Little Mountain Park Conservancy       Group Inc.

For The Love of Our Park




If you have a dog ... PLEASE read
this and send it on.  If you don't

have a dog, please pass along

to friends who do.   
Written by: 
Laurinda Morris, DVM
Danville Veterinary Clinic 
Danville , OH

This week I had the first case in history of raisin

toxicity ever seen at MedVet. My patient was

a 56-pound, 5 yr old male neutered lab mix

that ate half a canister of raisins sometime

between 7:30 AM and 4:30 PM on Tuesday.  He

started with vomiting, diarrhea and shaking

about 1 AM on Wednesday but the owner didn't

call my emergency service until 7 AM. 

I had heard somewhere about raisins AND

grapes causing acute Renal failure but hadn't

seen any formal paper on the subject. We

had her bring the dog in immediately. In the

meantime, I called the ER service at MedVet,

and the doctor there was like me - had heard

something about it, but... Anyway, we

contacted the ASPCA National Animal Poison

Control Center and they said  to give IV fluids

at 1 & 1/2 times maintenance and watch the

kidney values for the next 48-72 hours.

The dog's BUN (blood urea nitrogen level) was

already at 32 (normal less than 27) and

creatinine over 5 (1.9 is the high end of normal).

Both are monitors of kidney function in the

bloodstream. We placed an IV catheter and

started the fluids. Rechecked the renal values

at 5 PM and the BUN was over 40 and creatinine

over 7 with no urine production after a liter of

fluids.  At that point I felt the dog was in acute

renal failure and sent him on to MedVet for a

urinary catheter to monitor urine output overnight

as well as overnight care.

He started vomiting again overnight at MedVet

and his renal values continued to increase

daily. He produced urine when given lasix as a

diuretic. He was on 3 different anti-vomiting

medications and they still couldn't control his

vomiting. Today his urine output decreased

again, his BUN was over 120, his creatinine was

at 10, his phosphorus was very elevated and his

blood pressure, which had been staying around

150, skyrocketed to 220 ... He continued to vomit

and the owners elected to Euthanize.

This is a very sad case - great dog, great owners

who had no idea raisins could be a toxin. Please

alert everyone you know who has a dog of this

very serious risk.

Poison control said as few as 7 raisins or grapes could

be toxic. Many people I know give their dogs grapes

or raisins as treats including our ex-handler's. Any

exposure should give rise to immediate concern.

Onions, chocolate, cocoa, avocadoes and macadamia nuts can

be fatal, too.

Even if you don't have a dog, you might have friends

who do. This is worth passing on to them.
Confirmation from Snopes about the above ..... critters/crusader/raisins.asp

May 31 2017


The City of Winnipeg is in the process of developing the Off-Leash Dog
Areas Master Plan to address and respond to growing interest and
demand for off-leash dog areas in Winnipeg. The City has engaged the
services of WSP (formerly known as the MMM Group Limited) to develop
the plan. We are in the preliminary stages of this City-wide project,
and will be hosting a stakeholder workshop on May 31, 2017. You/your
organization have been identified as a project stakeholder. We want to
hear from you and encourage you to participate in this workshop event!

The purpose of the workshop is to obtain feedback on current off-leash
facilities in Winnipeg, discuss issues that are currently being
experienced with existing off-leash sites, and identify potential
off-leash site selection criteria.

Event Details:
Date: May 31, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: South Winnipeg Community Centre – Board Room (formerly
known as the Waverley Heights Community Club)
1885 Chancellor Drive

Please RSVP to Brittany Shewchuk at<> or 204-943-3178 by May 26,
2017, if you are able to attend this workshop. Those who may require
alternate formats or ASL interpretation in order to participate should
let Brittany know when you RSVP.

Si vous préférez discuter de ce projet en français, veuillez contacter<>

We are hosting one other workshop in another area of the city on
Thursday, June 1 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. If you are unable to make it
to the above date, please contact Brittany if you can attend this
alternative workshop date.

About the Master Plan

The Off-Leash Dog Areas Master Plan is being developed to address and
respond to the growing interest and demand for off-leash dog areas in
Winnipeg. The Plan will address the needs of all park and public open
space users, and will include a vision and implementation strategy for
off-leash dog areas throughout Winnipeg. To learn more about the goals
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please contact us to be removed from the list.

Brittany Shewchuk, M.Pl., MCIP, RPP
Planning, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design

T+ 1 204-943-3178 #3917
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93 Lombard Avenue, Suite 11
Winnipeg, Manitoba,
R3B 3B1 Canada


Pipe line
Hi Lloyd,


Christopher Lepa, Forestry Technician 2 responded and investigated the location and has provided an update that you will find below. Chris also said that if you wish to speak with him further on this matter, please call him at (Phone: 204-986-2006).




Good Morning James,


I inspected the site late Friday afternoon and there certainly is some significant heavy construction taking place within close proximity to the park boundary.  Any excavation that occurred adjacent to the large cottonwood has now been filled in, so I followed up with Brett Ransom, Senior Project Engineer for Stantec, who indicated that all of the tree roots that intersected the pipeline alignment were trimmed according to specifications.  In addition, he also assured that there are plans for site restoration in late spring once the spring thaw is over and the ground has been given an opportunity to settle.  The Urban Forestry Branch will inspect the condition of some of the smaller trees (,-97.2418882,3a,64.9y,208.49h,89.7t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sv0NQ3I5LhsKjXUhSJIsu8w!2e0!7i13312!8i6656)

to determine if any removals and replacements are required, and you may provide Mr. Johnson with my contact information if he wishes to discuss any concerns or questions he may have moving forward.




Christopher Lepa, Forestry Technician 2

Phone: 204-986-2006




Regards,  James


Hi Lloyd,

I received your inquiry from the Mayor's Office today about the construction on Farmers Road and concern for a large Cottonwood you reference in your email. Urban Forestry will be out to do an inspection of the site to assess these concerns. I've also emailed Stantec Consultants requesting an update about this concern and for other plant material possibly affected by this work. The following attachment was sent to Stantec and Urban Forestry identifying the location of the tree. Anything further from Stantec and/or Urban Forestry I will gladly relay to you.


James Houldsworth
Superintendent of Park Services North Area and Downtown
Parks and Open Space Division, Public Works Department
City of Winnipeg

Phone: 204-986-4247

Address:6th Floor, 105-1155 Pacific Avenue,Winnipeg, MB R3E 3P1


I'm sorry to trouble you but I have a concern about Little Mountain Park. The R.M. of Rosser and Stantec are putting in a water pipe down Farmers road. This located on the Northern edge of the Park. I am concerned about the destruction of the environment and history of Little Mountain. There is a large Cottonwood tree planted along their path. This is the last piece of the village of Mount Royal. The quarry's are the first the the City used. Which is a piece of Winnipeg and Manitoba history. I fear that the construction will impact all these things that are important to the people and future generations. If you are interested in our parks history please check out my web site at I have enclosed a letter I received about the construction.
Thank you for your time.
Mr. L. Johnson
Little Mountain Park Conservancy Group Inc.

"Parks was just notified by Stantec Consulting Ltd. that the RM of Rosser will be closing Farmers Road from Klimpke Road to Brookside Boulevard as early as next week for a construction project to install water main along Farmers road. The closure is estimated for six weeks. Due to this, the North side access points will be closed off to all traffic; vehicular and pedestrian including the parking lot on Farmers Road.

I have requested Stantec Consulting Ltd to send us any updated information about this project. Once I have it, I'll pass on the information to you so you can notify your members. As far as I understand, Klimpke Road should be open during the construction period and our parking lot on Klimpke Road will be available for park users.



City of Winnipeg
James Houldsworth

Superintendent of Park Services North Area and Downtown

Parks and Open Space Division, Public Works Department

City of Winnipeg

Phone: 204-986-4247



Address:6th Floor, 105-1155 Pacific Avenue,Winnipeg, MB R3E 3P1