[PART TEN of a series chronicling the re-homing of Whistler sled tour dogs.]
I am still sort of at a loss for words on how to describe what this post means to me. Yes, it's a collection of images from a super duper reunion of retired sled dogs, but it's also the last part before I start compiling, sorting and putting together the end game - a book. Working on a long term project is hard - at what point do you stop? When do you have enough? For me that point is now - for a number of reasons, but mainly because it's been just over a year since I had the privilege of going to Whistler to meet the dogs, to see the kennels where these dogs lived and to help share their stories in the hopes of getting them adopted. Some of the dogs at this reunion were still living outside in Whistler when I visited which made the power and beauty of the emotions I felt seeing them again, so free and so loved, something I will never forget. And it will give me the energy to go forward to help share what I have seen of their lives.
So thank you again to the dogs, their families and their fans, for allowing me to document and share not only today - a day of meetings, greetings and fond farewells (until next time) - but every time we get together.
And even though the posts like these are at an end, I'm not going anywhere really - except maybe into a cave so I don't get distracted and start taking more sleddie photos - because I will be continuing to help with reunions, going for hikes with the Victoria gang and advocating for the adoption of retired sled dogs... because if it can be done here, like this... it can be done anywhere.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can
Island Retired Sleddie Super Duper Reunion Roll Call:
Apex , Arctic, Aussie (Dusty), Big, Bubba, Chi Chi, Cola, Daffy, Digger, Eagle, Galute , Grey, Griffindor, Hooters, Jack , Kayla, Lady, Lion , Lucky, Mars, Misty, Moon, Moose, Niv, Nordique, Pique, Poppy (Skier), Question, Reggie, Rocky, Rolo, Shazaam, Shrek, Siku, Sitka, Sky, Snail, Sonny, Stella, Summer, Tuba, Tucker, Typhoon , Wasp, Weasley, Whistler & Yamaha!
And the SLEDDIE SIBLINGS in attendance were: Ash, Bailey, Cash, Cooper, Jessie, MacDaddy, Piper , Saru , Sky & Winnie
Full disclosure... although I carted my camera around, I really wanted to just BE in the moment and listen and watch all that was going on. It was a struggle for sure, because on both Friday night and Saturday my mind was being BLOWN TO SMITHEREENS and I wanted to capture a least some of it. First on Friday with Shawn Mrazek Lives!! and COOL TV and then on Saturday with Bum. I just couldn't help myself, so I tried my hardest to stop dancing for a few moments and click the shutter a few times (this may or may not be why some images are a little less focussed than others!).
When it was time to sit back and revel in the sun and sounds of Saturday with friends, The Dum Dum Girls and The New Pornographers were the perfect soundtrack .
And the topper... the boys of Bum hanging at Andrew's and reminiscing (last photo).
A perfect couple of days.
friday night | copper owl
Shawn Mrazek Lives!! + COOL TV
saturday | royal athletic park
sun, friends, music + BUM
In preparation of their upcoming show at the Rifflandia music festival this weekend, (so excited about this!) Rob and Andrew of Bum did a phone interview with Jake Hirsch of The Friday Night Lights Podcast... while Rob was on the phone, I, of course, had to document it. These guys were so into the conversation and it went on for so long that Rob had to switch from the cordless to the emergency corded phone we keep in the attic.
Listen to The Friday Night Lights Podcast here!
More photos of Bum here!