It’s getting harder to write these.
What can I say that hasn’t been said. My sadness is sadness.
Sharing the lives and passing of dogs that aren’t my dogs, but for whom I’ve felt a kinship with from the moment I heard about the Whistler sled dog massacre and met my first retired sled dog.
They were survivors of a tough industry. Survivors of a massacre. Survivors.
Question has left her mark of goodness. Her mark of silliness. Her mark of solidity.
Looking back over the last three years I sort of feel like I took her for granted when I was with the sleddie gang… she didn’t have a lot of the fears that some of the other dogs had - in fact, she loved to give kisses and snuggle up to you. If you didn’t know where she was, you could find her at the foot of the treat human. She made friends with all the foster dogs who came through her home over the last couple years and showed them all the ropes - also showing them how much they can get away with until the human steps in.
After retirement she was adopted into two different homes and left both.
She then found a home with my dear friend Deb and never left… until Wednesday.
Question has left her mark on me.
The first image is of Question coming into care in Victoria, July 23, 2013. The rest are in no particular order.
*Please click HERE for 'three minutes with Question' -- Question's view of a recent retired sled dog reunion while she wore a Go-Pro!
*For more retired sled dog photos, please see HERE
it's been 20+ years, but even the 'storm of the century', couldn't stop the show this time!
i really struggled because i was having such fun dancing and singing that i didn't want to stop to take photos... but i did... how could i not? especially when it came to rob's tap solo during 'dance the night away'... epic.
i also discovered a way to get some double-exposure looking shots - i kinda dig the result!
more photos of the show HERE!
///meetings with remarkable dogs///
IT'S DONE and available to pre-order**!
5 years, thousands of photos, edits, missed deadlines and countless hours spent in their presence.
through more tears than I can remember, but also laughter, awe, a gazillion thanks to give and lots of new friends.
this book is a labour of love. there isn’t much markup as I’m self-publishing, but ANY AND ALL proceeds raised from the sale of this book will be donated back to helping retired sled dogs.
for those who live on the mainland, if you want to order a book please do as I'll either send some over with a VHS trip or make a delivery drop myself before xmas so as to help save on additional shipping charges.
**DEADLINE FOR FIRST ORDER (to get before xmas): OCTOBER 17, 2016!
ORDER HERE: www.wendynesbitt.com/books
Outlooks for Men partnered up with the Victoria Humane Society to put on a fundraiser last night but no matter how handsome and stylish the men were, the dogs stole the show!
Thanks to the VHS adoptable pups for being so cool with it: Clover, Kennedy, Chase, Dale, Brennan, and the PUPPIES! Plus VHS alum, Ed(die) and our spokesdog Gus!
And high paws to: Finlay, Maisie, Janice, Susan + Duma, Eddie, Becks, Werthers + Tucker!
Have a look... and then head over the the Victoria Humane Society facebook page to see more!
I am at a loss for words and my heart is heavy over the passing of Cola, a retired Whistler sled dog who was adopted by dear friends...
Remembering you that day three years ago, hiding in your igloo and barking at me if I came too close only amplifies how far you'd come since then.
Your awkwardness and crossed eyes made me smile every time I saw you. Your being. Your presence.
You were proof that it was possible.
You will always be proof.
But you had to say goodbye today.
To your champions along the way, and to your humans, Heather & Chris, and adopted siblings I want to say thank you for everything they did to bring you into retirement and give you a few good years of lounging in warmth and safety on any and all manner of beds and couches. For the treats, snacks, walks, hikes, adventures and vet care they provided.And to you for allowing us all in.
The community that you helped foster will continue so that sled dogs will never have to go through what you went through in the first 10 years of your life.
I'm honoured and will always be thankful to have had the privilege of knowing you, sharing eightsies with you, and having you stay for sleepovers. Thank you for being so cool with the Mister and Bella.
You were a survivor. Stoic until the end. Remarkable.
Rest in peace and love, my friend.
:: More of Cola's and his retired sleddie buddy stories HERE.
:: "if someone had told me..." blog post
watch cola run: august 2015