As I've said before, the BEST part about delivering my latest book is getting to see the dogs!
Yesterday I got to see two of my buddies and meet a new friend.
First to the gate was Shrek [Shrekkie]! I hadn't seen him in ages and he just hasn't changed at all. He was one of the first retired sled dogs I met back in March 2012. Back when no one knew what to expect from 'these dogs' . He was a lovey, silly, goofy boy back then and he still is. Only now he's playing with toys - and LOVES his orange ball.
His 'sister' Pique was a doll as usual - she spent a lot of time getting right in close to sniff my face and then staring at me with her light blue eyes. She was Question's sister and the resemblance is pretty amazing... except Pique still has her whole tail. Apparently Pique doesn't play with the toys, but yesterday she decided to have a go at Shrekkie's orange ball - pawing at it and all. GAH!
And I finally got to meet Coyote. The dashing Coyote was no longer needed or useful on the sled dog racing circuit - he apparently ran the 1000 mile Iditarod race more than once - and ended up in a shelter in the NWT. He's currently a Victoria Humane Society foster with Barb and her family and if he didn't have such a keen interest in small animals, he might have come home with me. His racing years have not been kind on him - with bowed legs and arthritic wrists - this fella is happiest to just trundle around and snuggle and eat. Did I mention how gentle, and sweet and LOVELY he is?! He's looking for a comfy retirement home... *nudge nudge* *wink wink*
Big hugs to Barb and family for stepping up for the sleddies!
For more information on Coyote and adopting from the Victoria Humane Society, go HERE!
To view my collection of retired sled dog photos and goings-on, go HERE!
HOLY WOOFERS! Thank you to everyone who helped me along the way with this project! To those who would help wrangle dogs, share their dogs and stories, meet up for walks, hikes and hangouts. Who laughed with me and cried with me. Who travelled to reunions. Who've stepped up for them and have become a voice. Who opened their homes and hearts to these special dogs. Who let me follow them with my camera.
It's all helped raise... $2000!
This money has been donated to the Victoria Humane Society who has helped in the re-homing of hundreds of retired sled dogs. They've picked up the pieces, paid vet bills, travelled to remote locations, all to help more dogs... and they continue to do it, because they are dedicated to helping the 'sleddies'.
If you'd still like to order a book they are $50 each [shipping extra outside of Greater Victoria] and there are only a limited number left. You can purchase them in person at upcoming Victoria Humane Society events [watch their facebook page for information] or through me. Full ordering information can be found here.
For more on this project including photos that aren't in the book, please visit: The Sled Dogs of Whistler
I delivered a couple of my Meetings with Remarkable Dogs books today... I've been asked why I deliver them... it's easy - So I get to visit with the dogs!
Today I got see Sassy again and have a visit, give her some loves and in return get a face wash and my hands cleaned! She's a retired sled dog, or 'sleddie' as they're now known in certain circles.
//sassy, the sassinator, classy sassy///
a retired sled dog whose eyes will pierce your soul, whose ears will hear your stories and whose face that will melt your heart.