It's been a wild winter in Canada. Canadians talk about the weather a lot, but this winter we must have talked about it non-stop.
In several communities where IFAW's Northern Dogs Project works, it's been minus 30 degrees since November!
For the great many dogs who live outside in these communities, it's a grueling test of survival skills. We worry a lot about those outside dogs.
This year, our worry gave way to relief.
A beautiful partnership with IFAW supporters, Habitat for Humanity, the Upper Grand District School Board and a group of students from College Heights Secondary School built warm, sturdy dog houses for three remote (and freezing) communities where IFAW works.
Our partners made the building easy - delivery in a deep-freeze would be the tricky part!
Our friends at AMJ Campbell, experienced long-haul drivers, braved the icy highway and made the first delivery to Northern Ontario on a day when it was minus 32 degrees. Standing outside for just a few minutes left me frozen to the core, and really provided some perspective on what the dogs go through.