Name: Snail (Snailerson)
Age: 15 years, female
Weight: 33 lbs
Breed/Mix: Husky, Saluki, possibly Whippet
Sled dog name: Snail
Age at adoption: 11 years
Adopted from: Whistler Animals Galore (WAG), 2013
Coat - single/double: double coat
Likes: MEAT! ear and eye scratches, kisses between the eyes
Dislikes: people, unknown areas, loud noises and mean or bossy dogs
Sleeping locations: in her bed next to mine or in the sunny garden
Off-leash time: yes, but only in secure areas
Escaped or lost?: YES! 3 times, 5 mins at most - each time, longest 5 mins of my life
Siblings: Otter, Beaver, Goose, Bear, Fox, Franklin
Medical conditions: hip dysplasia, arthritis, 2 patella luxations, canine cognitive disorder, extensive dental issues, glaucoma. At adoption, she had all of the above except the glaucoma and canine cognitive disorder
Spayed/Neutered at adoption: yes
Known history: She was part of the ‘Franklin’ litter, was lead dog of her team at Howling Dog Tours
Anything else you'd like to add: Your soulmate doesn’t have to be human - and without a doubt, she is mine.
More retired sled dog stories at: wendynesbitt.com/retiredsleddogs
photographed June 19, 2017
Snail passed away November, 2017
SESSION NOTE ~ Snail was a total gem. Although she sampled the treats I had on offer at the studio, she grew tired of them quickly. Thankfully, Snail's friend Heather was there and raced to the grocery store to get her some deli meat so she tolerated the photo session a bit more.
Snail's lack of enthusiasm at meeting/interacting with people - especially if they didn't have any meat to offer - was one of the things I loved about her because if she did come to you, or pay you any attention when you didn't have meat treats, it meant you were ok in her books.
Snail is a survivor of the Whistler sled dog cull in 2010.