Saving Brindi: My baby girl

April 4, 2010

“It’s common among animal lovers to think of themselves and others as parents to their pets. I don’t have children; [but] I do call Brindi my baby girl… most of the time, I think of my animals as companions and adults in their own right. Brindi was already four when I adopted her and after a period of clingy-ness she soon gained confidence to become who she is… “

Saving Brindi: “……until she is back home”

April 2, 2010

All I know is, I love my dog, Brindi, more than anybody on the planet. There is nobody who will take better care of her or work harder to keep her safe and sound, with all the necessary aids and precautions.

Saving Brindi: Because I can

April 2, 2010

Because the morning afforded it, I spent a little extra time in bed this morning snuggling with Ike and Maude, two of my rescued dogs. They aren’t anything special. They were born in the woods to a dog who had been dumped on the side of the road. They will likely live their whole lives and pass meaning very little to anyone… except me.

Saving Brindi: All roads lead to… nowhere?

March 31, 2010

All of nature has the ability to reason and the ability to negotiate. It’s innate in us. As natural as rain. You need only look at the pecking order in a herd of wild horses to see this or the feeding rotation of birds around a birdfeeder.

Saving Brindi: To sue or not to sue?

March 31, 2010

WHAT IF the city impounded your pet and wouldn’t let you have visitation… what would you do? WHAT IF your only alternative to save your pet from euthanasia was to sue the city… would you do it?

Saving Brindi. Where do you start?

March 30, 2010

WHAT IF city authorities arrived at your door one night with a warrant to SEIZE AND DESTROY your family pet… what would you do? WHAT IF the same by-law that brought them to your door — a by-law designed to safeguard the city — offered you no option for challenging this warrant… what would you do?

CAGE 18 — FEMALE MIX, 6 MOS.

March 25, 2010

CAGE 18 — FEMALE MIX, 6 MOS. That’s about all she was to anyone… except someone gave her the name Petra. Her photo was taken to put on the internet with the others.

from wikipedia

Hachi – A Dogs Tale

March 20, 2010

Based on a true story from Japan, Hachi: A Dog’s Tale is a moving film about loyalty and the rare, invincible bonds that occasionally form almost instantaneously in the most unlikely places.

Edie – rescued an hour before euthanasia

March 18, 2010

Edie was so scared at the shelter and was scheduled to be euthanized yesterday. She was so lucky to have Bronwyne visit the shelter and save her life.

Day 13. What to do with myself?

March 9, 2010

Every morning for two weeks, I have jumped on the computer first thing to see what needs to be done to roll out the message for the day’s campaign. It gets written, translated, passed along the appropriate paths, messaged, posted, tweeted… a process of some hours and certainly a tad more complicated that just suggested.

Day 12. Time is up for Brindi.

March 8, 2010

Tomorrow the judge will decide her fate. The only thing we can do now is to spread this post as far and wide as possible using all means necessary. ” Awareness that leads to action” has been the tone of this campaign.

Day 11. True Justice

March 7, 2010

The judge will take a decision on Brindi’s life on Tuesday, March 9 at 9.30 hrs. It is our firm belief that the only decision that will serve true justice is the sparing of Brindi’s life and her return to Francesca Rogier.

Day 10. City of Halifax red-faced on tape

March 6, 2010

Here you will hear the conversation between one of the members of Let’s Adopt! (South Africa), calling from Johannesburg and Miss Mary Ellen Donovan, Legal Advisor to Mayor Peter Kelly of the city of Halifax. This will help you understand the problems Brindi and Francesca Rogier have been suffering during the last 19 months.

Day 9. Brindi. The Naked Truth

March 5, 2010

In five days, Brindi’s owner will go before the judge for sentencing in her case. The city of Halifax wants to euthanize Brindi, having found Francesca Rogier guilty in early February, 2010 of owning a dog that: ran at large, was not muzzled and attacked another dog (along her property line).

Day 8. Brindi. Social Media Saves Lives

March 4, 2010

We are all people of this world. In light of how many people there really are, many of us are nobody important outside our circle of friends and our family. Maybe nobody important outside our community.

Day 7. Brindi: A wrong proposition

March 3, 2010

You make a mistake, it is you who should pay. It is never the animal, it is the human, who makes things go wrong. The payment should be in proportion to the crime.

Day 6. SPCA: Dirty games, Lost contracts and Spin Doctors

March 2, 2010

The SPCA could have stood up and said Brindi is not dangerous or mean, she sleeps under a staffer’s desk after all. In an attitude that betrays their lack of principles they decided not to challenge the city and risk their contract, a contract that was eventually lost.

Day 5. The reason for Brindi’s Countdown

March 1, 2010

When we launched our 13 days campaign we had a choice. Explain from the beginning the 19 months of hell Brindi and Francesca have gone through or FOCUS on creating a big wave of awareness and prompt people to action. No. Not a big campaign.. a HUGE ONE!

Day 4. Nickelback for Brindi!

February 28, 2010

Today we are going to respectfully use Nickelback’s work to help us save a life: the life of a dog, Brindi, representing the life of millions of animals living in Canada and the United States currently on death row because of inadequate legislation.

Day 3: The words of a child

February 27, 2010

Brindi and Francesca

Let’s get real…

Does this looks like an irresponsible owner to you?

Does this look like a couple that deserves to be separated?

Does this looks to you like a dog that deserves to DIE????

Please CALL Mayor Peter J. Kelly, Mayor of Halifax on ph: 902-490-4010 or if you are abroad please email kellyp@halifax.ca and express your deepest inner feelings regarding this case.

What can the Nova Scotia SPCA learn from Tiger Woods?

February 19, 2010

What can the Nova Scotia SPCA learn from Tiger Woods?

So, what’s new this week?

February 17, 2010

So, what’s new this week? Here’s a small capsule from the Bit-by-Bit Ranch…

Vick Reality: Bally Total Fitness drops out

February 16, 2010

Kudos to Bally Total Fitness! I received an email from them today regarding my request that they refrain from supporting the Michael Vick reality show slated to appear on BET. They stated that they have “blocked all future advertising during this program.”

Just for grins

February 13, 2010

Just for grins

Email sponsors of Michael Vick’s reality show!

February 12, 2010

Please e-mail the sponsors of the Michael Vick Reality Show and express your opposition to their financial support of the program. As a result of their advertising, Vick is profiting from a lucrative reality television contract.

Vaccinations: What you Need to Know

Vaccinations: What you Need to Know

February 12, 2010

The most important thing for you to know is that annual revaccination of your pet is unnecessary! This information is based on scientific studies conducted by Dr. Ron Schultz, a very well respected veterinary immunologist.

Maybe this time…?

February 4, 2010

I spoke with Francesca yesterday after a full final day of court and heard something in her voice that I have never heard before. There was an optimism coming from inside her. Not a perfunctory optimism, but one that seemed to be coming straight from her heart. It simply brought me to tears.

Helping the Animals of Haiti

January 22, 2010

Just a quick post to give you some links to websites for updates on animal rescue efforts in Haiti following the recent earthquakes. If you know others I have missed, please let me know so we can add them.

FOUND! Puppy. Call to ID.

January 22, 2010

FOUND! Puppy. Call to ID. Lost or dumped?

Faces of the Homeless

January 5, 2010

Looking through some messages on Facebook this morning, I found a post that includes three photos: homeless women and their dogs — photographer(s) unknown. I was immediately drawn to the photos. In the hard times, the scenario could easily be any one of us. It could easily be me and my “kids,” knock on wood.

Petition Against Awarding Michael Vick the Ed Block Courage Award

December 29, 2009

In my wildest dreams, I cannot imagine Michael Vick as an inspiration — unless I misunderstand the definition of “inspiration.” If you feel something similar, please add your name to the petition and pass it along to your friends.

The Faces of Rescue in 2009

December 29, 2009

All the little souls in this film are safe – thanks to the huge networking power of animal lovers all over the world. From those who crosspost and email – to those who physically pull the dogs from the shelters and take them to a safe haven. This is a thank you to them all … their compassion, generosity and kindness makes this world a more bearable place.

Iowa: Pet Food Banks, Pet Food Pantries, Pet Care

December 29, 2009

Iowa: Pet Food Banks, Pet Food Pantries, Pet Care

Ivermectin Poisoning from Parasite Prevention Drugs in Dogs

December 28, 2009

This toxic reaction occurs especially in dogs that are genetically hypersensitive to ivermectin, an anti-parasite medication most commonly used for heartworm prevention, or to treat ear and hair mites, which can lead to mange. Ivermectin prevents or kills parasites by causing neurological damage to the parasite, resulting in paralysis and death for the parasite. But dogs genetically sensitive to the medication have an anomaly that allows the ivermectin to pass the dog’s blood-brain barrier and into its central nervous system, which can be lethal for the animal.

Another Vick-diculous Moment

December 26, 2009

I feel I am being played by one of the greatest marketing campaigns to date: making Michael Vick look like an underdog in the Michael Vick dog fighting scandal. And while I hate giving him any mention at all, I also feel I do a disservice to the dogs he killed and the dogs he abused in HIS dog fighting participation to not make mention of this ridiculous ploy.

Moving on from Michael Vick? Not yet.

December 15, 2009

Sometimes I worry that I can’t seem to let go of the Michael Vick issue. I wonder if maybe I’ve written too much about it, and that at some point those of us who own and love dogs need to move forward – forgive and forget and get on with our lives.