After seeing the pack lounge in the sun, soaking in the warmth while sleeping upon the frigid snow and ice, them coming to the broken door, I thought a good ol' portrait photo shoot was in order! I wanted to capture more of the personality of each rez dog, because it gives an extra sweetness with focusing on each one individually.
Also, who knew that these portraits, and others from Spring time, would lead to some rescues and being on posters for one of the organizations?!...More about that later!
Spotty (Nibbles) waiting patiently in front of the garbage box. The dogs are always pleased to get food other than the scraps that fall out.
Joy, looking back after barking at other dogs passing by and the snow fall.
Aurora - Precious. She is the first dog who connected with me and stayed close the entire time. The leader of the pack, she is sweet, courageous, protective, and strong.
Patches - Aurora's best friend and her top companion in the pack. An extremely gentle dog who demanded many pets when inside, enjoyed sleeping on the heated floor with Aurora (until they got too hot and would go back to the snow), and was my boyfriend's favourite dog while living up here.
When spending time with Patches, and seeing how he interacted with my boyfriend daily, a part of him really felt and seemed human. Reincarnation, perhaps?
Joy, I believe, will stay a puppy at heart his entire life. He is young, energetic, always curious, and enjoys receiving pets and cuddles from anyone who will give him the time!
Pirate is one of the later members of the pack. He came around when it was below -30 Celsius. He was quite timid and injured. His one eye is damaged which affects his vision, and along with having multiple smaller scars and cuts, he has a large scar on his back in the shape of a 'Y' which gets quite dry. After cleaning him up a bit and spending days of encouraging him to come in, we finally got him in through the front door. Now, he is loyal and close to Aurora.
Princess is one of the more domesticated of the pack. She loves to be inside, always wants on the couch, and aside from playing with the pack, enjoys being by herself.
Spotty Nibbles posing upon a snow bank with Joy in behind. They had been chasing each other around, but Joy felt defeated when she sat on the pile of snow with me 'protecting' her. She is a strange dog and would nibble on my pants and coat whenever I was outside. She has finally grown out of that habit!
This is one of the last photos that I took of Patches in March. Unfortunately, he passed away due to illness and with no vet clinic, all we could do was try to keep him happy and comfortable. When he would come in to visit, we would use lavender and other essential oils with teas to help him relax with the scent. He slept in the sun, surrounded by the pack, and Aurora refused to leave his side day and night.
Aurora would not go into the neighbour's house at night when all of the other dogs were inside. She stayed outside and howled all night the week before, and following Patches' passing. She would look up at the night sky and it sounded like she was crying for her friend, honouring and remembering him. It was so sad to see her heartbroken to no longer have her best friend, and father of her past litters with her.
Patches crossed the Rainbow Bridge and I am sure is chasing many rabbits and caribou, looking over his pack.