There are a lot of myths circulating about sled dogs. One of them being that they can't lead fulfilling lives if they aren't 'working', pulling sleds.
I would argue that myth because I have seen over 100 sled dogs lead incredibly fulfilling retirements. Today was a prime example. The sleddies [our nickname for retired sled dogs] ran and played. They expended lots of energy. and when they got tired, they could choose to walk slower, hang back a bit, stop and sit with some humans and get some treats. They could then run again, play with their dog buddies and ignore the ones they wanted to. They have a choice and these retirees are doing a great job of making up for lost time!
Although I was mostly taking video, I had to get a group shot. And I've decided to show all of the photos from that gong show! As ridiculous as some of the photos are, you can get a little look into what it's like to try to get as many of the dogs [and their humans] into one shot all looking at the camera when there are seagulls flying, waves crashing, beachy smells and so many other distractions ~ including a border collie and his orange ball.
Always fun times!
Roll call - sleddies and their dog friends: Cedar + Niv, Kismet, Boomer + Knik, Pharaoh, Apex + Calli, Copper, Zeus, Shrek + Pique, Grey Grey + Daisy, Willow, Summer + Farmer, Jasper, Sassy, Saru, Cash and Ocea!
And click HERE to see my retired sled dog photo project!