“On you huskies!”  It’s our most iconic Canadian image: a lone Mountie mushing his sled dogs across the savage Northern wilderness.   And not only loving it — but living it with joy.

Our Canadian Mounties were first known for their horses. They marched West in 1874 on proud Eastern stock, each Division on matched colours. Once they reached their destination, they had to purchase local remounts, many of them unbroken broncos. After 1946, they began to breed their own stock, the horses used today for ceremony and the Musical Ride.

But just as essential to the success of the Mounties, have been their dogs…

When the North-West Mounted Police were first assigned to the Yukon and other northern areas, they quickly learned that they would not be patrolling by horseback.

The North Country had few roads. Travel was by river and lake. In the summer, that meant boats and canoes. In the winter, when the rivers were frozen, that meant snowshoes and dog teams.

From the beginning, they adopted the native huskies and malamutes. Without the thick-coated huskies, which would curl up in the deep snow to sleep, the Mounties would never have accomplished their long winter patrols.

The Klondike Gold Rush began in August, 1896, when prospectors Skookum Jim, George Carmack and Tagish Charlie discovered a rich gold-bearing seam on Bonanza Creek in the Yukon Territory. Soon, Dawson City became a roaring boom town at the junction of the Klondike and Yukon Rivers. Thousands of prospectors, land speculators, saloon keepers, gamblers, dance hall girls, bankers and other fortune seekers arrived. The Mounties arrived with them to keep the Queen’s Law.

Their dog teams became an essential tool in keeping that law.

The first dogs that they purchased from local natives were a wild breed, truly “wolf dogs” — the natives deliberately bred their huskies with wolves.

As Constable John B Watson wrote: “Though that young team earned my respect, they kept me on my toes with their temperaments and there were a few times when they scared the hell out of me. I kept them well separated at all times and was particularly careful at feeding times to do it quickly and evenly, for then the wolf shows and etiquette disappears into thin air.

“Their daily ration disappears so rapidly one wonders how they manage to digest it. Their winter ration was half a fish. I’d break a frozen salmon in two and each piece would average two pounds. In summer when they weren’t working, I gave them boiled rice with rendered fat, and an occasional piece of dried salmon.

“Each animal wolfed its food first, and then would try to reach the next one’s ration, but their chains kept them apart. Handling each one gave me a chance to read their moods and I tried not to play favourites. I seldom had to use the whip.”

By 1898, the Force had over a hundred dogs, distributed at Dawson City, Whitehorse, Tagish, Tantalus and other small posts along the trails.

The Mounties added Siberian huskies and Labrador dogs to their teams, these breeds proving to be more easily trained and safer to be around.

By the turn of the 20th Century, patrols were extended well into the Arctic, the Land of the Midnight Sun.

The Northern Patrols of the early years of the century were hard, often heroic journeys of hundreds of miles per trip.

Constable Charles R Thornback wrote: “One of my dogs became sick and dragged along in its harness, hampering the others of its team, and it appeared too ill to continue. It had earlier shown signs of faltering, and there was nothing we could do for it. A bullet in the head was a merciful and immediate end to its suffering. Sorrowfully, I dug a deep hole in the snow, cut a few branches of spruce for its bed and cover, and buried it.

“We were all attached to our dogs. We had worked with them for weeks, calling each by name. They displayed affection and faithfulness; they were obedient and hard working. The loss of a dog was not a small one.”

In 1905, Constable Albert Pedley made the news with his 21-day dogsled trip though the storm-ravaged Canadian winterscape — bringing an insane prisoner safely to Fort Saskatchewan.  The adventure became the basis of many written stories and even a Hollywood movie: The Wild North.

In January of 1911, Inspector Francis J Fitzgerald left Fort McPherson on a patrol that was to end at Dawson City. With the Inspector were Constables Kinney and Taylor and a Sam Carter. They would go in history as the Lost Patrol.

About halfway to Dawson, they seemed to lose the trail and became lost. They attempted to return to McPhereson. Their huskies would not eat the meat of the other dogs that had died. The Mounties fed them with what scraps of dried salmon remained.

Inspector Fitzgerald wrote in his diary: “Just after noon I broke through the ice and had to make a fire, found one foot slightly frozen. Killed another dog tonight; have only five dogs now, can only go a few miles a day…”

A second patrol later found the frozen bodies of Fitzgerald, Kinney, Taylor and Carter.  The surviving huskies had fled the scene, leaving the bodies of the four men untouched.  “The Lost Patrol” entered our cultural mythology.

By the 1920’s, the North was becoming mechanized. The Bush Plane appeared. Later came vehicles that could handle the terrain, especially the snowmobile.

The need for dog teams was gone.

The Force, now renamed the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, still retained a few Northern dogs. But they were kept for sport and public events.  Modern huskies, interbred with southern domesticated and racing dog breeds, are much smaller than the part-wolf dogs of yesteryear.

“On you huskies!” had become a cry of the past.

But the need for all dogs had not ended. In fact, the new Dog Service would soon be a growing department in the Force.  As I wrote in my posting “ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE DOGS: The German Shepherd”, the brave, intelligent, loyal German Shepherd had appeared. In the role of tracker of criminals, lost persons, even explosives and narcotics, the Shepherd would become an essential new member.

==>> And, of course, those days of heroic men and dogs of the Canadian Mounties became celebrated here and around the world — an essential part of Canadian Culture: THE GREAT PULP FICTION MOUNTIES: From Corporal Cameron to Sergeant Preston


Brian Alan Burhoe


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“Police Dogs’ Lives Matter Too.”  You’ve probably heard this motto.  It’s a heartfelt sentiment, and one that means a lot to those of us who know that animal family members are just as important as humans.  Animal rights, eh?  There’s a number of laws being proposed to protect dogs used in police work — and to see that criminals who injure and kill Police Service Dogs are tried and sentenced for the offence.  Yes — Service Dog’s Lives Matter Too.

As I wrote in my article “NORTH-WEST MOUNTED POLICE DOGS: Huskies and Other Sled Dogs” — when the days of the legendary dogsled Northern Patrols by our Canadian Mounted Police ended in the early 20th Century, the need for the famous huskies was also gone.

But the Mounties were using dogs for new purposes.

Even in the 19th Century, dogs were used for some search and rescue by the North-West Mounted Police. Bloodhounds and other tracking dogs would be borrowed from local farmers and other folk to help find criminals or lost people.

In the early 1930’s, the Mounties, now renamed the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, created their Special Dog Section.

Author Delbert Young described how it came about: “Sergeant Cawsey owned a particularly clever German Shepherd he called Dale. He had trained Dale to retrieve objects, and also to scent out and locate articles he had hidden. The Sergeant was so proud of his big Shepherd that he used to show the dog, taking him everywhere he went so that soon the sight of Sgt. Cawsey in his patrol car with the handsome dog beside him was a familiar sight. A step further and he was employing the dog to assist him in police work. So successful were the first experiments that the Dog Section was formed with Dale as its first member.

“The case of the Sleepy Car Thief was one of several cases solved by the sensitive nose of Dale. A vehicle had been stolen, driven and then abandoned by the side of the road. Cawsey let Dale sniff the car over, then put him on the trail of the thief who, at the time, was five miles away in his bed. Not for long did the man sleep soundly. Dale tracked him to his very door. Sgt Cawsey rapped sharply. Shortly thereafter, a sleepy-eyed crook found himself in custody.” [1]

The RCMP Dog Section was officially formed in 1935, with Dale and two other dogs, Black Lux and Sultan. In 1937, Commissioner MacBrien, noting the value of police dogs in his official reports, ordered an RCMP training school for dogs and handlers to be established at Calgary.

In 1940, the RCMP won its first case involving dog search evidence.




Today’s RCMP Police Dog Service Training Centre is at Innisfail, Alberta.  The training staff comprises of one officer in charge, one staff sergeant program manager, one staff sergeant senior trainer, five sergeant trainers, one acquisition sergeant, two corporal pre-trainers and a support staff of six public service employees.

“Our philosophy always has been one dog, one handler.  So from the moment the team is paired, they stay together until the dog or the handler retires,” explained Sergeant Eric Stebenne, acting senior trainer at Innisfail, in an interview. [2]

“Regular members of the RCMP who are interested in becoming dog-handlers, on top of their regular duties, go out with the local dog handlers — and start raising dogs for us on their own time.  They do it for love and affection.”

Sgt. Stebenne concluded: “Having to retire my previous police dogs was hard.  That would be the most difficult part of this job.  There’s always that one dog that you miss.  Also seeing dogs injured or killed in the line of duty is very difficult.”

The German Shepherds of the Special Dog Section have become renowned for their successes.

Dogs such as…

JOCKO: On the morning of August 31, 1989, a devastating gas explosion rocked a building in Ottawa, creating considerable structural damage. Much of the building still standing was unusable and in danger of collapsing. Although most of the tenants who were in the building at the time of explosion had been safely evacuated, there were still some people trapped inside.

Members of the hastily assembled rescue party searched desperately for trapped survivors, all the time fearing a second explosion.

Constable Joseph Guy Denis Amyot, a Dog Handler at A Division, Ottawa Airport Detachment, was off duty when he heard the news reports of the explosion.  Volunteering his services and those of police service dog Jocko, he entered the building accompanied by Captain Gerard Patry of the Ottawa Fire Department to search the debris for victims trapped beneath the rubble.

Despite the dangers, they searched the most heavily damaged portion of the building for a missing boy.  Jocko sniffed though the dusty rubble, finding the buried boy, who was still alive.

In recognition of his courage and professionalism, Constable J.G.D. Amyot was awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation for Bravery. Captain G. Patry of the Ottawa Fire Department was awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation to a Civilian for his courage and assistance to Constable Amyot.

BANDIT: Danger is part of life for a police officer, but when Corporal Rick Mosher was called to apprehend an armed suspect, who had fled from a home in George’s River, Cape Breton, he had no idea just what risk he was facing. Nor did he know that he would lose his best friend and partner on that fateful day.

Following the call on the evening of June 25, 2000, Cpl. Mosher and his canine partner, Bandit, caught up with the suspect. Knowing the suspect was armed and possibly dangerous, Mosher gave Bandit the cue to move in to distract and subdue him, which would then allow Mosher to disarm and capture him. As Bandit willingly did his work, he suffered a serious knife wound from a second and unknown weapon the suspect had concealed in his sleeve.

Badly injured, Bandit momentarily retreated, but he leapt into action again when he saw Mosher was about to be attacked.

Unfortunately, he was stabbed a second time. Bandit carried out his subsequent attempt even though the initial knife wound had cut through his shoulder and severed his spinal cord. Bandit’s brave action clearly prevented Mosher from being injured and also provided Mosher with the valuable time needed to draw his weapon and apprehend the suspect. Sadly, the additional knife wounds proved fatal for Bandit.

At the cost of his own life, Bandit’s loyalty and courage saved Cpl. Mosher’s life.

Rick Mosher lost a friend, a partner and a piece of himself on that day. But he and his family are eternally grateful to Bandit.

TRACER: Corporal Joe Arduini of the North Vancouver Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment still gets emotional when he talks about the natural heroism of Tracer, a German Shepherd from the Police Dog Services Unit, in saving his life and the lives of three fellow officers.

On the night of September 26, 2000, Joe Arduini was sent to a “Man with a gun” call along with two other members of the RCMP detachment.  His detachment had received a report of “a man being chased by another man armed with a semi-automatic handgun.”

Constable Christina Hughes and her service dog Tracer were also called in.

When the officers arrived at the scene, they saw, about a block away, a man walking deliberately toward them, carrying what appeared to be a handgun.  Since Cst. Hughes wasn’t in her work uniform and not driving a marked police car, she and Tracer were sent closer to the man’s location.  Hughes informed the other officers that the man was still walking towards them and that he was carrying a semi-automatic pistol.

The three officers immediately moved closer to the male suspect and surrounded him with their service sidearms drawn and instructed him to drop the weapon.  When the gun man refused to drop his lethal weapon, Cst. Hughes sent Tracer in to subdue the suspect.  Following her training, Tracer clamped her jaws on the gun man’s left arm. Ignoring the pain and pressure of the bite, the disturbed male lifted Tracer off her feet into the air.

He then slammed Tracer to the ground and placed the barrel of his gun to Tracer’s head and pulled the trigger.

The gun made a metallic snap.  A misfire.  And Christina Hughes called Tracer back.  The suspect ejected the bad shell and pointed the gun at Cpl. Arduini and the other officers. The suspect was fatally shot by the three officers in self defense.

Tracer’s heroic actions “made it possible for all officers involved to evaluate the mindset of the suspect and enabled them to protect themselves and the community, including a man being pursued by the suspect.”

Cst Christina Hughes Tracer on cover of PETS Magazine

Cst Christina Hughes and Tracer on cover of PETS Magazine [3]

In 2003, Tracer, with her handler Christina, was inducted into the Animal Hall of Fame.

Tracer went on to serve a successful career and earn a happy retirement.

As of this writing, there are 168 police dog teams across Canada.  Most Mounted Police dogs picked for training are males, but Tracer showed that females can make the grade — and more.

The RCMP needs up to 35 replacement dogs every year. Fortunately, most dogs — just like Tracer — live to a richly deserved retirement age (around 8 years of age), and find a family to care for them and to love — and protect — in return.


==>> The story of our RCMP is, of course, our National Epic.  The very heart of Canadian Culture.  Be sure to see THE GREAT PULP FICTION MOUNTIES: From Corporal Cameron to Sergeant Preston 


Brian Alan Burhoe


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[1]  From THE MOUNTIES, Delbert A Young, published in 1968 by Hodder & Stoughton, Toronto and London

[2 a]  “Must Love Dogs: Wannabe Police Canine Handlers Must Jump Through Hoops”
[2 b]  And “On The Job With An RCMP Dog Handler”

[3]  January/February, 2004, issue of PETS Magazine — Exploring the Human-Animal Bond.  Cover photo 0f Tracer and Christina by B Stanley, Canadian Press.


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How To Get Free Numerology Reading For This Year


How To Get a Free Numerology Reading for 2017




“What’s in my future for 2017?”

It’s the New Year and we’re asking this question again.

Always had that interest in divination — especially the predictive arts mentioned in the Old Testament.

What’s in our future?

It’s fun to look at the daily horoscope, eh?  We do it.  You do it.  And sometimes — well, it gives us hope.  Not very accurate, but it’s fun — put it that way.

A more revealing way of forecasting the future is Dream Interpretation.  I’ve always had a fascination with the meaning of dreams, especially after a long talk with science fiction and fantasy author/editor Lin Carter at Detroit TriCon ’72.  Lin believed that dreams were the source of the primal motifs of mythology, folk tales and the best fantasy fiction.  I liked Lin (he loved my first published story “Ornithanthropus”, which had a lot of buzz then) and he had a lifetime of fantastical research to reveal.

Carl Jung, too, has been an essential lifelong guide to that discipline.  Dreams tell us a lot about ourselves, our journey and our essential Human connections.  Sometimes they reveal our future, but not that often.  Essentially, dreams are about our journey past, present and sometimes future.  They’re mostly about Now and who we are.

My favourite way of looking at our personal future is Numerology.  A dusty old science that’s gone high-tech.  And gained an avid following.  Don’t know why, but it often seems to get it right.  So…




In the Holy Bible, Numerology is one of only three surviving sciences of Divination sanctified by God. These three were:

(1.) Casting by lot, using a pebble as a method of ascertaining the Divine Will.

(2.) Dream Interpretation, as used by Joseph, Daniel, Jakob and many others…

(3.) Numerology — “Daniel understood by books the number of the years…”

In the Christian Era, Numerologists and Dream Interpreters have grown with the Faith. While the practitioners of other arts (“the magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers”) have until recently been shunned, because it was believed their practice attracted dark forces.

Numerology evolved 4000 years ago in the ancient civilizations of Sumar and Egypt.  Modern Numerology as we know it and it is practiced was mainly formulated and established by one man: Pythagoras of Samos, Greece, born 580 years before Christ. He’s been called “the greatest mystical philosopher off all time.” He formulated principles in religion, philosophy, mathematics, music theory and geometry that still affect us.

Well, you remember the Pythagorean Theorem from high school: the sides of a right angle triangle and the hypotenuse…  He saw Creation as “Being built upon the power of numbers.”

And of all his discoveries and teachings, the one that speaks strongest to us today is “the psychic science of Numerology. It’s an ancient science that is suddenly brand new, the latest and hottest thing.”

To the theories given us by Pythagoras, some of the most talented practitioners today have added their own researches. Some have re-introduced elements of it as practiced by the Royal families of Sumer: the belief that numbers are the Language of God, that Numerology — when seasoned with the powers of Faith and Prayer — is “a doorway to recovered happiness and fulfillment.”  A Numerology Calculator can produce a personal chart that will reveal everything from your birth destiny and compatibility with others to your future.

Your questions, whether about a job, romance or about your spiritual journey, are important to you…


Each of us has a specific BIRTH NUMBER and a NAME NUMBER

Your Birth Number is locked in Time. It can’t be changed. It signifies the astronomical influences — especially Solar influences — on your embryonic development and concluding with the vibratory influences existing at the time of your birth. It indicates your individual character-type and your Fate. Like Lady Gaga sang, “Baby, I was born this way.”  It is the number of PREDESTINATION.

Your Name Number is the number of growth, of change. Your name, of course, was given to you for any of a variety of reasons. It may have changed over the years — did you have a baby name, a nickname, change due to marriage or circumstance? Each form is a vibrational expression of your personality. Your name number is the number of change, of DEVELOPMENT.


ONE:  1 is the timeless number of the Sun.  The Source of Life.  Seeking the spotlight — the Sun.  It’s a single-minded vibration, strong and unstoppable.  “A” is the first letter of the alphabet and numerologists like to point out that “A” words like Action, Accomplishment, Aggression, Agility, Ambition, Aspiration and Attraction describe One People.  They can be single-minded, highly successful and — depending on connections with others — can be great leaders or tyrants.

TWO:  2 is the number of Duality. Light and dark. Right and wrong. Traditionally, 2 is the number of the Moon. Like the Moon, “2” people are constantly changing… “You are a very sensitive person. You can be deeply hurt. To protect yourself, you can sometimes wear an armor of toughness. You must learn to use your sensitivity to help others, and therefore yourself. But don’t be afraid to howl at the Moon.”

THREE:  “3 people” are truly blessed. Three is the Trinity. Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Virgin, Mother and Wise Woman. Past, Present and Future. “Three times lucky.” Traditionally, 3 is the number of Mercury. The elusive Winged Messenger of mythology.[1]  The symbol of lightness, speed and freedom. “The Mercurian in you can be brought out if you wish it. You can learn to literally spread your wings and soar above the ordinary world. Free forever!”

FOUR:  4 is the number of steadfastness. Four-square. Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Earth, wind, fire and water. The four-gated city is an ancient symbol of the balanced soul. “4” people are determined, honest, reliable and forthright. In tradition, 4 is the number of Jupiter. The great composer Gustav Holst called Jupiter the bringer of Jollity and imagined him as “one of those jolly fat people who enjoy life.”

FIVE:  5 is the number of Adventure. An enthusiastic, curious, restless nature. 5 is the number of Mars. Born with physical drive and energy, an aggressive nature that can enable them to win big at the game of life. Like the medieval Knights Templar, they must balance their fierceness with a spiritual cause. “Apply your heart unto wisdom.”

SIX:  6 is the number of CHRIST. Traditionally, the number of Venus. Beauty, charm, love of music, art and the spiritual. The power to promote friendships and end arguments and discord.  They have a sense of justice, balancing truth and justice.  Six People work best when making life better for others.

SEVEN:  7 is the number of Mysticism. Of the seven prismatic colors. The seven days of the week. “7” people may be meant to follow a spiritual path, or a scholarly, creative and artistic one. The number 7 is associated with the planet Neptune, the Mystic.  For some reason, Seven People are drawn to Numerology more than others, and have a great success at following its directions.

EIGHT:  8 is the number of Success! “Show me the money.” They are born with a strong, forceful nature, intended for worldly conquest. 8 is associated with the planet Saturn. This traditionally has not only influences of thrift and material success, but also adds a scholarly, inquisitive nature. Eight-people will, late in life, suddenly retire from the rat race and seek redemption in spiritual pursuits and helping other spiritually-minded people materially.

NINE:  9 is the number of Power! It’s the number of high energy, great courage and wide influence. Politics and leadership. Nine is associated with the planet Uranus, the Magician. Magic (when used by the Light) is defined as using your imagination and will-power to produce changes in consciousness. You must learn to trust your intuition. Explore.  Psychic flashes can guide you…

Fascinating stuff, eh?  Now you know why we always get our free numerology reading with every New Year.

So, what are Your Numbers?

Interested in finding the best Numerology Calculator for 2017?   What your chart reveals?  Want to know about your true self, your future path, your compatibility with others?




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Dog Training Videos: Coming Home to Doggy Destruction


Coming Home to Doggy Destruction – What To Do


Was a time when “dog training” didn’t come up in the average family.  Unless you were teaching a specific working breed how to perform its job — guard dog, hunter or maybe even a wild wolfdog to pull a sled through the wild North Country — most family mutts just caught on.

happy_dog1In times gone by, families were bigger — there was always someone around to show Rover the basics of family behaviour.  Your kids were there; their friends hanging out after school.  Actually, Goldie picked up most things just by participating with family members.

Different today.  Families are smaller.  Most adults are out for the day.  House and apartment dog breeds are more varied, with more needs.

Here, from our fave dog trainer, New Zealander Daniel Abdelnoor (affectionately called Doggy Dan), is a Guest Blog Post on that very subject.  Listen!

Coming Home to Doggy Destruction – What To Do

Bet you’ve heard this before: “We got home and our new puppy had done a complete number on — well, everything!  Holes dug in the garden and the couch, chewed tables, mess and destruction everywhere.”

As Dan says, “Sometimes it’s even worse… you get a notice in your letter box complaining that you have a dog who’s not only destroying the yard but one that’s been barking non-stop every time you leave the house and now you have five days to fix it or face a $300 fine.

“Oh boy! You’ve gotta love your dog.  Strange thing is… very often, as soon as you walk back into the house there is never any barking (in fact you may hardly ever hear your dog bark) and no destruction takes place. It’s like you have a completely different dog when you’re not there…!

“In fact you would be amazed by how many people have no idea that they owned a barking dog because the barking only happened when they were not there. But… the great news is that none of this is a complicated problem to sort out.

“In fact it’s one of the most common and straight forward behavioral issues to sort out. In this post I’m going to quickly explain why it’s occurring and point you to a site where you can easily learn how to stop it, gently and quickly.”


“So why is my dog barking and being so destructive when I leave?” you ask.

It’s like this, Dan explains:  “Imagine that you’re a parent with a two year old child. Your essential job is to care for, look after and protect that child. Now if the child ended up outside the house and you were locked inside unable to get out what would you do? Sit down with a cup of tea and read the paper? I don’t think so… You would be screaming and shouting and doing everything you could to get out of the house…pulling on the doors and the windows.

“Your energy levels would be way up.  You would be stressed. And stress can show itself in many distinct ways… shouting, chewing fingers, excessive drinking or eating, gambling, addictions, the need to keep busy, man.

“Generally when we are stressed we are the opposite of relaxed ! You know where I’m going: your dog is no different. The cause of the problem is simply that your canine thinks that they are the pack leaders in the home and they think that their job is to keep an eye on you and protect you.

“That’s why your dog is stressed when you leave them. They are stuck inside the property unhappy, worried and restless — all their pups have gone! And anything could happen!

“Think about it. You leave for your workplace five days a week, early morning, and leave them at home again and again, imagine what that does to them! They build up of stress…and again, as with humans, that stress can come out in many different ways.

“Some dogs will bark continuously, some will become hyperactive and not settle down, digging holes and being destructive or chewing. The chewing actually releases endorphines which can help calm your dog down, very similar to when humans are stressed and chew chewing gum. The bottom line is that they are stressed, unsettled and they are wandering around all day long, doing stuff… often not stuff that you want because they simply can’t settle.

“They are not bored.  It’s not usually caused primarily by a lack of exercise and your canine does not need more toys or a meaty bone! (In fact this can make the problem much worse!) The real solution is actually so simple, straight forward, logical and not expensive… YOU become the pack leader and then your dog will happily rest at home when you leave.”

So what to do?

The best place to understand how to achieve this is Doggy Dan’s video website: Dan will show you his Five Powerful Principles that he calls the “5 Golden Rules” to ensure that your dog understands that you are the pack leader and are free to come and go as you please.

Your dog can then relax and not worry when you leave the house. Dan’s methods are also very kind and gentle as he understands how to work with the dogs nature and work along side them.

Another big bonus for anyone who is wanting to stop barking when you are not at home is that becoming the Pack Leader will change this too. The site also covers off a number of other contributing factors that you can look into which will ensure that you achieve the results that you are looking for.




Thanks, Dan, for your adept, discerning, decisive doggy directions.


Brian Alan Burhoe

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The Alpha Dog: Be Pack Leader Your Dog Wants


The Alpha Dog: Be Pack Leader Your Dog Wants




We’ve got coyotes.

And we’ve got a big German Shepherd.

The coyotes come and go.  They follow the deer who love our old apple trees.  And the rabbits, squirrels and chipmunks who live around here.  And sniff around the beaver pond at one corner of our property.

We always know when the coyotes are back.  Mocha, our GSD, begs to go out and, panting like an old locomotive building up steam, flies like a cannonball to the rabbit trail at the foot of the snowball tree.  That night, we’ll hear the coyotes a’howling in the forest.

With us, Mocha’s as gentle as a kitten.  When we call her in during one of her coyote harangues, she comes in right away — but with a look clearly saying, “Are you stupid?  There’s COYOTES out there!  My job is to scare them away!”

But we call her in.  And she obeys.  And lays down with a big sigh.  She knows that we’re the pack leaders.  As stupid as our pro-coyote behavior seems to her, she obeys.  And waits for her next command to Stand On Guard…

We’re being the Alpha Dog Pack Leaders our German Shepherd wants.  Right?

Here, from our fave dog trainer, New Zealander Daniel Abdelnoor (affectionately called Doggy Dan), is a Guest Blog Post on that very subject.  Listen!

Be the Pack Leader Your Dog Wants You To Be

In this post I’m going to reveal two very important facts about your dog…

The first is about whether or not you really need to be the Alpha Dog — Leader of the Pack. And the second is whether the pack leader must be aggressive.

For example, is it necessary to thump your chest, shout and smack your dog to become the alpha dog? The answer to these two questions could change your relationship with your canine companion. Almost instantly, and forever.

Question 1. Do I really need to be the pack leader? Lets examine the facts…

Dog are pack animals. There are leaders and followers. Loyalty is an essential part of their makeup.  A big reason early Humankind took wolf cubs into their families so successfully.  Followers and leaders: you can’t change that. It is simply how dogs work… and it works extremely well.

The pack leaders make the crucial life-and-death decisions and the rest follow. Simple. In the wilderness, dogs are pack animals. They’ve descended from those wolves. And what most people don’t realize is even in your home you form a pack. Sometimes there are other members in the pack, maybe children, more than one dog, even a cat… The fact remains that dogs will view all these beings as members of the pack, and the pack leader in their eyes must make all the big decisions.

In many families, there are dogs who are just too happy to please, tales a-wagging. They simply do as you ask without any questioning. They are easy to train and the owners are convinced that it’s all due to how successful they are as dog trainers.

You may even know people who believe this. They have this amazing, easy, placid dog and you can’t work out how because the owner doesn’t seem to do anything special. In fact you might even be angered that, in comparison, your dog causes you so much grief.

What’s happening?  How can it be this way? Well, allow me to let you into a secret. The fact is this… It usually has nothing to do with how good the owners are.  Some canines are simply much easier to train others. That’s it!

Trust me…if you have an easy dog then you can get away with so much – and many people do.  But if you’ve got a difficult, very smart, driven dog then you have to know fully what you are doing and the messages that you are sending your canine.

It’s much more difficult to train these dogs if you do not know what you are doing. The secret to training these types of dogs is… to ensure that YOU are the pack leader in the home. Only then will they listen to you. And the difference between these easy and difficult dogs has nothing to do with breeds. It’s all about character and personality.

You’ll never be able to tell until they’re in your home. Kind of gripes us, right! But it explains why you are struggling. It’s why you are constantly bribing your dog, battling with them. It’s like trying to swim upstream… the struggle never ends, they never give in, and you’re exhausted. It’s all because in your dog’s mind you are not the pack leader…YET !

But hold on. Here’s the good news… I can help. You see if you are struggling…I can promise you that becoming the pack leader is the first thing you need to do. And I have just discovered a fantastic resource which shows you how to become the pack leader in the most amazing gentle way. But let’s discuss the next point before I tell you where this fantastic solution is…

Question 2. Is the pack leader aggressive in their behavior?

You’ve got to realize that the best pack leaders are calm and consistent. They’re firm but fair.  There is no screaming, no shouting, no hurting, and no need for smacking.  Forget the rolled-up newspaper.  All those things that used to be associated with being the pack leader many years ago are now obsolete.  Old school dog training used to teach that you needed to physically dominate your dog. It involved a lot of force and confrontation with your dog which would often turn ugly.

The best dog training is where people are taught how to actually win their dog’s obedience in a calm and gentle way, so that their dogs accept them as the pack leader through choice, not fear.

This new dog training method is set to revolutionize the way we work with and train our dogs in the home. By learning how our dogs see the world we can then adjust our behavior to communicate clearly to them in a way they understand. It’s crucial that we give them the right messages, rather than simply applying human psychology to a dog.

Lets face it, we would never apply cat psychology to a dog.  Cats are a whole different animal.  So why do we always apply human psychology? We are primates, evolved from the apes, but your dog is a canine evolved from the wolves and there are some subtle but crucial differences!

When you understand your canine’s mind and where they are coming from there is no need for fear or aggression in training… if you are struggling then the chances are that your dog does not see you as the pack leader.



– Thanks, Dan, for your clever, cognitive canine counsel.

Brian Alan Burhoe

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Global Climate Change Facts: COP21 Climate Change Conference Paris 2015


Global Climate Change Facts




COP21 Climate Change Conference Paris 2015


Canada Is Back!”

Now we have hope again.

After the years of Canada’s Greenest Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, when we actually shined on the international stage, we’ve just endured our Dark Decade, when our Sacred Land was completely abandoned to local and international forces of materialistic greed and destruction. [1]

And the destruction has been immense.

Our greatest living animal — the magnificent Polar Bear — struggles in a decreasing habitat that is literally melting under it.

Of course, Canada hasn’t been the only nation to under-participate in saving our living Earth.  We may be the only country to have dropped out of the promised Kyoto Accord, but others have under-performed also.

In fact, we’re all suffering from the massive neglect industrialized nations have given the living world for centuries.  For three hundred years, the ungodly idea of Progress has blundered around the planet, pouring out massive clouds of coal smoke and stupid indifference.

But things CAN change…

Newly-elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised that he is “committed to attending the Paris climate conference, and within 90 days, holding a First Ministers meeting to work together on a framework for combating climate change. Central to this would be the creation of national emissions reduction targets.”

After the last few years of record-breaking heat, drought, storms, flooding and forest fires (leading, among other things, to a decrease in food production and rising food prices!) most of the provincial Premiers are asking for new federal environmental laws.

Some folks (including a personal hero of mine, Farley Mowat) have said that it’s all too late.  We’ve messed up.  Eco Collapse.  And some times I feel this way…  [2]

Certainly, if we’re to turn our massive destruction of our environment around, the United Nations Climate Change Summit in Paris in December is OUR LAST CHANCE!  COP21 must succeed!  Promises must be made there.  And those promises must be kept over the next few years.

There will be fanatical attempts to undermine and even scuttle the COP21 in Paris.  But we must prevail!

Why?  Here, from right-wing environmental entrepreneur Jean Cannon, is a Guest Blog Post backgrounding this critical problem:


What’s all this talk about Climate Change?

I guess we all want to know how much of it’s true and how relevant is it to my business?

In this post, I’ll discuss what has happened, is happening and some of the predictions, so you can assess the importance for yourself. It also discusses the causes of this and includes some discussion of available options.

Global warming is a fact. It’s likely to speed up, with near record growth in greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere.

The recent UK Stern Report warned that if we ignore this we are likely to have an economic impact equivalent to the combined First and Second World Wars plus the Great Depression, and that is without considering millions of people displaced around the world — those increasing numbers of refugees.

To put climate change into perspective, during the last ice age global temperatures were only 5 °C lower than today and much of Canada, Europe and northern Russia was covered in massive ice sheets several kilometers thick.

Weather extremes and greater fluctuations in rainfall and temperatures caused by climate change are liable to change productive landscapes and exacerbate food, water and energy scarcities in a relatively short time span! Particularly worrying is sea-level rise because of the density of coastal populations and the potential for the large-scale displacement of people in Asia.

Climate change will cause health security consequences, since some infectious diseases will become more widespread as the planet heats up.

Rising global temperatures will see more fires, droughts and flooding over the next 200 years, according to climate scientists from the UK’s University of Bristol.

It is predicted that climate change will contribute to destabilizing, unregulated population movements in Asia and the Pacific. While most of population movement is likely to be internal, there will be flow on effects requiring cooperative regional solutions.

Increasingly extreme weather patterns will result in greater death and destruction from natural disasters, and add to the burden on poorer countries and even stretch the coping ability of more developed nations.

For a handful of small, low-lying Pacific nations, climate change is the ultimate security threat, since rising sea-levels will eventually make their countries uninhabitable.

Even if we stopped emitting greenhouse gases now, researchers predict Eurasia, eastern China, Canada, Central America and Amazonia are at risk of forest loss. Global warming of less than 2 °C would create a 30% probability of deforestation, while more than 3 °C would double the likelihood of loss. (UK research)

Now — About the Causes

There are three main gases that are responsible for causing the Greenhouse Effect. The data for this has been taken from ice cores giving thousands of years of information.

  • Carbon Dioxide CO2
  • Nitrous oxides – often called NOX
  • Methane

All three are increasing exponentially at present. We are now sitting a long way outside the concentrations that have ever occurred in the past and we don’t know what will happen.

Who is to blame for this?

My little bit can’t make all that difference. Twenty-seven per cent of carbon emissions come from homes which means the rest comes from business in some form or other and a large percentage of business involves small to medium enterprises and farms, just like most of us.

Air traffic is currently blamed for about 3.5% of the human activities that cause climate change and is the fastest growing source of emissions. Its share of total CO2 impact is expected to grow to 5% by the year 2050.

A recent report stated that agriculture is responsible for 40% of greenhouse gasses:

  • 70% of total methane
  • 80% of NOX – this comes from biochemical processes in soils. There are large losses of N from fertilizers – between 15 and 50% of N fertilizer goes missing. If you use N fertilizer, you need to improve the efficiency of use.

There are 1.4 billion cows worldwide, many in huge tracks of deforested land, each producing 500 litres of methane a day and accounting for 14% of all emission of the gas.

There is now five times the historic concentration of fertilizers in the sea off the coast of Queensland, Australia. This causes an increased growth of algae and algae feed Crown of Thorns starfish larvae. The combination of higher temperatures and Crown of Thorns Starfish is seriously threatening the Great Barrier Reef.

Impacts on water

Global warming is expected to intensify the water cycle, with increased risk of floods and droughts. One of the effects of global warming is likely to be changes in the seasonality of river flows in regions where winter precipitation falls as snow. Additionally, rising sea levels will damage the quality of fresh water available from coastal aquifers and wetlands.

Less freshwater is likely to be available in West Africa, Central America, southern Europe, the eastern US and southern Australia. Other regions, particularly tropical Africa and northwest South America, will be at significant risk of excessive runoff as trees are lost, increasing the chances of severe flooding.

We need to preserve our water quality. There are more of us and fresh water is deceasing. Anything discharged into drains ends up in lakes, dams, rivers or the sea. Do any rivers or lakes near your business have algal problems? A wetland can remove up to 90% of sediments, nutrients and bacteria from stormwater.

When we go boating we really enjoy being in the environment but have we thought about the impact we may be having on water quality. Two-stroke engines produced up to 10 times more water pollution than four-stroke. They acidify waterways and release heavy metals from sediments resulting in underwater pollution up to 1000 per cent worse with two-stroke engines.

Food and Our Environment

Food grown on modern mega-agricultural “farms” is responsible for 37% of our greenhouse emissions and transport is 10% concluded a recent environmental study.

The same study suggested that if we reduce our red meat consumption by 150 gm per week it’s equivalent to leaving your car off the road. I had previously heard that transport was 14% but it is certainly a lot less than food and agriculture.

There’s a lot of personal choice here. I seldom eat red meat because I don’t like the taste and I prefer fish and free range poultry.  But that is a personal choice — although both those protein sources are less greenhouse gas emitting.

I’m not advocating vegetarianism because it certainly doesn’t suit my metabolism.  And if we look at our teeth we have evolved to be omnivores or mixed eaters. We don’t have big canines like cats and dogs, but equally we don’t have herbivorous molars like cows and horses. Our nearest relatives certainly eat birds and small mammals when they can as well as leaves, fruit and seeds.

And none of this even begins to address the affects of factory farming on the welfare of the animals. [3]

As food production decreases globally due to climate change, growing and producing food ourselves will become a necessity.  Organic gardening is a growing trend.  It’s all about choices.

Climate Change Effects: What can we do about all of this?

We can think about our buildings and try to reduce energy use there.  84% of property owners, architects and consultants are involved in green development to some degree, but there are still limited choices of green building products, according to the first major survey of attitudes to sustainability.

While governments are seen as having the greatest influence on society’s reaction to climate change, 65% of surveyed people expected the private sector to take the lead in coming years.

Wind power could supply one third of the world’s electricity by 2050 and save 113 billion tones of CO2 emissions, according to a report by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and Greenpeace.

We can think about our waste

When our waste breaks down in land fills, it generates large amounts of methane gas. Some of the newer landfill sites have been carefully designed to prevent leaching into the water table and to capture the methane gas generated.

In Victoria in 2004-5, 5.4 million tonnes of waste was recycled. This is a seven percent increase from the previous year it showed recycling saved over 78 million gigajoules of energy, 52 GL of water and 4 million tonnes of greenhouse gasses. 55% of the total solid waste stream was recovered.

Germany has become the 18th country to join the international “Methane To Markets Partnership”, an initiative to turn the toxic greenhouse gas in the coal mining, landfill, agricultural, and oil and gas sectors into a clean energy source.

India, which still suffers from massive coal emissions and smog, wants industry to use waste-to-energy technologies to both generate electricity and help address waste disposal challenges in various core industries including pulp and paper industry, breweries, textile mills, rice mills and solvent extraction units.

The paper industry is eminently suited for power co-generation as 75-85% of energy is to heat the process and 15-25% as electrical power. “The large quantity of wastewater generated in pulp and paper industry can be used for generating bio-gas which can be used to produce thermal energy electricity.”

And we can consider using other fuels as well as how far we transport things and whether the transport is efficient.

The biggest initiatives here are alternative fuels such as harnessing solar and wind energy and also using fuels made from plants and other biological sources instead of fossil fuels. This is logical because fossil; fuels are just fossilised forests from the past.

Victoria’s wind farms are saving more than 250,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year, according to an independent study. A typical 2 MW wind turbine reduces greenhouse emissions by about 6,000 tonnes per year, with 1,000 MW of installed wind able to displace around 600 GWh of brown coal generation per annum.

A meat works in Victoria, is investigating the use of animal fat from its abattoir operations for making biodiesel. The potential 10 ML of biodiesel a year would fuel the company’s own transport fleet, with the excess sold on the open market. In Australian biodiesel is being made from canola but sugar would be another good source.

In New Zealand biofuel is being made from algae grown in sewage ponds. This is important because a major obstacle to biodiesel is the fact that the same land used to grow biodiesel crops is also needed to grow food.

Trading carbon is a sensible strategy so that people who do use large amounts of carbon based energy can pay other people who are growing trees.

One of my clients has a forestry project to enable their business to be carbon neutral. At Enviro Action we donate a portion of all our income to Trees for Life to support them growing seedling native trees for farmers and other land owners to plan each year.

Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger explained that his state, the world’s 12th largest carbon emitter, could become a global leader in greenhouse emissions reduction following agreement on a Cap and Trade System.


Myself, I feel deep concern about the future my grandchildren and their friends face. I think we all need to take the many small steps that may seem to “not make much difference” to try to reduce the overall load on the system.


Grow Green Organic Food
On a personal level, we’ve tried our best to be Green.  Organic gardening is a hot new alternative.  Growing Your Own Organic Food has been a successful family project for many people over the past few years.  And you can always sell the excess fresh food — which is in high demand — for profit!


I use low energy fluorescent bulbs in table lamps instead of the ceiling full of halogen lights in both my home and my office. I chose to live in a well insulated north facing place so that I get winter sun coming under my verandah but no summer sun and I seldom use the air conditioner.

I used heating for only four hours last winter and that was when the ground outside was white with frost. In summer, 40 degrees Celsius (140 degrees Fahrenheit) outside translated to 29 ºC (84 °F) inside and I decided I was comfortable as it was under 30 ºC. I drive a duel fuelled car and walk or ride my bike when this is possible.

These are little steps to reduce our foot print and if we all do this in both our businesses and our homes we do have a cumulative effect. We can choose “green power” in most places. In our business we can think carefully about all the impacts we have just discussed and work out how to save green house gas use and remember this also saves us money.

Obviously we also need to take big steps as well and new technologies must also be developed as existing technologies are not adequate to “solve” the problem, but we can reduce the load and the rate of global warming by all taking our small steps and we need to start now.

Helping the environment can be a real win-win.

“It IS easy being Green!”

ABOUT OUR GUEST BLOGGER:  Jean Cannon is a grandmother and deeply committed to helping to improve the legacy we are leaving our children. Jean’s philosophy is that by going green you can make more money. She is both an environmental scientist and a pragmatic business person — an enviro-entrepreneur.

Jean is the author of three books — REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT — IT IS EASY BEING GREEN — GREEN YOUR BUSINESS: THE DO-IT-YOURSELF MANUAL — and is a contributing author to another.  To learn more about Jean Cannon and her important books, go to Jean Cannon, Author.

Thanks, Jean.  – Brian Alan Burhoe


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[1]Canada’s Greenest Prime Minister Brian Mulroney…”  In 1987, Conservative Prime Minister Mulroney spearheaded the The Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer   — signing countries committed to reducing, and eventually completely stopping, production of chemicals such as CFCs that contribute to breaking down the ozone layer.  Remember CFCs — Chlorofluorocarbons?  Our refrigerators, air conditioners and spray cans used to be full of them.

And Remember Acid Rain?  Brian Mulroney began negotiations with President Ronald Reagan in 1986 on the deadly phenomenon.  The Canada-US Acid Rain Treaty was signed by Prime Minister Mulroney and President George H W Bush in 1991.  Our Great Lakes are showing sure signs of recovery.

The legacy of Brian Mulroney, Ronald Reagan and George H W Bush to the environment is a proud one.  And a surprise to many.

teddy-roosevelt-climate-changeHistorically, the whole concept of Conservation came from the Right, not the Left.  The very word “Ecology” was coined by German traditional conservative landowners who were fighting the massive destruction of their beloved woodlands (valiantly protecting what Wilhelms Riehl called the “mythic darkness of the primordial forest”) and their rich ancestral soil by the new international liberal forces of Progress and coal-fed industrialism.

And President Teddy Roosevelt was warning Americans about “Climate Change” and “Deforestation” way back in 1908, in his prophetic  “Eighth Annual Message to the Senate and House of Representatives” –  See Teddy Roosevelt Called it Climate Change in 1908!

[2] “We have no God-given right to survive forever. We have screwed up so badly in so many ways so obviously that only an utterly stupid species would consider that we have much of a future, as things stand,” Farley Mowat once said.  “In the end, my crusades have accomplished nothing. I haven’t saved the wolf, the whales, the seals, primitive man or the Outport people. All I’ve done is to document the suicidal tendencies of modern man. I’m sure I haven’t altered the course of human events one iota.”

NOTE: I understand Farley’s discouragement when he spoke those words.  But I disagree with him.  Like Grey Owl before him, whose writings and costumed performances had a lot to do with saving the Canadian beaver from extinction, Farley has made a colossal difference.  His NEVER CRY WOLF, for instance, created a passion for saving the wolf that has kept on growing. He planted seeds.  They are still growing.  See my Happy Birthday, Farley Mowat! Tribute to a Hero

[3]  In a recent presentation — “The Effect of Mega-agriculture on the Health of Animals” — Dr Greg Harrison said, “There is broad evidence of the adverse effects of today’s mega-agriculture on all animals. Mega-agriculture includes the use of GMO or genetic modified organisms, glyphosate-ready crops, pesticides and artificial fertilizers. The effects range from behavior and reproductive disorders to immune suppression and cancers. All these issues point to the value of encouraging organic farming and being proactive in preventing these calamities in the first place.”


Global Climate Change Facts: COP21 Climate Change Conference Paris 2015

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Justin and Sophie Trudeau – Canada’s Fairy Tale Romance


Canada’s Fairy Tale Romance




Justin and Sophie Trudeau – A Cultural Conservative Looks At The New Hope They Bring To Canada


“Change happens because people come together.” – Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau

“Sophie is a phenomenal mother, a fearless partner, and a committed advocate for issues facing women and girls.  Sophie inspires me to be better, and to work harder, each and every day. I would not be here in front of you tonight without her leadership and her example.” – Justin Trudeau


We’ve seen them and been touched by them.  The “fairy tale romances.”

They’re fun to watch, even inspirational.  Couples dancing in the bright cameralight.  They last forever — some of them.  Some stagger and hurt under the public pressure.   We hurt with them, don’t we?

Yet we still celebrate the latest Romantic Couples.  Like Prince William and Kate.

And now in the Dominion of Canada we’re celebrating Justin and Sophie.  Justin and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau.  With his election as Canada’s newest Prime Minister, Justin and his beloved wife step onto the world stage.

Some are calling it a return of Trudeaumania.

For us early Boomers from the True North, this brings back bright, colourful memories and feelings.

We remember Pierre Elliot Trudeau.

But he arrived in different times.  Better times for Canada, eh?  The Late Sixties.

Expo67.  We were a country wildly celebrating our 1967 Centennial and our youthful exuberance.  We were a nation with our own thriving Culture.  Singer-songwriters like Gordon Lightfoot, Ian & Sylvia, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Buffy Sainte-Marie, David Clayton-Thomas all sang our stories.  The Stampeders and the Guess Who rocked us.  Poets and writers like Leonard Cohen, Margaret Laurence, Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, Pierre Berton, Farley Mowat inspired us.  A young Margaret Atwood was surfacing.

The CBC gave us all-Canadian radio and television programming, including the good ol’ hockey game on Saturday nights.  And laughter: Wayne & Shuster, Paul Kligman, Max Ferguson, Rich Little, Billy Van, David Steinberg, Gordie Tapp, Don Harron (aka Charlie Farquharson). [1]

Canadian publishers gave us new nationalistic publications and reprinted older ones, like (a personal fave) FORTY YEARS IN CANADA: Reminiscences of the Great North-West by Sam Steele of the Royal North-West Mounted Police — back then our Mounties were still central to our cultural identity. [2]

Outside forces stormed over our unprotected borders and entered our Northern psyche: the Cold War, Hollywood, the British Invasion (Beatles, Stones, Who), the Sexual Revolution, Women’s Lib, Vietnam, the Space Race, racial tensions, Rachel Carson…


Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau and Margaret

Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau and wife Margaret

Into this stepped Pierre Elliott Trudeau.  Even though I’m conservative by nature, I voted for him in my first election.  So, in a later election, did my own Mary Lee, then a province away.

To us Boomers, the older Pierre seemed one of us.  He spoke of a Just Society, loved the heroic, stand-your-ground philosophy of Edmond Rostand and was something of a prankster.

A man for our New Times.

We elected him.  Celebrated his changes to our great Dominion.  Saw him marry Margaret Sinclair.  Watched his family of three sons grow.  Were troubled when his marriage with Margaret fell apart.

As Justin has since explained, “They loved each other incredibly, passionately, completely. But there was thirty years between them and my Mom never was an equal partner in what encompassed my father’s life, his duty, his country.”


And then the Sixties ended and the Seventies brought our October Crisis.

FLQ (a radical group with communist and PLO connections) terrorist attacks shocked Quebec.  Funded by brutal bank robberies and armed with stolen weapons and tons of dynamite, the FLQ began a reign of terror.

They bombed the Montreal Stock Exchange, injuring 27 men and women.  Casually dropped their bombs in Montreal mail boxes and in front of buildings, which exploded with withering regularity.  Killing Wilfred Vincent O’Neil, 65, a night watchman at an Army recruiting centre.  Killing Thérèse Morin, 64, a secretary at a shoe workshop.  Killing Jeanne d’Arc St.-Germaine, 42, a cleaning lady and single mother with two daughters.  Among others.  And badly wounding Sergeant-Major Walter “Rocky” Leja, a Canadian soldier trying to dismantle another bomb when it blew up in his hands.  A total of 95 bombs exploded in the city, including a CNR train station, City Hall, RCMP and Canadian Forces buildings.

Then came our Crise d’Octobre.  When the FLQ terrorists struck by kidnapping British diplomat James Cross and Quebec Minister of Labour Pierre Laporte (they released Cross and murdered Laporte with his crucifix chain), the conservative in me cheered when Prime Minister Trudeau invoked the War Measures Act, calling out an unprepared military to protect Montreal from our first home-grown terrorists, who the police tracked down. [3]

Pierre steered Canada through good times and bad times.

And over the years we watched Justin grow up, travelling the wild Northcountry on foot or by canoe, working as a white-water rafting guide, a snowboarding instructor, sparring in the boxing ring — and becoming a teacher.


Justin Trudeau in our iconic Canadian Northcountry

Justin Trudeau in our iconic Canadian Northcountry


We saw him as he and his father mourned the death of Justin’s adventure-loving brother Michel.  As Justin wrote: “While I had been standing at a blackboard, an avalanche had swept my brother and one of his buddies into Kokanee Lake. They had been traversing the steep incline above the lake…”

And two years later, we watched him give that heartrending eulogy over the Canadian flag-draped coffin of his father at the state funeral, ending with a tearful “The woods are lovely, dark and deep. He has kept his promises and earned his sleep.  Je t’aime, Papa.” [4]

It was during that address in the Notre-Dame Basilica that Justin partially explained the roots of his old-fashioned gentlemanly Sunny Ways: “But at age 8, I was becoming politically aware. And I recognized (in a restaurant) one whom I knew to be one of my father’s chief rivals.  Thinking of pleasing my father, I told a joke about him. A generic, silly little grade school thing.  My father looked at me sternly, with that look I would learn to know so well.  And he said: ‘Justin, we never attack the individual. We can be in total disagreement with someone, without denigrating them as a consequence,’ and, saying that, he stood up, took me by the hand and brought me over to introduce me to this man.

“He was a nice man, who was eating there with his daughter…”

Justin made no apology for choosing to become a teacher instead of the expected role of a lawyer: “I’m a teacher.  I’m a convenor.  I’m a gatherer.  I’m someone who reaches out to people and is deeply interested in what they have to say…”

And then, of course, Justin met Sophie at a Montreal Grand Prix charity ball in 2003.  Sophie Grégoire was an arts and culture reporter for local media — brilliant, compassionate and honest about her concerns.  Like her personal struggle with bulimia and concern about gender equality.

In an interview with her friend Erica Diamond, Sophie described her feelings about Justin: “I had this weird feeling, like I was meant to be with him and didn’t know why. I told my Mom, and she laughed and said, ‘You and every other girl Sophie! You know how many girls think that?’

“One year later, I co-hosted a charity function, and Justin was coincidentally my co-host. When we met again, I reminded him that I knew his brother, Michel. There was definitely a physical and emotional connection. We flirted. But I sent him an email the next day, and he never replied.

“Three months later I bumped into him on the street.  He apologized that he never wrote back.  ‘Can I have your number?’ he asked.  ‘No,’ I replied.  I wanted him to work a little! Well, he found my number and called me.

“We then went for dinner and on our first date, our very first date, he looked into my eyes, and said, ‘I’ve been waiting for you 31 years.  You’re going to be my wife.  We’re going to have a family together.'” [5]

About motherhood, Sophie said, “Motherhood has taught me to be more connected to other human beings. All mothers everywhere, we are all responsible for each other. We’re not different, but rather more similar than you think– so if you’re fighting a battle alone, choose not to fight it alone.”

Perhaps her most popular quote is “The Sacred Feminine is on the rise.”

Sophie explained her passion for gender equality: “I hosted the UN Women’s Gala for gender equality and violence against women.  I think that we have developed a lack of respect for the womb of humanity.  We’re paying a high price for it — it’s created a huge imbalance.  There is still much violence towards women around the world.  It’s still happening too often in our society.  Many basic rights are still being taken away in parts of the world for one reason — because they are a woman.”

She has no doubt influenced Justin’s decision that his Cabinet will have equal numbers of men and women, a first in the British Commonwealth.

So is Justin’s election as Prime Minister the sign of Trudeaumania II?

Not really. [6]  These are different times.  Canada has just endured its Dark Decade.

We’ve watched as mean-spirited, lowlife forces have played havoc with our home and native land.  We’ve watched as international interests have ripped our economy, our culture, the very land that gave us birth — ripped it apart.  In the election just gone, we watched the worst in us emerge… [7]

But out of this came Justin Trudeau and his message of “Real Change” and “Sunny Ways”.

It’s encouraging to hear that, of the four major international summits coming up, the one he most wants to attend is the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.  After the total abandonment of our forests, land and waterways during the Dark Decade, Justin promises to pick up where Canada’s Greenest Prime Minister, Conservative Brian Mulroney, once took us. [8]

Canada is still a young wilderness nation.  Our stories, our culture, our national identity, come out of the Wild Places.

As Laureen Harper so perfectly said it: “Our country — the land we live in — is an important part of our identity as Canadians. Our outdoors is our history and its our future, its our workplace, our storehouse and our playground.  Because this land is so central to who we are as Canadians, it’s so precious and it must be protected.”

Justin is eager to speak up for our endangered living world and join other enlightened nations in its protection.

We’ll all see Justin and Sophie walk hand-in-hand on the world stage.

And smile with love and pride.

God give them the strength for the battles ahead.

We need them.

Brian Alan Burhoe



Sophie, Justin & Four of Canada’s Finest


==>> To See The Very Latest News & Daily Hot Pics of Justin and Sophie Trudeau, Follow Them On Twitter! CLICK HERE NOW: JUSTIN & SOPHIE 1 — Celebrating Canada’s Couple – Justin and Sophie Trudeau

Note: We didn’t create the @JustinSophie1 Twitter account as a political statement (although we all have personal issues: ours are the Environment, our Sacred Land and our Forgotten Veterans — we have expectations of the present government).

But we created that account as a Cultural Celebration.  There’s a new feeling of Sunshine and Renewal in Canada.  A feeling that it’s time to dream and create and tell our own stories again.  A time of inspiration.  There’s a joyful feeling that our own Canadian creativity will be accepted again — at home and away.  And best of all — there’s laughter in the wind again.  And it’s all because of Sophie and Justin.

[1] The PM Pierre Trudeau Era would soon see the rise of the All-Canadian Comic Cavalcade of such comedians as Roger Abbott, Dan Aykroyd, Dave Broadfoot, John Candy, Tommy Chong, Jayne Eastwood, Don Furguson, Luba Goy, Ron James, Eugene Levy, Mike MacDonald, Howie Mandel, Rick Moranis, John Morgan, Katherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Dave Thomas, Scott Thompson.  In downtown Toronto, Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club was rocking with laughter at the impressions, pratfalls, goofy jokes and boyish smiles of a young Jim Carrey…

[2] To get a sense of the exalted place our Mounted Police once had in Canadian Culture, see THE GREAT PULP FICTION MOUNTIES: From Corporal Cameron to Sergeant Preston


Officer holds slain RCMP Const. David Ross' dog Danny at the funeral procession for the three RCMP officers who were killed in the line of duty last week, at their regimental funeral at the Moncton Coliseum in Moncton, N.B. on Tuesday, June 10, 2014.

Slain RCMP Const. David Ross’ dog Danny at the funeral procession for the three RCMP officers killed in Moncton, NB.

[3] The October Crisis would remain our lone homegrown terrorist attack on Canadian soil for four decades, until June 4, 2014, when a gunman dressed in camouflage and armed with high powered guns shot five members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Moncton, New Brunswick.

Three of the officers were killed: Constable David Joseph Ross, Constable Fabrice Georges Gevaudan and Constable Douglas James Larche.

The regimental funeral was broadcast live across Canada.  As the National Post wrote: “Dog handler Ross’ K9 partner, Danny, whimpered by the side of his partner’s casket during Tuesday’s emotional funeral, moving many Canadians across the country to tears.  Danny didn’t stray far from the hearse carrying the casket of Ross during the funeral procession and was photographed sniffing Ross’s stetson.”


[4] To see Justin’s complete eulogy for his father at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, see the Globe & Mail‘s archived transcript Je t’aime, Papa: Justin Trudeau’s eulogy to his father




[5] EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Erica Diamond Sits Down With Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau:  Interview with Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau

[6] Although with women tweeting things like “super hot good looks!” and “pmilf” — whatever that means — Trudeaumania could be building, this time internationally.

[7]  “We watched the worst in us emerge…”  You can read my personal rant on this at  Old Stock Canadian vs Newcomer: A Patriot’s View

[8]  Yes, Conservative.  It was former Conservative Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, referring to the “tremendous energy, enthusiasm and initiative of young people concerned about pollution,” who drove the official creation of Environment Week in Canada, observed each year in the first week of June.

And Brian Mulroney’s proactive environmental legislation and international treaties will be his greatest achievement.  Remember Chlorofluorocarbons?  Remember Acid Rain?  It’s the hard work and international treaties of Prime Minister Mulroney, President Ronald Reagan and President George H W Bush that began to get control of those deadly, destructive forces.  (And what thanks have they got?)

Prime Minister Jean Chrétien gave us hope when we signed the Kyoto Protocol in 1997, followed by three 2002 environmental laws, including the The Species at Risk Act which fulfilled promises made by Mr Mulroney at the 1992 Earth Summit.  And then Jean dropped the ball.  Paul and Stephen just kicked it around in the Dark Decade.  So Justin’s solemn promise to pick up where the man who earned the title of “Canada’s Greenest Prime Minister” — Brian Mulroney — left off must be kept!

It will be the entrepreneurial free enterprisers who will put in the hard work and reap the rewards of our new Green Economy.  For a look at these issues from a Conservative voice,  SEE  Global Climate Change Facts: COP21 Climate Change Conference Paris 2015


Justin and Sophie Trudeau – Canada’s Fairy Tale Romance

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Puppy Training: How to Train a Primo Puppy Dog


Puppy Training: How to Train a Primo Puppy Dog




We’re a three dog family (one after another, and not counting the dogs my wife grew up with as a girl).  Yukon King, Brandy and Mocha.

One, a part Lab, was an easy train.  The other two, a Husky mix and a German Shepherd, required more of our time.  So a big answer to the question “How can I train the best puppy?” is: “Depends on the breed.”

Labrador and Golden Retrievers are, on the whole, easier to train than a husky, bulldog or pit bull puppy.  That’s just the way it is.

Here from our fave trainer, New Zealander Dan Abdelnoor, affectionately known by his many fans as DOGGY DAN, is a Guest Blog HOW TO TRAIN A PRIMO PUPPY:

For years, I’ve been asked, “How do you raise the perfect dog?”  It’s what we all want but the question is — does the perfect dog exist?

Here’s my best advice.

Before you find yourself headed off to a local puppy school to see your canine being taught to do high-fives, roly-polies and the commando crawl, ask yourself this: Is this what my dream dog must do? Is a primo puppy basically a performing pony whom I coax out when company comes visiting so that they can say “Cool!  That’s amazing, mate.  What an intelligent dog. How did you train him to do THAT?”

The hard reality is that in so many circumstances the next thing the dog owner has to do is warn the visitors “Oh, don’t go near his food bowl when he’s eating.  Don’t pat him on the head.  Don’t let your kids go near his toys!”

Insane, isn’t it? We take so much time trying to teach commands such as Sit and Stay but never even think about the really critical stuff. And when we do it’s usually kind of late.

Why is this?  Because most canine trainers are just doing what everyone else is doing.  And that’s teaching the Sit, the Down and the Stay!

Yup. Just like sheep, everyone following each other and nobody asking WHY? Think about it: has a dog ever been put to sleep (yes, I am talking about euthanization) because they didn’t do a proper sit? Or because their down command was a kind of leisurely?

Or because they had an unsure Stay?

Of course not.  Who really cares about that stuff? Yet that’s what we all learn at puppy school! WHY?!

But…  Housebreaking?  Dogs instinctively know not to urinate and defecate in their own dens.  But this can quickly become a problem to inexperienced pet owners.  And few professional trainers tackle this number one problem.

Aggression? Oh Boy. Most dogs are put down for aggression, barking, growling, challenging and other bad behavior. Aggressive to children, owners, strangers – its all bad news. There’s nothing more dangerous than a rebellious dog, pulling you along on the leash, ignoring you when you let them off. Never mind the danger to themselves around moving vehicles and other animals.

Yet not many canine training classes are teaching you how to forestall all of this, because very few actually comprehend it themselves!

Most folk’s real idea of a perfect dog include all of the following five important behaviors:

  1. Calm around all other animals including dogs
  2. Friendly to all people, especially children
  3. Relaxed and obedient around the home
  4. Perfect at coming when called at the park
  5. Outstanding when walking on the leash in public

Hhmmm — I can hear you thinking — He’s got a point!




And be sure to read Brian Alan Burhoe’s popular online dog short story…

==>> A WILD WOLF, A HALF-WILD HUSKY, A WILY OLD TRAPPER!   If you want to read my free story in the Jack London & Walt Morey Tradition, Click Here to Read My Popular Online Northwestern WOLFBLOOD! 


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Old Stock Canadian vs Newcomer: A Patriot’s View


Old Stock Canadian vs Newcomer




A Patriot’s View


When Prime Minister Stephen Harper used the phrase “old stock Canadians” in the September 17th leaders debate, he sure stepped into it.

We knew what he meant by Old Stock — although he’s tried to publicly redefine the meaning since.

“Being of good stock” has been a European aristocratic phrase for a thousand years and more. “Bloodline” and “stock” are commonly used to express pride in your ancestry.  In Canada, Old Stock really refers to — as Stéphane Dion once commented — “middle-aged old stock French-Canadians or English-Canadians.”

When Stephen Harper blurted out those three little words, Old Stock Canadians, he set off a firestorm throughout the Dominion.

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau responded with “A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian.”

First Nations Mi’kmaq Elder Stephen Augustine said on CBC Radio that he found the term “offensive and racist.” [1]

So, why am I writing this post?

Because on my Father’s side I’m Old Stock and proud of it.

The first Burhoe joined the British Army in 1776 and mustered out of the Royal Nova Scotia Volunteer Regiment in 1783 to build a farmstead and raise a family right here. [2]

During those seven years of military service, John Burhoe saw a seismic change in the political structure of the New World. From scattered British Colonies and independent First People’s nations — to a young expanding republic to the south and our newly formed British North America in the north. Already, of course, those who lived in British North America were calling our new settled lands “Canada” (a Haudenosaunee, or Iroquois, word meaning “Home Village”) — and ourselves Canadians.

Following the rise of Manifest Destiny and the attempted Invasion of 1812, Canada became a true nation onto itself. Chief Tecumseh led his warriors in staunch defence of the fledgling Canada. John A MacDonald fought hard to create a brand spanking new nation — our Dominion.

And when lawlessness and trading company forts flying foreign flags threatened our western frontier and the very survival of our new Confederation, Prime Minister MacDonald created the legendary North-West Mounted Police — the story of our Mounties becoming our National Epic, giving us some of our greatest heroes. [3]

When Prime Minister John Diefenbaker gave his 1960 “Dominion Day Speech” introducing his magnificent Canadian Bill of Rights, he proudly referred to “the two great basic races” that came together to create Canada.  Although he didn’t quite mean it that way, I always took the Two Races to be the First Nations and the Northern European settlers, especially French and English.  In that stirring address to the nation, he pledged that his Bill of Rights would “give to Canadians the realization that wherever a Canadian may live, whatever his race, his religion or his colour, the Parliament of Canada will be jealous of his rights and will not infringe upon those rights.”  [4]

As I’ve written elsewhere, Dad served in the Algonquin Regiment during World War II — and told me of his friendship and respect for the Northern Cree he served with in the Regiment. As I’ve said, “Out of those yarns, I developed an image of Native and English Canadians, not antagonists, but standing side by side, with the word CANADA on both their shoulders. Fighting our common enemies and building our uncommon nation.” [5]

I’ve always believed that this great nation was built by all of us. Side by side.

And I’m proud of our heritage, and the part my family has played in it.

Which makes me Old Stock, eh?

Well, yes.

Except for this: January 7, 1946.  Pier 21, Halifax, Nova Scotia.   With 300 other British war brides, my mother disembarked from the “Reunion Ship” Stavangerfjord.  After being fed a hot meal by the Red Cross, she said a tearful farewell to other war brides she had befriended and got on a steam train for Saint John, where she was reunited with my father.  Making me, on my mother’s side, an immigrant’s son.

Mum tried to fit in to her new homeland. After five years she grew homesick, and we boarded a big ocean liner bound for England. I lived in Yorkshire from ages 4 to 8 — formative years, for sure.

When we returned to Canada, I considered myself a true Canadian kid returning to my Home and Native Land — a land that was green and alive with wildlife and just as I remembered it.

But by then I spoke like a Yok-shah tyke (if you’ve watched Coronation Street or listened to the Beatles speak, ‘appen you know summat of the Northern English voice, Luv) and quickly learned what it was like to be treated like a stranger from an alien land.  A Newcomer.  An Outsider.

In a sense, I’ve been one ever since.

But I’ve lived here and thrived here and played my part in building our nation. And fallen in love with and married a gal who is part Mi’kmaq and proud of it. And we had children who don’t hide their pride in being Canadian.

We welcome and accept everyone here — everyone who’s willing to contribute to our ever evolving Home Village.

We’re all from the same stock.

– Brian Alan Burhoe


[1] Stephen Augustine, who is Hereditary Chief of the Sigenigtog District Mi’kmawey Mawiomi and Keptin on the Mi’kmaq Grand Council, went on to say, “We have a long tradition of opening our doors and sharing our food and resources to people who are in need. We’ve always done that.  I’m talking about John Cabot, Jacques Cartier, Samuel de Champlain.  All these people arrived here and the Mi’kmaq opened their arms and welcomed them and said ‘you are our brothers.'”

Ron Tremblay, a member of the Wolastoq Grand Council and Wolastoq First Nation, added to the conversation: “The Wolastoqeyiyik signed Peace and Friendship Treaties in the 17th Century with the first Refugees who sailed from France (becoming the Acadian settlers).  They were searching for a better place to live and escape the uneasiness that was evolving in their country.”

[2] To see more of our family history, go to The Life & Works of Brian Alan Burhoe

[3] To get a sense of our Mounted Police in Canadian Culture, see THE GREAT PULP FICTION MOUNTIES: From Corporal Cameron to Sergeant Preston

[4] Conservative John Diefenbaker remains my favourite Prime Minister — even though Brian Mulroney has been justly called “Canada’s Greenest Prime Minister”, a true badge of honour.  We sure could use a Green PM now.

But Dief — he had that fierce belief in individual rights that I, only age 10 or 11, immediately responded to.  And he gave the First Nations the vote.  Popularized the Northern Vision.  Gave powerful speeches that captured even a young boy’s attention.  “I was criticized for being too much concerned with average Canadians. I can’t help that — I’m one of them!”  “As long as there’s a drop of blood in my body they won’t stop me from talking about freedom.”

Dief’s “Dominion Day” address, given on June 30th, 1960, remains one of our great speeches and should be taught in Canadian schools. To read it, go to

[5] To read more, see OUT OF MY FATHER’S SHAVING BOX: Dad’s War, Algonquin Regiment & Liberation of Holland


Old Stock Canadian vs Newcomer: A Patriot’s View



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Names for Bear: Baby Bear and Teddy Names


Names for Bear: Baby Bear & Teddy Names




“It must be pretty scary having a bear as a pet! But! Why not? If there are any bear keepers on here, make sure you keep them well away! :)” – Pet Name Zone,

Winnie the Pooh is perhaps the most well known of all bear names.

On a sunny day in the early 1920’s, author A A Milne and his son Christopher Robin were strolling through the London Zoo. Young Christopher spotted a Canadian black bear, “Oh look, Father. I like him.” The name plaque identified the black bear as Winnie.

The bear had been left by a Canadian soldier on his way to the fierce French battlefields in World War I. The tame bear had been the regimental mascot of the Fort Garry Horse Regiment, out of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and was named “Winnie” after the city of Winnipeg.

Christopher Robin loved the bear and loved its name, calling his new teddy bear Winnie the Pooh. In 1924, Milne released his first book telling the adventures of his son and his cuddly yellow bear dressed in a red shirt: WINNIE-THE-POOH.

Another famous name is Yogi Bear made popular by the Hanna-Barbera cartoons of this mischievous bear and his pal Boo Boo in Jellystone National Park. And then there are the Berenstain Bears: Mama, Papa, Brother and Sister Bear.

Pet Bear Names? Very few people keep bears as pets, at least not full-grown adult bears.

There was a time when circuses raised and trained bears for performance – but the Animal Rights movement has all but ended this practice, which most often involved inhuman treatment.

Hollywood has seen a number of trained bears, who were kept by their trainers as pets and given loving homes. Bruno was an orphaned black bear who would play the role of TV’s GENTLE BEN. Bozo was a rescued circus bear, a loving and gentle female grizzly bear who played next to trainer/actor Dan Haggerty in THE ADVENTURES OF GRIZZLY ADAMS. Today, perhaps the most famous televised bruin is Brutus, who lives with naturalist Casey Anderson.



Since so few of us keep a bear as a pet, it’s unlikely that you’ll need any help in naming your pet bear.

Zoos and other organizations that do need to name new bruin cubs often hold a competition in which they ask children to send in suggested names and they choose one of these names through a random selection.

And, of course, there is a problem many families face: naming a new Teddy Bear.

So, what are great baby bear names?

Some of the popular names for bears housed in zoos are:

  • Ardal
  • Arthur
  • Bernard
  • Bernal
  • Gregory
  • Maximilian
  • Oberon
  • Osborn
  • Yosemite

These are all names that reflect the strength and might of a bear. Popular names for female bears in zoos are:

  • Avla
  • Bernadette
  • Calesta
  • Jerica
  • Orsa
  • Ursula
  • Nadette

As mentioned, for the most part, people choose a bear name for their teddy bear or stuffed plush bear.

They usually try to choose a name that has some significance for them such as a name surrounding the occasion on which they received it.

A white stuffed teddy bear that was a Christmas gift could aptly be named White Christmas, Christmas or Noel. Birthday Bear would be a suitable name for a teddy bear you received as a birthday gift. Some try to choose a name that has a close connection to the color of the bear, which as Whitey, Blackie, or Brownie.

Making their own bear is now a popular activity for children. In this activity Children and adults choose the color and material for their own bear and create it themselves, right down to the outfits. They also choose a name for their bear at the same time, which could be basically any name you can think of.

Since a bear is perceived to be a cuddly creature, many of the names have to do with this feeling. Cuddles and Pookie are examples. However, if you want to choose a name that has a specific meaning, you can browse a list of names and their meanings:

Male Names: –

  • Asbjorn – Swedish name meaning divine bear
  • Avonaco – a native American name meaning lean bear
  • Benat – Basque form of Bernard, which means bold as a bear
  • Osbourne – meaning god-bear
  • Nanook – an Inuit name for the polar bear
  • Edon – meaning rich bear cub
  • Orson – meaning bear cub

Female Names:

  • Berengari – meaning bear-spear
  • Orsola – meaning little she bear
  • Bernadita – meaning bold as a bear
  • Giju’muin – native Mi’kmaq, meaning mother bear

There are quite a number of names that mean “little she bear”, which would be the perfect name for a small teddy bear. By choosing one of these unusual names, it is very likely that when someone hears the name they will want to know the story behind it.

– Tong Lin. For lots of great bear names, dolphin names and frog names visit

Brian Alan Burhoe.  Learn more about popular bears in Fact and Fiction at ZERO COOL BEARS – ALL THINGS BRUIN


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Names for Bear: Baby Bear and Teddy Names



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