In our attempt to create a complete history of the the area , we have been circulating the following letter to the home owners around the the area.
" To Whom it may Concern :
Hello, we the people that use Little Mountain Park ( also known as Little Stony Mountain or Mount Royal ) are currently working on a web page and are collecting a 360 degree mosaic about the History of the families that are connected to the area around the Park. The information we are looking for are any stories, family photos, thoughts or comments about living in the area and the changes that you have seen over the years."
Let's hope we get a possitive response from the people.
Published: 02 October 2008
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Published: 20 September 2008
Last Updated: 20 September 2008
The Pawsitively Wild Pet Show
The Pawsitively Wild Pet Show will be at Red River Exhibition Park on September 14 2008. Visit their web page at www.pawsitivelywild.com .
Adults: $ 5.00
Children 12 - 17 : $ 3.00
Pets: FREE !!
Published: 08 September 2008
There was another heartbreaker of a story about the Puppy Mill industry in Manitoba. Here's 7 questions you should ask when buying a new puppy according to the Canadian Kennel Club and the Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter. These appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press on Sunday September 7 2008 in an article by Selena Hinds. ( email@example.com )
1- Can I come and see your facility ? If a breeder says NO, this is ared flag. A reputable breeder will not hesitate to show their facilities and breeding operations.
2- Where do the mother and father come from? Can I see them? Make sure, at a minimum, the mother is on the premises and available to see.
3- How many puppies are there and are they healthy ? Do you have proof of that ? If the breeder can't produce health records of vet visits, walk away.
4- What vet do you deal with ? What vet care has the puppy had ? What vet care has the mother had ? Breeder should have comprehensive vet care written down and be willing to provide name of veterinarian and clinic.
5- If the dog is registered as a purebred, can I see the papers ? If they aren't able to produce the papers immediately, do not buy the dog. It is illegal to sell a dog as 'purebred' without CKC papers.
6- Will you provide a written contract and health guarantee ? With any animal, there are health issues. Make sure you are protected and all of the health information is written down.
7- Do you have references ? Responsible breeders always provide references. If someone says he is a CKC breeder, you can call the CKC client services line to confirm and to see if there have been any regulatory issues.
Published: 07 September 2008
There is a God in the Post Office
Proof that truly good people do exist in this sometimes very cruel world. I found this very uplifting and wanted to share:
This is one of the kindest things I've ever experienced. I have no way to know who sent it, but there is a beautiful soul working in the dead letter office of the U.S. Postal Service.
Our 14 year old dog, Abbey, died last month. The day after she died, my 4 year old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could so she dictated these words:
Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven.I miss her very
much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick. I hope you will
play with her. She likes to play with balls and to swim. I am sending a picture of her so when you see
her, You will know that she is my dog. I really miss her, Love Meredith We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey and Meredith, and addressed it to God/ Heaven. We put our return address on it. Then Meredith pasted several postage stamps on the front of the enelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to Heaven. That afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at the post office. A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter yet. I told her that I thought He had.
Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, " To Meredith' ... in an unfamiliar hand writing. Meredith opened it. Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called, " When a Pet Dies". Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope. On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey & Meredith and this note:
Abbey arrived safely in Heaven. Having the picture was a big help. I recognized Abbey right away.
Abbey isn't sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart. Abbey loved being
your dog. Since we don't need our bodies in Heaven, I don't have any pockets to keep your picture
in, so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember
Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it
to me. What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you.
I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much.
By the way, I'm easy to find, I am wherever there is love.
Published: 06 September 2008
A Dog's Purpose
A Dog's Purpose ( from a 6 year old )
Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish wolfhound nemed Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.
I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthansia procedure for the old dog in their home.
As we made arrangements, ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.
The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.
The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, " I know why ".
Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation.
He said, " People are born so that they can learn how to live a good Life, like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right ?" The six-year-old continued, " Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long."
Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like :
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.
Stretch before rising.
Run, romp, and play daily.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
Never pretend to be something you're not.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.
ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY !
Published: 03 September 2008
Warning: Dogs and Xylitol
This is true: http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/xylitol.asp
Warning to all dog owners - pass this on to everyone you can. Last Friday evening, I arrived home from work, fed Chloe, our 24-lb. dachshund, just as I normally do. Ten minutes later, I walked into the den just in time to see her head inside the pocket of Katie's friend's purse. She had a guilty look on her face, so I looked closer and saw a small package of sugar-free gum. It contained xylitol.
Published: 21 August 2008
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Cookies and Things
Looking for some fun cookies and other gift's for your pet's special occasions, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Donamae at the St. Norbert Farmers Market.Details
Published: 18 August 2008