181 former sled dogs - images taken between March 2012 and April 2020
Click on the thumbnails above for a closer look at the dogs.
On National Dog Day (I'm posting a day late, but does that really matter for us dog-minded folk?), I'm hoping for a better understanding of our canine companions because there's no reason the first 181 dogs pictured above - former sled dogs that were bred to pull sleds for human entertainment and ego - should be treated with a lesser standard of care as well as being exempt from animal protections laws, than the two dogs pictured below.
Sled dogs are dogs and times gotta change.
For more information (including the names) of the dogs above and my almost decade-long project, please click HERE.
Mister Coco + Bella Boo ~ my two adoptees
Stuart ~ may you rest in peace having experienced unconditional love, soft beds, and the warmth of a home and family.
In 2017 Stuart came to my studio to participate in I Was A Sled Dog. His family had adopted another sleddie, Penny, just a few months earlier. He wasn't sure what was going on that day, but he was so chill, he just rolled with it, making himself comfy on the sleddie sofa.
I saw him a few more times group sleddie walks and he was always a gentle soul.
Hugs and thanks to his human family for adopting Stuart and sharing your love and lives with him, and to his sleddie family Penny + Trixie.
Here are a few photos from a walk in December 2018 as well as one from a 'Who Do You Love' photo session at my studio, February 2019.