Kaoru's Spirit Trail

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Raised by 330 people in 22 months
Today my dog, partner and teammate, was tragically killed by a hunter 10 feet away from me. Her tragic end can be read here. Link

This story, however, is about the mark she will leave behind, about the stand that we will take along with our amazing team and our new centre. 

Campaign Initial Goals
Goal 1: Protection of Life
Extend the current No Hunting & No Shoot Zone from Squamish to Whistler.
(currently from North Vancouver to the entrance of Squamish) This would extend a 400m protection of life zone on either side of the highway. 
- Make No Hunting signs and place them along the entire zone.
- Create interpretive signs educating people on the wonderful nature and animal life that surrounds us and incorporate Squamish Nation teachings- They were the first protectors. 
Please sign the petition below

Goal 2: Training a New Generation of Service Dog
Kaoru was used extensively at our centre to help countless children, people and everyday dogs. Valley and the Canine Valley team spent nearly 10,000 hours training her to become the awesome pack leader she was. She was a foundation of the services we offer. We will honour her memory and train a new service leader and continue to serve our community, it's our responsibility. 

Goal 3: Canine Valley 2.0
It's bittersweet, we were days away from announcing our new centre, exciting news that will allow us to help more people and pooches. Kaoru was instrumental in helping create that vision, to make our new centre a reality. With this tragedy now engrained in us, we will ramp up our efforts in our continual betterment of our community. We will establish Kaoru's Spirit Trail, an interpretive trail that will be taken around our new centre explaining what happens when people make a stand for what's right and the impact a voice has.

Goal 4: The protection of Wolves 
The hunting and killing of wolves in British Columbia require no special permits or tags, just a valid hunting license to kill. We do not know why the hunter shot Kaoru, an assumption was that he thought it was a wolf, even though wolf hunting is not permitted where she was killed, this brought to our attention the plight of the wolf and we will stand by them.

This just happened, we are receiving many phone calls from all kinds of people offering help and support. We want to do this right and take our time and make the right decisions. We will keep you updated as the days past. 

Thank-you for your awesome and amazing support, together we have already made a change, let's make it permanent and profound. 

Canine Valley Team
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Kaoru Update - September 23
We profoundly thank everyone from around the world who contributed to Kaoru’s Trail Gofundme and Change.org petition to Protect Life. We received incredibly special stories, words of deep kindness, but are all still feeling not so well.

Kaoru touched so many, we knew all along she was a mischievous rock star, but in all honestly we only really understand that now. We still can’t process her loss. We are not sure what motivations Kaoru’s killer had, but we know they were full of bad intentions.

“Hunting might have been necessary for human survival in prehistoric times, but today most hunters stalk and kill animals merely for the thrill of it, not out of necessity.” PETA

Incident Quick Facts
Valley, Markie and 9 other dogs were directly in the line of fire, they could have easily been killed, struck by a ricochet, a miss, or as in the most recent case of another dog murder, the bullet went through one dog into the other and killed both :(

Karou was murdered in a zone FORBIDDEN to hunt wolves - not that she was a wolf anyway!! This type of murder is called poaching.

“Sociological and criminological research on poaching indicates that in North America people poach for commercial gain, home consumption, trophies, pleasure and thrill in killing wildlife, or because they disagree with certain hunting regulations, claim a traditional right to hunt, or have negative dispositions toward legal authority.” Wikipedia

Kaoru was shot in the line of duty while happily walking in the opposite direction from the hunter, towards us and our pooches, the moment he saw her, he aimed and immediately shot with the intent to kill.

Kaoru was murdered approximately 200 meters from a major highway where 2 million+ visitors drive by visiting our beautiful nature and wildlife, a vast area frequented by locals and tourists walkinghiking through all the time with and without pooches at all times of year.

We’ve spoken with legal counsel, an estimated lawsuit could cost up to $100,000 dollars! :(
RCMP and Conservation Officer Service will be notifying us next week what options are available. Something for sure is that we will firmly stand to Protect Life.

We are requiring a bit of time to heal, not sleeping, gunshots ringing out, we’re guessing post traumatic stress, we will be working with a local victim services counselor next week.

Thank you so much for taking the time to comfort us. It is amazing the power we have to protect that which is precious when we come together. In the next couple of days we will be updating everyone about the movement created towards the achievement of our Goals and what’s next, thank you for your powerful support, we are really blessed.
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