Binkie the Yoga Dog

Whistler prides itself on being a pretty dog-friendly community. Our community-run animal shelter is more than three decades old, and dogs even have their own dedicated section of beach at Rainbow Park. Canines have always been prominent citizens in this valley; one could even argue that they were more important during the early days of Alta Lake, when they helped with the essential tasks of hunting and shooing away bears, as well as warming hearts like only dogs can.

Dogs appear in tons of the photos in our archives, so much so that you start to feel like you know some of them personally. You find dogs out on the hunt, hiking high up in the mountains, chasing horses, playing around the lake…

One prominent pooch, a spaniel named Binkie, led an especially unique life.

Growing up on the idyllic shores of Alta Lake, from a young age Binkie led a particularly leisurely lifestyle. In her abundant spare time she developed the habit of standing on her hind legs like a person.

Binkie was clearly quite proud of her bipedalism, and she was always keen to show off for the camera.

Binkie became a minor celebrity thanks to her unique skills, even landing a holiday-card contract with Hallmark…

What started out as an attention-gaining stunt morphed into something much greater as Binkie began to recognize the meditative qualities of prolonged balancing on her hind legs.
Binkie’s devotion increased with time, and she soon came to prefer Rainbow Lodge’s quiet winters, when she could practice in peace. It became a common early-morning ritual to find Binkie in her favourite spot behind the lodge, having stood all through the night.  

Binkie’s focus became the stuff of legends. As remarkable as it was, however, sometimes her dedicated practice interfered with the busy work of running a popular tourist resort. Look how unfazed Binkie was by this fuming-mad horse that clearly had places to be and things to do.

The photographic record gets sparser in Binkie’s later days, but clearly she continued to experiment with balance, meditation, and focus. Many local yoga teachers consider Binkie to be a guru of sorts, a pioneer practitioner of what is today one of Whistler’s most popular and fastest-growing activities.
Whistler’s history is full of visionaries such as Binkie. Uncovering such stories broadens our perspective on this seemingly young community, and opens our eyes to new possibilities. Binkie was truly ahead of her time, and her story can offer inspiration to us all.
[Just in case it wasn’t clear, we might have fabricated certain elements of this story. All of the photographs are actual, unedited images of Binkie from our archives. We promise that all the other stories on our blog are truthful.)

3 responses to “Binkie the Yoga Dog

  1. Binkie is one really nice dog,just the way I like it 🙂
    I own 3 Newfoundland puppies and love them a lot,I hope I will have one day same dog like Binkie is 🙂

  2. Do do you know if binky was a springer spaniel?

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