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Lost BC Toddler gets to keep guardian angel dog

"He just wanted some juice. He was pretty dehydrated there. I guess this dog took pretty good care of him."

Police say it's likely the boy survived by cuddling up with the dog, Koda, to keep warm through the night.

Koda's owner, Kim Dolan, said it's amazing the two made it out safe and sound.

"From what the parents have said, they're just total outdoors people and he was in his element, the little guy ... with a guardian angel of course."

Dolan said she was happy to let the boy keep the dog.

"We gave Koda to them because he, obviously, helped play a big part in making sure the baby survived."

Dolan said her own kids weren't immediately keen on the idea of giving their dog away.

"I have two children, two boys of my own, that were kind of upset about my decision [to give the dog away] until they met the family ... and understood the situation a little better," she said.

 


 

Lard Tunderin Jeezus Lard Tunderin Jeezus's picture

That was so touching.

This, less so.

Polly B Polly B's picture

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M. Spector M. Spector's picture

Things are too quiet in this thread. So I want to hear from dog owners:

How do you dispose of your dog's excrement?

[_] 1. My dog poops only on my property. I mostly leave it to biodegrade eventually.

[_] 2. I never bother to pick up after my dog.

[_] 3. I use biodegradable plastic poop bags and bury or compost (bag and all) on my own property.

[_] 4. Same as 3, only I don't use plastic. I use paper or other biodegradable material.

[_] 5. I use biodegradable plastic poop bags and dispose of them in the municipal garbage.

[_] 6. Same as 5, only I use regular plastic poop bags.

[_] 7. Same as 5, only I don't use plastic. I use paper or other biodegradable material.

[_] 8. I use biodegradable plastic poop bags and dispose of them in the municipal green bin compostable waste collected at curbside.

[_] 9. Same as 8, only I use regular plastic poop bags.

[_] 10. Same as 8, only I don't use plastic. I use paper or other biodegradable material.

[_] 11. I use regular plastic poop bags, but dump the contents in the toilet before putting the soiled bag in the garbage or green bin.

[_] 12. I refuse to buy poop bags, but I re-use plastic grocery store bags for the purpose.

[_] 13. My dog is trained to use a litter box, toilet, or other special-purpose facility.

[_] 14. I don't know. My staff looks after those things.

Lard Tunderin Jeezus Lard Tunderin Jeezus's picture

You forgot #15 & 16:

[_] 15. I take my dog to the 'off-leash' park, where he does what he wants, where he wants, and I don't have to deal with it. (It's not officially an off-leash park, but all of us dog owners use it as such.)

[_] 16. I walk my dog to LTJ's house, for a dump on his front lawn. Then it's his problem.

ElizaQ ElizaQ's picture

#1  Mostly.

 

I don't walk the dogs off property very often but when I do I usually used plastic grocery bags or some other bag and stick it in the trash. It's not often necessary because  I usually hang around my yard until they poop and then leave. It's a pain to carry baggies and I hate picking the stuff up if I don't have too.  They're both pretty regular so it's not a difficult thing to time.   I don't have very many bags around anymore, so not sure what I'll use.   I was bagless once when visiting a park but did have some empty plastic containers in the car. I used that, stuck the lid on it, brought it home, dumped it in the corner of the field and washed the container. 

I do have a place designated for a specific poop composter but haven't made it yet.  I'm not sure if I'll even bother as right now just leaving it to go away on it's own doesn't seem to be causing any issues.

 

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

I use a shovel to pick up the poop that the neighborhood dogs leave on my property, and throw the stuff over the edge of the cliff at the back.

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

Lard Tunderin Jeezus wrote:

You forgot #15 & 16:

[_] 15. I take my dog to the 'off-leash' park, where he does what he wants, where he wants, and I don't have to deal with it. (It's not officially an off-leash park, but all of us dog owners use it as such.)

[_] 16. I walk my dog to LTJ's house, for a dump on his front lawn. Then it's his problem.

Those are just variations on #2.

Timebandit Timebandit's picture

[_] 5. I use biodegradable plastic poop bags and dispose of them in the municipal garbage.

 

At home, we have a honey bucket that finds its way into the trash.

 

Fidel

I've rarely ever met a dog I did not like. We had a Colly when I was a kid, Followed me everywhere I went in the neighborhood. Butchy was the perfect dog in my mind. He was poisoned by a crabby neighbor and died in agony. My parents never told me what happened to him until years later. I've never owned a dog since but have admired them just the same. I've always liked horror and sci-fi movies since I was a kid, because in those types of stories, anything's possible, even your long lost bosom friend coming back to life in a story like Pet Sematary. bwbwah! It is the month for scary stories afterall. "I saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand" - Warron Zevon Sealed

G. Muffin

M. Spector wrote:
Those are just variations on #2.

Aren't they all just variations on #2?  I thought that's what we were discussing.  I'm confused.

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

Ha Ha. Very droll.

G. Muffin

M. Spector wrote:
Ha Ha. Very droll.

Oh, come on, now, it wasn't that bad. 

remind remind's picture

Love dogs, but right now am seriously thinking about shooting one of the neighbour's pack.

Yes pack, they have 11 of them.

One has been  in and out of yard all morning chasing the cats.

Normally, I would not really care,  as long as they are not chasing the deer, but we are trying to trap the feral cats people have been dropping off out in the country that gravitate to our house, as we feed other wild cats.

We are 1 by 1 catching the cats and taking them in to get fixed and then releasing them again. As such, it is a serious set back to our already made appointments next week to get a couple more fixed. The cats won't come around for days now.

Had a huge scream at the neighbours just now, hope they keep them penned up like they are supposed to.

 

autoworker autoworker's picture

The more people I meet, the more I love my dog.

remind remind's picture

That's nice, just wished other people loved their dogs enough to keep them under control, and thereby not put their life in danger.

Michelle

I love sitting on the front porch and watching the world go by.  So much of the world are lovely doggies.

Can't really have a dog myself since a) I don't really have room, and b) I'm not home enough to give a dog the love s/he needs.  But it's nice to live vicariously through other people's dogs.

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

Michelle wrote:
 But it's nice to live vicariously through other people's dogs.

Yup! There's two dogs in the neighborhood that come to visit me whenever I'm outside; a German Shepherd and a black Labrador. I'd love another canine (the one dog I had was a Beagle) but it's impossible for me.

remind remind's picture

Yep, dogs are wonderful, have had a few myself, one for over 14 years. We raised and trained german shepards when I was young, for guard dogs, for a few years.

But sometimes, we have real problems aroud here with the neighbour's dogs, as there are so many that when they get out, the big ones pack up and run the deer, or people's cattle, down. As when one of the 5 very large ones, decides to escape, they all do.

It is not as if they are locked in a small run, or  hard done by, or anything either, so that it is me meanly punishing them by making sure they get kept in.

The guy has 12 acres with about 1/3 rd  of it made into a sweet doggie habitat, with tall fencing around it. So they have at least 4 acres to play in, and believe me play is the operative word. He also drives them ALL to the lake every other day for a several hour run.

Would never really shoot one, was just venting about the cat setback. As we wanted them fixed before the snow fell on the valley floor, and so that  afterwards we could install them in the barn for the winter, or at least give them a choice to stay there if they wanted, after they got used to it,  just finished redoing it and making it suitable, so we could use it for them. Currently some live under a stump, and others in a falling down roofless cabin.

2 wild  ones froze to death last winter and we are trying to prevent a repeat and more babies from being born midwinter. There are still 4 females and 1 male, that need to be caught and fixed, and that is after the 9 we have already dealt with, over the last year, and the 3 we have as house pets.

Sigh....I wish some people would be pet responsible.

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

Just watched A Dog Year (2009) in which Jeff Bridges adopts a Border Collie that had been abused by its former owner, and nurses it back to health (and he himself becomes renewed by the exercise). Good show.

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

Happy Hallowe'en from Rufus!

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G. Muffin

Boom Boom wrote:
Just watched A Dog Year (2009) in which Jeff Bridges adopts a Border Collie that had been abused by its former owner, and nurses it back to health (and he himself becomes renewed by the exercise). Good show.

In real life, that dog eventually had to be euthanized.  Jon Katz was the owner and author of the book.  Katz took a great deal of heat from the border collie community (human division). 

mahmoud

where i come from, i am not allowed to have dogs,

many interpretations but some say its cause no pets allowed by people of muslim faith, some say they are dirty

its very very debateable, i know recently UK had problems with some groups because they wouldnt allow UK police to let dogs come in their house because against religion

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

Just watched Hotel For Dogs (2009) which I found 100% more interesting than that stupid Harry Potter movie  - The Half Blood Prince.

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infracaninophile infracaninophile's picture

Dog is my co-pilot.

infracaninophile infracaninophile's picture

CBC listeners probably heard about this on "As It Happens," but this is an amazing story about a lost dog from Arkansas turning up in Calgary  4 years later and being returned home:

 

http://www.theprovince.com/life/Long+lost+home+Arkansas+family/6365517/s... And a video is here: http://www.katv.com/story/17269396/dog-reunited-with-cabot-family-after-... Check it out if you missed it. I admit I'm a sucker for good-news dog tales. The moral: microchip your pets.

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

"microchip your pets" - be careful not to give the Cons ideas - who know where this could lead. Surprised

nicky

I have a plaque on my mantle with the noble sentiment; "Be the kind of person your dog thinks you are"

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