The northern dogs have gained quite a reputation for themselves. We have hundreds of testaments establishing that they are uniquely special creatures in that they are smart, calm, charming, grateful, spiritual, intuitive and possess a wonderful sense of humour. We are most proud of these qualities but we have another aspect to boast of and that is their stunningly good looks. It may sound a tad bit shallow but we are thrilled that one of our dogs was recently hired as a model for Toronto Life Magazine. The August 2015, Best of the City Annual Guide to the Coolest New Stuff edition features a full page picture of Petunia. She was more than happy to pose and make all those around marvel at how well behaved and agreeable she was while simply being her adorable self. Her photo in the magazine will brighten the day for many readers and we could not be more proud to claim her as one of ours. Thank you Miss Petunia for representing so well.
In sharp contrast to the good fortune of Petunia though we have two adult dogs that just arrived into our care. Van had his ear bitten off in a dog fight in Attawapiskat and it will be amputated tomorrow (August 4). Despite the pain, infection and loss of hearing, Van still wags his tail and licks our faces with gentle kisses of gratitude. He actually has a hole in his head but his spirit is greater than any wound, injury or impairment could be. I marvel at this boy.
Loxy was abandoned by her owners when they moved to Ottawa and left her, very pregnant, in the streets of Attawapiskat. This brave girl delivered her four pups under a stranger’s house and they were good enough to alert our rescue worker to her plight. The pups are now about six days old now and living safely with their mom at our house. Loxy is still confused and wary of her new circumstances but is sweet and gentle nonetheless. The fur parts at her neck where her collar was strapped tightly and I can only wonder how freedom now feels to her.
Beautiful, brave and stalwart are the northern dogs indeed. We have much to learn from them all.