Hello! Surprise sleddies arriving on Tuesday!..."
Said the message I received on Friday at 4:43pm.
And then today - Monday - at 11:54am:
"So I screwed up and the dogs are on their way down now.. not tomorrow..."
Ok... today's plans of practicing making a Japanese bound book will be moved to tomorrow and today will be SLEDDIES! YAY!
I had been eating lunch when I saw the message so I wolfed down my Beyond burger, grabbed my gear and headed to the shelter.
And there they were...in all their adorableness, Black and Robbie, with licks and hellos as I walked in the door.
Black and Robbie are both females and about 8/9 years old. You can tell who's who because Black is, well, black other than a little bit of grey muzzle (gah!). They were already getting saddled up (collars, harness, leashes, GPS trackers) and Black's foster was already on hand. This lucky lady was going to hang out with Twister and his family so once she was ready, she got loaded into the car and off they went!
It was hot out today and Robbie's foster hadn't got the day change memo yet so Jill - the lovely human who volunteers her time to organize all things sleddie for VHS - and I hung out in the air conditioned shelter for a bit and since Robbie standing next to me, I started to massage Robbie's hips.
Oh my god.
Her eyes started to close and her bum slowly lowered until she was sitting in my lap.
We stayed like that for 5-10 mins and I tried to get video but as soon as I stopped massaging with both hands, she got up to readjust and massage time was done for now.
Both took treats easily, gave kisses and had no concept of personal space... like so many other sleddies I know. Black did some good head tilts and Robbie's got the ear signals!
They will get to learn about life in a home, get a vet checkup and any medical needs taken care of and then will be ready for adoption through the Victoria Humane Society (VHS).
As a side note, VHS is in dire need of foster homes for not just sleddies, but so many other dogs and cats. With summer holidays coming up the usual foster homes are either full or needing to take a break as they've been helping record numbers of animals for the last 3+ years. With multiple requests to take in animals daily... single dogs and cats, litters, pregnant, abandoned, in need of costly medical... and on it goes... the bigger pool of fosters, the more animals they can help! So if you're interested, check out the application on their website.
Welcome to retired life on Vancouver Island Black + Robbie!
As always, I share many photos of their arrival to help illustrate the subtle changes that happen when clicking the shutter.