Books and music together again... spent my evening - a beautifully-warm-almost-summer-evening ~ in Bolen Books tonight. Why?
Because Grant Lawrence, author and lead singer of The Smuggler's, was in town to read from his latest book "Dirty Windshields" AND... Rob and Andrew from Bum sat in to play a few acoustic numbers... for the first time in public!!
Even though the A/C was pumping in the store, it couldn't overpower the warmth in that place tonight - hilarious stories told so vividly by Grant it was easy to picture the shenanigans of a band I've know for over 20 years. I can't wait to read the book.
So many friends, so many hugs.
i usually have a process when I use my real cameras... photograph people, place, dogs, event, etc... go home, upload photos, edit as needed and share.
but with only my phone as my camera back on may 13, i stood backstage and watched the return of the smugglers to their hometown crowd and lost my rhythm... so, here they are!
> click image below to view all photos
tonight I saw Sled Dogs Film for the second time.
it was harder to watch the second time but you know what? i had to... because even though I know more than i ever wanted to about this industry, it's armed me with more knowledge to fight this ridiculous cruelty. knowledge to make governments accountable and knowledge to educate those who are willing to listen on how they can help end this...
Shrek and Grey came out tonight not just as sled dog ambassadors, but as survivors of the 2010 Whistler massacre.
And since then, neither the bcspca nor the provincial government have done anything to help the welfare of sled dogs even though they talked the talk and sunk hundreds of thousands of dollars into a new regulation document that instructs how to shoot a dog "properly". yes, it's still legal to shoot a sled dog because as sled dogs they are classified differently than other dogs - even though there are lots of other working dog breeds out there, sled dogs are still considered different and their welfare is at the mercy of the economy and antiquated dog husbandry practices.
in b.c. we need to hold those agencies who can effect change accountable. write them. pester them. show them the medical records of dogs who come into care. remind them that sled dogs are dogs and they should have the same rights as the dogs that live in our homes. because animals are regulated under the ministry of agriculture, write the minister [when a new one has been appointed] asking for change.
ask the bcspca why they haven't followed up and done any checks on sled dog kennels here in b.c.. ask them why their five freedoms for dogs do not include sled dogs.
educate. advocate. stand up and speak out.
and... if you're interested in fostering a retired sled dog, please contact the Victoria Humane Society as they continue to take them in when operations fold, abandon their dogs, or even just ask.
#pullyourowndamnsled #getsleducated #lookbeyondthebrochure
[to see my "sleddie" experiences over the last 6 years please visit: http://www.wendynesbitt.com/the-sled-dogs-of-whistler.html]