At Sled Dog Sanctuary in Alaska, retired and abandoned sled dogs find care and a life doing what they love. This clip from an upcoming Unconditional Stories short film about the sanctuary's older dogs introduces a special older dog, Mercury, and his bond with the rescue's director, Raven Vinter.
Debbie Clarke Moderow, a writer and musher who has lived in Alaska for over 35 years, fell in love with sled dogs after adopting a 7-year-old Alaskan Husky named Salt. Since then, her life has centered around her sled dog team. She talks about Spot and Lightning, two now-retired members of her team, and about the bond with her dogs that comes from spending miles together on the trail. For more about Debbie and her new book, Fast into The Night, visit: debbieclarkemoderow.com/
Project Unconditional (projectunconditional,info) is a series of photos and stories by Jane Sobel Klonsky focusing on the powerful relationships between people and their senior dogs.
Created by: Kacey Klonsky
Music by: Ross Charland
Project Unconditional by: Jane Sobel Klonsky
Hatcher Pass, Alaska - We had the pleasure of spending the afternoon hiking up to a beautiful mountain lake with Paul and his treasured 13 yr. old Aussie named Sky. Sky was retired this past year as an avalanche rescue dog. Even though she's losing her hearing, Sky runs like the wind and moves with intensity, making sure to keep all of us in her sight and safe on the trail. As Paul puts it, "Sky shines with style and grace".
Denali, Alaska - Mollie adopted 13 year old Alaskan sled dog Spur from Debbie Moderow of Salty Dog Kennel in Denali. In her career, Spur finished two Iditarod races as the lead dog. When Spur was ready for retirement, Debbie hand picked Mollie to take care of Spur. It was a perfect match. Since the day Mollie brought Spur home, the two have been inseparable. Retirement for Spur has been a mix of never ending hiking, biking and ski adventures. Mollie says that she hopes to be tough as Spur when she's her age in dog years.
Video created by: Kacey Klonsky/ kaceyklonsky.com; Project Unconditional by: Jane Sobel Klonsky/ projectunconditional.info
Girdwood Alaska - August is a retired sled dog who, in his prime, ran at least 3 different Iditarod races. When Jeannine first met August two years ago, he had a broken leg and needed surgery, so she and her friend Julie created The August Fund to raise money so he could get his leg fixed. In the process, she fell in love with August and brought him home to live. The two have been inseparable ever since.
The August Foundation for Alaska's Racing Dogs now provides veterinary care, and loving retirement homes for racing sled dogs from Iditarod, Yukon Quest, and professional sprint kennels. theaugustfund.com