Three super special dogs came into care - Nina, Flash and Pharaoh - and are currently getting their bearings... please watch the Victoria Humane Society facebook page for updates and adoption information!
I was riveted by this group... they couldn't have been more different as far as sled dogs go. Nina + Pharaoh were friendly and lovely. Flash couldn't hide any further in her own skin. She was so scared, but her safety was with the dogs, so she was clearly conflicted. It broke my heart and I couldn't help but wonder what had happened for her to be so stinking scared of us. That photo of the droplet coming from her nose is so telling about what is going on in her head.
As I write this, three years later, Flash is still in the same foster home and is slowly... and I mean S.L.O.W.L.Y... easing into this new life. She doesn't take food or treats from hands, you can't pet her (if you do it's because she's to scared to move), and she's always on leash. She does let you know when she's ready for mealtime and a few weeks ago she bopped Deb's back leg when they were all at the gate waiting to head out on a walk. I've come to know Flash as a sweet girl who needs sanctuary. Everyone interested in adopting her seems to want to 'fix' her, but she may never be able to be fixed, so until that day does or does not come, she needs a home where she can just be and feel safe. She doesn't try to leave her foster home, but a new environment could prove to be too scary and she is a flight risk and escape artist so potential adopters will have to take great care to keep her safe and contained. She also wears a GPS tracker on her collar... just in case.
Nina passed away while in Deb's foster care and Pharaoh passed away after adoption.
... here's a short video of pharaoh rollin in the grass...