Last weekend I journeyed up to the Whistler Film Festival to attend one film. Sled Dogs. A ground-breaking documentary made by a woman who not only felt the pull of the sled dogs but was subsequently compelled to take a deeper look inside and share what she saw.
In addition to seeing the premier of what is now an award-winning film [I'll share more about the film in another post], I got to adventure with some of my sleddie family, eat some incredible food and once again realize just how special this group of retired sled dog adopters is here in BC - how the dogs have brought together such a diverse group of people, what a long way everyone has come, and how incredibly special it is to see these dogs doing as well as they possibly can. I followed the sleddies and their families on two snow-filled hikes totalling 11km.... so much running, playing, chasing and a couple dogs even went for an unexpected swim.
Here are some photos featuring retired sled dogs and their buddies: Jeff, Elwen + Keeva, Chocolate + Candy and Misty, who survived the Whistler killings in 2010, Apex, Calli, Ziggy and Jasper who survived being commercial sled tour dogs with another operation in BC, and Ben, Otis, Cedar and Maddie - four sleddie friends along for the ride.
Thank you dogs and humans for a truly memorable weekend.
For more retired sled dog stories click HERE
To check out [and/or order] my 300-page photo book, Meetings with Remarkable Dogs: the road to retirement for Whistler sled dog survivors, it's currently only available through print on demand at Blurb.ca HERE.