rest in peace + love Storm
you were strong + silent
you were loved + learned to love
and your stubby bun-bun tail added another element of uniqueness to your already charming soul
you got to run and play whenever you wanted and I saw countless photos of you snoozing peacefully in a warm, cozy bed
i'm sorry your whole life couldn't have been so lovely, but it's wonderful you and Carly found each other and you got to live - really live - a few more years knowing the life all sled dogs should be able to live
I love adoptable puppersons!
So I had my Who Do You Love? photobooth set up early so I invited some of the adorable adoptables currently in care with the Victoria Humane Society in to try it out... they were all such superstars!!
Big thanks as well to their committed and loving foster homes for bringing them over on short notice. Watch the VHS facebook page to find out more about these gems!
If you want to bring your pet in for a session, details are on my previous post HERE!
"WHO DO YOU LOVE?"
~ Pet portrait sessions to celebrate the love we humans have for our pets!
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when: Feb 9 + 10 between 9am + 3pm
where: my studio in Saanich, BC [address provided at booking]
- sessions are $40 for one pet and last about 20 minutes with a buffer between sessions to accommodate comfort for shy or somewhat anti-social pets
--- Add $5 to include a second dog into the photo! However, if you have very 'energetic' or shy pups who aren't inclined to sit next to each other, probably best to book a second session
--- do you like to sit on the floor with your dog(s)? No problemo, it’s casual - this is meant to capture your love in all its perfect imperfectness!
- you'll receive 3 digital images - retouched as needed - for personal printing and sharing on social media
- the 20-minute sessions run on on the half hour between at 9am and 3pm (ex. 9am-9:20am, 9:30am-9:50am, etc...)
- PM, DM or email me [firstname.lastname@example.org] to book!
- full payment is required to book your session (via e-transfer/visa/mc)
Have a shy or somewhat anti-social doggo? My studio is calm, quiet and private - just let me know in advance so I can ensure your pup has buffer time and doesn't run into others when arriving or leaving.
*should you have to cancel, your payment will be kept on file as credit towards a future photo booth session or full photo session
**I'm expecting mostly dogs, but any pet that would be comfortable in this setting is welcome!
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And... since I'm all about sharing the love , 10% of the proceeds will go to the Victoria Humane Society so they can continue to #letthelovebegin for countless furry friends, like adoptable Mary Kate, pictured here with her foster mom!
Photographing the same subject for so many years - adventure walks with my sleddie friends - has made me want to try different ways to share my experiences. I usually pick my favourite photos in the hopes that you will get the same feelings I did while I was on the excursions. So this time I've decided to share a few successions of photos so you can hopefully get more of a sense of not just one moment in time, but a few moments. To give you a sense of the movements of the dogs bodies - their ears, tails, legs, eyes - taking treats and the gong show that is the self-timered group photo.
The last photo is a photobomb featuring ChiChi. I was crouched down readying to get a shot of Tica zooming back to the group and Chich appeared... to know her is to know this is very like her. She will appear seemingly out of nowhere with those expectant big eyes, convincing me to give her all the treats in my pocket. If I had any this day, I would've.
Sleddie roll call: ChiChi, Jasper, MaryKate, Niv, Roo along with their buddies, Tica and Saru.
The commercial and sport dog sledding industries are alive and well in Canada. And as long as they exist, their cast offs - dogs like ChiChi, Jasper, MaryKate, Niv and Roo - will need homes. Please visit I Was A Sled Dog to learn more about dogs leftover from this industry.
If you're looking to adopt a sleddie, both MaryKate and Roo are awaiting their perfect match through the Victoria Humane Society!
For more information and to get involved:
Sled Dogs film
The annual new year's day sleddie walk ~ January 1 at Francis King Park.
It's sort of like a changing of the guard... while the dogs from Whistler who started me on this journey are getting older and are passing on, new dogs are coming into care. The survivors of the 2010 Whistler 'cull' though are leaving a strong legacy. One of caring, of remembrance, and of love.
And as this remarkable community continues to grow, new faces come on board to show they care about the lives of sled dogs. People who will speak up for them, adopt them, foster them, and ensure they get the mental and physical care they need. Who will do the work to help these deserving dogs transition into family life. Who will love them for who they are. It's pretty cool to witness.
Thanks to everyone who came out to this walk and did their best to stand still for the group photo! There are many shared below because to get all the humans and dogs to stand still and look towards me and my camera (no matter how many silly noises I tried) in the woods near the start of a forest adventure walk is pretty near impossible... fun, but pretty difficult!
Sorry to the humans of the doggos that I missed photographing on this adventure... next time!
Sleddie roll call: Apex, Arwen, Calli, Daisy, Fiddle, Flash, Jasper, KC, MaryKate, Niv, Pluto, Roo, Santana + Sassy
So this is super cool... a student film crew flew across the country to do their thesis documentary on my sled dog advocacy project!
It was a few months ago that I received an email from a student filmmaker in Ontario who had happened upon my website after doing research about the sled dog industry. She wanted to know if she could do her film school documentary on I Was A Sled Dog.
It was one of those moments where a million things raced through my mind - not only am I uncomfortable in front of a camera, I was surprised someone was going to fly out here to use me and this subject for a film. Ultimately I decided to do it because more important than my anxiety about talking on film is helping bring awareness to the plight of sled dogs... and now the filming is done.
The filming took place over three days last week. Interviews and filming of photo sessions, capped off with a walk with ten sleddies. The crew made it so easy for me and they were so gentle around the dogs and so respectful with each other... it was all pretty painless.
One of the coolest things about the experience was sharing it with people who didn't know anything about what was going on and with open minds they worked to gather footage to help tell a story that will hopefully resonate with even more people. To see them meet the sleddies and go for the group walk - it was obvious that they fell under the sleddie spell. You don't have to be a crazy animal lover to understand the cruelty that happens in the commercial and sport sled dog industry and want to do something to help spread awareness. And for an artist and filmmaker, it's beautiful to find that connection with a subject. It was really a powerful and emotional three days.
After a few days of decompressing it's given me a new hope about advocating for sled dogs - there are people outside of my little circle here that care and want to do something to help.
I'm still in awe that they travelled all the way out to the west coast to film me, my sleddie stories and cover this project, but I'm so very grateful they did. I can't wait to see how Meagan, the director puts it all together.
Here are some photos from our forest adventure walk featuring sleddies: Arwen, Cane, ChiChi, Copper, Echo, Jasper, Lion, Nordique, Penny, Sassy + Stuart... and sleddie sibling, Piper.
For any of you not familiar with sled dogs, I'd be interested in knowing who you think Piper, the non-sleddie is.. because that's what this is all about. Sled dogs are dogs, first and foremost.
None of the sleddies who came on this walk are any different than the dog who was never a sleddie. #iwasasleddog #getsleducated #sleddogsaredogs
Big brother Ben and his new little brother Ollie came to the studio for fun, frolics and a photo session!
Once the session was over, I had the pleasure of working with the client to create a custom photo book of their session!
Not only are photo books more fun to look through than just the images viewed on a computer, they provides a real tactile element. The book can sit on your coffee table and you can share with company when they come to visit and they turn a collection of digital images into art. Or you can order multiple copies to give as gifts!
Contact me for more info on book sessions!
Bella, Candy + Jewel = beautiful, sweet gems!
I met these three lovelies through a photo session I donated to the silent auction at the Man + His Dog Fundraiser I photographed in November!
A frosty December morning was perfect to meet this crew!