I know this is not normal for me to stray from my normal subject matter but I have been following this case for quite a while and I felt the need to spread the word and let people know exactly what is happening. I have copied and pasted the following from a fellow supporter of Chum and Champ by the name of Jessie B Tyson, please take the time to read it and check out their Facebook page if you want to read more ( link given below).
Although my blog is usually for my novel WHITE HEAVEN WOMEN, I needed to let the world know what is happening to more innocent dogs in Canada, mainly CHUM & CHAMP, two Newfoundlands. I’m a supporter of Chum and Champs permanent release. They did no wrong.RIP Edith Mansea. Good neighbours help eachother, like this first picture…not like JT and cronies. Their shockingly disturbing story is in the copy and paste below.
Sheila Krenzwrote this in support of Jacques Manseau and posted it toNewfsOnTheNet today 8th December, 2012. It was deleted soon after. What is with all the deletions on facebook? CVRD have done it to C & C supporters too.
Jacques Mansea the surviving Newfies owner Protesting outside court 6th Dec 2012
Anyway, this is Sheila Krenz post to NewfsOnTheNet copied and pasted here:
“Hi Newfs on the Net fb group patrons. As you, many love these wonderful dogs and passions run high when we see any dog at risk.
I ask that you read this statement with an open mind – as my intent is to inform you so that you, dog-loving souls that you are, may understand with knowing and compassionate hearts.
We, in BC, have seen quite a few dogs being taken from their homes by BC Regional District Animal Control personnel and in most cases, when you peel away the layers of the mysterious onion, the underlying factor is neighbour angst – and the dogs have not done the deeds they have been accused of that caused their incarceration. Besides neighbour angst, the other commonality in these similar cases is the Regional Districts’ lawyer (TDS) – who makes a fine living by prosecuting responsible dog owners and attempting to get a ruling on destruction for the sake of “public safety”. “This is for public safety” is this lawyer’s first stance and he carries it through to the end – even when the dog has not been ruled by the judge as being dangerous.
I urge you to visit the“Diesel vs RDCO” group fb page. TDS was very successful in obtaining a destruction order on Diesel by taking up all the court time with his side of the story leaving little room for the dog’s owner to fight for his dog’s life and (TDS) convincing the judge that the judge only had 2 options: release (no conditions) or destroy.
Rebeka Breder, a wonderful dog lawyer based in BC, is now appealing this ruling at the Supreme Court level – and this court case will change laws in BC and Canada – to prevent this situation from happening ever again on Canadian soil. I am telling you this so you understand that what the Black Creek Newfs are going through right now is not a unique case – it is a situation that is endemic in BC right now.
Now to the Black Creek BC Newfs, Chum and Champ … here is their story:
Please know that because of the ongoing investigations and the current court case, some information cannot be made public and I will be using people’s initials.
For many years Jacque and Edith suffered abuses from their neighbour (JT) and JT’s friends. This abuse was verbal as well as physical, and included having people drive onto their property and sit in their cars with the lights shining into the house, calling on the CVRD (Comox Valley Regional District) By-laws dept with lies (to get them in trouble), pointing a gun at Edith’s headand threatening to shoot her and her dogs. This is not an exhaustive list. Edith was a peaceful woman who hoped that in time her neighbours would give up and end the abuse. But that did not happen.
Jacques and Edith, in court, fought all the by-law tickets that were given them and those tickets were dismissed. And, as part of that court case, in court JT (the neighbour) admitted on the stand that she had lied to the CVRD By-laws department regarding the complaints she made about Jacque, Edith and the dogs. I will repeat that – JT admitted on the stand, in court, that she lied – the complaints were false. Additionally, JT admitted, as part of that court case while on the stand testifying, that she did indeed cut a section of the fence separating their properties. That case was resolved by the judge on Jan 4th, 2012. On Jan 5th, 2012, JT claimed that her Jack Russell Terrier (JRT) was attacked and seriously injured by Chum and Champ (in Chum and Champ’s yard).
Please notice the dates: Jan 4th – judge resolves the court case … and, Jan 5th– JT claims her JRT was attacked by the dogs. The JRT was taken to the vet and required stitches (and lived) … the vet’s report shows no indication of a dog attack. And in court, Chum and Champ’s Vet testified that the JRT’s injuries were not caused by dogs but most likely caused by the JRT making its way through the mesh wire fence.
The JRT’s Vet (who happens to be JT’s employer) did not testify – I personally would love to know why TDS did not feel it necessary to have the JRT’s Vet testify in court (possibly because that Vet could not testify that Chum and Champ were responsible for the JRT’s injuries –I do wonder this – as should you all). Chum and Champ were taken to the SPCA pound in January for holding until they were temporarily released back to Jacques and Edith in November.
The dogs were incarcerated in small cells with little to no exercise, sleeping on concrete floors, separated from each other and not allowed visits from Jacques and Edith for 9 months! Imagine the hell that Jacques and Edith went through and what the dogs went through for 9 months! And bless the judge for finally realizing the cruelty inflicted upon the dogs and this family for that length of time.
All through this time, the neighbour and her friends continued the onslaught of abuse. And when the dogs were released, JT was quick to step the abuse up. During the time from Jan 2012 to the day of the dogs’ temporary release, Edith’s health deteriorated. The stress of the abuse and court case proved too much for her and she passed away in the hospital shortly after the dogs were (temporarily) released without ever seeing her sweet dogs again that she fought so hard to prove innocent of all alleged crimes. Thankfully she was aware of their release, she smiled and passed away knowing they were finally safe. I will repeat this – Edith has passed away. RIP sweet Edith!
The neighbour was quick to step up the abuse and without realizing that the dogs were moved from Jacques’ home to an undisclosed location for their protection, she started an unsubstantiated rumour that the dogs had attacked another dog. This horrible rumour is unsubstantiated (and changes with each telling) and we have proof that it did not happen. In court on Thursday, the CVRD lawyer (TDS) presented this unsubstantiated rumour as fact. One would think given all the false statements made by the neighbour that he would investigate before standing in court and presenting this information. One would think.
Also in court (this week), TDS tried to insinuate that the foster family is too oldto care for the dogs, that their (large) yard is too small, and that they did not have the financial means to care for the dogs. The judge did not appear to buy into this insinuation at all. In fact many were offended by TDS’ tactics in court on Thursday. I have personally visited this foster family in their home and can assure all that the yard is not too small – it is perfect and it is fenced. Additionally, this foster family is very capable (financially and otherwise) of caring for Chum and Champ.
Further to this, the CVRD has approved this family and their home as being appropriate for fostering the dogs. If the CVRD has provided their approval, I question why TDS would even bring this up in court –except to assume he is running out of tricks.
The court case has been adjourned to Jan 16th, 2013.”
(The Newfies are back in the SPCA pound .. geesh)
“The CVRD is negotiating with the foster family to have the dogs temporarily released to their care so that Chum and Champ do not have to stay at the SPCA pound until then (January 2013) (which shows the CVRD still considers this family and their home as being appropriate for fostering the dogs). This foster family is very much in love with these dogs. They have a heated floor in their home that the dogs love to laze about on and a fenced backyard that the dogs love to play in. They take Chum and Champ for walks and feed them home cooked meals. Trust me when I say that the dogs are very well cared for in their home and Edith would be very pleased by their placement in this home.
A few here are wondering why Jacques is not looking after the dogs in his home. Yes, Jacques is away at work in Alberta – he must as his legal billsare rising dramatically, as you can imagine. He could have had someone stay at his home with the dogs in his absence.
Jacques seeing, Chum & Champ temporarily released after almost 10 months apart. His wife died the night before RIP Edith x
However, based on what I have shared with you regarding the neighbour and her abuse, I am sure I do not have to state the obvious – but I will – we all are very much concerned that the dogs would be targeted by the neighbour. So the dogs have been moved to the foster family (away from Black Creek). This foster family are very good friends of Jacques and Edith’s, and the dogs know this foster family well. This placement, with Jacques’ awareness and permission (and he is grateful for this family opening their home to Chum and Champ), is the best place for the dogs.” (Except they had to return to Comox SPCA the night before court 6th Dec 2012 and up to this being published, are still there as no verdict was reached. Please read on.)
“During the Thursday 6th December, 2012 court session, and I was there, the Newf Rescue representative was on the stand as TDS’ witness. Given what I have said aboveplease understand that Chum and Champ’s supporters would find it very difficult to trust the intentions of anyone testifying on TDS’ behalf. And, as Chum and Champ’s supporters, we do find it odd that Newf Rescue did not approach Jacques with their offer – he is the dogs’ owner and any transfer of the dogs would require his permission.
Not only do we find this odd – we also wonder why Newf Rescue did not approach Jacques and the supporters and offer their assistance with the court case – to help Chum and Champ in winning their freedom. The angst Cindy Williams witnessed on Chum and Champ’s fb page is a direct result of this.
Now – for the unsubstantiated rumour that the breeders did not know that Jacques and Edith bred Chum. We have, on file, a letter (dated in 2008) in Chum’s breeder’s own handwriting that says she (Jane Unteriner) and Heidi Ball are both going to help Edith register her first litter with CKC.
To rephrase,Edith did have the support of both Chum’s and Champ’s breeders to breed this pair. Regarding the money raised that some people have commented concerns about. Please be respectful of the supporters who are so giving of their time and energies. I have met the PayPal Admin myself. She is a wonderful woman who only has Chum and Champ’s best interests at heart. The money raised so far resides in the PayPal account and will be used for the intended purposes. Vet bills, food and such are being paid for by the foster family directly.
And finally, let’s all remember that the dogs are innocent of the crimesthey have been charged – they were uprooted from their loving family and incarcerated (without proof they committed any crimes) and Edith has died. This has been a complete travesty of justice, no matter how you look at it, and we are all fighting to prove their innocence and to save their lives. That is our focus.
Given that they are innocent – there is no reason why they were removed from Jacques, and therefore he still remains their rightful owner. To assume that Chum and Champ should be re-homed anywhere without his permission is beyond inappropriate.
I know I have given all of the Newf On The Net fb page patrons much to think about. I hope I have clearly, calmly and respectfully explained the full background and responded to your concerns to your satisfaction. There are obviously some things that I cannot speak to because of the ongoing investigations and this court case that has been adjourned to January 16th, 2013. If you do have any questions or concerns, please reach me atstkrenz at shaw dot ca and I will do my best to answer your inquiries. (Please do not send spam)
And, now can I respectfully request that your posts on Chum and Champ’s fb page – which is there to support them and their owner Jacques in their court case – be calm, polite and respectful. If you are unable to support, then I respectfully request you refrain from accessing their (Chum and Champs) FB page.”
This is the latest news coverage of this terrible ordeal … which many families must suffer due to uneducated dangerous dog laws in Canada and the world. I was there:-
I lost my brother 13 years ago and a few months ago I lost my father. Both losses were, and are still, felt by my family and I. However, I have been lucky to have had a few ‘visitation dreams’ which put my mind at ease. Whilst I still miss them, I have been reassured that they are fine and always with me.
People everyday are loosing those they love and I want to give them some guidance to understand and to tell the difference between a normal dream and a visitation dream. I am sure many of you have had a real visitation dream about your loved one but could not understand why that particular dream had the ‘substance’ it did. So I will try and explain the difference between a ‘normal’ and a ‘visitation’ dream.
I believe there are at least 8 things that relate to real visitation dreams
Real “visitation dreams” are really very easy to identify because they are very different than “normal dreams.”
1: The most important point of a visitation dream is that it feels “real.” It will also be very vivid. It will not start to fade with the morning light.
2: They are so real and vivid that you won’t have to ask if it is real or not. You will ‘feel’ it in your heart – you will “know” it was real.
3: Because they are so real and so vivid, you will remember visitation dreams very clearly for years, possibly for the rest of your natural life!
4: The person or animal will usually appear in the dream healthy and behaving in a loving manner. They will rarely appear sick or injured. They will never be angry, disappointed, depressed, or punishing. They will be “whole, complete, and perfect” because they are now at peace and have only come back to reassure you or their presence.
5: Whether or not they speak to you in the dream, they will still communicate clearly.
6: When they do communicate (either verbally or non-verbally), it isn’t because they want to engage in idle “chit-chat.” It isn’t easy for deceased loves ones to enter a dream. They come with a purpose, and they will convey the message and then be gone.
7: Most often, their messages fall into the category of “reassurance.” They come to let you know that they are fine and that they want you to be happy. Occasionally, they will come with a warning; however, when giving a warning, they will give you loving support and you will feel reassured by their presence.
8: After a visitation dream, when you wake up, you will often be filled with a sense of peace and love. You may even shed a tear, which is totally normal.
If you have experienced a visitation dream then I hope that I have been able to help you understand and accept the support and love that your deceased loved one has given you.
I have no reason why, but amongst a world of well known psychic mediums, I have never really connected with Sylvia Browne. In actual fact she was the one medium that I never bothered about in the slightest. I have never seen/read any of her interviews or programs. I just wasn’t interested in her at all.
But recently I was given a copy of her new book ‘Psychic – My Life in Two Worlds’ (ISBN 978-0-06-196672-9) released earlier this year. So I thought I would give it a go.
I was expecting the same type of content as the likes of Allison DuBois, John Edward ecetera… but I was pleasantly surprised by Sylvia Browne.
Her life story from birth to the present time is written in a matter of fact way. She hasn’t had a smooth ride in life, but she doesn’t lay any blame. It is the way she instinctively moves on to the next stage.
She goes from being the daughter of an adoring father and mentally ill mother, marriage to an abusive husband. divorcee, bankruptcy and then round the circuit again. All these true life crisis whilst still trying to come to terms with her natural abilities.
It was thought provoking read, especially to a woman who has survived living in similar circumstances. It is also an amusing read such as the time the whole family including some elderly relatives. When before her eyes 2 of the older relatives faces started to disintegrate. This obviously shocked her until her Grandmother approached her gently later in the evening and said ‘it shocked me to the first time I saw that happen’. This gave her the reassurance to carry on trying to understand her gifts.
With Psychic – My Life Between Two Worlds, even the personal family photos are interesting. You find yourself reading about her first husband and then checking out the photos. Just in case you can see a wicked twinkle in his eyes, some indication of his real personality, that she may have missed.
Maybe the best thing about this book is the fact that even Psychic mediums make bad decisions in life, and in Sylvia Brownes case, it seems that she repeatedly made bad decisions. But I am of the opinion that everything does happen for a reason and if she did not have those life experiences she would not be in the position she is now. Even her guide, Francine, when asked her opinion used come back with useful comments such as ‘it will be alright’. Considering on Francine has no sense of time this was never really helpful.
All in all this is a good read. Easy going but a very good insight into one of the best know psychic mediums of our time.
Sylvia Browne I offer you my sincere apologies for my previous ignorance. I think you can safely say that you now have one more fan.
Energy follows thought ~~~ the following prayer is suggested by the author of “Hidden Messages In Water”, a lovely book that demonstrates that our thoughts have a potency, and affect objects, other people, and ourselves… We can use those thoughts in a powerful way. The internet allows for people around the world to begin to communicate and share these teachings. WE ARE THE ONES WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR. For hundreds of years, people have sat and complained, and waited for “THEM” to fix it…the King, the Queen, the President, the Government, but we have a power so immensely strong, if we only care to take responsibility (respond-ability) to USE IT.
So, I wanted to offer this prayer for the Gulf, for the waters of the oceans, for our earth… Please feel free to pass it along.
Sai Maa recently shared at a retreat that in this time of the Great Shift , it will be the Divine Feminine that does the healing needed in our world…for the Divine Feminine principle is LOVE…she suggested that at this time we need to bring POWER to that LOVE, so that we may teach and heal the masculine energies who need to learn to bring LOVE to POWER. Won’t that be quite a world when heads of corporations and governments LOVE the planet so much, they will not choose to harm Her with their choices, their actions…..
Anyway, this prayer is lovely, and a great reminder of the power of our thoughts…let us connect in Love and share in this effort to bring immense healing to our waters and not wait a minute longer for “THEM” to fix anything.
“I send the energy of love and gratitude to the waters and all living creatures
in the Gulf of Mexico and its surroundings.
To the whales, dolphins, pelicans, fish, shellfish, planktons,
corals, algae … to ALL living creatures … I am sorry.
Please forgive me.
Please join me in often repeating this Healing Prayer by Dr. Emoto’s.
Feel free to send it around the planet. Lets take charge … and do our own clean up.
Dr. Masaru Emoto is the scientist from Japan who has done all the research and publications about the characteristics of water. Among other things, his research revealed that water physically responds to emotions. Many people have the predominantly angry emotion when we consider what is happening in the Gulf. And while justified in that emotion, we may be of greater assistance to our planet and its life forms if we sincerely, powerfully and humbly pray the prayer that Dr. Emoto, himself, has proposed.
I am passing this request to people I believe may be willing to participate in this prayer, to set an intention of love and healing that is so large, so overwhelming that we can perform a miracle in the Gulf of Mexico.
We are not powerless. We are powerful. Our united energy, speaking this prayer daily…multiple times daily… can literally shift the balance of destruction that is happening. We don’t have to know how…we just have to recognize that the power of love is greater than any other power active in the Universe today
A very dear friend of mine sent me an email with this message, I thought it was so good I have repeated it here. Let me know what you think!
An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck.
One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.
For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water.
Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do ha lf of what it had been made to do.
After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream. ‘I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.’
The old woman smiled, ‘Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side?’ ‘That’s because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them.’ For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.’
Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it’s the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. You’ve just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them. SO, to all of my cracked pot friends, have a great day and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!