Archive for the ‘Leia’ Categoryby Northernmost on June 4, 2012 in ACTIVITIES & WORK, Carting & Bikejoring, Leia, Thunder, Tuisku with No Comments
The unusually cool weather of May has been ideal for working our Mals in front of the 4-wheeled wagon. Most of our dogs are still in full winter coats so we aim to avoid the highest temperatures by going on runs early in the mornings and also make sure to take frequent breaks to allow them to cool down properly. During May we have focused on training Tuisku in single lead together with his team buddies Leia and Thunder. You can see more photos from our off-snow runs in our Carting Gallery.
Tuisku, Leia and Thunder – Running equals happiness!
A sunny Sunday afternoon but still cool enough to go carting. Some stubborn patches of snow remain in the forest but it’s looking more and more like spring every day. Our Mals are still in full winter coats but it’s just a matter of time before they’ll start shedding. We’re planning to start bathing and grooming during next week’s long bank holiday. Seven dogs in four days shouldn’t be too bad? On today’s run Thunder and Leia worked in wheel and Tuisku in single lead and everyone did really well in their positions. Good dogs 🙂
Tuisku waiting for the word go…
And off they went!
Spring has arrived with a bang! There’s open water on the lake and the whooper swans are keeping us awake at night with their loud “whooping” calls that can be heard for kilometres. Another sure sign of spring are our females in season. We are keeping our fingers crossed they’ll all be in and out of season before we travel to Lapland later this month. This weekend was filled with fun activities; we went to an interesting and rewarding puppy class on Saturday and enjoyed a long sunny walk afterwards. On Sunday we put our skis on and conditions are really perfect right now – we can ski anywhere on the hard frozen crust and are not limited to any trails. When you’re skijoring behind an eager Malamute, with the wind at your back and the sun on your face, it’s easy travelling 🙂
After a couple of days with cold temps the trails are hard again and Thunder, Tuisku and Leia have been out sledding during the weekend. This winter we try to avoid lakes and rivers as much as possible as ice conditions remain extremely unsafe due to the mild weather we had in the beginning of the season. Instead we have been exploring the forests near the coast, searching the map for long, uninterrupted stretches with few road crossings. So far we have been trying out a new trail almost every week, which is great for the dogs who get extra energetic when exploring new territories. We hope the weather will stay cold during the 4 weeks before we travel up to Lapland for our spring vacation. Would be great if we could get in top form for the big trails. 🙂
Mild weather and punchy snow – not ideal conditions for sledding but Tuisku, Leia and Thunder nevertheless had a nice day out on the trail today.
Our Big Bear, Leia, will be seven years old next week (February 27th) while Tuisku and Thunder have their birthdays in July; Tuisku will be seven while Thunder will be eight. Where have the years gone??
I hope they will stay healthy and be able to work in harness for many years to come.
We usually prefer skijoring to sledding but when the temperature drops below -30C it’s quite nice to dress up in heavy winter gear and stand on the runners in warm boots instead. Today I hooked up Leia, Tuisku and Thunder and went for a trip along the Lake Trail. The pale winter sun accompanied us for a while before sinking behind the treetops. This time of the year, everywhere you look is white and blue and beautiful…
Winter weekends are all about getting out on the trail, no matter the weather. Today we took Leia, Thunder and Tuisku out for a nice 10-mile ride (16km) along the forest trail. A couple of village kids passed us by on snowmobiles and wanted to say hello to the dogs, something which Thunder in particular really enjoyed. We also encountered two elk cows on the track – I had to hold on to Tuisku with both hands and unfortunately couldn’t take any pictures but they are BIG animals! We’re soon going out to feed the dogs their supper and then we’ll spend some time in the playarea before it’s time to call it a day. Feels like the dogs have had a good mix of work and play this weekend and we’ve had plenty of exercise. Now we’re hoping next week will bring clear blue skies and sunshine!
Nordiclight’s Thunder, WTD, WPD & Snowhow Shade of Raven, WTD
It’s been a sunny and dry summer here on the coast and most of the time it’s been too warm to involve the dogs in any working activities. Instead we’ve been taking it easy at home, enjoying quality time with the family.
Since we live in the countryside and have farms nearby it’s important that our dogs behave well around livestock. Our neighbour’s horses sometimes come wandering into our yard, making everybody very excited. Having lived in Lapland, our Malamutes are more used to reindeers than horses and cattle…
Tuisku, Leia and Thunder came along for a quick swim at midnight. The ocean was quiet and the beautiful sunset reflected on the water, creating endless hues of pink, lilac, yellow and blue. Being by the sea evokes the same sense of freedom as I experience in the mountains – and both places create a big calm.
Unlike many Malamute owners, I love summer as much as I love winter. Every season has something to offer and I believe our dogs are just as happy now as they are in midwinter. It’s not the weather or temperature that is important – it’s the magic moments they share with their buddies and with us.
Some new photos of our Leia Bear, at 6.5 years of age. Leia loves to play fetch with her toys and is a reliable retriever in water too. This summer we’ve spent a lot of time on the beach with our Mals, going there in the afternoon when most people have already returned home. After spaying, Leia has grown a big coat that easily gets tangled when wet. So after every visit to the ocean we make sure to carefully wash and dry her coat. It’s hard work, but worth it, since Leia has so much fun on the beach 🙂
Bank holiday and beautiful weather – what a great combo! We had planned to go hiking during this long weekend but decided to stay at home since there is a lot of work that needs to be done around the house – such as mow the grass, mend fences, move logs and plant potatoes.
We’re really loving our new location, it’s a great place to be, especially during summer. The birdlife in the village is incredible, we often sleep with the window open and it’s like being inside a bird house! We haven’t identified all the sounds yet but we have swans, cranes, canada geese, peewits, cuckoos, eurasian curlews and great spotted woodpeckers just outside the house, and on a couple of occasions we have had golden eagles circling above us. There are beavers in the lake and moose and deer in the forest – the abundance of animals near our home is keeping the dogs busy at night!
Tuisku, Thunder and Gem exploring the fields.
Snowhow Shade of Raven, WTD, “Leia” at six years of age.
Titan’s sprained foot has now healed and he can join in the games.
Someone has stolen my slipper!
Evening fun on the fields.
So far this summer we’ve had no mosquitoes and no bugs – let’s hope it stays this way!
Since we got home from the mountains spring has arrived to the north of Sweden and we have been busy cleaning pens, raking leaves and enjoying the sunny weather!
Gem and Thunder enjoyed a trip to the beach on Saturday.
Thunder loves to run in the soft sand.
Titan and Leia in playful spring mood at home.‘
Gem and Titan came along to the village Valborg celebration (Walpurgis) on Saturday night. We met local people of all ages around the bonfire and many were interested in learning more about our Mals.
After a long working winter it’s nice to just take it is easy at home and enjoy spring. This time of the year the dogs are badly in need of bathing and grooming, so this work will keep us busy for a while. Happy 1st of May everyone!