Age: 5 years old, male
Weight: 45 lbs
Breed/Mix: Husky x
Sled dog name: Shivers
Age at adoption: 2.5/3.5 years
Adopted from: Victoria Humane Society, January 2015 after fostering him
Coat - single/double: single
Likes: to be talked about
Dislikes: loud, sudden sounds and movements
Sleeping locations: in a basket in my bedroom, lower/quiet part of house
Off-leash time: no, unfortunately
Escaped or lost?: no
Medical conditions: anxiety
Spayed/Neutered at adoption: yes
Known history: came from kennels in Pemberton
Anything else you'd like to add: Lunar has made enormous progress from being the most disturbed dog I’ve ever seen to rolling on his back to simply enjoy life!
More retired sled dog stories at: wendynesbitt.com/retiredsleddogs
photographed July 2, 2017
SESSION NOTE ~ I had just found a large mirror on the side of the road and had brought it to my studio and leaned it against the wall. Lunar LOVED it. He was super nervous inside so we would do a few photos then take a break. In between, he kept looking at the mirror. I don't know how much dogs see in mirrors, but whatever it was, Lunar LOVED it.
Of course when we tried to get the photo against the wall, he did it, but you can see how afraid he was.
Lunar's previous life was brutal - and it shows in the top photo. When asked to do something, like come, or wait - if it's out of what they know as now ordinary - it really throws them and seems to brings out a deep fear. It's truly heartbreaking. I know that Lunar, with all his fears, does relax, get to enjoy time with his dog siblings and has a connection with his gentle human because she lovingly talks to him and about him and he really loves that too.