Archive for the ‘MIXED STUFF’ Categoryby Northernmost on March 26, 2013 in Favourite Photos, Hilary with No Comments
Some update pics of Mtn Home’s Northernmost Hiking Hilary at 19 months of age. We got a nice “sit” and an OK “down” but didn’t manage to get any good stacked photos. We’ll try again later this month, before she sheds her beautiful winter coat.
In the end we got a nice photo of Hilary standing up too…
I saw an advert yesterday, for a Malamute named Dewey who is available for adoption from Moonsong Malamute Rescue in Idaho, USA. After reading Dewey’s story my heart ached and had I lived in America, and in one of the states that the organization adopts out to, I would have sent in my adoption application straight away. Read Dewey’s letter below, and if you live in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada or Utah, and can offer Dewey the loving, responsible and permanent home he deserves, please contact Moonsong Malamute Rescue.
If you are not in a position to adopt or foster, but want to help Malamutes in need, there are other ways of doing so. I recently bought a leash from Arctic Breeds Rescue in Utah which is one of the rescues that have been accepting Malamutes from the Montana puppy mill bust during the past year. The leash comes in different colours and is made from dynamic climbing rope, sturdy rope clamps and ESI Mountain Bike Grips. The padded handle makes it very comfortable to use. The Arctic Rescue Leash made by 5 Sibes Sewing can be yours for a $25 dollar donation to rescue. Click here to read more.
It’s been a beautiful Sunday and we’ve been out on the trail the whole day, sledding from home along the forest trail to the sea ice where we had lunch over an open fire. For the first time ever (?!) I had forgotten to charge the camera battery so instead of taking photos I was able to focus fully on the dogs, the sled and the trail, and it was actually a rather relaxing experience 😉
But I did of course rush to grab the ready charged camera when we got back home,
to capture the sun that was setting so beautifully behind the trees.
Hope you all had a great weekend!
We kicked-off the sledding season with a weekend trip to magical Aktse. Aktse is an old mountain settlement in Swedish Lapland, known also as The Gate to Sarek. This is where many hikers start their journey into Sarek, which is a large and mountainous wilderness area located north of the Arctic Circle. Dogs are only allowed to enter the Sarek National Park between January and April so we could go no further than Aktse. But from here we enjoyed amazing views into the famous u-shaped Rapadalen valley.
Surrounded by three distinct mountains; Tjahkkelij, Nammásj, and the holy mountain of Skierffe, Aktse is a unique place in many ways. For over 200 years a Sámi family has maintained a homestead on the meadows just below Skierffe, making their living from hunting and fishing, and later also by providing a boat-taxi service to summer visitors. The Swedish Tourist Association (STF) has a mountain hut close to the homestead but this time of the year all guests are long gone and won’t return until February, when the sun yet again rises above the horizon.
Heading towards Aktse on the ice of Lake Lájtávrre. We kept as close to the shore as possible as the ice conditions are still unpredictable in early December.
Fredrik and I enjoy visiting the mountains during the off-season, the scenery is so quiet and beautiful this time of the year – like a dream in blue, pink and white.
Our initial plan was to run three dogs in front of the Nordic sled and attach both mine and Fredrik’s skijoring line to it, but the trail turned out to be so narrow in many places that there wasn’t room for both of us. Instead we placed Thunder and Hilary in front of the sled, while Tuisku had “the day off” and pulled only me behind. As you can see in the photo, Tuisku was all fired up and eager to go.
Passing through the snowclad virgin forests of Ultevis Fjällurskog Nature Reserve.
Fredrik, Hilary and Thunder with Tjahkkelj in the background.
The name Aktse means “nine” in the Lule Sámi language and, according to the legend, nine bears have been killed near the large “aktsekallio” boulder which rests on the ridge leading up to Skierffe.
Luckily we didn’t encounter any bears on our trip, but reindeer and elks crossed our path on Sunday.
Hilary completed two legs towards her WTD-title during this excursion. She has a fantastic pulling ability and always wants to keep going, regardless of weather or trail conditions. These are qualities that we really value in a Malamute and since we run small teams, the effort of each dog really counts.
We had planned to spend the night camping under the star-studded sky but the winds picked up during Saturday evening and the combination of strong winds and chilly -22C (-8F) made us opt to sleep indoors instead (as a precaution we had borrowed the key to one of the cabins). When we arrived to the cabin the indoor temperature was -13C (9F) so we had to work hard to keep the fire going and warm up the place to an acceptable sleeping temperature. After feeding the dogs and ourselves we listened to classical music on the battery-powered radio and stayed awake until the candles burned out. A very relaxing weekend in the mountains and a great start to the sledding season. You can see some more photos from our trip in our Aktse Gallery.
We send out a big congratulations to breeder Toni Bøgemose Chrillesen of Unavoq Kennels in Denmark, as all puppies in the Extreme North litter between Keikewabic’s Tundra Tuisku, WTD, WPD and DKCH Unavoq’s Dakotah Uniq, born in September 2010, have now been through their health exams with excellent results. All seven pups have A hips, free elbows and clear eyes. Big congratulations also to Bettina and Anders Lübbert who co-own the dam and did an excellent job of raising this litter. Tuisku is very proud of his kids 🙂
We did a routine thyroid test on Tuisku during September and as expected the result was thyroid normal and negative for TgAA. Since Tuisku is already seven years of age, and is negative for TgAA (Thyroglobulin Autoantibodies), the risk of him developing this disease at a later stage in life is quite small. For this test we used the laboratory at the University Animal Hospital in Uppsala, Sweden (SLU). If you live in Sweden and wish to test your dog, you can download This form and bring it to your vet when you take the blood sample. Remember to make the appointment in the beginning of the week, to make sure the sample doesn’t get stuck in the mail over the weekend. We recommend using the following alternative on the form: Tyreoidea: Fritt-T4+Tot-T4+TSH+TgAA (hund).
It’s always great to receive good news about health!
We ended the working week by taking Gem and Thunder for a walk along the coast near Bjuröklubb. All that fresh sea air means we’re going to sleep well tonight. Have a happy weekend everyone!
I love the way Leia’s body language speaks for itself in this photo – her tail is up, her ears are forward and she has one paw placed demonstratively on Tuisku’s shoulder, saying hey boy, I’m the boss around here. 😉
Leia, Thunder and Tuisku in 2006.
Hilary and I spent the day in the forest today, picking berries and mushroom together with my mother. Both blueberries and cloudberries are ripe right now and the golden chanterelles are just starting to show. Hilary liked the taste of cloudberries and it was almost difficult to get the berries into the bucket as she wanted to eat them straight from my hand 🙂
Princess Cloudberry in her summer costume.
A warm and windless day on the bog – and mosquitoes everywhere!
Ripe cloudberries and ice cream make a yummy dessert.
Another stunning day in Lapland and perfect weather for a picnic! We packed our rucksacks and skijored to nearby Lake Ullajärvi with the pups and Tuisku and enjoyed a lazy day in the sun. It was a good opportunity for socialization as many people passed our lean-to shelter on the skiing trail and the pups had to practise being passive and quiet, also when other dogs were passing by, which isn’t always that easy. We also had company of four curious Siberian Jay birds who came to feed off our picnic. After the trip we headed straight for the wood heated sauna. In other words, a very typical day in Lapland 🙂