Alberta Field Notes

The DWNN team works hard at establishing trust with members of First Nations communities, both 2 legged and 4 legged. Unfortunately for the very feral dogs, a bond cannot be established as they will not allow us to come close enough to start a dialogue. Thus all our efforts are concentrated where progress can be made relatively fast. We have focused on the “outside dogs” such as this one who has been implanted twice. She has a name and a vast territory to roam. Her owner cares for her.

“You can either trust dogs until they fail you, or distrust them until proven trustworthy” – Notable cat wisdom

On the rez, we have witnessed both situations where dogs and cats can eat side by side in harmony (this photo), and when dogs give in to their predatory drive – cats then better make themselves scarce. A rez cat should heed the second part of the notable quote!

On the rez we may see up to eight dogs cuddling together in makeshift shelters such as mattresses left for them, or old truck canopies put on the ground to keep snow and rain away. Front and back seats of cars are always a favorite, and often residents will put out straw for the dogs to sleep on.

For unknown reasons to us, rez males always seem to befriend us more easily than rez females as shown in this photo.

Some dogs eat as fast as they can to avoid conflicts with other hungry dogs, and then bolt to unknown destinations. For dogs living on the reserve; conflict is often best ignored than addressed.

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