If someone had told me last September, that in less than a year the only retired sled dog at the Whistler kennels who I wasn't able to see or photograph properly because he was too afriad to come out of his igloo, would one day be visiting my house... in my living room, sniffing around my backyard and eating a chewie on my carpet, I'm not sure I would've believed them. Not because of any doubt about this dog or his abilities, just doubt of circumstance that his path would intersect with mine again... so closely.
But this happened last night and I've been thinking about it ever since...
So I just wanted to thank everyone who has championed for Cola... to those who saved him, cared for him, slept by him and helped him to trust; who have shared their homes and lives with him and to Heather + Chris for being there, without judgment or agenda, when help was needed and ultimately taking the sleddie leap. And to Saru for being so cool about it all...
You never know where life will take you and whose life will intersect with yours. If you're destined to meet again, you will.
Thanks to the "Cola Champions" I know of, including Penny Stone, Kim + Sue of Whistler Sled Dog Co, Jay Pop, Angie, Barbara + David and Heather + Chris Raines.
Six dogs, six humans and one mountain.
I've posted photos of this climb back in January but it was a smaller group that time. This group is growing and it's the best feeling seeing how happy these pups get - not only when they're together - but out on adventures. Plus they're always coming up with something new and silly to make us laugh (mud boots Chichi?).
This time I got a nose print on my lens that I didn't notice until I got to the top. I have no idea how that happened (*ahem*, *cough* Chichi) but I shall embrace it because it's all part of what happens on these hikes.
Thanks to Chichi, Lola + Shannon, Cola, Saru, Heather + Chris, Lion, Nordique + David and Holly for a super fun morning adventure.
I posted these photos on facebook back in July... I never posted them on my website.
I guess I was in a hurry to share them because I was so incredibly proud of my husband that night.
He took a giant leap and landed safely in the moment.
Rob Nesbitt | Solo Acoustic Performance at the Copper Owl | July 10, 2014
it was hot the other evening so I went to cool off in the garden
the light was on outside the shed
and I saw my garden illuminated in a whole new way
Me and the Mister packed up the car and headed to Savona for the weekend to visit family. Family I didn't grow up with, but am now getting to know better with each visit.
I didn't get a lot of photos of the humans. I think I was just too busy taking it all in as it turned out to be pretty overwhelming - but the dogs... I got lots of photos of the dogs.
Lucky for me, these incredibly warm and welcoming people are now a part of my life, so there's lots of time for more photo ops.
Karaoke and (low) cliff diving next time for sure.