Lyra completed her first WPD-leg last weekend, hiking 23.6 kilometres on a round trip on the Furuögrund Trail on Skellefteå’s northern coast together with her buddy Tuisku. It’s been a warm and sunny end to August here in northern Sweden and last Sunday there was hardly a cloud in the sky and we worried it may be too warm for a packing excursion. Luckily the trail followed the coastline closely and the dogs were able to cool down in the sea from time to time. We have been building up the weight gradually during our evening walks this summer and this was the first time that Lyra carried full weight (30% of her body weight) in her back pack. She did a great job and showed how much she enjoys being out on the trail and performing a job.
Sledog Dream Leaper, aka “Lyra”, at 2 years of age.
Crossing the Salmon Bridge over Byske River at the start of the hike.
For the most part the trail hugged the beautiful coastline between Byske and Furuögrund.
Being so close to the waves, Tuisku of course had to go for a swim…
Lyra relaxing on the beach, enjoying the cool breeze from the sea.
She took a brief nap during our lunch break…
...and Tuisku too.
Part of the trail was marked by wooden walkways.
We climbed up to the top of a lighthouse to admire the view.
When we returned home in the evening a thick fog had rolled in from the Bothnian Bay.
Well done Lyra on completing your first WPD-leg!
We’re hoping to explore more of our local trails this autumn, as one of the many great things about the AMCA Working Dog Program is that you can most often carry out legs towards your dogs’ working titles in your local area (depending a little on where you live) and do not need to spend hours (or days!) in the car to reach the location of a centralised test. This way, the AMCA program truly encourages people to work their dogs and that’s what a working program should be all about, right?