Get involved! Cargo’s Story

Thank you friends of Cargo!

 

A French Version Follows!


When Cargo came to live with me I was aware that he had a number of senior-age dog challenges, like arthritis, benign prostate hyperplasia, and cataracts in his eyes, apart from the other problems resulting from the abuse and neglect inflicted by his past owners at Chocpaw Expeditions, which is now defunct thanks to the enormous heroisme of our courageous friend, Chantal Dostaler.
She did a wonderful job of rehabilitating him, and took care of him with a lot of love and patience.

 

I had the chance to meet Cargo about a week after he was rescued from that horrible place, where he had lived for years on a four-foot chain with a barrel for a house, (in “retirement” from his job as a sleddog,) in a field of other dogs, outside regardless if it was plus or minus 30 degrees.


When I met him he was scared of everything, shaking, sick, and emaciated, and he walked in zig-zags, of 8′.


Chantal introduced him gently to a new life, in her home, where she knew there was a chance that he would never really get along well with her other dog, Ooch, who had been on his sled dog team in the past. Ooch had sometimes expressed a certain agression towards him, and even though she had succeeded in fostering friendly behaviour between the two, there had always been a fundamental conflict between them.

After six months Cargo was doing much better, but it became difficult to fulfill the different needs of both characters.


Meanwhile I was finally diagnosed with Complex Post-traumatic Stress Syndrome, which I have because of some dramatically violent events from my past, and I was trying to manage my symptoms of depression, anxiety and panic, dissociations and flashbacks, and plenty of other things that come with it, like a perpetual loss of employment, personality changes, lack of trust, and an intense fear of being at home alone.


My life changed for the better, this past autumn, when Chantal asked me if I wanted to take Cargo to come live with me. I accepted with enthousiasm; I already knew Cargo quite well because I had sometimes taken care of both dogs for her, and this meant that finally I’d be able to feel safe. On top of it, Cargo and I share a history of trauma, and I can not describe the amount of love and peace he has brought me, and continues to bring me each day.

I had always been aware that at his advanced age (14 years,) it’s possible he’ll die soon, and I’m okay with that, it brings me a lot of pleasure to do whatever I can to ensure that the last days, months or years of his life are comfortable and enjoyable.


I had understood that Cargo was not well enough to undergo any kind of operation, and I had a hard time with the idea of him suffering from tooth pain indefinitely. His abscessed tooth got worse, and he developped a fistula between his mouth and nose, and then the infection spread to his sinus. I wasn’t comfortable with the idea of giving him antibiotics over and over with anti-inflammatories, for the rest of his life, so I brought him to a veterinarian, a different one this time, who specialises in dental surgery. I wanted a fresh opinion.


After a thorough examination and a new batch of bloodwork, the vet declared that this dog is in great shape, and that his condition is greatly improved, thanks to Chantal and my care, which he congratulated us on, and he assured me with confidence that a surgery is absolutely possible, and recommended, that he can do it quite rapidly, which means less anesthetic, posing the least amount of risk, and that he can extract the tooth and repare the fistula, at a reasonable price.

I thank you deeply for your support, so we can overcome this medical challenge for this wonderful dog!

-Nancy

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Quand Cargo est venu habiter chez moi je savais qu’il était atteint de nombreux défis reliés à la vieillesse, comme l’arthrite, de l’hyperplasie bénigne de la prostate, des cataractes dans les yeux, apart des autres problèmes résultants de l’abus et la négligence causés dans son passé par ses anciens propriétaires chez Chocpaw Expeditions, maintenant défunt, grace à l’héroisme énorme de notre courageuse amie Chantal Dostaler.


Elle a fait une merveilleuse job de réhabilitation, l’a soigné avec beaucoup d’amour et patience.

 

J’ai eu la chance de rencontrer Cargo à peu prêt une semaine après son sauvetage de la place horrible où qu’il avait passé des années (de ‘retraite’ de son emploi comme chien de traineau,) sur une chaîne de 4′ avec un baril comme maison, dans un gros champs plein d’autres chiens, dehors, soit qu’il faisait plus ou moins 30 degrées.
Quand je l’ai rencontré il avait peur de tout, il tremblait, il était malade et amaigri, et il marchait en zigzags de 8′.


Chantal l’a initié doucement dans sa nouvelle vie, dans son domicile, où elle savait qu’il y avait une chance qu’il ne s’entendrait jamais vraiment bien avec son autre chien, Ooch, qui a été sur son équipe de chiens de traineaux dans le passé. Ooch avait parfois exprimé une certaine agression envers lui, et même si elle avait réussi à récolter une comportement amicale entre les deux, au fond il y avait toujours un conflit fondamental entre eux. Après six à huit mois Cargo allait beaucoup beaucoup mieux, mais ça devenait un peu difficile pour Chantal de combler les besoins différents des deux personnages.


Pendant ce temps j’étais diagnostiqué, enfin, avec les Troubles de stresse post-traumatique complexe, à cause des événements dramatiquement violents de mon passé, et j’étais en train d’essayer de gérer mes symptômes de dépression, anxiété et panique, dissociations et flashbacks, et plein d’autres choses qui viennent avec, comme une perte de travail perpetuelle, changement de personalité, manque de confiance, et une peure intense d’être seule chez moi.


Ma vie a changé pour le mieux l’automne passé, quand Chantal m’a demandé si je voulais prendre Cargo pour habiter avec moi. J’ai accepté avec enthousiasme; je connaissais déjà assez bien ce chien merveilleux et doux, parce que j’avais gardé les deux chiens parfois pour elle, et donc enfin j’étais capable de me sentir sécure. En plus, Cargo et moi partagent des histoires de trauma, et je ne peux pas décrire le niveau d’amour et paix qu’il m’a amener, et qu’il m’amène à chaque jour.


J’étais toujours consciente qu’à son âge avancé (14 ans) c’est possible qu’il meure bientôt, mais je suis d’accord avec ça; ça me fais beaucoup de plaisir de faire ce que je peux pourque les derniers jours, mois ou ans de sa vie soient confortables et agréables.


J’avais compris que Cargo n’était plus au mesure de se faire opérer, et j’avais de la misère avec l’idée que ça dent le ferrait souffrir indéfiniment. Sa dent abscédée est empiré, jusqu’à ce qu’il a développé une fistule entre la bouche et le nez, puis l’infection s’est répandu dans son sinus.


Je n’étais pas confortable avec l’idée de lui donner des courses d’antibiotiques l’un après l’autre avec des anti-inflammatoires, durant le restant de ça vie, donc je l’ai amené voir une autre vétérinaire, qui spécialise en chirurgie dentaire. Je voulais une nouvelle opinion. Après une examination approfondi et des nouvelles prises de sang, il a déclaré que ce chien est en très bonne forme, et que sa condition a beaucoup amélioré, grace aux soins de Chantal et moi, sur lesquelles il nous a félicité, et il m’a assuré avec confiance qu’une chirurgie est absolument possible, et conseillé, qu’il est capable de faire assez rapidement que l’anesthétique ne poserait que le moindre de risque, et qu’il peux bien extraire le dent et réparer la fistule, à un prix raisonnable.


Je vous remercie profondément de votre appuye, pourqu’on puisse surmonter ce défi médicale pour ce merveilleux chien!

Nancy!

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7 thoughts on “Get involved! Cargo’s Story”

  1. 4 foot chain eh? Your measurements are off like usual what the fuck did you expect it’s a senior dog you moron… anyone that has a medium to large sized dog that lives past 10 with zero health issues is considered lucky. To put it in terms you can comprehend if like they say one dog year equals 7 then once they hit 10 that would be 70 years of age. How many 70 + year old humans do you know that have no health issues whatsoever? Probably not a lot news flash animals
    And human bodies were not meant to last forever we cannot control cell degradation this is how the world works you are just looking for a hand out like usual

    1. Holy! It was a four foot long chain.
      And you seem to be strongly against older dogs, or even humans for that matter, having any kind of quality of life? Like they should just all die of whatever illness comes first, or be shot?
      Wow, that’s pretty extreme. What about taking care of them. Are they only to be used for making you a living, and then discarded?
      I’m not a moron, and I know plenty of humans over 70 who are in fine shape.
      You may want to get in touch with some social services in your area, it seems you may need them.
      Nancy Ogilvie

  2. Also just to clarify since I know your detective skills ( severely lacking) this is not the Matt that you poorly draw
    In your cute cartoons… this is Matt Paquette the same dude that called you out last year for claiming the dogs are kept on 3 inch drop chains (remember that one chain link
    Is equal to an inch so if the drop chain included more then 3 links then it is more then 3 inches long) anywho have a wonderful day being someone who gives people like me with real mental Illness a bad name. I’ve been suffering with depression/ anxiety for as long as I can remember and I still manage to get up every day put my pants on and go to work and earn my living… instead of asking for hand outs from people I don’t know.

    1. And since you asked.. Yeah so this dog, Cargo, was clearly mistreated. I saw him about a week after he was rescued, that was when I met him. He was very clearly malnourished, sick, had been abused and neglected. He cowered and shook and couldn’t hold his own weight up for very long, he was slumped over and fearful of everything. Despite this he loved running, would tire himself out. It’s been many months now, and Cargo has fattened up, but still people are stricken by his gaunt figure. He has a bit more energy, now, and is gaining strength, that he had lost by not moving much for years. I’m still trying to teach him things that are foreign to him before he was rescued, like about going for walks, and running free. Playing, we’re still working on, but when we get there he plays like a puppy and even invents his own games, cause he’s really smart. No animal deserves to be treated the way he was, in any industry. I find it disturbing that you are taking the time to speak out against the well-being of a dog. It seems that you think I am Chantal for some reason. I don’t know you, Matt Paquette, but you must have something shameful to hide if you think you’re being spied on by an animal activist. I hope you overcome whatever has happened to you, and I hope at some point you lose that fear and learn that you, too, can come forward and speak out, if that’s what you need to do. People are working together to try to end cruelty to animals, this is a good thing, don’t you think so? Chantal has done an enormous amount of hard work for dogs like Cargo, she’s given a lot of herself and sacrificed much, and it’s working, so there is actually hope. People are contributing towards Cargo’s surgery because I, Nancy, his present care-taker, can not afford it at this time, and because what happened to him was wrong. There is no job title for this kind of work, and the governing system is still inventing laws and regulations to protect animals. I guess you probably worked with Chantal and dogs at some point, since you made allusions to it in your last message. Maybe you feel like you’re being personally attacked about not loving them enough, It’s highly likely you loved and cared for them, maybe you felt that you tried your best and were really good with them, given the circumstances, given the company’s lack of adherence to decent standards, elements that were probably not your fault. You don’t need to feel ashamed to speak if you saw or did some shitty stuff, because it could help other dogs at other places, and it could help with your mental/emotional troubles. Maybe you have some ideas that might work for policy and regulation since you were there and have an opinion to contribute. You don’t need to feel criminalized or ashamed. Times are changing rapidly.
      Nancy

      P.S. Have you ever met a 70-year old person who has never seen a doctor?

  3. Wow, THANK YOU friends and supporters of Cargo!!! He will be able to have his surgery, which is booked for March 11!!!
    Wow, MERCI les amis et supporteurs de Cargo!!! Il va être capable d’avoir sa chirurgie, ça va être le 11 mars!!!

    1. Thank you Nancy for responding to these very negative, somewhat abusive posts from this stranger.

      You’ve got to get a taste of the abuse I have encountered while attempting to whistle blow this operation and the lack of animal protection laws.

      Mushers are feeling threatened and responding with hatred.

      I appreciate you responding in the way you did.
      Please do not feel like you have to respond to comments like that.

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