Remembering the Whistler sleddies today.
12 years ago today the infamous Whistler sled dog cull began and over the course of two days - April 21 + 23, 2010 (depending on confirmed vs. unconfirmed reports), 56-100 dogs used for pulling tourists around Whistler, BC, were killed.
Out of that tragedy, however, this community formed. A community made up of adopters, fosters and advocates sharing knowledge, providing support and handing out lots of sleddie love.
What happened can’t be undone, but for those first sleddies from Whistler who became ambassadors, they, along with their adopters proved that the old way isn’t the only way. And by forging a new path, the opportunity for hundreds more former sled dogs to make their way into warmth, comfort, safety and love has been created. It’s been pretty extraordinary to watch this group grow and evolve over the years as well as see the ripple effect it’s having.
In honour of the Whistler sled dogs, I share with you the faces and names of the 216 former sled dogs I've had the privilege of meeting and photographing over the last decade.
Rest in peace and love Whistler sleddies, you did not die in vain.
Your memory is being kept alive by everyone here.