Monday, October 25, 2010

It's That Time Of Year...Marcia Leeder Photography Is Booking Holiday Sessions!

Our resident photography guest blogger Marcia is now taking bookings for her "Holiday Gift Card" sessions. It's a fantastic reason to get the family (and pets!) together to create a moment (or longer, depending on how organized the kids are!) that you can cherish forever. Here's hoping that your experience comes together a tad better than the one Claire organized on last year's finale of Modern Family. Make sure to book early so you can send out those great cards to your loved ones.

Marcia is a custom portrait photographer specializing in animals, children and the families who love them. Working entirely on location, Marcia is known for her uniquely organic approach to the standard portrait session, allowing every personality to shine. Available for commercial, editorial and private commissions in Toronto, Ontario and beyond.

For more info & contact information, visit Marcia's blog.

Dog Dies After Being Shot With Crossbow

NORTH BAY, Ont. — Kumo, a four-year-old Husky, was shot with a crossbow and died at an emergency hospital for animals in Barrie, Ont., over the weekend. “He was the most friendly dog in the world. He was my best friend,” owner Ron Warman said Monday morning. “It’s so frustrating that someone can get away with this and there’s nothing I can do. The only thing Kumo is guilty of is being too friendly. He was a big suck.”
Warman said he brought his dog with him to cut wood on his 100-acre property. “When I was finished I called for him and I could see him walking toward me with an arrow in him.” Warman said the arrow went through Kumo’s right shoulder, narrowly missing his heart and pierced out his side near his back left leg. “There was blood all down his legs. When I ran to him he just collapsed.” Warman brought his dog to the Airport Animal Clinic in North Bay, Ont.. Kumo was then rushed to the Huronia Veterinarian Emergency Clinic in Barrie.
“He died on the operating table,” Warman said. “He lasted eight hours after he was shot, and even through all that pain he was a good dog.” Paul Sidhu, a veterinarian at Airport Animal Clinic, said this is one of the most careless things he’s seen done to an animal. He said the dog came into the clinic with the arrow still in its body and bleeding badly. “It looks like the dog was shot at close range,” Sidhu said. “People shouldn’t be shooting a firearm unless they know what they’re shooting at.” Sgt. Al Gardiner said Ontario Provincial Police have a suspect and are investigating. “I understand the frustration of the dog owners. We’ve been consulting the OPP forensic identification unit to see if there’s anymore we can do to help our case.” Warman said his advice to other dog owners is to tie up their pets if there are hunters around. “We’re so upset over this,” he said. “We can’t sleep. There's so much frustration and there’s nothing we can do. We don’t want another family to have to go through this.”

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*The Toronto Sun

Memorial & Blessing Of Animals

Under sunny skies this afternoon animal lovers gathered in Lions Club Park in Newmarket to remember the 102 animals killed last May by the OSPCA. The OSPCA York Region Shelter south of Newmarket planned to euthanize all the animals at the shelter (over 300) due to an alleged serious ringworm outbreak. A huge outcry and protests by both the public and Newmarket-Aurora MPP Frank Klees stopped the unnecessary killing, but 102 animals were already killed before the OSPCA stopped the mass killing.
A memorial tent was on site at the park today, with photos of some of the 102 animals killed in May and a guest book for condolences. The park was full of dogs - small and large, all basking in the the warmth of a glorious fall day. A special surprise guest - a 40-year old Arabian horse named Prince owned by Kat Chapman led the parade of animals across the street to St. Paul’s Anglican Church where each animal received an individual blessing from Rev. Sheppard. Ms. Chapman had rescued Prince from a neglected and abused life and nursed the beautiful horse back to health. Dave Walker - Co-Chair of the Richmond Hill K9 Klub opened the event with a thoughtful speech, followed by event organizer Lynn Perrier of Richmond Hill and Sunny Reuter who lost her dog in 2003 when the OSPCA seized and killed it while Ms. Reuter was on vacation. Volunteers and attendees of the event told the Newmarket Free Press that they are committed to fighting for animal rights in Ontario and will continue to gather signatures on petitions to change legislation.  Thousands of signatures have already been collected on petitions from all across Ontario. The petition asking for a review of oversight and accountability of the OSPCA can be read and downloaded from

*Newmarket Free Press