“Laika is really, really well behaved. I’ve had dogs before, but she has been a surprise because she is real smart. I got her at 8 weeks of age. By three months old she was completely house trained. No surprises. She was named after the first dog that went to space. The Russian mission, before the American one when they went with a monkey. The Russians went with a dog and her name was Laika.
I live with my boyfriend and at the beginning he was a bit skeptical about getting a puppy. But now he totally loves her! He was surprised because he’s never had a dog before. So he was really really surprised about how much love a dog can give you and the connection with the dog. I saw him completely change. I’ve never seen him so happy since I’ve known him. I was prepared for the impact. Because I’ve always had dogs. So I knew. But for him it was a big, nice surprise. Yeah, it was nice. You know, you have a friend for life.”
“These two have become best friends… we met at the park. Laika is a 5 month old Husky/Belgian Shepherd… she’s a couple of weeks older than Sage. They are real pals. We often meet up so that they can play together. A lot of folks think they are the same dog. I’ll be walking around the Village with Sage and people stop me because they think she is Laika. They have a slightly similar look until you see their eyes.”
“This is Sage. She is 4 and half months old and she’s a Border Collie. I grew up with dogs… Border Collies. But this is my first dog. She likes to jump off the dock. That’s what we’re learning right now… and she likes digging. But I think when she’s older, I want to get her into Search and Rescue. I’m taking avalanche courses and whatnot this winter. She really likes to dig, so she might as well put it to some good use, instead of having to berate her for it because she likes to do it. We play scent games, so I’ll hide things and get her to find them.
Learn to love patience. That’s one of the biggest things she’s been teaching me. Yeah, learning to be patient with a puppy is pretty rewarding in a sense. You have to “up your game” and sort of stay on top of what they’re up to. They have their own needs and their own wants so you have to be up on that, because they are learning all the time.”
While out on the dock I met a gentleman and his German Shepherd puppy. I asked if it was okay to take some pictures which he was fine with, but when I asked him if he had time to chat he graciously declined, stating that he wanted to stay focused on his dog. And I thought to myself… Good answer!
“Henry was 8 weeks old when I got him. He’s now a year and half old. We got him from a Native Reservation in Pemberton. He’s actually a M.C.S., a Mount Currie Special. We got him from WAG [Whistler Animals Galore]. There were 9 puppies in a box at the side of the road… When I got him, he was all black, and then he changed colour and fluffed up. There are lots that look like Henry… there are lots of Mount Currie Specials. They have the same colouring and kind of that wolfie kind of thing. They say they are Shepherd Lab, but I’m pretty sure there is some wolf in there. But the Lab in him comes out… in the way he wants love and attention. A wolf doesn’t care about that. We’ve been very lucky. But particularly for such a big dog, he doesn’t really know his own strength some times. Jumping up is a bad one. He’s in his teenaged years right now but, basically every day I take him to socialize with other dogs. There are lots of places you can go around here where you do not see anybody. I like him to play with other dogs like this. And it’s almost like I feel like he feels like he needs another dog to play with every day. I can’t stimulate him the way another dog can.”