Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Coyote Kills Dog In Simcoe Region

SHANTY BAY - A Shanty Bay resident says his three dogs were recently attacked near his home by a pair of coyotes. One of the dogs died from its injuries. “I let my three miniature schnauzers out at night,” said Hamilton. “They were about 30 feet away from me and got attacked by coyotes.” Hamilton has an unfenced yard backing onto farmland and when he heard his dogs in distress, he grabbed a flashlight. “I thought it was only one coyote, but there was two. When you shine a flashlight at them, their eyes glow. I was chasing it, and when I saw two it made me think about it. I could’ve been lunch.” Hamilton was shocked the coyotes showed no fear of him. “They didn’t turn and run away, they stood there and looked at me.” Sadly, a coyote shook one of the dogs to death. Other neighbours have noticed coyotes too. “One of my neighbours now walks his dog with a bat. I guess they’re just in the area.” Greg Cull, a fish and wildlife technical specialist with the Ministry of Natural Resources, said coyote attacks on small pets are not common but do occur. “Keep your pets close to you, on a leash or in a well-fenced area,” he advised More than a decade ago, Cull said coyotes were scarce in this area. “There were a few in 2001, but many had mange, which is when they have mites in the skin that cause them to lose their hair. They were susceptible to hypothermia so we saw high mortality in the late-90s. “I can’t say what the population is in Simcoe County, but I’ve heard from hunters and trappers who have indicated the population is reasonably high.” Coyotes don’t mind sharing space with humans, and in fact have been found living downtown Toronto in industrial areas, he said. “As long as there’s enough wild food like squirrels and rabbits, they can fit into small pockets.” In Barrie, reports have coyotes casually walking down the road in the north end of town. Cull said the risk of human interaction increases “if they are being fed by humans, either intentionally or unintentionally. They are omnivores, and will eat garbage, birdseed, fruit and dog food left outside. We advise people to remove any of those attractants around their house.”
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A Tremendous Article On The Happy Stories Of Rescue From Guest Blogger Isla


It’s easy to feel helpless in the face of homeless animals and overflowing shelters. But there are thousands of success stores and happy endings out there. Here are just a few to inspire you the next time you think about rescuing and animal from life in a shelter.

The Little Black Dog : Jack’s story is a mystery. Abandoned at an OSPCA shelter, Jack was a six- year-old lab and collie mix, severely underweight and totally unsocialized. Overwhelmed by fear, Jack spent nine months cowering in the corner of a cement enclosure. It was clear that he had been neglected and subjected to terrible abuse. After three failed adoptions, he seemed doomed to a life of loneliness and misery. Believing that Jack had no chance at a life outside a cage, OSPCA staff made the decision to end his pain and put him to sleep. Sometimes, though, fate intervenes when it is most needed. An OSPCA volunteer was determined to save the little black dog who had experienced such a tragic life, so she reached out to friend of hers who was also a canine trainer looking for a second dog to add to her home. Reluctantly, her friend took the time to visit with Jack, bringing along her current canine companion. While Jack had no interest in the people around him, he immediately bonded with the trainer’s dog and a lifelong partnership was formed. Jack - fearful, abused and aggressive - went home that same day with his new canine guru and became a happy member of a loving family. Now 14 years old, Jack continues to live a joyful life filled with all of the kindness and companionship that every dog deserves.

Happy Birthday - Have a Dog! : It’s never a good idea to give an animal as a birthday present, but that is how Scooby began her life with people. A six-month-old stray adopted from the OSPCA by a well-meaning friend, Scooby was an absolute terror and a hurricane of destruction. Three couches met their maker thanks to her determined work, and walking in the park was an exercise in uncontrolled chaos and exploration of mud puddles. It was only the determination of her new companion that saved Scooby from being returned to the shelter, and that effort was repaid a thousand times over. As Scooby grew older, and her companion learned the basics of obedience training, she became a friend, a compatriot and an incredible dog. By the time
Scooby was four, she was able to accompany her companion to work and even attended lectures at UofT. (It should be noted that, while Scooby contributed little to classroom debates, her presence was always welcome.) Throughout her life, Scooby had many animal companions and embraced the world around her.
After nearly 14 years of love and laughter, she went peacefully to sleep in her companion’s arms. 

One Snowy Night : Snow and sleet were covering the Toronto streets on the night that Horton was found curled and shivering in the shelter of a doorway. A feral kitten only six weeks old, he was malnourished and in need of veterinary care when he was discovered by a young student. On impulse, she took him to her local vet and then into her home. Too young to be separated from his mother, Horton was hand fed a mixture of
cat milk and softened kitten food, bonding with his new companion in the process. With time, kindness and patience, he eventually flourished into an indomitable character; curious, fearless and confident. Today, Horton is the 18 year old patriarch of a house filled with other animals.

A Bunny Runs Free : Small animals such as rabbits are often impulsively brought into a home much to the delight of young children who quickly lose interest in these amazing animals. This was the case of Patches, a two-year-old Rex who had been consigned to a small cage in a dark basement once his young owners had turned their attention to a new puppy. It was simple luck that changed Patches’ life when a house guest, heartbroken by the state of an isolated and ignored bunny, made the decision to transform his world by taking him home. From basement cage to free run of an entire house, Patches returned to the social, engaging and curious creature that he naturally was, living out the rest of his life in the company of animals and, occasionally, venturing out into the wondrous world of the backyard garden.


Each of these stories is different, but they do have a single theme in common. One action makes a huge difference. One rescue changes a life. It is easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of animals in need of rescue, but focusing on a single action that will change a single life makes the challenge manageable. One person cannot change the world, but one person can change the life of an animal in need. The stories of Jack and Horton, Patches and Scooby, all demonstrate that rescue happens in small steps…but those small steps make an incredible difference.

About the author : Isla Campbell is a freelance writer, editor and communications strategist specializing in non-profit advocacy and public relations. She happily shares her life with a number of animal companions and is an active advocate for animal welfare and wildlife protection. [email protected]

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CMT Is Casting Now For Its Awesome Family Show "Pick a puppy"!

CMT is looking for fun families and couples on the hunt for a puppy or rescue dog to join their home. Everyone is welcome to apply: LGBT families/couples/single parents/room mates/sisters etc.  Families must be outgoing, not shy, FUN and of course serious about getting a dog. For more information and to watch the show- visit www.cmt.ca/puppy You can apply via the website or through me at my email address below. The more fun you are, the better! (please don't forget to include a family photo). Good Luck!!

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