Renee Leger - ANML-RESQ

March 2011



Vote for Timber
Cat Food Recall
Homes for 2.4 Billion
Ollie Update
A Bit of Everything
Update on Carrie
Paws for the Cause
Ruby Update
St. Patrick's Day
Pet Valu - Oakridges Fundraiser
Blunt Force Trauma
Patrick Update
Dogs Shot and Die in Landfill
Toronto's Million Mutt March
K9 Nose Work

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Mar 31/11

Castiel - The adventure of deaf Castiel the white Great Dane. He attended the Million Mutt March in Toronto on March 27th. This blog as seen through the eyes of Tay his owner.

'Today, Castiel and I attended the Million Mutt March in Toronto.  Sadly, Kelly had to work.  While there, Castiel saw muzzles for the first time in his life.

A friendly, sweet natured ‘pit bull’ approached him, tail wagging. This dog was muzzled. Castiel, my puppy, in a panic, snapped and yelped and skittered backwards in horror. The dog in the wheelchair didn’t frighten him. The dog with no eyes didn’t scare him. My puppy, who confidently approaches ‘scary’ breeds like Dogo Argentine, was frightened in a way that I have never seen before. Castiel has been introduced to somewhere in the vicinity of 150 to 200 dogs or more in his short life.  We strongly believe in socialization as being one of the best ways to have a balanced, good natured animal.' To read more of Castiel's blog...»

What a great read, so heart warming. Don't forget to read the rest of the blogs ... very informative.
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Mar 30/11

K9 Nose Work  - Over a the Grey Muzzle Organization, Paulette Callen has written a great article on 'nose work'. This activity is gaining ground and is tailor-made for senior dogs and young dogs alike.

Nose Work, or K9 Nose Work is a sport to keep your dog fit and younger longer. It builds confidence and improves focus and strengthens the bond between owner and dog. Nose work uses the dog's keen sense of smell to locate specific odors. This sport plays on the dog's sense of smell and the hunting instinct. Any dog, no matter size or breed, can nose work. This sport can also get dogs to overcome being timid, separation anxiety and fear.

Each dog goes to group training and works one-on-one. First objective is to get your dog to find food by searching start areas within boxes, rooms and complex spaces. After your dog has begun to understand the game of nose work, the area of search can be expanded.

You can start this game in your house if the weather is bad, or take it outdoors into a safe area. The sky is the limit and your dog will love this game. For more information...»

We also have a few tickets left for our Wolf Quilt Fundraiser. The quilt measures 67" x 84" and is Designer by Lisa Moore is from Sitka, Alaska, the Quilter is Lynn Tomkins of Milton, Ontario and the quilt is being donated by Darlene Hill of Rockwood, Ontario. Tickets are $10.00 each or 3 for $25.00

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There will only be 200 tickets sold. Raffle will take place as soon as the 200 are sold or at our Summer Fundraiser, dates and information will be posted on our website as soon as they are known. For questions or purchase information, please contact us at
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Mar 29/11

Toronto's Million Mutt March - Toronto's Million Mutt March - The rally was held this past Sunday and the turn out was wonderful.

"Millions of Mutts standing up for their rights in Downtown Toronto! Thanks to Cheri DiNova for joining us and speaking about Hershey's Bill xoxox Cheri! Thanks to Toronto Cops for escorting us all safely through the downtown Traffic and doing it with a smile :)" ~ Debbie B. 

Toronto's Million Mutt March is trying to end the discrimination and profiling of dogs ... to end BSL in Ontario. Click here to view the video...»
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Mar 28/11

Dogs Shot and Die in Landfill - The rescuers noticed something was wrong when they went to get the dogs from a South Carolina shelter. When they asked the volunteers what was going on, the volunteers told them that 22 animals had been taken to a landfill and shot to death. So, the rescuers grabbed shovels and headed to the landfill:

"... and came over and wiped away some of the dirt and found the first dog who was shot at point blank range, in the side of the head, and then the second dog, and then the third dog,” says Animal Rescue Volunteer Whitney Knowlton. Several freshly killed dogs were discovered around some paw prints in the hardening mud, as was a plastic bag stuffed with dead puppies and a kitten."

This wasn't the first time that animals had been shot and left here as Fox News-Charlotte and found. Apparently a year earlier this shelter had stopped using the gas chamber. Here is the update on YesBiscuit.
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Mar 25/11

Patrick Update - I know many of you have heard of Patrick, but for the many who haven't, here is the story on Patrick. 

A week ago, maintenance workers found a garbage bag that was moving. The moving bag was a dog. Not just a dog, but a dog that had been through hell. The building that the garbage bag came from had many apartments, and to date, they haven't found out where the dog came from. The ASPCA has been trying to locate the owner but nobody has been found. 

The dog was in such bad condition, that they didn't think he would make it. Here is a video of Patrick a couple of days into his recovery. This dog has been through so much, we can only pray that he makes a full recovery. The pictures are graphic, and the video is teary - get out the tissue....
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Mar 24/11

Blunt Force Trauma - Eric Brad challenges some commonly held belief about dogs and says good training is not about being a pack leader or gaining respect. 

'I’m a dog trainer. I love dogs. I have loved and enjoyed the company of dogs for most of my life. For a long time, I thought I knew dogs and how to live with them. Then I read some things that both shocked and enlightened me to the realities of dogs. From their origins and biology to their behaviour and integration into human society, I found I was tragically under informed about the realities of the dogs all around us. Perhaps I have seen too many websites or watched too many dog trainers on TV, but I’ve just hit the wall on one issue I feel I need to address. The squeamish among you may wish to stop reading now...' Read the article and see if you agree with him...» 

On another note - it's maple syrup time ... ever wanted to do your own maple syrup? Over at 52 Projects they are boiling down the sweet stuff to make it themselves. Check it out ... sounds like lots of fun.
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Mar 23/11

Pet Valu - Oakridges Fundraiser - Please mark your calendars for April 9 & 10th!! Our friends at Pet Valu- Oakridges have submitted our rescue as the beneficiary of their April 9 & 10th fundraising event!!

Many thanks to Corrine of Pet Valu - Oakridges for your kind generosity!!! Please be sure to visit your local Pet Valu on this weekend and help raise funds for your local rescue/shelter. 

Pet Valu will be hosting a fundraiser across all their stores on April 9th & 10th to help raise money for homeless pets. Corrine has submitted ANML-RESQ as her rescue shelter and we have been accepted! 

They are asking people to buy a "paw" for $1 and all donations made at Corrine's store will go to us. Customers can also donate items such as food, toys, etc if they choose. There will be lots of deals, BOGO deals and prizes to be won as well. You could win an iPad 2! See this link for more details

So try and get out to your local Pet Valu if you can. It may not go directly to us, but you will be helping out another rescue just as worthy. Pet Valu's goal is to raise $250,000 for local rescues. Pretty amazing!
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Mar 22/11

URGENT FOSTER NEEDED - We are sending another "shout out" for Kiloh!! This very handsome, 7 year old Native American Dog is in desperate need of finding a foster or forever home. His family circumstances are changing and for Kiloh ... it means he will have to go to a shelter if a foster home cannot be found for him. We believe this would be very devastating for Kiloh as he is VERY much a people dog and wants to be around his people at all times. 

The stress of losing his people will be hard enough for Kiloh ... to be placed in a shelter would be heartbreaking. 

We have found from his owners that Kiloh is not a "high energy" dog ... he much prefers to lay by your feet. He is at an age now where a nice walk or two everyday is all this boy requires. 

Please help us to help Kiloh. If you know of anyone that would love a loyal family companion or would like to help Kiloh by fostering, please contact us ASAP!! 
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Mar 21/11

Guilty - You have to watch this clip to get a sense of what this dog is thinking. As the man is talking to the dog you see the dog is somehow reasoning his actions out. Not all dogs are as thoughtful as this one or as cute. Sure wish mine would think before they acted, it would save some clean up time.

So, here it is, I thought we could start the week off with a bit of laughter. Click here for the clip ... ENJOY!!
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Mar 18/11

Penny - We are pleased to welcome our newest rescue into our program. Her name is Penny and at 7 years old her family circumstances changed and sadly due to these circumstances she needs to find a new forever family. 

Penny is a wonderful family companion. She gets along with dogs, cats and people of all ages! Penny is super-friendly with everyone she meets. Although she is 7 years old - you would never know it by her actions. 

She is full of pep and energy and her tail is constantly wagging with glee. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. Foster mom, Tanya says she is a delight to have in their home and the children adore her. If you think Penny would be a nice addition to your family, please contact us at ANML-RESQ. 
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Mar 17/11

St. Patrick's Day - Hope everyone had a great St. Patty's day... 'St Patrick's Day is a public holiday in the Canadian Province of Newfoundland and Labrador on the nearest Monday to March 17 each year.'

Today is all about the missionary St. Patrick who lived in Ireland and had an important role in converting the population to Christianity.

Here in Canada, I think this day is good for 'Kiss me I'm Irish' badges, wearing green clothing and the most important one which is drinking green beer.

From the Time and Date website, they explain the holiday, how we celebrate this day and give a little background on St Patrick's Day. Read more about this day...» 

Don't drink too much of that green beer! lol
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Mar 16/11

Tsunami -  We have read about the 10m tsunami that hit Japan. We know of the devastation and the catastrophe it created to the people who live there. But, there are others who have been affected by this, namely the animals of Japan.

On Youtube there is a clip from Japan about 2 dogs who are in need of rescue. One dog refuses to leave the side of another dog who is hurt. This is such loyalty that it breaks your heart. As this clip is in Japanese, we don't find out if the dogs are rescued. I can only hope that they were rescued.

US Search Dog Teams Arrive in Japan – And How You Can Help Rescue Efforts - Maria Goodavage at blogged about US search dog teams who arrive in Japan. She states that some 10,000 people may have lost their lives, but there are others that may be alive and are buried under rubble.

'The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation arrived in Japan on another lifesaving mission. These heroic teams have been deployed to disasters around the world, helping find life in the midst of devastation and death.'

The dogs are all rescues and know how to find signs of life. The six teams arrived in Ofunato City, Japan with the hopes of saving lives. Read the article..»

Our prayers go out to all the people and animals of Japan. 
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Mar 15/11

Alfie - We received a great update along with pictures of our boy Alfie. Wow ... we have watched this boy grow up before our eyes. He started out being such a gangly looking boy. He was all legs and looking kind of awkward. 

He has transformed into this stunning looking boy - WOW!!! I can't get over what a handsome boy he has turned into. 

Not only is Alfie a beautiful looking boy, but he has a beautiful personality to go along with his dapper good looks (-:  Alfie is wonderful with the children in the home, very gentle and loving with them. 

Alfie is also good with the resident male, Buddy. Alfie is an all-around GREAT family dog that is looking for a family to adopt him into their lives. 

If you are looking for a young, energetic, love-bug - then Alfie is your boy!!! 
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Mar 14/11

Ruby Update - Great news for two of our adoptables. First, our Ruby girl went home last Saturday and is doing very well. 

Her mom and dad have renamed her Storm. 

She has made herself right at home and from all reports, it sounds like this girl is very much loved. 

As always ... everywhere she goes, she draws people to her. Who can resist such a beautiful girl (-: Congratulations to Storm, Charlotte and Jan!!! 

Also, our senior boy Rollie has also gone to his forever home on Saturday. Foster mom, Carolina made the trip with Rollie as he is not used to car rides and stresses. For some reason though, Rollie was not stressed on Saturday. He arrived at his home after a 4 hour car-ride and waltzed right into the house and made himself at home. It was as though he knew he was finally home to stay!! (-: We cannot be happier for Rollie and his new family. It was a match made in heaven!! 

Congratulations to Rollie, Stuart and Suzy!!!
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Mar 11/11

Paws for the Cause - Please mark your calendars for March 18, and join Paws for the Cause on a Peaceful Walk for Change. This event is to help raise awareness about animal abuse and a united voice for change. This event will also be a memorial walk to commemorate the Whistler 100 Sled Dogs that were senselessly slaughtered in April 2010. Join this call for justice through tougher animal cruelty laws and harsher punishment for offenders.

The 3 km walk will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Waterloo Park at the kiosk by the bottom corner of the animal zoo at the parking lot at Seagram Drive entrance and will wind it's way along Caroline St. to Park, Union and finally along King, ending at Waterloo Public Square. To conclude the rally, Mark Holland, Liberal MP will be on hand to speak in Waterloo Public Square about his private member bill, Bill C-229 which updates current and ineffective Canadian legislature around abuse and calls for tougher penalties for those found guilty of animal abuse/cruelty.

I hope that many can attend and show your support to have these laws updated and have tougher penalties enforced.

Please remember Chaos check out the facebook page...» Saturday, March 12, 2011 from 1-3 pm. Cobourg Courthouse, 850 William Street.
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Mar 10/11

Update on Carrie  - We had a couple of pictures sent from our fantastic forever homes in New Brunswick and one from our friends in New York.

Here are some pictures of our Splash and Schmoo and brother Biff. It looks like they are scrambling for the best spot on the couch ... to watch the snow fall (-: 

Mom, Carla says she has had enough snow for the year...who can blame her. The East has had MORE than their share of snow this year. 

And here is our girl Carrie (one of Mocha's 6 puppies). As you can see, she is VERY proud of her baby sister Aeryn. It looks as though she is watching over her...taking care that nothing will hurt her little human sister. Both girls are SO beautiful!!! (-: 

And here are some pictures of Carrie's brother Papi (formerly known as Freddie). This lucky boy is living in New York with his loving mom, Taimy. It is so nice to see these babies, all grown up and happy!!! 

Congratulations to our Out of Province, prohibited puppies who have found such great, loving homes. At least they can run and play free without being muzzled. 
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Mar 9/11

Allergies - We are soon coming to that time of year ...allergies, dogs/cats getting into something they shouldn't. I don't know if it is coincidence, but I have heard of several dogs in the last few weeks suffering from loose stools and BAD gas!! All dogs went through all the usual testing for parasites, worms, etc. All checked out clear, yet continue with gastral woes. 

Could it be something they have eaten? Now that the snow is beginning to melt, there is a quagmire of "yucky" stuff beneath the snow. As we all know...the worse it smells, the more our dogs like it. YUCK! It will also be time for allergies for those animals with environmental/seasonal allergy problems. Allergies are the most common ailments in pets, yet the hardest ailment to cure. In most cases, there is no cure...rather, you have to manage your pet and keep them as comfortable as possible. I have found a couple of links that may be helpful to you and your companion.

And sometimes, it is a case of a tainted product:

Keep a close eye on your pets this spring!!! 
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Mar 8/11

A Bit of Everything - We are desperately searching for the owner of this beautiful hound-type dog. She looks as though she has some coonhound in her breed mix. 

This girl was found straying and so far, there is no luck finding her family. She has not been microchipped. She seems to be well taken care of, which is why we are at a loss, wondering why no one is looking for her. 

If you know who this dog belongs to, please contact us right away!!! She appears to be about 3 years old and healthy. Please take a good look at her picture. She was found in the Oakridges area/Toronto.

We have a cross-posting for a 7 year old Native American Indian Dog who is needing to find himself a new home. This boy is a very stunning dog, looks similar to a malamute or husky type dog. He requires a lot of exercise, being an energetic breed. 

He has always been an indoor dog and is used to living with a family. He is nervous though around young children, so no young children please. Please stay tuned for pictures and more about Kiloh. If you know of anyone that would love a high-energy, yet more mature dog, please let us know. 

And last, but certainly not least ... here is our boy Charlie, whopping it up with an empty milk carton LOL. 

As you can see, this cheap toy seems to be highly valued ... not only by Charlie, but his "blind" siblings. Charlie finds it amazing that he cannot hide from his siblings ... what gives with that? They CAN'T see me???? 

Looks like Hiker and Brook have him cornered ... I wonder who ended up with the empty milk carton? Betcha it wasn't Charlie!!! hahahaaa
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Mar 7/11

Ollie Update - Wow!!!  Check it out!!! Our Ollie is ALL grown up and looking very handsome, if we do say so ourselves!! (-: Here is an awesome update and pictures from Ollie's mom. Gosh, the two boyz sure look like they are enjoying each others company.

I just wanted to give you an update regarding Ollie.  We have now had him for six months and Elliott and I could not imagine not having him as part of our family.  From the day we picked him up, there was no hesitation and Roodle and Ollie got along from the minute we brought Ollie home.

This is not to say that there were no bumps in the road.  We saw indications of a fear response and some strong protection instincts which were concerns for Elliott and I.  However, today I am happy to say he has moved leaps and bounds and has certainly turned into an amazing puppy.  He has earned the right to have full freedom in our home while we are at work, and enjoys meeting new people and dogs, is fantastic with kids and is progressing with his off leash training.

Our friends and neighbors comment on how good both our dogs are, and are amazed at how sweet they are. Elliott, and I (...and I am sure Roodle) could not imagine not having Ollie, and I want to thank ANML-RESQ Network and Ollie's foster mother Cindy for bringing him to us.

I have attached photos of our pups for you to see.  Roodle is a Standard Poodle/Rotti mix. ~ Cheers, Marisa 

As you can see from the update, Ollie is much loved and a big part of his family. Congratulations Ollie, Marisa, Elliott and Roodle!!
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Mar 4/11

Homes for 2.4 Billion - Nathan J. Winograd, No Kill Nation (NKN), is adamant that we can solve the pet over-population with no-kill means. These statistics, 2.4 billion, are based on the US, but here in Canada we still have the same problem. Nathan's interview with WABC 77 in New York:

Can We Find Homes for 2.4 Billion Animals A Year? Ask the “Experts” at AHA
January 23, 2011 by
Nathan J. Winograd

Early this morning, I did an interview with WABC 77 in New York City, the most popular talk radio station in the country about shelter killing under the guise of “pet overpopulation.” It was 3:30 am for me and so I am not sure I was at my best, but I can say this for sure: the guest promoting the idea that pet overpopulation was real was even worse. Before I was on, they talked with Dori Villalon, Vice President of Animal Protection for the American Humane Association, the oldest national organization focused on companion animals in the United States.

Villalon’s assertions about the existence of pet overpopulation were stunning; and in light of the changing landscape as a result of the No Kill movement, displayed such incredible ignorance that she revealed even further how truly little we have to learn from groups like AHA.

The Vice-President of AHA argued that pet overpopulation was responsible for the killing of “four to six million animals” by shelters every year. But when asked how many people were looking to get a dog or cat this year, the “demand” side, she said “Gosh, um, I don’t know that number.” And when further asked how she could be so adamant that pet overpopulation was real given that she didn’t know, she said that it was because we are killing four million, a hopeless tautology. But she went further, claiming that for us to end the killing “every person in America right now [would have to] adopt eight animals” and they would have to do so every year. My jaw hit the floor. Click to read ...»

When everyone is so quick to exterminate life, there must be ways to save these animals who have done nothing wrong and yet continually go to the gas chamber or die with the heart stick. They are innocents and need protection from people who would kill them to make room for more.
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Mar 3/11

Nikita - We are thrilled to announce that our little darling Nikita has fully recovered from her cruciate surgery!! This little energy-bunny got the "thumbs up" this week from her vet ... her surgery is completely healed and she has the "go-ahead" to resume full exercise and playtime. YEAH NIKKI!!

We know it's been a torturous 2 months for both Nikki and her foster mom Allie. It is extremely hard to keep a bully down ... especially when they are so young and full of beans. Crating a young, rambunctious pup is not an easy task, but thanks to our foster-mom EXTRAORDINAIRE, Nikki has made a full recovery. 

Since she now has the green light to be adopted, we will be looking for the perfect family, OUT OF PROVINCE to adopt this beautiful girl. She will soon be up for adoption, so if you know of anyone that can keep up with this little charmer, please be sure to send them our way.

Many thanks to Allie and family for taking such good care of our girl. She has already been through so much in her short life, so we will be very particular where Nikki goes. 

A young girl, found straying ... afraid, alone and COLD!!! We thank God for her rescuer Nicole, who took this young girl under her wing until help could be found. 

Congratulations Nikki!!! The angels were watching over you and now it is our job to continue watching over you until we find you the "perfect" forever home!!!!
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Mar 2/11

Cat Food Recall - Pet Supplies "Plus" sent out a safety/recall notice regarding the cat food made by Wellness.

Here is the notice:

WellPet, makers of Wellness® natural pet food, are voluntarily recalling some lots of their canned cat foods due to potentially insufficient amounts of vitamin B1 (also known as thiamine). 

From Wellness:
The lots involved in this voluntary recall are:

  • Wellness Canned Cat (all flavors and sizes) with best by dates from 14APR 13 through 30SEP13; 

  • Wellness Canned Cat Chicken & Herring (all sizes) with best by date of 10NOV13 and 17NOV13. 

If you have cat food from these lots, you should stop feeding it to your cats. You may call WellPet at 1-877-227-9587 to arrange for return of the product and reimbursement.

Early signs of thiamine deficiency may include loss of appetite, salivation, vomiting and weight loss. In advanced cases, signs may include ventroflexion (downward curving) of the neck, wobbly gait, falling, circling and seizures. If treated promptly, thiamine deficiency is typically reversible.Please contact your veterinarian immediately if your cat is displaying any of these signs.

You can return any affected product to your local PSP store for a full refund.

Read full letter from Wellness CEO Tim Callahan about this recall

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Mar 1/11

Vote for Timber - We have another great contest opportunity!! This is our boy Timber. We saved him after he was dumped on a very rural stretch of road. Timber wants to give back by giving us an opportunity to win some much needed funds to help us continue to help others like himself.

Voting starts tomorrow - March 2, 2011 - and you can vote once a day. Please log in daily and vote for our boy Timber. Click here to vote ...»

Wouldn't it be wonderful to see this beautiful boy's picture on one of Bissell's products? How cool would that be??? (-: As always, thank you everyone for your help and support!!!!
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