Archive for the ‘Daily Life’ Categoryby Northernmost on February 20, 2013 in Daily Life, Thunder with No Comments
While our pack consists of seven dogs we still try to make sure that each dog spends quality time alone with us on a regular basis. Today was Thunder’s turn to feel special so I took him for a walk on the lake during my lunch break and during the rest of the day he kept me company in my office. It was a beautiful day today but a bit colder than we’ve become accustomed to this winter. I have mild frostbite injuries from earlier adventures and during our walk today I could feel the tingling sensation as my cheeks and chin went numb in the cold air. It’s difficult to protect the face without having to wear a funny looking balaclava.
In this pic you can see my mum’s house by the shore while our home is further up behind the trees.
Fredrik has worked hard to keep the path open between our house and the garage. I don’t know how many times he has had to start all over again due to the huge amount of snow falling this winter.
Thunder began our walk by sticking his head in the deep snow like he always does…
…I guess he likes the sensation of cold snow on his face?
There were beautiful “ice crystal leaves” in the trees today.
A gust of wind and they’re gone!
On cold days like today we make chicken water for the dogs. We have found that this is the most reliable way of making them drink plenty even in the coldest weather. Before serving the water we remove the bones and mix the boiling water with cold water until it reaches a suitable temperature. Yummy!! We also use baited water prior to every training run to make sure the dogs are well hydrated. When we go on overnight trips we bring tuna instead of chicken.Tuna is Tuisku’s personal favourite and is also easier to pack in the sled.
We ended Thunder’s day by watching telly together. This boy knows how to make the most of life and seems to enjoy every moment of it, whether out in the snow or on the couch
Sharing some pics of happiness this Friday evening; Running behind the snowmobile while we are out packing the trail is FUN says Tuisku! No harness, no lines, no sled – just running!
Happy Malamute weekend everyone :-)
This is what it looks like when Fredrik comes home from work; he’s immediately hogged by our indoor dogs Gem and Titan.
I rarely get this kind of greeting, maybe it’s because I work from home and I’m always around?
Gem (5) and Titan (3) have been living indoors since the New Year and they love it. They will probably move outdoors again later this spring but right now it’s their turn to be spoiled rotten. Every dog deserves that at least once in a while, don’t you think?
Thank you Fredrik for looking after the dogs so well while I’m unable to and thank you for being such a good and loving Malamute Dad. Not every Malamute owner/breeder has a partner that shares their interest so I count myself really lucky because Fredrik is just as passionate about Malamutes as I am. We can talk Malamutes for hours on end. Even when we spend time with our dogs, go skijoring or hiking, we talk Malamutes. Maybe it’s not a big surprise then that we met through mutual Malamute friends. In fact, Fredrik’s interest in Malamutes had developed long before he met me and my (then) 5-dog pack.
The girls love their Daddy…
…but Tuisku, in particular, has decided that Fredrik is HIS human.
I took this photo on the day they first met. Love at first sight?
I think so :)
Not easy to be banished from the house when all sorts of delicious smells are coming from the kitchen…Titan gazes through the window with hungry eyes when we are baking gingerbread and cooking ribs in the oven…poor boy
Things don’t always go according to plan. Just as the sledding season was kicking off I had to visit hospital to undergo back surgery due to a slipped disc that has caused me pain for a really long time. The surgery went well and I’ve now been allowed to return home. However, while my back is healing, I have to stay away from both skijoring and sledding. I bet you can imagine I’m more than a bit frustrated right now. Hopefully, if I follow doctor’s orders, my back will heal sooner rather than later but it will still take a long time before things are back to normal. In this kind of situation it’s good to have back up and luckily my mum lives just next door to us and can help out with the dogs when needed. Fredrik does most of the work but when he’s occupied my mum helps out with feeding and watering the dogs for example, and she also takes them out for walks. I’ve been watching their activities through the window today, feeling a little sorry for myself as I can’t go out and enjoy the snow. But as long as the dogs are happy I shouldn’t complain, we have a long winter and hopefully I won’t miss out on the entire season.
Thunder’s looking handsome in any weather.
Tuisku and Hilary hanging out with Fredrik in the playarea.
Look at Tuisku’s face…
Leia comes out from her dog house and gets a big kiss!
Grandma Kaisa and Gemmy go for a walk. This is fun says Gemma!
Since I have to take to easy at the moment I’m taking the opportunity to do some good reading. Right now I have three books lined up: “City Wolves” by Canadian author and Malamute owner Dorris Heffron, “On Time Delivery – the dog team mail carriers” by William S. Schneider, and “Malamute Man – Memoirs of an Arctic Traveler” by Joe G. Henderson. Three really interesting books which in different ways tell stories about sled dogs and Malamutes. I will post full reviews when I’ve finished reading them. Have a good weekend everyone!
Just like last year, winter arrived with a bang during the first week of December. We received one meter snow on December 2nd and it has been snowing every day since. When we moved south from Lapland in 2010, I worried there wouldn’t be enough snow here on the coast. I saw before me a nightmare of green and damp winters and muddy feet on the kitchen floor all year round. As we are now experiencing our third winter in Nedre Bäck it is clear that my worries were unfounded. In fact, we almost have more snow now than we did in Lapland. Here on the coast the autumn lasts well into November and then suddenly winter arrives almost overnight with a big dump of snow. Whereas in Lapland, winter starts in early October and snow builds up gradually during a longer period of time. Can’t say what I like better, but I’m glad that we found the right place for our new home, as winter and snow really get those Malamute tails wagging!
A couple of hours after we have removed all the snow from the porch it looks like this again!
One downside of living in an old house is that the windows can get rather draughty in winter. On the positive side – the windows are often covered with beautiful frostwork ;)
Our lovely Sledog kids, Titan & Lyra, enjoying a snow dance together. Winter weather definitely gets our Mals in play mode!
A couple of days ago our rowanberry trees were still laden with red berries but after a visit from a flock of Bohemian Waxwings they are now all gone. Wish I had caught these pretty birds with my camera. I love this shot by Finnish photographer Juha Soininen.
Gem takes a break in her favourite corner of the couch. She is a strong candidate for the position as our *next permanent house dog*. After our girl Lily passed away in 2009 we decided not to have a house dog, but Gem enjoys indoor life so much, and has such nice house manners, that maybe we’ll make an exception. After all, it’s quite nice to snuggle up with a warm dog on a cold winter night.
Time flies during this beautiful part of winter – only two weeks till Christmas!!
Ice is starting to form along the shores of our lake and we are hoping for a long period of cold weather and litte wind during November, so that the ice can grow thick and strong before the snow begins to fall. If we have a good winter with strong ice, we will be able to sled from home, across small lakes and rivers, to the extensive trails of the Bothnian Bay. Can’t wait for the season to begin!
During this dark time of the year, nothing beats cuddling up with a good book in front of the open fire on a Friday night. Both Fredrik and I love to read and have a growing collection of books related to Malamutes, dog sledding and outdoor adventure in general. We often buy books online, both new and used books from Amazon and eBay. I’m currently working on a “Good Reads-page” here on our website, which will include our reviews of some of the titles. Not every book that we have is worth buying, but some are real gems for “Malanuts”.
Have a happy weekend everyone!
After doing his best to ignore Lyra during her first year Tuisku has recently decided that Lyra is actually rather fun to play with. And it doesn’t matter that there are six years between them as Tuisku is still very much a puppy in mind. I had to take some photos of them today as they looked so cute together – both newly washed and in their skimpy summer coats. Without his crowning glory, Tuisku looks like a teenager again
Lyra 13 months and Tuisku 7 years.
A little more than a year ago, Lyra was just a baby pup.
Now they can play on more equal terms.
Our sweet girl Gemma turned 5 years old today and celebrated her birthday by going fishing with Fredrik. Gem is not a keen swimmer but she loves to go out with the boat and experience the water without getting her paws wet, and she also likes to keep a close eye on the catch. There’s quite a lot of fish in the small lake that we live by and it’s especially a good place for catching pike. The lake is connected to the sea by a brook and next summer we’re planning to go on a kayak excursion, starting from home and following the brook down to the Bothnian Bay. There’s a beautiful archipelago just off the coast that we are keen to explore. Maybe we can train Gem to sit in the kayak with us?
At the end of the summer we have plenty of fish in the freezer. We have never fed frozen fish to our Mals but have heard from fellow mushers that frozen pike is a great snack for sled dogs and also a great way of keeping their teeth clean. When googling “frozen fish to dogs” we found both pros and cons of feeding frozen (freshwater) fish to dogs and I think we need to do some more research before trying this ourselves. Meanwhile the pike stay in the freezer.