Name: Charlie (aka Charles, lovebug)
Age: 9 years old, male (jan 1, spca bday; mar 15, adoption day)
Weight: 57 lbs
Breed/Mix: alaskan husky/hound
Sled dog name:
Age at adoption: 6 years
Adopted from: Burnaby SPCA, 2014
Coat - single/double: single
Likes: running, playing in snow, hiking, chasing things (bunnies, coyotes, squirrels)
Dislikes: confined spaces, people, kids, loud noises, bangs, basketball, soccer balls, anyone touching him/going near him
Sleeping locations: on my bed/guest bed/his bed in my room
Off-leash time: yes, daily
Escaped or lost?: many times for about 20 mins, once for 3 hrs. he must now wear a halter as he can slip out of collars
Medical conditions: extreme anxiety, PTSD, can’t handle change
Spayed/Neutered at adoption: yes
Known history: originally came from Dawson Creek
Anything else you'd like to add: Charlie loves to run and will run with me or others he sees on the trail. For the first 4 months he never wagged his tail or made a sound. Now in the park he howls and holds up his tail.
He had a plastic dinosaur he loved and chewed up. He’d go get it if he wanted attention. He found it in the park and insisted on bringing it home. He absolutely loved it until he completely destroyed it.
He loves toys he can steal but quickly loses interest.
More retired sled dog stories at: wendynesbitt.com/retiredsleddogs
photographed October 21, 2017
Charlie came over from Vancouver with his sister Mila (coming up) and their humans. Having a sibling there made it easier on both of them - especially being in such an unfamiliar place. Charlie's human did a great job of helping him stand in position and even though he's got a serious tail tuck happening, he was ready for the treat she was holding for him and he got it as soon as the shutter clicked.
As with most of the sleddies in this project, Charlie chose to chill on the sofa when possible, so to keep it easier on him, I took one of his portraits while he relaxin'.
After the session Charlie got to go for a rainy adventure in the woods with some local sleddies.