You’ve got to love a dog who, at 7 years of age, still is as enthusiastic about every run as he was at six months of age. Even though he has run the same trail one hundred times he still works as there was no tomorrow. The other dogs get excited too but Tuisku is able to channel all his energy into his work, which is a wonderful quality in a sled dog. We probably take him for granted sometimes, because we’ve had him on the team since he was a puppy and are so used to him always giving his all in harness. So tonight I wanted to say thank you Tuisku, for being such a great working dog. You make the difference between a good run and a great run, between a tangled mess and tight lines, and with your enthusiasm and focus, you set the bar high for every future Malamute we will have. We love you <3
Setting off on tonight’s training run.
Breaking trail on an expedition into the Kebnekaise mountains, April 2010.
Leading a 5-dog team in spring 2012.
Just being Tuisku, on a beautiful winter’s day.
Tuisku turned seven years old in July. Or maybe I should say, seven years young, because at seven years of age an Alaskan Malamute should still be able to enjoy another 5 years of fun adventures in front of the sled and the wagon. Dogs that are cared for properly, and lucky enough to escape injuries and illness, can often still work in harness well into their teens. Let’s hope that is what the future holds for Tuisku.