Morley (formerly known as Splash, who came into care back in April) got adopted by a local family so I arranged to meet up with them on what turned out to be a beautiful afternoon.
After about four months in a foster home, Morley found her family just 5 weeks ago, but has made herself at home. Her family is part of our local sleddie community and this will be the second sleddie they’ve welcomed into their home! They adopted Otter a few years ago and were fortunate to love her for her a short, but sweet time.
I know it can sometimes take years for families to learn their sleddies’ like and dislikes, but I had to ask what they've learned so far:
Likes - pillows, cheese, cuddles, laundry (dirty or clean), morning tummy rubs, playing with the hose and getting muddy with her adopted brother Apollo and being the little spoon during bedtime cuddles.
Dislikes - men yelling, car backfires, and she cowered when she heard the word ‘No’ directed at her
Morley is a reserved gal, but when she has time to relax, she starts to open up. She’s adventurous and is showing her young brother all about water and how fun it is to get muddy! She also has a pretty high prey drive, but does have a cat friend.
Not a lot about her background can be confirmed but it’s believed she came from the same kennel in the Whistler area that many of the most fearful sleddies in our community have come from.
But whatever her past, her future looks to be amazing.
Thanks to Victoria Humane Society for bringing this girl into care and for TJ and family for giving her a new chapter filled with love, care and compassion.
I like to share my sleddie photos in a series when possible as I believe it helps to better share a better glimpse into the personality of the dog. The ear radar, eye movements, body postures, tail wags and, in Morley’s case, how gently she takes cheese from her mom’s hand. It’s all a part of what makes the dog individual. And as much as I like them to look at the camera, it’s more about capturing them doing their thing - sometimes they’re looking, sometimes not. And sometimes I catch them with their eyes closed… something I can not get enough of.
Pictured also, Apollo, her youngster-of-a-brother who can catch airborne treats all day!
All photos © wendy nesbitt
Some more sleddies arrived into care with the Victoria Humane Society so I headed out to their foster kennels. My husband came along to help with the writing down of names... and we got muddy and it was such a lovely time meeting these guys. Daisy followed us and wanted ALL THE PETS... we almost brought her home, but timing is everything and it wasn't a good time... she ended up getting adopted by a friend in the sleddie community so I got to see her thrive until she passed away in 2020.
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In order of appearance: Cutie, Cola (now Kirika), Daisy, Red, Berta, Piper, Louie, Lefty, Goldie, Farmer, Otter, Trixie, Betty, our muddy legs.