Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Some Updates

So RG did some digging - and she/he is right - the Carlton Free Press - the only newspaper that was following the Chapman Kennel dog killers - is publishing their last paper today. This is bad news for people who wanted to see the stories that they were publishing about them being followed up. That sucks.

Some good news - one of the fringe benefits of having my Charlie Loves Halifax website and this blog is the fact that I know a TON of people - so sometimes when I talk about dogs from the Dartmouth shelter - they get spotted in their new homes and I get to hear about their fabulous new lives - and guess who we're getting to hear about? ELVIS!!!

I got an email from a friend of mine who is a groomer out at Tailwaggrrs in Bedford - and here is what she emailed me -

I was just sitting here on this wonderful Sunday morning and I decided to check this email account (because this is where the Dog Watch letter arrives!) and noticed the little write up about Elvis the AMAZING Cocker Spaniel, and I just had to let you now about my meeting with the little guy. Last Saturday I had a busy day of grooming and he was my last apointment of the day. A lovely couple had adopted him only a few days previous and they decided he had a couple of days to adapt and it was time for an ultimate spa treatment! From the second I met Elvis it was apparent that his new owners thought the sun rised and set for Elvis alone!! And after meeting the little guy I started to believe it too. This guy has had a rough go of things in his past but that certainly hasn't dampered his spirit in the least. This little man would take every opportunity to give kisses that he could! I am not sure if you have had the chance to meet the handsome little man in person, or if you knew that he had found a wonderful forever home, but I had to let you in case that you hadn't.

It is because of dogs like Elvis (and Daisy, one could never forget Daisy!) that my job is the best job in the entire world!!!

So it would seem that Elvis's wait wasn't all for nothing - he did end up finding the perfect home for him. That is just super.

The opinions are in - I wrote a post about a truck with dogs in the back cab that I saw - and it had a window made specifically so that the dogs could stick their heads out - and I couldn't decide whether or not it was a humane thing for the dogs - and the comments all came back as being a good idea and good for the dogs. So I'll go with the public and say that it is a good idea - although one person did make a good point in that the dog can stick their whole head out of the window and if someone came close the dog could bite anyone walking by - leaving the owner open to not keeping the dog (and the public) safe - if the dog was being teased or tortured and lashed out.

I make no secret about the fact that Nathan Winograd is my hero - and next May 2-3, 2009 there is going to be something called the "No Kill Conference" in Washington DC that is being put on by his own organization - the No Kill Advocacy Centre. I couldn't stand it any longer, so this week I bought a ticket to the event, worried that the conference was going to sell out and there'd be no way I could go. So now I've bought the ticket - now I've just got to figure out how I'm going to get from Halifax Nova Scotia to Washington DC for May 2nd, 2009. Is Washington DC very far away from Nova Scotia? I get lost going to Dartmouth. Can I drive there? I guess maybe I should mapquest it...


  1. Anonymous9:19 PM

    How exciting about Elvis. That's the best news I've had all day!

  2. What great news about Elvis !!!!!!!

  3. You usually cannot get a direct flight to Washington DC, you have to change planes in NYC or Boston or Atlanta, etc.
    Try Travelocity and look for some excellent flight/hotel deals. In 2007 I got a very good deal on two´hotel nights.
    There are of course tons of hotels but look for the distríct near your event first; don't get stuck out in Virginia or Maryland unless you want to rent a car, which you can also do at a cut rate with the Travelocity discounts.
    There is a subway that goes to the airport - I think maybe to both airports.

  4. Anonymous8:51 AM

    so glad to hear about Elvis. does anyone know what ever happened to Mindy and NMandy the sister huskies, what about Camper? what about Kajun? what about Socks the great dane???

  5. Anonymous9:35 AM

    I believe Camper was one of the dogs put down at the Metro Shelter :-(

  6. Anonymous11:46 AM

    Joan, make sure you have your passport when traveling to the USA.