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Friday, July 14, 2017

Early Retirement for "Princess Wedgy"

Wedgy was always that dog who had so much sled dog potential but never got to take on the world as she would have liked. She is built beautifully, has amazing genetics and is as enthusiastic as they come but unfortunately a series of niggly, minor injuries kept her from being the Champion Sled Dog we all believed she could have been.



At five years old we felt it was time for Wedgy to move on to her "Life Part Two". Melissa has been Nelson's sponsor for many years and has visited the kennel a number of times, so when she put her hand up for a retiree Aliy believed Wedgy would be a good fit.

We will miss Wedgy and her cheery disposition. Moira walked right by her kennel every night and morning on the way to the Mansion and EVERY time, Wedgy would come out of her house and get a goodnight or morning cuddle. So long Wedgy-Wedgy-Woo! Thanks to Barb Hartman, as well as Alice Holt and Sue Bates who sponsored Wedgy through her career, and to all of you who ever joined Wedgy's fan club.

Life Part Two for Wedgy involves the serious business of collecting squeaky toys and being Melissa and Mike's companion and personal trainer.

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We'll let Melissa take up the story:

Wedgy is my precious delight. I have a webcam so I can watch her from work, and I love to spy on her adventures. She loves her stuffed squeaky toys and believes a girl can never have too many. She received a subscription to BarkBox, which is a service that sends a box of toys and treats each month (for spoiled dogs only). (See the video below for footage of her on the webcam with her toys and of her June BarkBox -Dinosaur edition!)



She and Mike go on hikes to Forest Park and visit the various drive-throughs where dog treats are distributed (the coffee stand, the bank, the gas station…) Wedgy loves riding in the car, especially if it involves going on a hike or to the neighborhood coffee stand where giant dog bones are handed out. The pic of her standing in the backseat of the car is funny because there was a line at the coffee drive though and Wedgy was getting tired of waiting for her treat. She kept standing up to check how many more cars were ahead and wondering ‘why is this line not moving any faster!’



I work long hours, and sometimes Mike is away for weeks at a time for work. So Wedgy interviewed and selected a nice lady named Cathie to take care of her daytime walking needs when neither of us can be there. Cathie will come and walk her once or twice during the day, and Wedgy LOVES her. That's right, Princess Wedgy has staff!



But Wedgy doesn’t just eat bones and play with toys all the time. She has some important jobs. Her secondary job is to keep cats out of the back yard and squirrels away from the bird feeders. But her primary job is to be our personal trainer and exercise coach. She gives great motivational pep talks when we’re out walking or hiking, always encouraging you to go a little further, move a little faster, try a little harder. No longer do I spend my evenings watching TV and eating jelly beans. Wedgy is even serving as coach to get me trained up so we can do some trail races together in the fall. Thank you Wedgy!



And thank you to the village that got her here – Wendy who fostered her and taught her about inside life, Linda who took care of her during her long layover in Anchorage, and Aliy for arranging her transport and especially for offering her to me. She is my princess.

22 comments:

Carrie Hopkins, Windsor CT said...

Love it! Enjoy your staff, Princess Wedgy!!

Anonymous said...

Looks like she is in a great forever home! Happy retirement, Wedgy!

Anonymous said...

What a happy dog!

A-town's Becky said...

LOL! Love the video. Princess Wedgy is still in the prime of life!

Michelle said...

Amazing new home for Wedgy!!

Susan McCandless said...

The video is hilarious. I love Wedgies new home, and new family. Great story, made me tear up a little. So happy for Wedgie, and SPK for knowing she is in such good hands.

Barb, CO said...

Wedgy looks happy and who would not be with a Bark Box to look forward to every month and such loving new friends to care for her. Our JOB is Forest Park! Great great video, thank you.

Padee McCrery said...

Hoho Wedgy woo.
Congrats to your new family. this is one lucky Golf litter Gal. Makes me tear up watching this video.. We will miss you here in Fairbanks.
Happy Days for you all.
Padee Fairbanks and your Sister Chippers' sponsor.

Claudia said...

Wow! What a story!! She is such a pretty girl, you are indeed lucky to have her. I am sure she deserves the staff who attend her too!! How fun her life is!!

Margaret said...

Yes, another example of why SP Kennel is special - so very special!!!

I always thought Wedgy was absolutely GORGEOUS, named after my favourite short iron, the pitching wedge.

WOOF WOOF WOOF!!!

So happy to see what a well trained (SP Kennel trained, I should say) 5 year old sled dog does when left alone in the living room!!! NEW TOYS EVERY MONTH!!! WOW!!!

Barbara Hartman said...

I'm so happy for Wedgy. Such a lucky girl.

Anonymous said...

Just curious -- in which state does Wedgy now reside?

Nessmuk said...

Wedge scored an AWESOME Forever Home with some pretty cool "dog first" people!! We LOVED the web cam and the bark box and the hilarious interactions between Mike and Wedgy.....yeah, Princess Wedgy is gonna have an AWESOME Life Part II!!

Cindy Schaus said...

Love this so much! The video is awesome. Too cute! And every princess should have at least one staff member, that's perfect. ! Have a great retirement Wedgy.

Kathy said...

Looks like Wedgy has a perfect home. Wedgy is truly a beautiful
dog. Congrats to everyone!

Leanna said...

Amazing! I wouldn't get any work done if I had a a Wedgy Cam. She is so fun to watch. And she has her people very well trained :-)

Dawn Engler said...

How Cool! Neat to see the retirees in their new dogs. Happy dogs!

Anonymous said...

I think Wedgy knows her new female leader is enjoying her play.

Awesome balance and agility - faux fighting with those amazing BARK-BOX pals!!! Perhaps she thinks some of them look like those she either saw or heard about in her former racing career - perhaps like those animals lurking in the bushes during her Yukon Quest 300 experience???

WOOF!!!

Best,

Margaret
P.S. The SP Kennel racing dogs could always tell that their mushers were watching them!

Linda Toth said...

I have loved watching Wedgy updates on the SPK retiree web site.

Melissa, you are amazing, amazing - doing what you are doing for a very special, and well-loved dog.

Chris K said...

Wedgy looks exactly like a retired sled dog I had for many years.
A dear friend of mine moved to a new cabin where she did not have to use dogs to get in and decided to break up her house team. Gave me a dog named Athena, I called her Tina. She was 3 or 4 when I got her and she lived till she was 19+. They both look exactly alike. Hope wedgy has as long a life as Tina did. Both Tina and my Friend are now back together. Miss them both.
Good luck to you and your new pal. Alie was a good friend of mine for many years, when I lived in Circle Hot Springs. She is a good one.
Very Best CMK

Gaye Morgan-Walton said...

Aww, this is great! Typical of SPKs care for their dogs, even to letting them go to the right person/home at the right time. I'm on Melissa's friends list on FB and will follow Wedgy's new adventures. I'd love to add a retiree to my menagerie but can't do so right now--maybe one day semi-soon. They'd get love and walks but not see much snow here in southern New Mexico.

Sunny said...

Oh wow, Another successful 'finding the right home for the right dog at the right time.' Way to go, SPK! Wedgy is so lucky. It seems like paradise with - as Nessmuk said - a new home with DOG FIRST PEOPLE. I can relate. I've been adopting sled dogs for almost 20 years. Yes, they require LOTS of love and time and exercise and sometimes vet care. But what they give in return is more than any 2-legged I've ever met, period. Seriously - how can you stay grumpy when you wake up with fuzzy faces looking at you? 'COME ON! LET'S GO OUTSIDE! IT'S A NEW DAY!' It's not just a sled dog thing, it's a DOG thing. But sled dogs have it in spades. Melissa and Mike - take good care of each other and take good care of Wedgy. You have been blessed with a gift from SP Kennel. We will all be hoping for updates on how she is doing in her new home.