Warning: Declaration of ECF_FieldAddress::render() should be compatible with ECF_FieldTextarea::render($append = '') in /customers/8/9/b/northernmost.se/httpd.www/wp-content/themes/gallerific-two/_frameworks/enhanced-custom-fields/fields.php on line 588 Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /customers/8/9/b/northernmost.se/httpd.www/wp-content/themes/gallerific-two/_frameworks/enhanced-custom-fields/fields.php:588) in /customers/8/9/b/northernmost.se/httpd.www/wp-includes/feed-rss2.php on line 8 Northernmost http://www.northernmost.se Working Alaskan Malamutes in northern Sweden - Malamute blog malamute blogg and website Fri, 17 Jun 2016 11:14:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.9 Rounding up the Season http://www.northernmost.se/rounding-up-the-season/ Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:06:11 +0000 http://www.northernmost.se/?p=25093 We only have a few days left of our holiday and I’m actually starting to look forward to welcoming spring and summer on the coast. Overall, the winter of 2014/15 will be remembered as a frustrating wait for colder weather that never quite arrived. The last few weeks in Lapland have completely saved our sledding season but even here, in the Far North, spring has arrived about one month too early. Below are some snowy skijoring pics from different days last week. There’s something about big snowflakes that makes my heart smile ♥ Have a happy weekend, everyone!

snöväderMy favourite pic from April – All Weather Dogs 🙂

looking back
Shall we go?

on_byRunning with frosting on top!

tuiskunlyraOh no…Lyra has spotted the camera woman…

funrun…glad Tuisku kept her on the trail, or I would have been love-attacked at full speed 😉

Lyra always ready 2 goSledog Dream Leaper, WTD, aka Lyra ♥

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Time Flies! http://www.northernmost.se/time-flies/ Tue, 14 Apr 2015 11:09:18 +0000 http://www.northernmost.se/?p=24978 Time flies when you’re having fun, and we’re having a good time here in Lapland! During the first week of our holiday we had a couple of sunny days but for the most part it’s been snowy and wet, like today. The trails are holding up pretty well despite the mild weather and we’ve been out on daytrips nearly every day, exploring the trails in and around the village and visiting the Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park on an overnight trip too. The dogs seem very happy to be on holiday and have been in a relaxed mood since we arrived here – eating well, working well and sleeping well 🙂 There have been a couple of less joyful moments too – like when the car broke down and when Fredrik snapped his skate ski – but we tend to forget about the debacles and focus on the good stuff instead. Life is an adventure so you’ve got to expect a few bumps along the way.

shakeitoffTuisku shaking off the snow after a break. Five degrees (41 F) is balmy weather for Malamutes.

Thunder2015An eager Thunder checking out the trail ahead.

Kota

We went on a trip to Sissanki kota, where we cooked lunch on the fire.

Trio

Happy Malamutes awaiting their snacks.

GemmyGemma, enjoying the sunshine 🙂

HilaryApril2015Hilary, looking regal in royal blue.

LeiaMomMy Mum joined me and Leia for a day of skijoring in the national park. 10-year-old Leia is equally happy going on a leisurely “dog walk on skis” as she is going sledding with the team.

LeiaTunturiLove my fuzzy Bear ♥

Kim

Fredrik’s Mum nicknamed Leia our “Kim Kardashian” – can you guess why?

TitanDoghouseTitan inspecting his holiday dog house.

snow

Yup, the straw smells the same as at home – this place will do.

MomMy pretty Mom ♥

björkarAnother day, another trail.

WilderWilder – such a happy fellow!

TräningMy little team on an evening run around the village. I’m really pleased with how well they have worked this season. Tuisku is an absolute force in lead!

kennelsPlenty of snow in the kennels, we had to shovel our way in on the first day. 

GemsterGemmy is happy to be in Lapland again!

LoveSnowAnd Hilary…not so regal looking in this pic 🙂

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A Day among the Clouds http://www.northernmost.se/a-day-among-the-clouds/ Thu, 09 Apr 2015 15:07:27 +0000 http://www.northernmost.se/?p=24929 When you have a multidog household, it’s a luxury to spend quality time with just one dog. I find it very hard to leave the other dogs at home and head out on an activity with just one dog, especially when the dogs you’re leaving behind are loudly letting you know just how unfair this is. Still, these rare one-on-one moments are perhaps the most important you’ll ever spend with your dog, as it is only when you are alone together that you will have your dog’s full attention, and can focus on building the strong bond and understanding that is necessary for a true dog-man teamwork on the trail. Lyra and I had a good day yesterday, the trails were frozen and perfect for fast skijoring and we had the wind in our back when we sailed up on Ounastunturi in the morning. The rest of the day was spent cruisin’ among the peaks in the serene, blue and white world above the treeline. As someone said, skijoring on a fast mountain trail is as close to flying as you can come without wings.

smooth trails OunastunturiPhotos don’t do this place justice – this part of the trail is really magic.

Offtrail1Can you see the tiny trail post at the other end of the canyon?

offtrail2Lyra did a good job pulling me all the way to the top. It’s not for nothing that we call her our “Lyra-Myra” –  myra means (working) ant in Swedish.

avalancheThe trail was partly closed due to the risk of avalanches but the cornices weren’t too bad so it felt safe to continue along the trail.

lyraviewThere’s a lot of power in this relatively small package!

skysnowIn the fell areas the weather can change rapidly from spring-like “bluebird” weather to strong winds and low visibility.

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When the clouds gathered in the afternoon, we turned around and headed home.
A GOOD day for me and my girl! 🙂

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Easter Holiday 2015 http://www.northernmost.se/easter-holiday-2015/ Mon, 06 Apr 2015 17:37:02 +0000 http://www.northernmost.se/?p=24914 We’re up in Lapland enjoying a couple of weeks of holiday with the dogs. After a lousy winter on the coast it feels great to have access to good trails again, and not have to worry about ice conditions or lack of snow when planning our excursions. Having said that, this spring is probably the warmest we have experienced in northern Lapland. I can’t remember ever having had temperatures above freezing for one week solid in early April. Something seems to be going on with the weather, but hopefully it is just a temporary thing.

Below are some pics from our first excursion during Easter – a trip from Hetta to Näkkälä and back. Fredrik skijored with Hilary and Wilder, while I hooked up Tuisku, Gemma and Thunder in front of the sled.

Snowmobile trailThere’s still about one metre snow in northern Lapland but it’s unusually warm for the time of the year. Normally, we don’t have wet and punchy trails until the end of April, beginning of May.

Warm weatherTuisku, Gem and Thunder during a cooling break.

Blue dayIt’s a luxury to be able to go right out of our yard and get on endless trails 🙂

stakeoutWe stopped halfway through for a lunch break in the snow.

stakeout2The dogs anticipate their tasty tuna water coming up!

gemnthunder♥ Gemmy and Thunder in their new Neewa harnesses ♥

lead dogThis is Tuisku’s 10th season of working in lead. I’m so happy that his foot injury doesn’t stop him from doing what he loves best.

tundraHeading home in the afternoon – smooth sailing on well-packed snowmobile trails.

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Happy Easter! http://www.northernmost.se/happy-easter/ Sat, 04 Apr 2015 21:17:44 +0000 http://www.northernmost.se/?p=24894 Our best wishes for a Happy Easter holiday! We’re having fun in the snow and life is GOOD!

Glad PåskEasterwishesHappyEasterSkiPal

It’s great to start the day with a dog walk on skis 🙂

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Have A Good Weekend! http://www.northernmost.se/have-a-good-weekend/ Sat, 21 Mar 2015 20:43:35 +0000 http://www.northernmost.se/?p=24832 We have been enjoying the beautiful weather on the coast today together with Thunder and Leia. The wind from the sea was a bit nippy but we lit a bonfire and warmed up with some hot coco while the furkids had fun playing on the rocks. Leia even had a swim in the icy water but…shh, don’t tell anyone…I think she meant to leap across the water but miscalculated the jump and fell in!

Tomorrow is Kennel Clean Up day here at Northernmost, but looking at the weather forecast I realise that it’s going to snow tomorrow. We haven’t had snow for weeks so it’s quite typical that winter decides to return when we have a major cleaning day scheduled. Hmm..maybe we’ll have to go sledding instead?? Have a fun weekend, everyone!

ThunderMidMarch2015LeiaThunderMarch2015

JumpForJoyLeiatogettdoppiceBigHowl

HaveAGoodWeekendEveryoneStay cool, says Thunder.

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A New Favourite Place http://www.northernmost.se/a-new-favourite-place/ Mon, 16 Mar 2015 22:14:51 +0000 http://www.northernmost.se/?p=24759 While winter might be nearing its end here on the coast, there is still plenty of snow in “Fjällen” – the mountains of northwestern Sweden. We love to explore new spots in the mountains and our latest discovery is the village of Stora Blåsjön in northernmost Jämtland – a place almost too beautiful to be real. We visited Stora Blåsjön last weekend together with Tuisku, Lyra, Hilary and Wilder and had a great time skijoring on the fantastic trails in the area. There are mountains in every direction and you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to trails, as this is a paradise for both dog people and snowmobilers. Next time we need to stay longer as there is still so much to explore – I can imagine that this place is stunning in summer too!

Snowmasses

After a dull winter on the coast it was amazing to be surrounded by glistening, white snow again.

Fresh trailWe headed out early in the mornings, and had the trails to ourselves.

Weekend in Stora BlåsjönThere wasn’t a cloud in the sky and it had snowed heavily a couple of days before our arrival, so everything looked absolutely picture perfect.

A dog with two heads??A two-headed Malamute?

Lyra and Tuisky - Ready to goNo, only Lyra and Tuisku – ready to go!

Neewa harnessesWe really like our new Neewa harnesses from Baggen, they are a perfect fit for our Malamutes!

DownhillSkijoring with a Nordic pulk in a downhill involves controlling your skis, poles and lines, while at the same time pressing down the hand break as hard as you can. It takes practice to get it all right!

Taking a break

Lyra and Tuisku, cooling down in the snow after a long and steady climb in the morning.

Into the white

Heading into the white – the best part of the year has begun!Two PeasThese two love to snuggle up together…

Malamute Kisses

…and to suddenly attack you with sloppy kisses!

Wilder in Neewa harnessWilder

Hilary in Neewa harnessand Hilary

Sleeping TuiskuTuisku knows how to make the most of a break – he curls up into a ball until it’s time to go again.

Lyra in the snow
Lyra is good at camping too – she attacks the snow with her front paws until a perfect bed is formed.

Glorious springday in the mountainsImagine waking up to this view outside your window every day…

Hilary and Wilder found a cabin of their own.Hilary and Wilder found themselves a little mountain cabin and decided to stay 😉

Sun over spruce forestThere are more photos from our trip in the Gallery Stora Blåsjön 2015.

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Happy 10th Birthday, Leia! http://www.northernmost.se/happy-10th-birthday-leia/ Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:28:14 +0000 http://www.northernmost.se/?p=24599 Leia10årskalas2015♥ ♥ ♥ We love you, Princess Fluffybutt! ♥ ♥ ♥

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Neewa Harnesses http://www.northernmost.se/neewa-harnesses/ Mon, 23 Feb 2015 18:34:04 +0000 http://www.northernmost.se/?p=24490 We are trying out some new harnesses this spring, they are from Italian sports and utility dog gear brand Neewa and available in Sweden from Baggen® (which is also where we buy our comfortable skijoring belts, the Baggen Softbelt). We have been using the same type of harness for many years so it’s interesting to try something new and be able to compare fit, comfort and durability etc. The harnesses from Neewa seem like an interesting new option that’s available to a good price. Their top of the range Race Line products are developed together with professional mushers and made of super-tough yarns to be able to maintain their technical properties in extreme weather conditions. I really like the feel of these harnesses and they seem to sit very comfortably on our dogs. Looking forward to trying them on some sledding trips this spring!

Neewa Harnesses on MalamutesNeewa’s Sled Pro Harness is designed to especially for “purebred Nordic dogs”, such as the Alaskan Malamute and Greenland Dog. They also have harnesses that are suited for more lean sled dogs with narrow chests, as well as harnesses for cani-cross, tracking and every day use.

Neewa Harnesses från BaggenHilary is wearing the Sled Pro harness while Wilder is wearing an adjustable harness, which is ideal for a younger dog that is still filling out. Both harnesses are in polypropylene with padding on the neck and ribcage areas. The “Pro” model has reflective inserts for high visibility at night.

Hilary in Neewa harnessAll Neewa harnesses are made with non-allergenic and breathable materials.

Wilder in Neewa harness

I love this fresh blue colour in spring!

Neewa sport and utility dog gear You can read more about Neewa on their website.

icy blueWe went for a walk along the coast yesterday to check out trail conditions by the Bothnian Bay. This is one of our favourite areas for sledding and skijoring but sadly the warm weather during February has melted much of the sea ice and the trail from January was completely gone.

ice chipsThe rapid weather changes have created paper-thin ice flakes….

shattered ice…and glass-like ice on top of the snow…

ice formations in February…I love the beautiful formations of ice and snow that we found on the beach…

ice diamonds…like this ice diamond for example!

Wilder at 2 years of age

And here’s another diamond in the rough – our two-year-old boy Wilder! We love everything about this handsome fella – temperament, looks, working ability and intelligence. Okay, so we’re a bit biased – but he’s beyond amazing, really ♥

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Tuesday Tip http://www.northernmost.se/tuesday-tip/ Tue, 17 Feb 2015 18:28:16 +0000 http://www.northernmost.se/?p=24477 Exchange your laptop for a lapdog ♥

Two Master snugglersYou will get plenty more love in return.

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Crusty Trails http://www.northernmost.se/crusty-trails/ Sun, 15 Feb 2015 15:56:18 +0000 http://www.northernmost.se/?p=24419 We’ve been running dogs on hard and crusty trails this weekend. A few days of mild weather has decimated our snow cover and in many places along the trail there is more ice than snow and almost impossible to secure a snow hook – I’m glad we didn’t run into any wildlife today! To get our trail back into shape we need at least 20 cm of fresh snow, and another bout of mild weather to pack it a little, but there’s no snow in the forecast for at least a week so we have to make do with what we have at the moment. Farmers and sled dog people – we always have something to say about the weather!

Fuzzy butts

Lyra and Tuisku in lead, and Thunder and Gemma in wheel.

Gemmy and Thunderteam

Crusty trailLyra February 2015Not only is Lyra a great sled dog, she is also a master snuggler who will gladly sleep all night with her head on your pillow – so sweet! <3

Ready to go♥ Gemmy and Thunder  – in fact ALL our Malamutes are master snugglers when given a chance ♥

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