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Maria Daines: MUSIC


(Maria Daines/Paul Killington)
July 13, 2007

Photograph by Dr. Anteneh Roba, taken in Ethiopia.


'One small dog' was born out of sadness, born out of a need to do something to help, and born out of the hopelessness of knowing you are miles away but feeling like you will move mountains, heaven and earth, to try to save dogs such as this poor creature in the picture above, and yet knowing you might not be able to save any, and understanding the part of yourself that won't let go, and sometimes accepting that even saving one life will be enough, until you can try again to save another...

I must go back a few short weeks. One day a letter arrived in our website inbox from Dr. Anteneh Roba of The Amsale Gessesse Memorial Foundation in USA. Dr. Roba's letter conveyed to us the pitiful situation for thousands of dogs in Ethiopia, and especially Addis Ababa, where most are starving, neglected, unwanted and sometimes killed to reduce numbers and risk of disease. Dr. Roba explained that his organisation is launching a fund to build a shelter/clinic with educational outreach capacity to try to save some of the dogs currently roaming the streets, hungry, with nowhere to go and often trailing puppies behind them, mothers that cannot feed themselves let alone a family of pups. A terrible scene that Dr. Roba had witnessed on his last trip to Ethiopia has stayed with us, the story of puppies drowning in puddles because they were too weak to hold up their own heads. We had to do something.

Well, this is it. A song to help raise funds. It's a very personal song for Paul and I, we feel like blood, sweat and certainly tears went into creating it. I hope you will be able to share 'One Small Dog' with your friends and groups and buy a download copy from the Amsale Gessesse Memorial website.

Thank you to Dr. Anteneh Roba for bringing this situation to our attention.

Thank you to the HAPS team in Ethiopia (Homeless Animals Protection Society) for their dedication to the most difficult duty.

Thank you to Janice Blue of KPFT FM, Go Vegan Texas Show, for such amazing support.

Thank you to Mary Alice Pollard, Cornwall's Voice For Animals, for giving us so much time and support from day one.

And thank you to everyone who has been there for us every step of the way as we continue to write songs for the forgotten.

We are grateful to be counted as your friends.

Love from Maria & Paul xx

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'One Small Dog'

Well you're all alone when you pick the bones
And you're all alone when you cry
No, nobody cares, you don't have a home
You'll be on your own 'til you die
And you know the road, you know every stone
And you'll roam 'til the end of the line
And I want to take your warm sweet soul
And put the love in your eyes

But I'm miles away in this other place
And I weep over pictures of your face
Each rib, each sore, each fall from grace
Each hurt you feel is part of my fate

And I'm round the clock on this mission of pain
This pleading with people to save you babe
This dream, this wish, this need we have
This hope, this hopeless broken world
And in the middle you starve, one small dog...

Well I've thought of ways I could help your cause
And I've raged battles on closing doors
And I sleep with your tears in my broken heart
Thinkin' tomorrow we'll make a new start
Well there's human beings but some ain't humane
And some get off on causing you pain
And some don't care and some are poor too
But tonight I can only think of you...

But I'm miles away in this other place
And I weep over pictures of your face
Each rib, each sore, each fall from grace
Each hurt you feel is part of my fate

And I'm round the clock on this mission of pain
This pleading with people to save you babe
This dream, this wish, this need we have
This hopeless, hopeless broken world
And in the middle you starve, one small dog....

© Maria Daines/Paul Killington
All Rights Reserved
(mcps) ASCAP
6th July 2007

The story of Gido Washa Cave -

Rescue of dogs from Gido Washa Cave, Ethiopia

Dear all,

I was recently contacted by an animal advocate, Dr. Anteneh Roba, of The Amsale Gessesse Foundation -

The Amsale Gessesse Memorial Foundation

Regarding the overpopulation of stray dogs in his native country Ethiopia, many of the dogs there are starving and neglected. Dr. Roba explained to me his intention to open a rescue shelter/clinic, with educational outreach capacity, in order to raise animal welfare standards in Ethiopia, and especially in the city of Addis Ababa where there are estimated figures of some 750,000 homeless dogs, 95% malnourished and hungry.

As you can imagine this is a daunting task but on learning more about Ethiopia and the immense need for animal protection there, we are certain there are ways forward and we believe this goal can be achieved. Dr. Roba's organisation will launch their project with a song we are currently recording to assist in this mission and it's coming along very well (more about that later.)

Meanwhile I would like to give you the link to an excellent established shelter called HAPS 'The Homeless Animal Protection Society' -

Homeless Animals Protection Society

News updates -

Ethiopian TV report & update from HAPS

End of the line for a sad dying place, Cave update from HAPS

The founders and volunteers are working round the clock to provide safe haven for as many animals as possible and they are doing remarkably well in difficult circumstances but more help is always needed.

I have asked the staff at HAPS how donations can be made to assist them in this vital work and they are happy for donations to be sent care of The Amsale Gessesse Foundation, here is the donation link -

Please donate to The Amsale Gessesse Memorial Foundation, here

Helping Ethiopian Stray Dogs -

Helping Ethiopian Stray Dogs, information

Now, some amazing news that was made possible by all of the people above!

The rescue of dogs from Gido Washa Cave, please view slide show above and here is the weblink to view the story line (below each photograph)

Story in pictures and words

HAPS Rescue Team Report on the rescue of the dogs in Gido washa/Gido Cave.

The place where dogs are thrown alive.

According to our report on June 2007 four dogs were found in the cave as shown in the picture.

Our next step was to gather information from the local community and veterinarians before taking any action to get in to the cave.

Based on this we consulted three different veterinarians including HAPS Vet for the possible behavioral change and its consequence that may arise due to being troubled in such very harsh condition for days and different people from the area where the cave is located.

The advice from the veterinarians was to give them sedative tablet with food to make them feel dizzy to avoid their aggressive behavior if in case.

The local people also informed us that this cave was very deep before but this time it is filled up with mud and stones from the surrounding higher areas and so many dogs were buried under while they were still alive due to too much mud getting in to the cave especially during the summer time flood.

According to the local community all the time when people feel that they did not want their dog any more they throw to that cave to make sure it will never get back home because there is no way to get out of it. They also pointed out that most of the dogs thrown are female dogs and puppies and pregnant females and they stay some days without food and water during winter when there is no rain water finally die of starvation.

And they also told us that no one get in to it since long ago after people started to throw animals in to it, and even suggested the ground may go down when people step on it as it looks very loose while looking from the top and also there is a very bad unapproachable smell.

Finally it is decided to give the dogs food for their survival every morning until they get out of there with any possible option available and started to discuss the issue with different people to get more idea and many people suggested that a tall ladder which can fit the hole should be prepared.

We then bought a rope and borrowed two metal ladders and fixed them together to fit the height of the hole and organized a rescue team considering all the available information at hand.

Then the ground is tested in the other side of the water hole by pushing the ladder down and step the ladder on a flat big stone to keep it tight, the dogs provided with food, putting a sedative tablet in it and finally three people get inside having all the necessary equipment.

It was terrible inside, there is a filled up water hole in one side of the cave and it is too muddy and bad smell there was also a heavy rain started after we began our activity, and collecting the dogs takes almost half a day long.

We also invited by the Ethiopian National Television to record this event and broadcast it to the public to help create awareness so that people can understand how this action is cruel and look for another option and to show the public how much HAPS paid a life sacrifice to save these poor animals.

The four dogs are now at HAPS shelter, they are clean and healthy at the same time we requested the concerned government body to stand beside us to stop people throwing dogs to the cave to make this cave no more a hell for the poor dogs.

Finally we would like to thank AMSALE GESSESSE MEMORIAL FOUNDATION USA for helping us to rescue these dogs from such a terrible situation without their financial support and strict follow up about the case our success with these poor dogs could have been impossible.

Homeless Animals Protection Society
July 07, 2007

Happy dogs rescued from the cave of death -

Update, today, 13th July 2007, the greatest news! Gido Cave is to be closed so that no unfortunate animals will ever die in that terrible dark hole in the ground ever again, so many helpless animals never made it to daylight and safety but there are four lucky, lucky dogs living at HAPS shelter that were saved from the jaws of death, in my opinion this is the RESCUE OF THE YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We have the greatest admiration and respect for the HAPS team and we hope you will continue to do such fine work for animal welfare for many years to come.

Maria xx

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Dear all,

I am a physician who lives in Houston, Texas. I am a US citizen but originally from Ethiopia.

In November of 2006 I co-founded an organization dedicated to the memory of my mother who I lost when I was at a tender age of 5.

Maybe because of the loss of my mother at such a tender age made me more sensitive to the suffering of others both human and nonhuman animals, which has lead me to co-create this organization dedicated to helping all sentient beings.

In April of 2007 I went back to Ethiopia to find out about the wildlife situation in my native country, while there I was confronted with an overwhelming crisis namely the huge numbers of homeless dogs who are, among other nonhuman animals, the most mistreated, abused, neglected sentient beings in Ethiopia. Their suffering so bothered me, a day does not go by that I don't think of them. I saw so many hungry sick, neglected dogs it was stupefying.

I have videos of mother dogs in the middle of busy streets in the middle of the day so dehydrated their skin could be raised like a tent, trying to breast feed 10 baby puppies at a time. I have videos of dogs being systematically poisoned by strychnine, continuously convulsing and foaming at the mouth until their rib cages stops moving and they stop breathing. Because of what I have seen I have decided to mount a campaign to bring awareness to the problem in Ethiopia. I know the suffering in other countries are similar but unlike Ethiopia, in India for example, there are at least over 10 great animal protection organizations. In Ethiopia the awareness to the plight of nonhuman animals especially domestic animals and farm animals is nonexistent. There is one organization that I am supporting mostly from my own pocket called the Homeless Animal Protection Society. The only one I know in Ethiopia that deals with dogs among other nonhuman animals. They are under funded, understaffed and in their current situation they will not be able to bring relief to the suffering of a fraction of the 750,000 dogs found in the capital city of Addis Ababa alone.

We recently learned about a cave in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where live dogs are thrown into, to die of starvation. Over 20 dogs have been thrown into this dungeon of hell for the last 20 to 30 years, by some estimates. With no food, no water these poor souls would die a slow excruciating death. On being alerted of the situation our sister organization in Ethiopia Homeless Animal Protection Society (HAPS) President went to investigate and sure enough around June 25 2007 there were 4 live dogs in the cave. We immediately mobilized into action and rescued them within a few days. We petitioned the government to close the cave which has been around since the Italians built it in the 1930's, to which they agreed. Maria Daines a British Musician has written a song for the Ethiopian dogs to help us raise funds. If you would like to view video clips of the rescue and the whole story please go to -

The need for education and the need to create facilities to take care of the thousands and thousands of suffering dogs is needed desperately.

What my organization would like to do is create a state of the art spay/neuter clinic/hospital with 6 surgery rooms, an educational center, a center for community outreach and teaching center, a temporary shelter that can accomodate 50 to 60 dogs with a holding area for at least 10 to 20 dogs. We want it to be the best available in Africa so that we can have people from other African countries come and train to do procedures but also to teach them about animal welfare. So when they go back to their respective countries they can spread the word and help their own nonhuman animals.

To this end we have already secured the help of veterinarians in the USA who would go to Ethiopia for a couple of weeks at a time to teach. We have been promised by the mayor of Addis Ababa we would be given land to build the facility on. We have the man power already in place in the city. We have already contracted an architectural engineering firm to do the work. The architectural drawing will be created shortly. What is left is to secure the funding necessary to make it reality.

This is our vision we can't do it by ourselves. We need the goodwill of people like yourself to make the dream a realty. To spread the word to help. Media exposure is huge, unless people know about the problems they cannot help.

Anteneh Roba M.D.
Amsale Gessesse Memorial Foundation

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Our thanks to Nic Treadwell, presenter of the ever popular Homegrown podcast (for new poetry and music) for playing 'One Small Dog' on this week's show. Your support is greatly appreciated!

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