Age: 7 years old, female
Weight: 21 kg
Breed/Mix: husky, greyhound, pointer - from our own conclusion and suggestions from the FB group
Sled dog name: Fairy
Age at adoption: 3 years
Adopted from: WAG (Whistler Animals Galore), December 2012
Coat - single/double: double coat
Likes: running, jumping, playing, sleeping, snuggleing
Dislikes: being alone, loud noises
Sleeping locations: at night on our bed or her bed in our room; during the day on her chair by the window or on her bed on the front steps
Off-leash time: yes, trail and beach
Escaped or lost?: n/a
Siblings: the mystical litter - santa claus, pixie (stella), gryphon
Medical conditions: she has a weak stomach for rich foods such as liver + fish. She has just had surgery to remove golf ball sized rocks lodged in her intestines from stress eating them at the kennels
Spayed/Neutered at adoption: yes
Known history: she was surrendered to WAG (Whistler Animals Galore) by the Whistler Sled Dog Co.
Anything else you'd like to add: Lucy is a dream dog! It took her a few months to settle in but after a few accidents, chewed up pillows and destroying every window covering in the house, she calmed right down and we’ve had no issues since. She is full of joy and love. She loves to run and play and never leaves our two-year-old daughter’s side. We are so grateful to have her as a part of our family!
More retired sled dog stories at: wendynesbitt.com/retiredsleddogs
photographed August 5, 2017
Lucy came to the session with her human grandma. They have a beautiful connection these two and it was even more evident when I took some candid photos. Sheila told me the story of Lucy's adoption while Lucy lay with us getting pets. Needless to say Lucy was pretty relaxed about the whole thing. I'd met her a couple times before at reunions but with 40+ other dogs around, there was never any time to really say hello... we got to this day.
The first time I saw Lucy she was known as Fairy and she was standing on her hind legs against Penny Stone at the Whistler kennels and had a large chain tethered to her slight frame. It was 2012 and the dogs who had survived the Whistler cull of 2010 were being transitioned into kennels, but some were still tethered.
The next time I saw Lucy was in a photo of her running on a beach in Tofino - I had no idea it was the same dog - it was a complete 180. You could see the speed and joy in the photo - and when others got to see the comparison, the tears flowed freely.
Yes, sled dogs do love to run, so why can't it be for fun on a beach in Tofino?
Lucy is a survivor of the Whistler cull in 2010.