Age: 9 years, male
Weight: 60 lbs
Breed/Mix: Pointer X/? Husky?
Sled dog name: Silly
Age at adoption: 5 years
Adopted from: SPCA Victoria, October 2013
Coat - single/double: double
Likes: CHICKEN! snuggles, bones, our cat
Dislikes: carrots, new surroundings, loud noises (fireworks), mean little dogs scare him
Sleeping locations: living room carpet, dog bed, furniture
Off-leash time: yes, yard only
Escaped or lost?: yes 2-3 times, about 20 mins only
Siblings: not sure (currently lives with adopted sleddie sibling, Sun and two malamute siblings)
Medical conditions: no
Spayed/Neutered at adoption: yes
Known history: He came from the Whistler kennels
Anything else you'd like to add: Silly is an extremely submissive animal. It took a long time for him to make eye contact with us. Now his nickname is “cuddle puddle”. He is a sweet boy.
More retired sled dog stories at: wendynesbitt.com/retiredsleddogs
photographed June 18, 2017
SESSION NOTE ~ YES, that's Silly's mom's hand holding him - Silly had a tough time standing still so I tried just clicking the shutter as he walked through the frame - it didn't work so well - so his mom held his collar on one of his circles around the studio and we got it - thanks LM!
These sessions were tough for a number of the dogs - when they were working dogs, being told to do something wasn't always a positive experience - so even just working with them using treats, praise or just waiting, trying to watch their behaviour and then capturing what I could in that split second of them standing in the right spot could cause them stress. Something I was desperately trying to limit.
I've since seen Silly out and about and he was very happy to melt into me for some cuddles.
Silly is a survivor of the Whistler sled dog cull in 2010.