I wasn’t surprised that it was Dulcy who led me to a moment in time I will remember always. She was born in Moose Factory and her story broke my heart. The life that followed her rescue mended it though. Dulcy spent her first years confined outside and she was fed when the people who lived in the house she was chained to remembered. When in heat, she was vulnerable to the packs of male dogs that roamed the community so her pregnancies were of no surprise. Dulcy had a kind and generous soul though, so she welcomed her pups with love.
The chain never left her neck so, after giving birth, her challenges were great. All mother dogs are protective, but northern dogs need to be vigilant. In addition to the bitter cold of winter, constant threats loomed over Dulcy’s shoulder but she was unable to shelter her pups because her chain kept them all in plain sight. She would travel the full length of her chain and circle her pups if she felt fear or move the full distance she was allowed when her bodily functions demanded she do so. She would not have wanted to scent near her pups.
Dulcy’s pups were just days old when she moved away from them and her chain became too tangled for her to make her way back. A fallen tree branch had become encrusted in snow and acted as an anchor holding her in place.Read More