NORTHERNMOST BLOGby Northernmost on October 30, 2014 in Favourite Photos, Leia with No Comments
Remembering one evening in Lapland a number of years ago…Leia and I were snuggling up on the couch after an eventful run with the sled in heavy snowfall. It was late in March and the snow was already mushy and the ice on lakes and rivers was starting to open up. When we crossed Lake Ounasjärvi on our way home from the fells, I stepped through the ice up to my hips. The water was painfully cold and when the ice was beginning to break up around the dogs in front of me, I knew that we had to make a fast move and go back the same way we had come before we plunged any deeper. Luckily, when the other dogs pulled desperately in every direction, clever-girl Leia listened to my “turn around” command and managed to pull the team safely back to the shore.
Leia has always been reliable that way – a dog who knows when it’s time to work and when it’s time to play. She hasn’t exactly been the kind of Malamute who jumps with joy at the sight of her harness, however. On more than one occasion she has tried to escape the task by hiding in the back of her dog house! But once hooked up to the team, Leia runs like a locomotive and she always puts in a higher gear on the way home
I took half-day off from work today to spend some quality time with Tuisku. Since Tuisku cannot work in harness due to his foot injury (involving the extensor digitorum longus muscle in his rear foot) we try to compensate for that by spending some extra time with him doing other things instead. Today was a perfect day for hiking so Tuisku and I headed for the sea where we hiked along the coastal trail for a few hours between noon and dusk. The temperature was only a few degrees above freezing but Tuisku still had to go for a swim – it doesn’t matter if the water is ice-cold, swimming is compulsory unless the sea is covered by ice! We had a nice time together, training left and right commands along the invisible trail and sit-stays in front of the camera.
Our dog physio has recommended that we take Tuisku for walks in uneven terrain as it encourages the use of the affected muscles and also helps rebuild lost muscle mass. An untrained eye probably wouldn’t notice that Tuisku has an injury, but when you study his right rear foot more carefully, you can see that he doesn’t extend some of his toes fully. Nevertheless, Tuisku is still running around and the injury doesn’t seem to stop him from being a happy dog. And that’s the main thing.
In this picture you can see that his right foot isn’t in the same position as his left foot. He doesn’t limp when walking or running, he just doesn’t extend his toes properly.
We had wonderful weather today – Tuisku enjoyed the sunshine too.
I took plenty of pics as the light was so beautiful.
I even managed to get a photo of us together using the self-timer. But I couldn’t convince Tuisku to look into the camera and smile – maybe next time?
Hot chocolate and a cinnamon bun tastes good when you’re out hiking.
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Tuisku got in a hurry when we came close to the beach…
Yay! Time for a swim!
Tuisku is definitely a Dog of the North, he shakes off icy water like a polar bear.
I think someone had a good time today!