Exactly two months to the day we said goodbye to our sweet Sarah, we brought a new girl home.
Formerly known as Can Can, she is a retired sled dog from Whistler, BC. We made two long back-to-back trips to Whistler, the first time to meet her and the second time to introduce her to our other dog, Darwin, and to bring her home (barring any dog meeting fireworks!) Thankfully, they mostly ignored one another and did not get too wound up. Coco was way more interested in people, in particular Curt’s mom, Marlis, who came along to help us with the dogs.
Both dogs were awesome on the long trip home (3+ hours). For a dog who has never lived in a house, Coco is settling in remarkably well. She loves soft dog beds and being inside – she sleeps a lot! We’re finally getting her to eat one meal a day without fussing, and will work on increasing it to twice a day soon. She is a husky x greyhound, so she is tall and slim, and not too interested in food. What a difference from our dachshund! Long, low and always on the hunt for tasty morsels.
The retired Whistler sled dogs are truly special, and there are 43 dogs (as of this writing) who still need loving homes. Every dog is truly unique, and will need dog-savvy people to cue into their personalities. Some of the dogs are very shy and will need time to get socialized – but they are far from a lost cause. They need love and opportunity. Dogs are incredibly adaptable. Nearly every dog we met from the group was friendly and wanted nothing more than a pat and some cuddles.
Here are a few links to the story to get anyone interested up to speed:
CBC News / Vancouver Sun / CTV News
On Facebook: Whistler WAG / Whistler Sled Dog Co
The dogs are mostly still at the kennel in Whistler, which was formerly run by Whistler Sled Dog Co. That company has folded operations as of mid-July, and is hoping to get the dogs into homes before the snow flies! They have gotten help from Whistler Animals Galore (WAG), as well as the Victoria and Burnaby SPCA branches. I urge anyone who might come across this blog post to consider the idea of bringing one of these sweethearts home. In just one week, our hearts have grown another size bigger thanks to Coco. Darwin the dachshund is still not 100% sure, but they get on a little better every single day. As for us, we are cuckoo for Coco!