Candlelight Vigil for Sled Dogs Tonight

This is a difficult blog post for me to write. It’s about the sled dogs of Whistler, B.C. who were slaughtered. My heart breaks whenever I think of this tragedy. Not only was this terrible act hard on the dogs who had to go through this terrible ordeal, the very idea that this could take place in Canada (or anywhere, for that matter) has taken it tolls on people, too.

Tonight, Saturday, April 23, 2011, there will be a vigil in Calgary to honour the sled dogs who lost their lives. I urge you to show up if you can, or support the DAISY Foundation in some way. Do it to show that you, as a Canadian, deeply care for animal rights and want them enormously improved in our country.

Sled Dog Candlelight Vigil
7:00 – 9:00 pm, Sat. April 23, 2011
Tompkins Park
7 Street SW & 17 Avenue SW
(the green space by Mount Royal Village)
Calgary, Alberta


Love Lessons to Awaken our Hearts

It’s Valentine’s Day! My heart’s wish is that we’ll all find love in expected and unexpected places. In honour of the day, I thought I’d share my latest column with you. It’s about finding love in some of those places.

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” Anatole France, a French poet, journalist and novelist who won the Nobel prize for literature in 1921, spoke these words. I think this man, who lived and died in different times, was onto something big….

Read the rest here. (Go to Page 13 of the Feb. 2, 2011 edition of the Okotoks Western Wheel.)

Pumpkin looking as regal as ever.

Pumpkin looking as regal as ever.

Bear doing that silly thing she does with her ears.

Bear doing that silly thing she does with her ears.