Thursday, October 16, 2014

Elderdog's Dignity Project

Buttercup and I were so happy to take part in their "Dignity" project recently - "a visual exploration of the dignity, grace and beauty of the senior canine" - they allowed Buttercup to be part of the project - and yesterday they released one of the photos they took you can go check what they say about the picture on Facebook - or on Elderdogs website at http://www.elderdog.ca/Education/TheDignityProject.aspx - it was taken by noted local photographer Robert MacLellan

I am so lucky that we got to be part of this project, thank you so much to Elderdog for letting us take part.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Amended Animal Protection Act Submitted to Legislature October 9, 2014

I know I'm getting to this late, but better late than never.

Last Thursday Minister Colwell submitted an amended Animal Protection Act to the Legislature that has 3 amendments to it that were added from the previous Animal Protection Act that has yet to be proclaimed by the Legislature - this has to be done before the regulations that we are all waiting to come into effect so that the anti-tethering portion can come into play.

The items that were added into the Act were that cats are now specicifically included in the Act - it will now become an offence to abandon an animal, Municipalities and others will have enforced powers under the Act, and a veterinarians certificate will now be needed for the sale of any cat.

Before the regulations can be passed by the Cabinet - this Act has to work its way through the government and be proclaimed - hopefully by November, and then the Minister said it will hopefully be a quick process that the regulations we've all been waiting for can be passed. It's the regulations - not the actual Act - that has the provisions for dogs not being tethered longer than 12 hours at a time - here are the "Draft Standards of Care" that the regulations will be based around, that we have all been waiting for - it will work in tandem with the Animal Protection Act as it is passed in the Legislature - I am interested to see how making it illegal to abandon an animal will play out - because just that happens so often and causes so much turmoil that will be a huge thing for the animals in Nova Scotia - it's a fabulous change that I applaud the government for doing.

Including cats too has been a historic thing for Nova Scotia - cats suffer so much - including them in the legislation shows how far we've come as a province when it comes to animal suffering, and how much the government has listened to the political groups in this province. Last week was a historic day for animal welfare in Nova Scotia, that's for sure.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Buttercup's life in Pictures

If you want to see the ultimate photo album of Buttercup's life in pictures - go to http://joansinden.ca/ and check out about 21 pages of photos that I've accumulated of Buttercup running around and having fun, I think it's pretty spectactular - there would have been a lot more pictures but unfortunately the free program that I used couldn't handle all the pictures I tried to download to it.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

This weekends HKC Kennel Club Show

I went to this weekends kennel club show - here is Shana Show with one of her little papillons who had just won best in breed

I went there specifically because something amazing has happened - mixed breed dogs can now compete in rally-o and obedience - so mixed breed dogs can now enter the building - the Halifax Kennel Club has been in existence for 70 years and has never allowed a mixed breed dog through it's doors - but this September for the first time, if you meet the qualifications - your mixed breed, neutered dog could come into the room to compete for obedience and walk amongst the hallowed halls of the Halifax Kennel Club - and that to me is a pardigm shift and really shows something is shifting in the purebred world.

Today when I was there watching the obedience trials - there were no mixed breed dogs competing - but it's only a matter of time before a dog applies and gets in through the doors - the time is coming when a neutered, mixed breed dog is in the room, and heads will turn when that day happens.

There were a lot of very cute purebred dogs there today, that's for sure - but those are not the only types of dogs in this world - I have a 20 year old dog that is still very healthy and she is a mixed breed dog, and I have 2 purebreed dogs that are both CKC registered and they both have a lot of problems

Every part of the dog world has its place in getting a dog - and the pure bred dog world has its place too - responsible dog breeding certainly has a place in the world in dog acquisition - you just have to be really careful when choosing a breeder - it's not like with rescue where you fall in love with a dog - getting a puppy is much less tangible.

In reality it's all a crap shoot either way - you are taking on an individual who is going to grow and change from day to day whether it's a puppy or adult so it's a lifetime committment whether you get a purebred or puppy - and I think it's fabulous that the CKC has recognized that mixed breed dogs do exist and are part of the fabric of Canadian life.

Other posts about previous vists HKC Kennel Club Shows

http://dogkisser.blogspot.com/2011/02/visit-to-todays-halifax-kennel-club.html


http://dogkisser.blogspot.com/2009/09/halifax-kennel-club-show-today.html

http://dogkisser.blogspot.com/2009/09/day-2-at-halifax-kennel-club-show.html


http://dogkisser.blogspot.com/2008/02/todays-halifax-kennel-club-show.html

http://dogkisser.blogspot.com/2007/02/lots-of-interesting-stuff-at-todays.html

http://dogkisser.blogspot.ca/2006/09/halifax-kennel-club-show-is-this.html

Friday, August 22, 2014

Starting to post again

I would like to start posting again to this blog

Mostly just pictures that I'm taking day to day but maybe also some dog politic stuff again but here's a couple pictures to start things out - Buttercup turned 20 last week and is going as strong as ever so she deserves to have her face out in the world and Bubby is just so photogenic it's ridiculous - let's see what we can come up with now that I have some time on my hands...

Thursday, August 21, 2014

What I learned from a year of rescuing chained dogs

My little dog Sassy and Ben

Since June of 2013 I ran No Chains All Love Dog Society - an organization that rescued and rehabilitated chained dogs in Nova Scotia - we rescued 40 dogs who had been chained their whole lives - some of them had been chained their whole lives and some of them had been just chained part time, and a few of them hadn't been chained at all - and we found them homes where they could live inside and become just normal dogs.

It was the hardest, and the easiest job you could imagine.

It was the hardest because of the humans - and it was the easiest because of the chained dogs - I have rescued a lot of dogs, and chained dogs for the most part have been the easiest dogs to rehome and rehabilitate. Especially the ones who have lived outside 24/7 - which is the opposite of what their reputation would have you believe, and is also the reason why it made the humans the hardest to deal with.

Everyone thought that rescuing chained dogs was a really noble, important thing to do - but no one wanted to help - no one wanted to foster a chained dog, no one wanted to actually help the rescue - but everyone thought it was a great idea.

Anyone who I asked to help with the rescue thought that any chained dog they brought into their home was going to "wreck their home" - would piss everywhere, tear their house apart when they went out - and no way would they have anything to do with that - because the dog had never been inside they thought the dog was going to be totally wild.

So no one - even seasoned rescuers - were willing to help.

And that couldn't have been further from the truth.

Eve

So because of that - of the 40 dogs I rescued - I ended up taking 22 of those 40 into my own home - I did have a few spectacular people volunteer to help out - but mostly it was shelters across Nova Scotia - the Lillian Albion Shelter, the Cape Breton SPCA, King's County SPCA, Doghouse Boarding and Daycare, - and Camp Bow Wow in Dartmouth - who fostered most of the dogs I took in - without them I couldn't have done what I did.

And what I learned from the 22 dogs that I took in is that chained dogs when they are thrown into the backyard - usually in puppyhood - is that whenever they are put out permanently - that's where they are frozen in time - so whenever you bring them back in - is what stage they come back in as - so a lot of time you are rescuing a 10 year old puppy, or a 5 year old puppy - so they are a JOY to rescue - who doesn't want to bring a puppy into your house?

Ace and my little dog Bubby

Statistics say that chained dogs are 2.8 time more likely to bite than dogs that aren't chained - but once you release them from their chains - they revert to what they were like before they were chained - so if they were put out at 8 months old - you get an 8 month old dog in your house - you get all the problems of an 8 month old dog - but you get all the wonderful things of an 8 months old dog.

As for pissing everywhere and wrecking your house - it is so untrue - I have had 22 dogs come through my house in the last year and it still looks exactly the same as it did a year ago - all my furniture is still intact - mostly!

Just a couple of minor things gnawed - and I come and go like a normal person does.

Nikita

Chained dogs are very quick to house train - it's like they know that outside is where they're supposed to go to the washroom since outside is the only place they've ever used the washroom - so pissing everywhere is nonsense.

There are a couple things though in the last year that have gone awry that have made me decide that I can't continue to do chained dog rescue - and the most important thing is my own dogs - I just can't continue to put my own dogs through the constant stream of new animals coming through the door.

Luke

They have put up with so much I can't believe all that I have put them through. When I rescued dogs I didn't ask any questions - I didn't ask if the dog was dog aggressive, I didn't ask if he had had negative interactions with another dog - I just said "thank you very much for giving me your dog" - and put the dog in the car and drove him from their home to my home - and walked through the door and hoped very much and they didn't kill my dogs when we walked through the door - I was so lucky in the last year that none of the chained dogs were really dog aggressive and I didn't have any problems. I did have one really bad encounter with fostering a dog - but it was with another rescue when I had to do an emergency foster and it was over food aggression and I was really lucky my little dog Sassy - wasn't killed - that was the only negative interaction I had the whole year - with a dog from another rescue.

Tony with all my little dogs - Sassy in front, and Buttercup Bubby and Sidney in back

To put them through all these dogs in the last year I just can't put them through this anymore - it has changed them - they are little dogs - and it has taken so much time away from them too - I don't spend any time with them and little dogs need to be doted on, and I haven't done that - in the last week or so I haven't had a foster and I have really noticed a change in them - they are starting to play with each other again and it's so nice to see - I want to see more of that.

Recently one of my little dogs died - Sassy - and I really miss her, and it has really affected me - and I need to spend time with my remaining three dogs to get over that as well

So because of this, No Chains All Love is not going to rescue dogs anymore - it is just too hard for a one person organization to rescue chained dogs - there are still organizations out there rescuing chained dogs - Marley's Hope, Animal Rescue Coalitions, Litters n Critters - they are taking in chained dogs - and in the last year - the Nova Scotia SPCA has made a paradigm shift in the way they deal with chained dogs - what they have done has been absolutely amazing - they do not walk away from chained dogs anymore - and this fall - hopefully - new regulations are coming into effect that will give greater protection for chained dogs across Nova Scotia.

Harley

So hopefully it hasn't all gone to waste - and of course, 40 dogs now have homes that before had different homes that weren't quite so lovely. I put a lot of work into it, and hopefully the landscape changed a little bit - but I've got some other things in mind that I want to do - none quite so mind blowing as rescuing chained dogs of course, but at least my own dogs might get walked a little more often.

When I said this has been a one person rescue organization, that's of course not true - there have been other people helping me, and I am so grateful for everyone's help - one person that I couldn't have done this without their help is Caryl Gomes - she went with me when I went to pick up dogs, went with me to the vets, sat in the back seat after we rescued dogs and sang to them - was a true dog whisperer - did whatever was necessary to make the dogs happy and get us on our way to their happy new lives - without her I could not have done what I did.

Thank you to everyone who helped me in the last year - I really appreciate all the help that you gave, your little kindnesses have not been forgotten.

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.