An elderly dog is finally free after he spent 15 years chained up to his house in his owner's backyard.

 Bear, of Suffolk County, New York, had to carry his heavy chain, survive harsh winters outside and received little care from his owner.

But he will no longer be tied to his doghouse after a local animal rescue group freed him, as a heartwarming video has shown. His owner, who has neither been named nor charged with animal cruelty, agreed to let him go.

Guardians of Rescue president Robert Misseri said: 'We knew that we had to do something to make a difference in that dog's life.'

Bear was taken straight to the spa for grooming and has been to dog parks and even an indoor pool. Misseri said: 'One phone call from someone in the community set the wheels in motion that have changed Bear's life.

'That's a true success story and why we exist.'

He added: 'Our mission is to help rescue as many animals as we can, but we can’t do it without the help of the community.'


Jan 24, 2017: About 200,000 litres of oil spilled near Stoughton, Sask., last week. The pipeline breach occurred on First Nations land about 140 kilometres southeast of Regina. The spill covered an approximately 20-metre radius.

The provincial government was notified of the spill on Friday evening "as soon as the leak was detected," a government email said. Media were notified Monday afternoon.

The pipeline was shut down when the breach was discovered, and the spill is fully contained. The source of the leak is not yet known.

The oil did not enter any water sources but covered agricultural land, the email said. The site was described as a low-lying area with a frozen slough.

The spill has not affected air quality or wildlife as of yet, the government said.

Cleanup, led by Calgary-based Tundra Energy Marketing Inc., began on Saturday. As of Monday, 170,000 litres of oil had been recovered, the email said.

Doug MacKnight, assistant deputy minister with the Economy Ministry's petroleum and natural gas division, said there are multiple pipelines in the area of the leak. Until the site is excavated Wednesday, it will not be known which one is responsible. However, the Tundra-operated pipeline is thought to be the source.

Chief Connie Big Eagle of the Ocean Man First Nation visited the site last weekend. Representatives from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada have taken the federal lead in the response.

"The first phase of getting the oil out of there should happen fairly quickly, but how long it'll take to bring it back, that's some reclamation work that's going to have to get done," MacKnight said.

Typically the company operating the pipeline is required to remediate and reclaim the land back to its original state, MacKnight said. Any compensation would have to be discussed between the federal government, the company operating the pipeline and the band.

The spill comes seven months after a 225,000-litre Husky oil spill, in which some entered the North Saskatchewan River.

It is unclear if there has been an inspection done on the pipeline in recent months, MacKnight said. If there had been any inspection, responsibility would be company's, he added.


When nine-year-old Joshua Wedzin of Behchoko, N.W.T., isn't watching TV, playing with his brother or at school, he is at work in his artist father's studio, painting the stars.

 His father, James Wedzin, is a well known Tlicho artist who taught himself and then trained at art school in Victoria. He draws inspiration from the landscape around Behchoko.

James said his son began watching him create artwork a few years ago. James said he would get up at 4 a.m. and head over to his studio to work on a carving or painting, and an hour later his son would get himself out of bed just to watch him work.

Joshua recalls being mesmerized by his father's artwork. "His painting was beautiful was [what I thought] when I first seen them," he said. James, 43, had been teaching others before deciding to take a break. That gave him the opportunity to teach his son.

"So this one day I asked him 'would you like to paint?' First he says 'I just want to watch first.' And then I painted and talked with him... I didn't bug him to paint at the time... and then finally one day he came in and says 'I want to paint northern lights.'"

James taught his son how to mix and match colours, how to handle a paint brush and more importantly, why he makes art.

"I tell my son often being an artist is really important... artists have a story to tell without speaking. It comes from the mind and what you love doing. If you love the landscape, or the animals, then you put them on the canvas with paint. And then you tell your story through your art."

His encouragement seems to have paid off for Joshua. "Growing up watching my dad I felt kind of happy that I was painting. It was fun and exciting to paint," said Joshua.

James said he is extremely proud and not surprised by how talented his son is. Now, watching his son has influenced his own work, he said. They are teaching each other.

Sacred Stone camp founder LaDonna Allard does not plan to close down her camp. She was not present at the council meeting.

 LaDonna Tamakawestewin Allard, founder of the original encampment, the Sacred Stone camp, was in Park City, Utah for the release of the documentary series RISE at the Sundance Film Festival, which features the struggle at Standing Rock.

In a brief telephone interview, she said the encampment on her private land would stay intact.

Sacred Stone Camp founder LaDonna Brave Bull Allard said Sacred Stone has formed a 501c3 and has plans to build a permanent “green energy” camp.

She said their are plans to put a tower in place for cell and Internet service. There are buildings for a dormitory, dining and to store equipment.

The camp has a tractor and plow for moving snow. It has also purchased 40 yurts, 40 teepees and three greenhouses for organic farming. She said these are all services to be shared with the community.

LaDonna Brave Bull Allard's land is home to water protectors at Standing Rock

The Sacred Stone camp is one of three sites where water protectors are camping to stand up against the North Dakota Access Pipeline. From a bluff on the south side, a house stands silent watching over the people.

The house belongs to LaDonna Brave Bull Allard.

"I grew up here, this is my home. I lived on the Cannonball River all of my life," she said.

When the planning for the pipeline was underway, Allard said she walked the area with the army corps of engineers to show them where the burial, ceremonial and traditional sites were.

As meetings continued, it was suggested to Allard that they start a camp. Five days later the Sacred Stone camp began with three people and grew from there.

The Mongolian wolf is also known as the Tibetan wolf or as the subspecies of the Gray Wolf - Canis Lupus Chanco. It is a smaller wolf than it's cousin the Gray wolf and usually only weighs about 45 kg.

It also goes by the nickname of the Woolly Wolf because of it's dense undercoat. It is native to Central Asia and ranges from Turkestan, throughout Tibet to Mongolia, northern China, the western Himalayas in Kashmir and even as far as the Korean peninsula. Currently there are about 70,000 Mongolian wolves in the area. Normally these wolves do not form large packs but tend to travel in numbers of 2 or 3.

They feed mostly on hares throughout the year, marmots in summer, and due to the lack of mobility through the deep snow in the winter, they will also hunt goats and sheep if available.

As for it's appearance it resembles the Eurasian Wolf but has shorter legs. It's muzzle is however almost identical to the Eurasian wolf. It also has very striking gold eyes that seem to look right through you and are quite mesmerizing.

The Mongolian or Tibetan wolf is thought by some scientists to be the most likely ancestor of the domestic dog. This is because of its small size and mandible morphology, noting that the uppermost part of the lower jaw is turned back on both the Mongolian wolf and the dog, but is not found in other Gray wolf subspecies.

The Mongolian wolf has and still does play an important role in Mongolian culture. It is believed that Ghengis Khan and the Mongols were descendants of their spiritual ancestor the Mongolian wolf. As was written in the book,The Secret History, about Ghengis Khan, the wolves were respected for their power, stealth, and tenacity.

Because the Mongolians were herders and hunters, they had great respect for the wolf as a powerful and skilled hunter. Even today in Mongolia, the wolves are still very respected. There is a belief that no one can see a wolf unless he or she is that wolf’s equal, and you cannot kill a wolf unless it chooses to submit to you.

Although many do respect the wolves, there are those who do not share this belief. Wolves have been hunted in the past because some viewed them as a threat to livestock. In the recent past, up to 5,000 wolves a year were hunted and killed. A popular method of hunting was with the use of the golden eagle to attack the wolf. Today the Mongolians no longer hunt the wolf as in the past although as in other parts of the world it is still subject to the gruesome sport of trophy hunting.

As you gaze into the eyes of this beautiful little wolf, you too will begin to see why the Mongols were in awe of it and were honored to call themselves the descendants of the spirit of this wolf. The Mongolian wolf is a perfect example of the majestic beauty, loyalty and strong spirit that all the Gray wolves of the world exhibit.

Photos Alexandre Petry

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