by Josh Gross
Horrific news broke in Canada last week when it was revealed that a large-scale massacre of healthy sled dogs took place in Whistler, British Columbia, when the number of tourists interested in dog sledding after the 2010 Winter Olympics was lower than expected.
More than 100 dogs were dumped in a mass grave after being killed. Some of them were reportedly still alive when buried.
The scene was so grisly that the man tasked with the cull has been in therapy for post-traumatic stess disorder ever since, and won a lawsuit against his employers, Outdoor Adventures. What makes it especially tragic is that he'd tried to find a way to relocate the dogs and had been twice rebuffed by local animal advocacy groups.
The senseless murder was all the more tragic because sled dogs are so amazing.
So today, why not go the opposite direction and appreciate the s@#$ out of 'em?
The Big Read is a year-long program in which Boiseans are encouraged to read the same book. This year's choice is The Call of the Wild, and readers are invited to take part in a series of events having to do with the book. Tonight, local dog-sledder Linda Carlsgaard will be bringing her sled-dog team to The Ada Community Library to give people an introduction to the sport and her fluffy, lovable pooches.
The event starts at 6:30 p.m. It's free for library members and $10 for nonmembers. There is also a special family rate of $25.