A Most Unselfish Decision: Part One

We picked up Fred, a 6-month-old Bouvier des Flandres (go to my photos link), from the SPCA Monteregie (a no-kill shelter) in 1996.  Since then, I have been radicalized about the plight of dogs, cats, and other pets in the province of Quebec…and here’s yet another reason why.  Just last week, my brother went to work as always in Montreal east, and found a beautiful, young healthy dog sitting quietly outside the door to his workplace; no collar, well-groomed, fixed, a male and probably really hungry and thirsty.  My bro, being who he is, took the dog in.  “Lucky” as we called him, was well-trained, perfectly house-trained, and quite content to be with new people…not a mean bone in his young body.  (But you have to wonder if he–clearly a dog who had a good owner–was thinking:  “Mom, Dad…where are you?  I can’t find you anywhere.”)  Over the next two days, my brother took him to the vet (he’d been fixed, and seemed in perfect condition, highly likely he’d had his vaccinations, after all, even his nails were trimmed), so my brother and his wife considered keeping him.  But here’s the thing (and, as my cousin Paul, likes to say:  ‘there’s always a thing’).  My brother and his wife, who has just retired, are older and live a lifestyle which is not appropriate to taking on a very young, rambunctious dog.  Jesse, their beloved Retriever, had died several months before, and as an older dog, knew the routine, didn’t require much–was, as you might say, “low maintenance”.  This dog–being young, robust and playful, needing lots of exercise–was sweet and affectionate, but needed a strong hand, being a tad stubborn (as these breeds tend to be), and was, clearly, “high maintenance”.  What to do?  [to be continued]

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Opposing Reader Reviews

Marie Dean, a strong supporter of the CHDC, wrote this review of Ground Manners. A Novel:

Ground Manners by Cynthia D’Errico is a rollercoaster book of thrills and heart-pounding drama.  I have never been so absorbed, and never read a book so fast before in my life – just couldn’t put it down.  Ground Manners has actually got me interested in reading again.  It was thought provoking, captivating and I so wanted to be part of the group of characters – I so wanted to meet them in person – crazy!  The love and trust between human and horse, as well as between the horses themselves is so eloquently expressed that you are engulfed in the deepest of bonds.    Being a horse owner and lover I felt so greatly the vulnerable side of the horse, which Cynthia puts into words so gently that you are exhausted from emotion.    The details of horse slaughter are few, but the terror is felt and written between the lines – the horror and evil is understood.  Powerful read!! —Marie Dean, Waterford, Ontario, Supporter of the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition (CHDC).

Now here’s another Review written by someone on Amazon (and I did try to reach him to get his permission, but alas, so I hope he doesn’t mind my posting it here [csa was his moniker]):

This wasn’t quite what I expected. It dwelled a bit too long on the rescue aspect of horses and described things I really wish I could “unread”. I know there are people who need to be reminded of the cruelty of humans toward other inhabitants of this earth, but for one with a lot of empathy, it was just a bit over the top for me. The story line was easy to follow although a bit contrived and required a stretch of belief in places. The most interesting parts to read, aside from the historic aspect of the Canadian horse (of which I own several), were the interactions among the herd of horses. Those parts helped me see some members of our herd in a new light. The author did a good job of expressing the spirits of horses.

 

Of course, what I really liked

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About the Pix

My webmaster is virtually the smartest person on the planet…but he’s also very busy, so I’m not sure how to release the “copyright” condition on the postcard (back and front) I presented in a prior post as a way for you to reach your MP (although you can always order the printed cards from me directly at cynthia@cynthiaderrico.com at no charge, or download them from the CHDC blog).  On this same subject, I want to clarify that I have copied pix from various animal/horse advocacy sites which belong to them, not me.  In all cases, I’ve identified the copyright owners of those pictures (with the exception of Deb’s pix…cuz she’s just so good to me).  If anyone or any organisation out there has a problem with this, let me know.

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Good News about Ground Manners. A Novel

Good News about Ground Manners. A Novel

Every now and then, I have a brainstorm…as opposed to my usual state, “bubblebrain”.  I came across Carol Upton’s site almost by chance, circuitously anyway, as most “stumbles-upon” occur on the internet.  When I read her site, I just knew that this was the person I’d been desperately wishing into existence to help me market GM and its message to the public.  Now don’t get me wrong:  I have marketing experience; I’m a pretty smart cookie, neurons only just lately starting to crumble, so I thought I’d done a pretty fair job so far.  But now, Carol…well, Carol, like one of those gentle forces of nature–like a sudden wind that knocks you off your feet, or a downpour that wets you through and through before you’ve even processed that it’s raining–just shimmers into your circle like Gwenda in The Wizard of OZ, and carefully assesses your needs, dialogues with you (as a person and as a writer), and then produces results far beyond your expectations, and makes it appear so simple and easy, that you are left quite speechless (which, as you know, is a rare state for me).  (I bet she has a magic wand on her person somewhere; it must be another ‘practical magic’ thing, eh.)   So, before I go on to list and link to the important horse websites which Carol somehow persuaded to carry her excellent Press Review of GM, let me just say ‘thanks, Carol.  I am most beholden to you.’  And one of the most heartwarming results of Carol’s work on Ground Manners’ behalf is that Yvonne Allen, who owns Voice for the Horse in Langley, BC, has asked me to provide, as a prize, a copy of my novel for their First Annual International Writing Competition.  Now, I ask you:  does lightning strike twice?  

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Easy-peasey Way to Reach Your MP

As an adjunct to the CHDC petition in support of Bill C-322, I’ve had bilingual postcards printed up which constituents can send to their respective MP’s to let them know that support for this Bill is out there.  Download the two sides of this postcard and send a postcard to your own MP (federal); then make more to give to your friends, neighbours, acquaintances, and family.  MP’s pay attention to their own constituents in their own ridings, so the more of these postcards that are sent, the more our MP’s in all ridings across Canada will understand how much support for Bill C-322 (which opposes horse slaughter) is out there.

I can also send you ready-made postcards (between 10 and 25 for now).  Just send me your postal address.  There’s no charge (I’ll pay shipping too if you live in Canada).  If I see that demand is more than expected, I’ll have more printed.  Americans and international horse advocates are also invited to send these postcards.  We need all the help we can get in getting Bill C-322 passed…and if that fails, ANY bill opposing horse slaughter, the import of horses for slaughter and the exportation of (tainted) horsemeat to foreign countries.  Selling tainted meat to foreign countries is not part of Canada’s, nor Quebec’s, culture.  Now…let’s get on with it and save our horses.  If you have a problem accessing or downloading these images, email me at cynthia@cynthiaderrico.com .

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