Is there an Echo (in) here?
Why yes there is?
Echo arrived from Manitoba over the weekend, so by the time I got to meet him yesterday evening, I was told he was coming out of his shell.
When I arrived, he had just settled down for a nap, but thankfully he came to the door. And once he smelled the treats, he was in!
It's believed that Echo is related to Clyde (who came into care in April), and if you see the two of them side by side, they're almost twinsies.
Now, let's talk about Echo's ears, right? I saw them as antennae, trying to dial in the world around him. The right ear is pretty much "sticky uppy", though he somehow lost a big chunk off the tip. His left ear is more "floopy", and it has a big rip in it which may be why it can't stand fully at attention. Neither ear injury is uncommon in sleddies unfortunately. Between frostbite, altercations with other dogs or injury while tethered or pulling, the ears take a lot of abuse.
Echo was neutered before he was transferred here so you will see the IV shave on his leg. Not surprisingly he's got some arthritis and maybe sight issues as well, like Clyde. They both have these small white lines in the inner corners of their eyes. At first I thought it was a reflection, but as I went through my photos, it was always in the same place. The vet didn't see it as an issue with Clyde, so hopefully it'll be ok for Echo too.
I still don't have much background on them, but what I can tell you is Echo is sweet. I nicknamed him the 'nibbler' as he would nibble ever so gently on my fingers to investigate for treats, or remnant of them. It's the softest little nibble with his lower teeth (that are pretty ground down) and whatever he's got on the top. It gave me goosebumps it was so cute and gentle. I managed to capture it on video (see end of photo gallery), but you have to watch to the end to see it!
Whatever his backstory is, it's gonna be a good story going forward. His foster - who's always been more of a cat person - is totally smitten with him. She was hesitant about fostering a former sled dog, thinking he'd be too high energy, but Echo is showing her the ropes of sleddie life which so far has consisted of: Eat, nap, walkies, look out the window from the table next to the sofa, eat, walkies, sleep in her bed, repeat. Next up is a wellness exam at the vet, and if all is well, Echo will be adoptable through the Victoria Humane Society.
Thanks for checking in,
Note: While I would love to see Echo as a free spirit - without all the accessories - the photos were done in his un-fenced yard, so safety first! And who knew one leash would match the beautiful rhodos!