Age: 6 years old, female
Weight: 50 lbs
Breed/Mix: pointer/whippet (vet’s guess)
Sled dog name: Trixie
Age at adoption: 4 years
Adopted from: Victoria Humane Society, July 2015
Coat - single/double: single
Likes: treats, walks, running, cuddling on our bed
Dislikes: fireworks, some loud noises, small dogs, dog that bark at her
Sleeping locations: her bed, our bed
Off-leash time: yes
Escaped or lost?: she escaped our backyard once for about 20 mins
Medical conditions: undiagnosed allergies to orange veggies such as carrots and sweet potatoes. She has a tear in one ear and a dent in her head - no idea how she got either
Spayed/Neutered at adoption: yes
Known history: don’t know - from Iowa I think - vet guessed she’d had pups
Anything else you'd like to add: she has adapted to retirement really well and still continues to surprise us
More retired sled dog stories at: wendynesbitt.com/retiredsleddogs
photographed January 6, 2018
Quite possibly the coolest thing about following the lives of these dogs over the years is seeing the transformations.
For many of them, the first time I would've met them they had just come into care or were in transition. Their lives had been upset - whether it was a good life or bad - it was all they knew and change in routine can be tough.
Trixie was one such dog - when I met her in 2015, she really didn't want me to photograph her and she was pretty wary of the whole business - but she loved getting brushed and the attention of the other humans - especially her main human at the foster kennel, Nichole.
I had photographed her brother Charlie the year before when he was in foster and was amazed yet again... thinking to myself, how is this a sled dog? This petite, pointer-cross dog, that looks nothing like an Alaskan sled dog, husky or malamute cross in any way lives outside 24/7, 365 days a year and pulls a sled.
So, I was excited to see Trixie again and when she came into my studio she was a totally different dog than I remember photographing before. She was happy and she basked in the attention - giving paws, head tilts and obviously would have rather I used my hands for pets and giving her treats than holding the camera.
When her human and I chatted, she was just sweet and chill and even licked treat dust off of my hands!