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Remember Houssian's contribution to community


I am outraged at the treatment, without proof, of Joey Houssian regarding the slaughter of the huskies.

I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Houssian some years ago. He is of outstanding character, ethics and has done so much for Whistler, promoting eco-tourism.

Perhaps your readers forget his contribution to the community.

I highly doubt that Joey had any knowledge of this event until after it occurred. People should think before casting stones without facts and attempting character assassination of a fine member of the community

L. Thompson

North Vancouver


Compassion for the people, not just the dogs.

It is so easy to pass judgment and make accusations about the alleged dog culling. And because of all the interest from animal lovers, it's pretty easy to organize a peaceful gathering on behalf of the slain dogs and animal welfare.

The hard work comes when we search within ourselves for the much-needed compassion for all the people involved in this situation.

I was shocked to hear the details of the dog cull. However, through further observation and self-reflection, empathizing with the individuals involved was actually easy to do - what we should all strive to do.

Self-reflection #1: In the recent past, I contacted every private animal shelter in B.C., some in Alberta and a few in the US, only to learn there was no support in finding homes for my two gentle, house-trained, large, elderly dogs that were deemed unadoptable by the SPCA - thank goodness for the classifieds and Craigslist.

I can only imagine how difficult it is to find acceptable homes for nearly 100 sled dogs.

Self-reflection #2: Fourteen years ago I was under a significant amount of financial stress and found myself concocting irrational solutions to my problems. Fortunately, a supportive community helped me through that time and looking back, I barely recognize myself, or the decisions I nearly made. Many of you may find yourself thinking, "I could never do what that man did to those dogs!" However, not one of us can predict how we will respond to a stressful event(s) in the future.

The only thing I can hope for is that you will have a community that supports and empathizes with you if you do make choices you would not normally make - more importantly, they'll help prevent terrible choices from being made.

After all, a community is only as strong as its weakest member. Take the hard road, drop the judgment, find some compassion, and maybe then we'll see a peaceful gathering on behalf of the people involved in this incident as well as the dogs.