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The indignities. For young pups out there, you absolutely need to cover your eyes for this post. It is degrading, inhumane, and disgusting. Yep, we have been abused. We received baths.
Rusty in total shock at the horror
We know, we know. It is shocking and horrifying. And when you hear the human’s logic, this senseless tragedy will make even less sense. Their first piece of logic was that we were already wet. You see, we had been hiking in the rain. Even Khyra noted that she caught a whiff of wet dog. One kid approached the Jeep to see the dogs and exclaimed to his father, “Dad, they stink.” (Sadly, we are not making that up) If we ever see that kid again, . . .
Qannik soaking the water into that thick coat
But the second piece of logic is even more astounding. Apparently, we are going to meet some Karen Ramstead of North Wapiti Kennels who supposedly knows something about Siberian Huskies. Something about she has run 4 Iditarods with an all Siberian Husky Team and has some 70 or 80 Siberian Huskies. Whatever.
But get this – we are not even going to get to meet her. The humans are. What?????
Siberian Husky Assist , which is the rescue that Kodiak came from, is hold a Working Dog Symposium this Saturday, May 30, in Bristol, Tennessee, and Karen Ramstead will be one of the guest speakers. Other guest speakers will be Dr. Al Townsend (a V-E-T!) who received the Golden Stethoscope Award for contributions above and beyond the call of duty in bringing veterinary care to the dogs of the Iditarod. There will be events on personal protection dogs (not of any interest to Siberians), weight pulling, and hunting dogs.
But get this – dogs not a part of the actual event are not allowed in the building. But we are working dogs! Ok, a working breed, but kind of laid back, lazy, non-working dogs, but you get our point. So apparently we get to stay in the S-RV in air conditioned comfort while the humans go inside. Ok, maybe that is not so bad, but why baths?
Kiska shakes her head at the wonder of it all
Anyway, if you are anywhere close, you should come down for a spectacular event. That is, if you are human and all. We know of humans that are coming from a very long ways away. And it is for a good cause and supports a fantastic Siberian Husky rescue group, so we guess we will forgive our humans for abandoning us in the S-RV. We are wondering what the special make-up supper meal will be that evening in the campground after our extra special forgiveness hike?
But will you see a dog work this hard to get water out of her coat?
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