying things like "There are still major gaps in the proposed draft" and "how are vet certificates going to stop convicted animal abusers" - and then outright lies like "no provisions to get off his or chain nor the opportunity for socialization or exercise" - these statements are really grinding my gears.

It's inflammatory - and they are posting it in pictures as all caps and giving no alternatives or answers and it's really bothering me.

What do I think about about the Draft Standards of Care for Cats and Dogs in Nova Scotia? I think it's a start, and I don't think what's written now is what it's going to look like at the end - I think the 12 hour tethering thing is going to quietly disappear because there's no way it can possibly be enforced. The NS SPCA is only open 8 hours a day - so how can one of their officer sit in their car and see whether or not a dog is kept out for 12 hours? There's no way.

The way it's going to look is really going to depend on how many people fill out the questionnaire that's available on the government's website at - http://novascotia.ca/agri/secure/animal-protection-feedback.asp

The more people who tell the government what they think should be there - the more they will listen.

What do I think should be there?

I think that instead of a 12 hour tethering limit - it should be tied to weather conditions - if it's -15 - that's too cold and the dog should be inside - if it's +25 - that's too hot - then when the officer shows up and the dog is tied out - they can issue a ticket or seize the dog. It's much easier than fighting with owner and proving whether the dog has been out for 12 hours or not.

We cannot stop people from chaining their dogs out - but we can improve the conditions that they are tied out in - and that's what the government is trying to do - to put tools in the people's hands that go to visit these dogs - and that's what we asked for.

There's also other things in the draft standards that are unrelated that are good - dogs can't go in the back of open trucks anymore - do we want to throw that away?

Dogs have to be groomed properly so that they can be healthy and move properly - whether they're chained, or not chained - or wherever they live - do we want to throw that away? How many dogs have we seen in our travels who are just a mess - who have never been groomed - that's just as much abuse as any other kind of abuse.

Every animal sold in Nova Scotia has to come with a certificate from a vet - and this will include rescues and shelters - this is not a bad thing - there are some rescues and shelters that are as shady as back yard breeders - so it's good that every animal that changes hands now in Nova Scotia will need to see a vet before that happens - do we want to throw that away?

The Draft Standards are at http://novascotia.ca/agri/animal-protection-act/Draft-Standards_of_Care.pdf - read them from the point of view of an animal that's suffering - and take away the 12 hour tethering section - and leave everything else in - it's not such a bad document if you look at it that way.

I personally like it. And I am the furthest thing from a government apologist. I am a person who wants to give tools to the people who need it. And I think this document does. If they are able to use this document literally - and I hope they do - then I think this is a good thing. And I think other people should too.

But have your say - and fill out the quesitonnaire - because now is when you're going to have your only say - and please - be polite.

You're doing it for dogs and cats who have no voice whatsoever - dogs like Scotty - who is pretty cute - but for 8 years he was chained and people thought he was quite worthless.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

When is a rescue group a "rescue" and when is it a "for profit" business?

Looking at Wikipedia - they define an animal rescue thusly:


An animal rescue group or animal rescue organization is dedicated to pet adoption. These groups take unwanted, abandoned, abused, or stray pets and attempt to find suitable homes for them. Many rescue groups are created by and run by volunteers, who take the animals into their homes and care for them — including training, playing, handling medical issues, and solving behavior problems — until a suitable permanent home can be found.

I would add a lot more things to this definition -
- they usually use foster homes instead of having a physical shelter - or one place like an outdoor shed that sometimes does not have adequate physical amenities
- when they take on a dog or a puppy, if that animal presents with physical ailments - they deal with and pay for those problems before the dog is adopted out - they don't just euthanize the animal - unless it's a terminal condition
- the cost of the spay neuter is included in the cost of the adoption donation
- responsible rescues will not adopt out dog to homes that have unaltered animals in the home
- every animal is micro-chipped before it leaves the rescue
- when they take in puppies they have the adopter sign a contract that the dog will be neutered at 6 months and then follow up and if that dog has not been altered - they seize the dog
- they do home visits before adoption
- they guarantee a dog for life - if at any point in the dogs life the dog has to be returned - for any reason - the dog can go nowhere but back to that rescue

I say all this because there is at least one local dog broker in Nova Scotia who is trying to present themselves as a "rescue" - and has aligned themselves with what everyone considers to be an upstanding local rescue to rehome a dog.

What this business does is take all the puppies from an owner and then spay the Mom and leave the Mom behind - they then take the puppies to their property and keep the puppies in a shed until they are all "adopted" out.

They don't do home checks, they don't guarantee for life, they don't have volunteers - it's all paid staff - they charge $350 for each puppy - it is a for profit organization.

They've been in business for a couple years - and for the first time for whatever reason - they've come into contact with an adult dog that needs to be rehomed and they've felt that they can't do it themselves - the dog may be pregnant - they don't know because they haven't spent the money to take her to the vet to get any pre-natal care - she just may be going into heat.

I am taking severe umbrage to the local good reputation rescue saying that this for profit organization should be taken seriously - they are one step away from being Gail Benoit - they are giving respectability where it definitely should not be.

It is cheapening them by being associated with them.

I have been fighting against back yard breeders, dog brokers, and puppy millers for more than 10 years and I'm not going to stop just because someone says it makes things look bad - you should not buy your next dog or puppy from someone who is selling the puppy for profit - even respected dog breeders don't sell for profit - they make no money from their puppies because of all the expenses they've incurred testing their dogs for defects, going to dog shows to champion their dog - they do it solely for the love of the dog - the only good place to get your next puppy is from a respectable rescue or from a respectable breeder - not a dog broker - and this is what this place is - and shall I tell you their name? They are called "Oops Puppies". I hesitate to give their name because that only gives them free advertising.

Do not buy a puppy from them - they are a dog broker - nothing better than any dog broker who's been on the news in the last few years. The second they get an adult dog that they don't think they can make any money off of - they run to a real rescue. For shame.

Monday, February 3, 2014

What types of ways, and under what types of circumstances - is it okay to kill your sentient property in Nova Scotia?


A dog owner was caught shooting their dog in the head and dumping the body in the woods yesterday - apparently the dog had been disobedient the last 2 years - nipping at the owner since their baby had been born - and in the last week had acted out and actually bit the woman of the couple - so the husband decided to shoot the dog in the head to get rid of the dog - and instead of disposing of the body in a way that other normal people would do - taking him to a vet to have them deal with it and pay a fee, bury it on their property, have the remains cremated, etc., - they decided to bury it in a wooded area where he was quickly discovered by some people who thought some horrible cruelty had taken place - which is only a natural thing for people to think.

It quickly spread through facebook like wildfire - and then the owners themselves posted to facebook with their own version of what happened - outraged that anyone would be pissed off with what they'd done.

And then today we find out that the RCMP and SPCA are not going to file any kind of charges because the dog had not suffered any obvious pain when it had been shot in the head.

You are allowed to do this to your animal in Nova Scotia - heck - just a couple years ago animal control's were still allowed to euthanize this way if they felt they had a clear shot, and it's still legal for many animal control's across the province (it's in many animal control bylaws across the province) to shoot a dog on sight if they think it's being a nuisance.

It brings to mind the case from New Brunswick - a man by the name of Keith Burton was unhappy that the NB SPCA was going to seize his breeder pomeranian dogs - so instead of them seizing them he went into his shed and bashed them all in the head in order to kill them. He ended up only being convicted of one count of cruelty because only one of them lived - he only caused one dog pain - you really can do anything you want to your animals - even in this day and age.

Is this right? Should we be able to do anything we want to the sentient beings in our care? Should we be able to starve them, to beat them, to chain them, to keep them crated 24 hours a day, to abandon them, to bash them in the head until they are dead, to shoot them in the head?

I think anyone who is sane would say no! That is all cruelty - so why is this couple not being charged with anything? Even degradation of a body.

It makes me think of all the animals who are suffering right now that we know nothing about - if they were willing to end this dogs life so easily - what were his last 2 years like. I'd be willing to bet they were not pleasant.

And what else are they capable of. A lot - I really hope they don't get any more pets. And why isn't the SPCA or RCMP tryiing to do anything about that - this couple may have already gone out and gotten a new pet that may get a bullet in the head tomorrow - that really makes me shudder.

And the biggest question - is there any other pets in the home right now that are in danger?

Saturday, January 4, 2014

What does the Animal Protection Act Actually Say?

I'm getting a lot of heat for the things I've said in relation to the NS SPCA's handling of the dead dog in Preston - that maybe they are doing the right things in the right order - and that maybe they are also doing the right thing when it comes to chained dogs across the province. I shouldn't be second guessing them. They are the professionals after all.

So let's look at what the Animal Protection Act.

That's the legislation they are supposed to be following.

Distress is mentioned no less than 26 times in that Act. And the first time it's mentioned is in section 2 where it says -

(2) An animal is in distress, for the purpose of this Act, where the animal is

(a) in need of adequate care, food, water or shelter or in need of reasonable protection from injurious heat or cold; or

(b) injured, sick, in pain, or suffering undue hardship, privation or neglect.

That sounds pretty straight forward, don't you think?

So if a dog is freezing to death, about to expire from heat, injured, sick, in pain, suffering undue hardship - privation - or neglect - the NS SPCA should be able to do something about it.

That should go ABOVE just things like having water, food, and shelter don't you think?

Anyone with half a brain would believe that.

It's my belief - and why I'm personally so angry - is that the NS SPCA is INTERPRETING the Act in a way that they want to interpret it - so that they don't have to do anything - so that they can say that if an animal has food, water and shelter - they can't do anything. Not because the ACT says so.

That is my belief.

I don't know if I'm correct - and these are my own beliefs - these are not the beliefs of my rescue - "no chains all love" - these are my own beliefs.

The NS SPCA has said they will only pursue a case if they have a 100% chance of conviction - so what does that mean? That means that they pursue almost no cases. That means they leave a lot of animals behind. And that is wrong - simply because they say they don't have the money to pursue cases that they won't win.

In 2012 the NS SPCA only pursued FIVE cases of cruelty - and received their 100% conviction rate - but they received 18,000 calls regarding cruelty!!!! That is quite a disparity!

Who's fault is that? It's not the animal that's left behind, that's for sure.

Am I angry? You bet I am.

Are people angry with me for saying this? You bet they are. And there will be even more people angry with me for writing this post.

Go read the Animal Protection Act and see if you think that the NS SPCA are enforcing it. They are the only organization currently empowered in Nova Scotia to do so.

Then go read the NS SPCA's Standards of Care - written by them specifically - why would they write such a thing that they can't enforce one little bit of? It's entirely baffling. And their "Doghouse Location and Care requirements" - why do they walk away from such horrific situations when they've written such a document. I do not understand it.

Friday, January 3, 2014

A Small Codicil to my post about the NS SPCA from yesterday

Yesterday I made a venom filled post about the NS SPCA and I wanted to narrow it down a little bit - my beef isn't with the NS SPCA as a whole - over the years I've written a lot of posts about the Nova Scotia SPCA and I've always made a distinction between the talking heads and the administrations of the SPCA and the branches across the province - the people who do the actual work of the humane organization.

I have nothing but respect and faith in the branches across the province and the people who do the everyday work saving the animals who need rescuing across the province that the SPCA saves everyday - it's the administration and the people who interpret the Animal Cruelty Act that I have a problem with - but the people who actually work at the shelters across the province, and who volunteer with the NS SPCA - they are above reproach and I respect them immensely - I always have, and I always will.

I have said it before over the years, and I always will.

I just wanted to make that clear. I know that I can't walk into a branch because I am disliked so immensely for the things that I write - but I still wanted to put that out there - it's not them I'm targetting - it's the people at the top that need to have their policies looked at, and their interpretations of the Act questioned. Not the workers.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

"All we know is there was an animal dead inside a kennel"

A dog was found frozen to death inside a kennel in Preston two days before Christmas - December 23rd.

Her body had already gone into rigor mortis. The SPCA had to get inside the kennel with an ice pick to remove her body from the kennel it was frozen so hard inside.

That's how long she'd laid there unattended and alone with no notice from her owners.

Those are the "facts".

To say that that dog did not die in a state of distress and neglect - however she died - is such utter bullshit - in today's world - would just blow anybody's mind - no matter who you are.

And yet the Nova Scotia SPCA is saying just that.

They are quoted - and on videotape on CTV news as saying "Based on the evidence that is factual, we will be going forward and our first priority would be to talk to the people that were responsible for the care of this animal and from that point, depending on what they say and the evidence we have, we may or may not proceed with charges,”

They also say in a Chronicle Herald article published today -

“We are very sad,” he said, (David Ross, chief inspector with the SPCA) adding that unfortunately these calls come in often from around the province."

He goes on to say - "Unfortunately, we deal with a lot of this. Every day we're out, we’re dealing with these."

What does he mean when he says these things?

That' he's dealing with dead dogs everyday? That everyday, they deal with a lot of "this" - what is "this?" Dead dogs?

If that's the case - we have a problem here.

I went on Global TV news tonight and I said something that I think a lot of people are thinking - I said that I think that the NS SPCA should have their powers to enforce the Animal Cruelty Act in Nova Scotia be revoked IMMEDIATELY - taken away - and given to some other organization - obviously they do not care about animals in distress whatsoever - they are willing to walk away from dogs in distress - they are willing to let dogs die on a daily basis - based on what we have learned today.

THIS CAN NOT CONTINUE!

The dogs of Nova Scotia deserve better!

This is a call to arms - the Nova Scotia SPCA cannot be allowed to continue to sit in their their office and let dogs die!

Dogs are dying while the Nova Scotia SPCA says things like “We know what we’re doing. We know how to handle the case. We know how to hold people accountable.”

May I say again what I said at the beginning of this blog post? That is utter bullshit. Please excuse my french - but strong words are needed here - someone must be held accountable - and right now - it's the Nova Scotia SPCA.

Bullet has been walked away too many times by the NS SPCA - the last time just a couple weeks ago - the only difference between this photo taken last summer and now is that instead of him being tied to this dog house he's now inside that kennel you see in the background - so he's not chained - he's now penned - that's the only difference - he's still outside - but according to the SPCA - his circumstances are much better than they were before.

This is a dog that has been called on numerous times to the SPCA - but is still on his chain - tonight he's still outside - the only complaint the SPCA has about him is that his dog house is a bit too small, so the owner has agreed to build a bigger one - in the spring - the latest complaint to the SPCA - the Constable wasn't even willing to go visit the dog - they said they would TELEPHONE the owner. What kind of cruelty enforcement is that?

We don't know where this poor girl is tonight - but this was her doghouse - her owners refused all forms of intervention - and then they moved - and we can't find them now - the SPCA didn't think there was anything wrong with their setup so nothing was done by them to intervene - and now she is lost to us. I hope she is safe and inside tonight.

This dog lived and died outside on his chain - never had a chance - simply because of his breed - right here inside the HRM

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy new year from the little white dog army

Can you believe this dog is 19 years old? I am so lucky to still have her around to bring in the year 2014. I am so blessed that she is still so perfect.
Poor Sidney has awful allergies, but he's still a happy dog and loves it when people come to visit


The dogs all love to wrestle


And even Sassy will get in there with the best of them


Here Sassy is giving the gears to the rest of them


And even Sidney is getting in around the outskirts of the wrestle


But mostly it's just Buttercup and Bubby who do the wrestling


Here's a cute shot of Bubby coming towards Sidney


Buttercup getting a toy - even at 19 years old she still loves to play with toys

She is so playful!

This is Bubby looking perfect, as usual

Here is a shot of Sassy - also looking perfect!

And a final shot of Buttercup looking at me wondering why I won't play with her toy - to end off 2013 - and start off 2014 with a bang of more of the same - I can only hope!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Buddy the Dog short life

I want to tell the story of Buddy the dog because his whole story hasn't been told anywhere. From the beginning to the dirty end.

The first seven years were entirely unremarkable except for the fact that he was tied to a dog house the entire time and only one person cared about him that time - and that person was not his owner. It was a man who came to feed and water him because he knew that his owner didn't feed him regularly - for whatever reason, his owner did not - so he took it on himself.

For seven years it didn't matter the weather he got up every morning and went and fed a dog that wasn't his own. He's a quiet, gentle man and he didn't make a fuss about it. He just knew it was the right thing to do and he did it. And Buddy stayed alive all this time.

This summer a relative of this man had had enough and she contacted the SPCA and I don't know if they sent someone there themselves - or more probably - they sent an RCMP officer out - but because he had food, water and shelter - they said there was nothing they could do - and she started googling tethered dogs and she found me. That was August.

I told her that in order for anything to happen her relative had to remove the food for a couple days - and the the SPCA would do something - because if the owners were not feeding the dog, that is cruelty - and the dog would be seized - but she said there was no way the cousin would do that - he couldn't in good conscience dog that - and I said there wasn't much we could do - I could send the owner a letter asking if they'd surrender the dog to me -

Meanwhile Buddy continued his vigil tied to his dog house.

In November the man's relative contacted me again to give me the address of the dog so that I could send out the letter - and she said that she had contacted the SPCA again. The SPCA was upset to hear that the dog had not been moved to the daughter's house - at this point in November Buddy was living at an address no one was living at - he was living at an abandoned house - his ownwer had moved in with his daughter - so not only was he not being fed by his owner - his owner was not even living there anymore!

I guess the SPCA had made contact with the owner when my contact had originally contacted them - but had never followed up on it - but they assured us they were re-opening the file. This is now December 11th.

On December 12th I made contact with the owner's daughter on Facebook - asking her if she'd be willing to sell Buddy to me for $200 - this is a common tactic in rescue when all other avenues have been exhausted in surrendering a dog - offering money for the dog - it's a last ditch effort - and through an intermediary on the evening of December 12th she refused the money - I never did talk to the owner's daughter directly.

December 13th was the day that Buddy died and the day that everything came together - and the day where everyone became involved, and I'll try - from my viewpoint - to explain how everyone got involved.

In the morning I was told that the SPCA and Mounties were involved and that Buddy was going to be free by the end of the day if there was no food or water at his dog house - they WERE going to seize him - IF THERE WAS NO FOOD OR WATER THERE.

So I emailed my contact and said to make sure there was no food or water there - it was such a panic because her relative was so keen to make sure there was always food or water there - but she assured me he would remove it for this day - because this meant the life or death of Buddy.

So we waited with baited breath to see what was going to happen.

And the next email I get is that there was food and water at the dog house - so there was nothing that could be done - the RCMP officer had walked away - and that Buddy had bit the officer. Case closed. Buddy was staying where he was.

I was FURIOUS!

But then I had other news - the daughter had accepted the $200 and we could have Buddy. Nancy Noel at the SPCA had negotiated with the owner's daughter to give us the dog - and she was turning Buddy over to our rescue - which was the best news of all.

So Natalie Morison and her husband Robert went to Buddy and spent 2 hours getting him unattached from his dog house - he gave them kisses, he was a good dog - he was a fearful dog - he was a dog who'd never been exposed to humans - he was a dog (unknown to us) who was in pain - he was a dog who'd never been inside - and they took him back to the Lillion Albion Shelter in Amherst to give him vaccinations and prepare him for me to go pick him up.

They had to sedate him to have a vet look at him because he was attempting to bite them so much -he'd never been handled in life before - and when they did, they found a large cancerous tumour down by his penis - it had ruptured and it was very obvious that he'd been a lot of pain for a long time.

Any dog who was a normal dog owner would have noticed it a long time ago - who hasn't scratched their dogs belly? Even dogs that are put outside sometimes? But this dog had never received any love so it was never noticed. So the kindest thing to do was to just let him go. And that's what they did.

So that's the sad 7 year life of Buddy.


Is that cruelty, is that negligence, was that a good life - a life that never once received a kind human hand from his owners - even in death? That someone had to pay the owners $200 in order to give their dog a humane death?

How many times that someone could have helped Buddy - walked away from him? Even on the day of his death - the RCMP officer walked away from him - because he had dirty water, and food that was not eatable - available to him.

Conditions for dogs need to change in this province.


Just because dogs have food, water, and shelter - it's not enough - people who have the power to seize dogs need to have more power to seize - and USE THOSE POWERS - even to seize temporarily to have the dog examined - and then return the dog if he's not actually in distress. Let an external vet make the decision - not the RCMP officer or the SPCA officer - obviously they are doing a really shitty job at the moment.

Don't let Buddy die in vain, because there are SO many more Buddy's out there.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

A Call to action for Buddy

His name was Buddy. He was a husky mix and today he is dead. He had a large cancerous tumour on his belly that the vet who saw him figured was inoperable, and he bit several people who were trying to help him - so he was euthanized last night - a couple hours after he was rescued.

He had been chained out his whole life - this picture was taken of him yesterday - he had become so withdrawn that when a kind person came to visit him he wouldn't even come out of his dog house.

He lived his life completely alone. His owner had moved away from the house he was living in - moved in with his daughter - so he didn't have anyone living with him at all - no one feeding him or giving him water - kind strangers did that. One man came everyday and fed him for 7 years, no matter what the weather. His owners never did that for him.

The RCMP were called and would come to visit - even yesterday they came - and they could do nothing because Buddy had food, water and shelter. Even though no one was living at the residence, even though underneath his husky fur he was thin - even though his nails were overgrown, even though yesterday he bit the RCMP officer - they could not seize Buddy.

And last night Buddy died.

He never experienced what it was like to live inside, to have a dog bed, to eat in a kitchen, to lay on a couch, to hear a kind word, to be inside from the weather.

To have someone care enough to check to see whether he's sick or in pain.

This is a dog in Nova Scotia, Canada under our current legislation.

This dog lived in Jamie Baillie's riding and he has said "we need to work on changes to end cruel tethering"

We need to start holding our legislators to what they say.

To contact Mr. Baillie - go to http://nslegislature.ca/index.php/people/members/jamie_baillie

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Dog Culture

I grew up with the knowledge that I didn't belong to a demographic or a "culture" - I wasn't greek, or catholic, or a cape bretoner, or a newfoundlander, or Irish - my family wasn't particularly close and it was very small.

I never really belonged to any group or identified with anything - and it always bothered me. I wanted to belong. I didn't want to give in to my nature and just become a loner, I wanted to "be" part of something.

I became a Buddhist, I sold Mary Kay - yes, I sold Mary Kay - I tried to find ways to inculcate myself into some social group so that I wouldn't feel so alone in a world that is just so huge when you don't have a built in culture to support you and keep you safe.

I didn't think it would be dogs that would give me my "culture" - my demographic, my chosen way of life, my own set of shared values with my compatriots, my own myopic way of looking at the world that is shared by most others in my culture, and a shared sense of togetherness because of our love for the animals we've chosen to not just spend our lives with - but to live our loves around.

To think that "dog culture" doesn't exist is to delude yourself - because it certainly does.

When you google it - not very much meaningful comes up - but that's going to change in the years to come. People like me are growing in numbers every day as we get our message out - that live lived gently with dogs is a good way to live.

And that even if the dog is far less than perfect, that's okay - just accept the dog for what they are, and go from there. Sometimes bad habits don't need to be cured, they just need to managed and everyone kept safe and worked around - you are living your life for your dog, so if everyone is safe there's no problem.

It's all about building a positive relationship with your dog and spending time with them, and when you spend time with your human friends - that too is focused around the dogs - whether it's going to dog events or buying dog stuff.

By the time I die I want everything I own to have a dog on it. To me, that is dog culture.

I don't know if it is a family - because dog people are crazy and we're always fighting - but people involved in dog culture do know one thing - they love their dogs more than life itself, and that's something that we can always agree on. And that is good enough. We love them so much it may start the next world war. But hopefully not. But it might. That's what dog culture is like!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

When you're being harassed in a dog friendly condo/apartment building, what can you do?

I was first contacted by Brian and his family in October. In July they acquired a puppy - thinking that their building was dog friendly because there were so many other dogs around - they didn't know that they had to apply to have a dog from their condo corporation to have that dog.

They are renting the condo that they live in from an owner with the condo corporation - so one would think that they only agreement they'd need to get is from the owner of the condo - which they had. Several days after having the puppy, the superintendent advised that they had to write a letter stating that they had the dog, which they did immediately. A week later they received a notice from the condo board that a formal application had to be submitted and during the waiting time they would have to place the puppy somewhere else outside of the building.

Can you imagine?

They checked around with other dog owners in the building and some have not even asked for permission but still have their dog with no harassment from the condo corp. A few weeks ago - to top everything off - they received notice from the condo corp that they're being evicted over this - meanwhile the building is full of dogs.

Brian can't figure out if it's because there's not too many renters and they're being discriminated against - there's been no complaints against him and his dogs - he's gone to all of his neighbours and nobody has complained about him - so he can't figure out why they would want to evict his family because of his puppy and a form that hadn't been filled out.

There is nothing in the tenancy act that allows the condo corp to be able to do this - so Brian is taking this case to the Human Rights Board - which is meeting tomorrow.

I guess it will be based on that whether or not their eviction is finalized - but it all sounds very unjust to me.

The condominiums they live in are on Larry Uteck and are owned by Podium Properties - with so many places dying for renters these days - you'd think that owners would be a little nicer to people willing to pay super high rents.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Refurbishing other people's garbage

I was asked to write a story for the website "Readwave" - so I did - you can click on the link to read the whole thing!  -


Read on ReadWave.com

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

no chains All Love Dog Rescue is still chugging on

I thought I would do an update on the little dog rescue that I started in July in response to the need that People for Dogs expressed - that they were worried that people would want to surrender chained dogs to them and they wouldn't have anywhere to place them to - so I said I'd start a rescue so that the dogs would have somewhere to go.

To date we've rescued around 10 dogs and they've all been fabulous dogs - which is something that I want to show with this rescue - that once dogs become unattached to a dog house that they are just normal dogs.

We always hear that horrible statistic - that chained dogs are 2.8 times more likely to bite than dogs that aren't chained - but it's my belief that once they become unchained - that statistic disappears - and I want to prove it with my rescue.


Ben was our first rescue - chained for 5 years in Preston - and he's an amazing dog who is so loved by his family now - you can see what a full member of his family he is - they even went and had professional photos done!

When I found Taffy she was chained to a trailer, not even a collar around her neck - she had a chain - which had to be so uncomfortable in the heat of summer and in the winter - but she was such a gentle dog - and obsessed with balls! Her new family loves her and started off fostering her - when someone else became interested in her they decided to adopt her because they couldn't lose a dog that they said was "so near perfect".

Buddy just arrived a couple days ago and was chained for 9 years! He is a gentle giant and missing a lot of fur because he's so itchy - but he's going to make someone a great dog - he needs to gain a lot of weight and his paws and head are a lot larger than his body - which means that when he fills out he's going to be a lot bigger than he is now - but he's so calm, and so nice - it's such a shame that he's been ignored for the last nine years, really a crime.

This is Roy, and this is the pit he lived in for the first 2 years of his life. He now lives on a farm having the time of his life - why would someone abandon a dog to this? How would you like to live like this? It's amazing how resilient dogs are that they can come out of this and be so forgiving and move on and be normal dogs - but they are.

Here are some of the other dogs we've helped - Tina - who was 8 months old when we took her in - below, that puppy pile includes a beagle named Angel who became Maggie, in the middle is Billy - a dog who was chained for 17 years!  Can you imagine!  At the top right is Nikita - a dog chained for 5 years - and at the bottom right is a dog named Thunder - who is a little different - he has been kept in a vacant house - which is a chaining of a different type - but he needed rescue regardless - and he's going to be an awesome dog too.

We have also paid for the neutering of dogs if the owner agrees to bring the dogs inside the home - so there's more than one way to unchain a dog.

The 24/7 365 days a year confinement of dogs is inhumane.  We are not talking or targeting the dogs who are tied out while you put your dog out to pee, or for a few hours a day - we are talking about the dogs who have no access to water, shelter, or food and are SUFFERING.

The dogs who have abandoned in back yards in Nova Scotia and for whatever reason the NS SPCA doesn't seem to be able to help - those are the dogs we want to help.

We want the dogs that are not going to survive the winter.  And we think those dogs are saveable - we think those dogs will make good house pets.  A lot of people don't - but we do.

We have a letter that we can send to those dog's owners - you can read it at http://nochainsalllove.ca/plea.pdf - you can print it out yourself and send it to the dog owner and hopefully the dog's owner will call us - or you can contact us through our website at http://nochainsalllove.ca/ and we can send the letter to them ourselves.

We also have a facebook page at http://facebook.com/nochainsalllove  if you want to stay connected to us.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Here are the stats for the District of the Municipality of King's vet records

If you want to see the raw stats - so to this link

http://sinden.ca/impound.pdf

These are raw stats and it's not a pretty spreadsheet - so take it for what it is

How much easier could I make it for you, District of the municipality of Kings?

The CBC Radio piece aired this morning about the problem that Kings County is having with killing too many cats - and it was so predictable what the Animal Control officer said as to the reason why they are killing so many - they have to.

There are too many cats, they have no place to put them, and no one to work with in placing them - and really, it's the public's fault because they don't spay and neuter.

So boring.

This is 2013, animal control officer. There are so many other solutions out there it's mind boggling - we even have lots of other places in Nova Scotia who are doing fabulous things you should be ASHAMED!!

You have no further to look than Homeward Bound POUND and the Nova Scotia SPCA for ideas - so that you could do your JOB more effectively and save lives.

Have you never read the book Redemption by Nathan Winograd? If you haven't I've got a couple extra copies and I will give you one for free - just as long as you promise that you will read it.

There are so many ways to NOT KILL these days - and the number one way is to make the decision to NOT KILL. It really is as easy as that. Ask any no kill shelter - even open admission shelters that are no kill how they became no kill how they did it - one day when they opened up they decided on that day they stopped killing and they did whatever they had to do to NOT KILL THAT DAY. It's as easy as that - you find solutions.

You take those kittens you had previously killed to the local mall instead of the veterinarian for euthanasia - and get them out in public, you actively recruit foster homes, there's all kinds of stuff you can do to stop the killing accoding to the "No kill equation" - it's not rocket science, you don't have to invent the wheel - it's been done elsewhere, it's worked elsewhere - it's worked in animal control facilities exactly like the municipality of the district of King's - there just has to be the will.

Whether that exists - I have no idea.

But stop blaming the cats, stop blaming the public - stop blaming other animal advocates - those aren't the ones who are doing the killing - it's the animal control department that's doing it - and the killing won't stop until they take blame for it - and then do the work needed to fix it - and stop the killing

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Something is happening in King's County

A friend of mine did a freedom information request for the municipality of King's asking for their impound and euthanization statistics for dogs and cats - and  what he got back was very disturbing - since July 2011 they have killed 347 cats until August of 2013 - its even more stunning when you compare it to 3 other areas that we also have statistics for - the Nova Scotia SPCA's statistics from around Nova Scotia for the same time, Annapolis Royal, and the HRM's statistics for dogs.

We only have  King's County's statistics to go by - what they gave us - but it appears that they only adopted out 54 cats in that time period - so they killed many many more cats than what they adopted out.

They killed friendly cats, feral cats, pregnant cats, friendly kittens, healthy kittens - every cat that was euthanized had a description next to it on the statistics we were given - so there were a lot of sick cats that did need to be euthanized - not every animal can be saved and we appreciate that - but the numbers are startling.

347 cats were killed between the dates of July 2011 to August 2013 at a cost of $14,367.44 - from the comments section on the veterinary bills we learned that at least 83 of them or 24% were feral cats.

92 cats were described as being friendly - 26%

9 cats were pregnant - and 25 of them were described as suffering - so only 7% were killed for medical reasons or because they were suffering.

99 that were killed were kittens - some of those were described as being feral as well - but kittens represented 28.5% of the total amount of cats killed.

In the same period Annapolis Royal killed 78 cats - how could an area so geographically close have such lower numbers? 

The representative from Annapolis Royal said what they do with cats is "that cats are taken by Companion Animal Protection Society as long as they have room or if feral they are taken in by Team TNR" - so they are obviously working with their local rescues groups which is what is needed to get to their numbers.

The HRM's Homeward bound in 2011 killed 51 dogs in 2011 and 47 dogs in 2012 for a total of 98 dogs in the same 2 years - they aren't supposed to do cats so I didn't ask for their stats on cats.

But the real surprising numbers come when you compare King's County to the NS SPCA's numbers on cats.

They are even worse than the Cape Breton SPCA! And for those people familiar with the Cape Breton SPCA - that's saying something!

For 2011 we don't have numbers, but in 2012 the CB SPCA only killed 83 cats! Multiply that by 2 and you still only get 164!

The King's County SPCA only killed 58 cats - and they intook 690 cats - so that's a pretty good intake for an SPCA in the same county who's pound killed 347 cats.

The Antigonish SPCA killed 11 cats.

Even the largest shelter in Nova Scotia - the provincial shelter in Dartmouth - in the same 2 year period - only killed 198 cats.

So there is an obvious problem in the municipality of Kings.  What can we do about it?  I have no idea - obviously convenience killing is going on - feral cats are being killed - there is no liaising with rescues, when a cat is picked up - it is killed the same day it is impounded - this is what the statistics are saying.

If you live in King's County and you think cats are being taken care of - you are sorely mistaken - you are not - you need to contact your municipal officials and demand something be done - because your stray and abandoned cats deserve better than what's happening today - which is an immediate death when they have any interaction with municipal officials - no chance whatsoever at adoption or a forever home.

You should be angry - I don't even live  there and I am angry.

We have done Freedom of information requests for every municipality in Nova Scotia to compare and see if there's any other areas that are as bad as King's - when they come in we will let you know.

Monday, October 21, 2013

I've become obsessed with those pic stitch programs

As you can see below - I've become obsessed with those pic stitch programs - here's a couple of the collages I've made -


This is a collage of photos of Buttercup from over the years - isn't she unbelievably awesome?

I took this one at a blessing of the animals a couple weeks ago up in the north end of Halifax - doesn't Buttercup look impressed?


Here is Taffy at Long Lake - she is really a lovely outdoors dog and this has been her favourite place to be - bar none.


This is Buttercup and Bubby - Bubby is sick with kennel cough and Buttercup is having sympathetic sickness feelings with him


This is Tina - who used to be Neena - and Taffy - the night before Taffy went to her new foster home


This is Taffy at her new foster home - shangri-la for her - the pictures coming back from there are just unbelievably awesome


Pictures from a walk at Long Lake with Tina

Friday, October 11, 2013

Breed Specific Legislation is alive and well in Nova Scotia

If you thought that bsl was not in Nova Scotia - you were wrong.

I had thought it only existed in 3 places - the district of the municipality of Guysborough - the home of the inimitable Lloyd Hines - the County of Antigonish, and the county of Richmond - but we found out on Facebook today that the town of Digby also has bsl - and it`s enforced whenever they feel like enforcing it.

(As a side note - I never got to read what the town of Yarmouth finally worked out when they redid their dog bylaw - so it may or may not have bsl in it - I don't know - and I haven't been able to bring it up on my computer all night tonight for some reason)

Here is what the current mayor of Digby - Mayor Ben Cleveland - said on his Facebook page about the subject:

"Thanks for your comments... most recognize that the owners of pets are the problem, and those people need to be educated on proper care in order to become responsible owners .. until then, the Residents of the Town put forward this by-law. It is unfortunate that there was incident recently in Digby that lead to a child requiring hospital care after being bitten by one of the breeds mentioned so it will remain to be seen whether they will like to have the by-law appealed."

So as you can see - bsl is going nowhere in the town of Digby.

So Nova Scotia is not a bsl free province - and we have some work to do when it comes to educating the people we have in power - or removing those people who are in power. One or the other.

One thing I do have to say about Digby though is that when I was researching for this blog post I found a link to some minutes where a decision was made to give $1,000 so that funding could be provided to have cats "spaded/neutered" - their spelling, not mine - so they do care about animal welfare in Digby obviously when it is negatively impacting them - they just need to be directed in a more enlightened way that's safer for humans and for dogs - because as we all know bsl is definitely not the way to go.

ps - this all started because a facebook friend of mine was doing due diligence - she was planning on moving to Digby with her family - and she owns dobermans - so she was looking up the dog bylaw in Digby to make sure it was okay to move there and was shocked by what she found.

Some people who lived there didn't even know that the bsl existed in the bylaw - other people said that it wasn't enforced - and I told her that if it was on the books - then she could not take a chance - some asshole could come into power and her dogs would be dead - and sure enough when she posted on the Mayor's facebook page - he confirmed that the bylaw is in fact enforced - so this is a perfect case of doing your research - because if she'd moved there and THEN found out about the bsl - and a problem happened - what could she have done then? She'd have been screwed.

And this is in Nova Scotia TODAY! HERE in NOVA SCOTIA. Today. With doberman pinschers. Not even the illustrious pit bulls. In Digby - all these dogs are considered fierce and dangerous - Rottweiler, Bull Mastiff, Doberman, or Staffordshire Bull Terrier or Pit Bull Terrier dog(or a hybrid Rottweiler, Bull Mastiff, Doberman, Staffordshire bull terrier or Pit-bull terrier).

Another interesting note is that this applies only in the town of Digby - the municipality of the District of Digby has no bsl - so if you don't bring your dog into town - you are SAFE.

Here is a link to the town of Digby's bylaw

Does anyone want to take over my Charlie loves Halifax Site?

Charlie loves Halifax has been the only dog website that has talked about dog friendly Halifax since 2002 and has never really lived up to it's potential - simply because I've never taken the time needed to put into it - it could be so much more.

And now that I'm thinking about moving outside the city - I am wondering if there is someone out there who would like to take over for me and bring the website to where it could be - and bring dog friendly Halifax to another level.

There is so much that could be done to the site - the businesses that are on the site have said that they are willing to pay for being posted there - so it could be a money making venture - and it has always been a dream of mine to either turn the site into a book "Charlie's guide to dog friendly Halifax" - there are a ton of guides across North America to dog friendly cities - and there's enough content on the site to fill a book - or a dog friendly map of the city - which would be really neat - and you could sell the map and make money that way.

The possibilities are endless.

Along with selling you the domain names charlieloveshalifax.ca and charlieloveshalifax.com I would also give you the following domain names (I'm a bit of a domain name whore)
dogfriendlyhalifax.ca
doggyhalifax.ca
halifaxdogs.ca
offleashhalifax.ca

So that's my pitch - if you are looking for something to consume you and a reason to go to all the local doggy events and have a ton of fun with your dog - you have just found it!  You can email me at dogkisser @ gmail.com - thanks!!!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The dog owners of Nova Scotia are watching, Stephen McNeil

(This is Neena - a rottweiller that is banned in several areas of Nova Scotia currently)

So a landslide happened last night for the liberals here in Nova Scotia - obviously the people here wanted something different and new to happen in the next four years in the political landscape and the people of Nova Scotia decided that the Liberal party was the group that they wanted to make that happen.

The dog owners of Nova Scotia want the Liberal Party to know though that we are tired of the status quo - and we also want to let them know that we will not let them do what the Liberal Party did to Ontario - bring bsl to the entire province.

We know that they have put out a statement saying they won't do that - but in previous statements they've said that they believe municipal governments should be able to write their own legislation - and in Nova Scotia - that's where most bsl lives - in municipalities bylaws.

The Municipal Government Act contains bsl - and all it takes to enact bsl is to write it into your town's dog bylaw - and BOOM - your dog is DEAD.  Right here in Nova Scotia.

And currently - the Liberal government is okay with that - because they think it's okay for municipalities to write their own legislation.

It's my personal assertion that bsl needs to be REMOVED from the Municipal Government Act - but for some reason no one seems to agree with me.  Go figure.

As well - just agreeing that they won't bring in bsl isn't good enough for this new administration when it comes to animal welfare - in the next four years - the issue of tethering dogs - funding animal cruelty properly - NEEDS to be addressed.

So Mr. McNeil - the dog owners are watching what the Liberal government is doing - and we are watching what a certain MLA from Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie is doing VERY VERY closely. You can bet on that.

And we look forward to working with your government, and creating win-win situations wherever we can.