Suppose your work day involved rolling out of bed and into snow drifts, hopping a ski lift to the top of a mountain, and trailblazing your way along steep, slippery embankments where avalanches have been known to occur. Granted, this might sound pretty ideal to some of you extreme skiers out there … but did I mention you’d be wearing nothing but a harness?
Such is a day in the life of the BARK patrol, the canine avalanche rescue team working the slopes of Oregon’s Mt. Bachelor featured in our Book of the Week: BARK Dogs. “Petographer” (a.k.a. professional pet photographer) Paul Clark has captured rescue dogs Kasha, Kenai, and Salcha hard at work and play, floppy ears flying and paws pounding the snow. But some of our favorite shots are of the dogs chilling out on the chair lift after a long day, tails dangling over the sides to cast impressive shadows on the slopes. Now that’s a rest well earned after a day spent braving avalanches, not to mention some of us skiers who should really stick to the bunny slopes (ahem).
BARK patrol, we salute you, and your fearless petographer too.