The sleddie support team came together this evening for Tiger. Tiger came into care back in May extremely fearful... and she's still very fearful in her foster home. There have been some baby steps, but she's still super nervous of humans - a common trait I've seen over the years.
So in the yard of a school away from the city, a small group assembled to meet, say hello and let the dogs have a romp... or nap... or whatevs.
I also got to meet my 225th sleddie - Louise! She's a former Whistler sleddie and is just a wee thing! She's super friendly, loves to play and run and hang with her family.
Have I mentioned just how cool it is to see dogs who I've only met on their arrival into care, post adoption? Today I got to see Toledo, Jack and Angel again and it was beautiful to seem the settled and happy. Jack's had some health issues, but his adopter is so in love with him, that she's making sure he gets whatever he needs.
Kayou and Tiger are still in foster. Kayou is such a sweet velcro dog! He just wants to be close and get massages and pets and he'll stand on you or meet you at your level, just to make sure you haven't forgotten about him. He was also a big fan of Louise. They did come from the same kennel... I wonder if there's a history there?
Tiger isn't a fan of most humans but she's found friends in shoes and bits of clothing at her foster's! She just brings them into her bed with her and just sleeps amongst these special 'found' objects. Adorable.
I'm not sure how the support team worked for Tiger in the end, but I'd like to think it helped in some respect. She did sniff and trundle around and check out her surroundings a bit and then chilled out next to one of her foster moms, so baby steps it is and baby steps it will be.
What a cool, supportive community.
Sleddie roll call: Angel (recently adopted!), Jack (recently adopted!), Kayou (adoptable), Louise (adopted), Tiger (adoptable) + Toledo (adopted). Also along for the romp were Max (Louise and Toledo's brother who looks like a sleddie, but isn't) and l'il Sam (Tiger's foster sibling)
Angel, Snickers and Tiger.
Three new sleddies who've come into care.
Three new sleddies who are no longer exempt from animal cruelty laws because of what humans have made them do for a living.
Three more dogs who, once they get time to decompress, let us humans learn more about them - likes, dislikes, what gives them comfort, if they like toys, what their favourite treats may be, etc - and get a vet check, will be looking for a soft, permanent place to rest their head and curl up into sweet little sleddie donuts.
The intake experience is different for each dog.
Angel (light colouring) - Hopped out of the van, sniffed around, found me and my treats, and in no time was jumping up on me, paws to my shoulders, for treats. This wee one wasn't shy at all, of me or my camera.
Snickers (shades of brown/white) - Hopped out without issue, investigated, seemed pretty chill, took most treats, a little shy, reminds me of Gretzky, a Whistler sled dog I met in 2013.
Tiger (dark brown/black/white) - petrified, had a hard time getting out of her transport kennel in the van, let alone getting out of the actual van... she just wanted to hide in there. If she could've hopped out of her own skin, she may have tried. She came out for a bit, but then went back in.
As I write this, it's been about 10 days since their arrival and Angel, Snickers and Tiger are settling into their foster homes, learning about changes of flooring, finding their comfy, safe spots and having some biiiiiig naps.
Not pictured is Missy, who was dropped off at her foster before I could meet her...
Harness + collar? Check!
Double leash? Check!
GPS tracker? Check
ID tags? Check!
Welcome to retirement my friends!
p.s. who's the other dog giving Angel a sniff? That's Stevie!