The Sled Dogs of Whistler
I too remember hearing about the 'cull'. The number was not confirmed but it was reported anywhere between 50-100 dogs had been killed. These were sled dogs... used to pull tourists around the snowy trails in Whistler, BC. But the 2010 Olympics were now over. When the news broke, people debated the reports from all sides. I'm not going to go over it all again. I'm not a reporter or a journalist. I'm just a girl... a dog lover... a photographer, who jumped at the opportunity to visit the kennels just outside of Whistler, BC in September 2013 and spend 3 days immersed in their 'retirement' world.
After meeting my first retired sled dog in 2012, I have been captivated and fascinated with them and their stories. From photographing new dogs arriving at a shelter to arriving in their new homes. From those days spent at the kennels to vet visits, to reunions and foster homes with hikes, beach adventures, and even being there for the final farewell to one very special dog, there have been photos taken along the way so I'm taking this opportunity to share them...
But while sled dog tours and the sled dog racing industry continue (yes, they are alive and well), there will be retirees awaiting homes. Thankfully there are committed humans and organizations ready and willing to help find them homes and any necessary vet care required.
For more information on adopting, fostering or helping a retired sled dog, please visit: www.victoriahumanesociety.com.
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