May 1, 2010
I wonder if Judge Murphy knows the extended joy felt in waves around the world yesterday as news of her ruling circumnavigated the world faster than the speed of sound or light. I wonder if she has any idea how much happiness she created within the hearts of more people than she can perhaps […]
April 10, 2010
Well, you probably know where the rest of that question is heading without me telling you. I heard that question posed as an analogy, a philosophy of sorts, many years ago. The answer is, “Because he can.” I think that despite its rather crude exterior, the question makes a valid point: we CAN. Beyond […]
April 9, 2010
“Yes dear, someone’s turned the light out, put the pieces out of touch. Do we now try lighting candles? Does it really matter quite that much?” – author unknown These are the words from a poem I read in high school. I can still remember them clearly thirty-some years later because I added music […]
April 8, 2010
This morning, I spent a little extra time in bed snuggling. This time it was with a cat named Sebastian, and two dogs, Bosco and BooGee. This time, it was because I did not feel like starting the day. I thought of Paketo. She had the funniest little quirk to her meow. She would […]
April 5, 2010
As we head into a new week and as we head into the two weeks leading up to Francesca’s next court date — April 16, 2010, I am reminded of the words Apple‘s Steve Jobs authored. It speaks to those people who inspire us and motivate us. Those who go out on a limb […]
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… “
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and express your deepest inner feelings regarding this case.
February 19, 2010
What can the Nova Scotia SPCA learn from Tiger Woods?
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.
January 27, 2010
I have made this journey with Francesca since April, 2008. I have walked behind her, beside her, in front of her, anytime of the day or night, through smiles and through tears. I have read it all and heard it all. I have sought my own answers.
December 12, 2009
The Nova Scotia SPCA has cancelled all visits for Brindi by her owner Francesca Rogier, who is currently involved in a provincial court battle to have her dog returned to her after she was seized by Animal Control in July 2008 and scheduled to be put down for incidents involving other dogs.
August 6, 2009
Free Brindi! Benefit Concert in Halifax, August 13 — 8 PM — The Company House — 2202 Gottingen Street
July 24, 2009
Today, I would like to encourage you to adopt a shelter animal. If you already have two, get another. Save a life.
July 22, 2009
Here’s the latest news regarding the ongoing injustice that seems to remain heaped upon an outspoken dog owner, Francesca Rogier, and her impounded dog, Brindi. Let’s Free Brindi!
July 13, 2009
Board of Animal Services Commissioners moves to amend L.A. Code to free Stu! The Board convened at about 10:30 (a half-hour late) and immediately began discussion of Item 3A regarding Stu.
July 7, 2009
They say you have to walk in someone’s shoes to understand what they feel. But sometimes, all you have to do is look down the path they have walked to understand enough to stand with them. These days, we seem to be given few options BUT to stand with Francesca Rogier as she continues her walk down the path to her dog’s freedom.
June 30, 2009
The only thing keeping Stu alive right now is that the Court decision does not become final for 30 days after the ruling. The ruling was issued June 23, 2009.
June 24, 2009
The California Court of Appeals today ruled that the City’s sentence of death against Stu, a ten year-old dog with a record of one biting incident four years ago, when Stu had himself just been injured, could stand.
June 18, 2009
Another story has surfaced today about a dog being held in by Animal Services for a ridiculous amount of time for less than logical reasons. I swear dogs do better in the wild than in the company of domesticated humans. In a nutshell, a dog, Stu, gets rescued from the streets in 2000 and lives happily and comfortable with his owner, Jeff de la Rosa, and two other dogs. Life is good.