Beautiful Animals Ready for Adoption at Toronto Animal Services

I was back at Toronto Animal Services – West Region last weekend to photograph all the new animals that found their way there. Beautiful dogs and cats looking for nothing more than a loving home to call their own.

Some were surrendered because their owners couldn’t take care of them any longer, some were strays but I can tell you that all were very sweet and playful. I am happy to report that Anna, Henry and one of the kittens have been adopted. You can hover over the image to see their names and please share this post and help these beautiful animals find their forever homes.

 

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Happy Dogs

Cannington Dog Sled Races

I’ve been wanting to photograph a dog sled race for quite some time now but the last few winters saw a minimal amount of snow and most of not all races were cancelled in my area. This year, as most of know, has been one of the harshest winters that I can remember. Needless to say it was the perfect weather for this event with lots of snow for the dogs to frolic in.

A couple of weekends ago the opportunity arose and I got into the car and drove an hour and half north to Cannington, Ontario to attend the 10th Annual Dog Sled Races.

(Click on any of the images to enlarge and see those cute faces)

Let me first make a confession. I was a bit nervous to attend. I was worried about how the dogs were going to be treated. Was this just a business for the owners? Were the dogs just an end to justify the means… that big prize at the end of the day?

I arrived early so that I could walk around and hopefully see the dogs before the races started. I went straight to the area where the owners had parked their trucks and they were getting the dogs ready, putting harnesses on and mentally preparing for the race ahead.

What I found put a smile on my face. Happy Dogs! Dogs sitting together eagerly awaiting their romp in the snow. Without fail each dog I approached gave me a very sweet greeting and even a few licks on my nose when I bent over to greet them. I tried not to disturb the riders while they were preparing their team but they were all very nice and happy to introduce me to their dogs.

Here’s a little history for you….

“Dog Sledding was a method of winter travel developed by Northern Native peoples and adopted by early European explores and trappers as the most efficient way to haul goods across snow-covered terrain. Usually, teams of 2 to 12 dogs are tied in pairs to a single towline, or gangline. The gangline is attached to a sled and the dogs pull the sled across the snow.If the terrain is deep snow, dogs may be placed in single file to follow the driver who will walk ahead breaking and packing down a narrow trail in snowshoes. Where the snow pack is hard, in the Arctic, Inuit often use the “fan” hitch where each dog is attached to the sled by its own towline.”

– Cannington Dog Sled Race Committee

Oh…one last bit of trivia. Do you know why drivers are called “mushers”? Early French Canadian drivers called out “Marche!” (which means “walk”) to their dogs. This was misinterpreted by English explorers as “mush.” I’ve done my job here today. 🙂

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T.O.p Dogs – Meet Max

The one thing that I do, that I’ve always done, is that I usually stop and chat with people on the street that have dogs. I can’t help myself, never could. Ever since I was a little girl I used to stop and pet dogs all the time wishing I had one. No I didn’t grow up with a dog but that’s a story for another time. Every so often I would see a dog on the street or tied up outside of a store waiting for their human and I would pull out my iPhone and take a picture because…well they are so darn cute. Anyway this idea for a project has been percolating for a while now…why not take candids of dogs that I randomly meet on the streets of Toronto. So whether I have my iPhone with me or my DSLR I’ll be on the lookout for some of the cutest furry faces Toronto has to offer.

So today I introduce to you… T.O.p Dogs.

Meet Max the Siberian Husky.

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