|Barked: Sun Mar 17, '13 9:53am PST |
|Okay, I've had a look....
All those pictures are horendous!
I'm very glad that the musher I worked for was a lot different to the mushers you worked for... I was eighteen when I went to Alaska and I don't think I could have coped with the cruelty you obviously encountered :o(
I'm sorry for jumping down your throat, you obviously have a lot more experience than me and have witnessed a lot more than I did...
I worked for a great musher who I idolised at the time... I worked tirelessly for 16 hours a day, all for the sake of the dogs and the only thing I didn't like were the chains... There was no starving dogs, no cold dogs and no ill dogs... I had to go around the kennels four times a day giving the dogs more straw for their kennels (which were very well made, outdoor, spacious and weatherproof), I visited the slaughterhouse that the musher used to get tripe and barrels of blood for the dogs, I fed them personally every morning and every night (very good quality kibble), replaced worn heat mats in the kennels, and swapped frozen water bowls for nice fresh, clean ones numerous times a day - real stainless steel dog bowls... I helped deliver a litter of dogs in a heated garage ( I used to hide in there for five minutes at a time with the puppies and their mum, not only because they were cute but because it was so warm lol)... I walked round the dogs with the vet and helped administer treatments and learn what to worry about and what not to worry about as well as how to help worm the dogs and care for their feet. I used to go through every booty one by one looking for holes or worn patches and throw them out... We even used to groom the dogs lol... Not properly but more to have a good feel around for something that may be not right... Don't even get me started on pooper scooping lol... Like I said before too, I even helped re-train dogs that were about to retire, to become house pets
Now, I'm glad I witnessed the good side... God knows how I would have coped with cruelty at that age and so far from home :o(
Edited by author Sun Mar 17, '13 9:56am PST
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