Archive for the ‘Thunder’ Categoryby Northernmost on January 6, 2012 in ACTIVITIES & WORK, Gemma, Skijoring & Sledding, Thunder with No Comments
We put on our skis today and worked our way through the snow clad forest in search of new trails for our working activities. So far this winter the local snowmobile club hasn’t been out preparing any trails so our Mals had to plough through heavy snow while we followed behind on our backcountry skis. It was hard work and we didn’t travel very fast but this kind of “discovery skijoring” is good fun and a great way of training commands, as the dogs have to collaborate well to pass trees without getting tangled (we didn’t use any necklines today) and when there is no trail to follow one quickly finds out if they REALLY know their left from their right. The weather was mostly cloudy and grey but we were welcomed by a beautiful pink sky as we reached the ocean.
Fun in the snow, followed by dinner at Grandma’s – what better way to celebrate Epiphany?
A quick report from our recent packing trip with Thunder, Tuisku and Gem; We had a great time hiking on the Norwegian island of Senja in Arctic Norway, even though it rained practically every day. Regardless of weather, Norway is still one of the most beautiful places on earth. Thunder and Tuisku completed their WPDX-titles and Gem completed her second leg towards this title. Below are a few photos from our trip, you can find more pictures in our Gallery.
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.
While there are many features more important than eye colour for a working sled dog, dark eyes provide the soft expression which is a hallmark of the breed. I do love a pair of dark eyes in a Malamute. In fact, the darker the better!
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!
Our Mals are featured on Canadian Urban Mush Puppy – a webshop based in Ontario, Canada, that specializes in providing equipment for sledding, scootering, skijoring and weightpulling.
Fredrik and Tuisku skijoring – April 2011.
Don’t they look great?! You find lots of useful equipment, together with photos of other working Malamutes at www.sleddogsleddingharnesses.com
I went down to the lake at dawn to admire the sunrise. The ground was covered with frost and steam rose from the water. A perfect morning.
Nature is often at its most beautiful in the early morning, when people are sound asleep.
Spring has sprung. In a month it will be summer.
Thunder joined me on my morning walk. I wonder if dogs appreciate the beauty of nature?
I think they do.
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!
We picked the right day for our Torne River excursion; brilliant sunshine and just a couple of degrees below zero – April at its best! The Torne River is a major highway for dog teams and snowmobiles travelling from the interior of Swedish Lapland to the mountains of the north. The river runs through the village of Jukasjärvi (home to the famous Icehotel) before reaching the village of Kurravaara, which was the starting point of our trip. We had brought Tuisku and Thunder along and they did great in harness. We skijored up to the Alajaure Nature Reserve and had a truly wonderful day out on the ice!
This was one of my favourite skijoring trips of the season – so far!
The weather gods listened and we’re back in business! The temperature has dropped well below zero and we had a fantastic time today, skijoring on the windswept ice of a nearby ocean bay about 10 minutes from home.
It’s been a cold week with temperatures below -30C (-22F). Today was a little warmer so Thunder, Leia and I went on a skijoring excursion from home to the sea bay – a 2 hour run in a changing scenery.