Uncle Ken - Bristol Island, (Hope) British Columbia
As I am welcomed in like family at their dinner table I hear stories of the relationship between the varying animals Ken and his Wife, Darlene, have had over the years. Not only with their horses of 30 plus years in age, but of their pigs, cattle, chickens, dogs and cats.
Ken asks, "Would you like some roosters? I hatched 'em intent on eating them, but after seeing the little chicks, every time I pick one up and bring it to the chopping block, those eyes look up at me. I instantly take it back to the coop and now have far too many roosters!"
And then their was Horis the pig. Who every day Darlene would walk down the drive to. Freshly hard-boiled eggs in hand. She would sit down at the fence and peel each egg for him. As he would see her, we would pop up on the fence and wag his curly tail with a glint in his eyes and smile on his face.
This story holds a special place in my heart and I feel is only fitting to start my new endeavour off with. Golden Dog Sled Adventures in Golden, British Columbia is a business that I was a part of starting along side owner Matt Parr. Parr has been in the industry for now 6 years, starting off as a musher in Whistler, BC he feel in love with the sport. Getting his first sled dog that year, training her to be an incredible lead dog. He then breed her the following year. With a litter of 11 he trained and began his first team. With that his true dream was realized. To start his own small business with 2 teams of rescued dogs from across Canada. Moving to Golden, BC in 2014 himself as well as I began the task of building this new business. Travelling all the way to Saskatchewan to rescue 8 sled dogs and then to Williams Lake, BC to acquire another 8. Not all the dogs were capable of pulling anymore, but leaving them behind we knew the outcome. The few that were older, we worked with and eventually were able to re-home to farms in the area. To bond with new owners. We worked day and night bonding with our team and working to gain their trust. It was most certainly not a smooth journey, with passings of loved ones, lose of land, no snow, dealing with threats to the dogs, we endure and pushed on. Eventually kicking off the season Christmas day 2014.
This is one of those jobs that is a lifestyle. 24 hours a day 7 days a week. These animals are what feed us, house us, love us and work along side us. They expect nothing less from us. This common bond brings us together as family. Unites us as one incredible team. Sweeping through the snow and trees like the wind.
Jillian A. Brown Photography
A Common Bond is a new series for Jillian A. Brown Photography. Travelling all across Canada capturing candid moments of man and their animals. Working along side each other with passion and companionship. The common bond that unites all of Mother Natures Creatures together.