Welcome to our family
Our dogs are the centre of our world. Our Alaskan Huskies make up our extended family and although they are working dogs, not pets, we treat them with the same respect and care that any pet owner would be proud of. And we think it shows in their behaviour. Our dogs are extremely friendly, obedient and good around children. They are also hard working, loyal and energetic! When it’s time to run they are jumping and barking ready to go. When they are resting in their yards, they are usually playful but calm and quiet. Occasionally you will hear them howl; perhaps a thank you for their dinner or just a show of solidarity but mostly they like the calm, peaceful atmosphere as much as our guests do.
Our dogs live in outside dog yards of 24-28 square metres each with houses that are insulated and protected against the cold and wet. Even when the temperature hits minus 30, our dogs are warm and comfortable in their houses with plenty of straw and sawdust to make a cosy bed. We keep them in pairs as they prefer the company of other dogs but we also make sure they have a space of their own should they want it. Sweden has very high standards when it comes to animal welfare and we strive to maintain even higher standards of care than are required.
We feed our dogs with the highest quality dog food on the market; dry kibble by Royal Canin made specifically for working sled dogs which we mix with high grade raw meat, usually sourced straight from the slaughter house with nothing added, and a specially formulated sleddog meat mixture. Depending on a dog’s individual requirements, the temperature, or other conditions, we may also supplement their feed with salmon oil or animal fat. In the winter, our dogs can easily chomp their way through 20kg of dry food and 30kg of meat or more a day!
Each of our dogs is special and they all have very individual personalities. Here’s a small introduction to the team.
Aida is a favourite with our guests and guides! She likes nothing better than a belly rub and will roll over right on your feet!
Alonso is a little bit shy but very affectionate when he knows you. He likes a good howl so if someone get a chorus going, you can bet it’s him.
Born in 2017, Arran is strong, powerful and gives 100% to the team. He can be cheeky and is one of our largest dogs.
Bak is one of our smaller, more husky looking dogs. He’s quiet and independent but still loves a cuddle now and then.
Balto has the look of a fine English gentleman and quite often acts like one too. He’s one of our older dogs and close to retiring.
Born in 2018, Bolt likes to play, although he doesn’t always realise he’s twice the size of his playmates! His litter mates are Flo and Tyson.
Bucho and his brother Bak came to us from Slovakia. Like his brother he can run in lead and is friendly but independent.
Button is very exciteable and barks continously when she thinks there’s a chance to go for a run!
Chaos is aptly named. As a pup she would run around with limitless energy in all directions. She is slightly cross-eyed!
Chunky, our cheeky monkey! has so much energy and puts 150% effort into running. He slips his collar and loves photo-bombing our guests pictures.
Dina is quiet, very sweet and can eat for the whole family! She does love her food. In 2015 she became a surrogate mum to 6 puppies when her sister Patch had a litter of 13!
A bundle of energy, Flo zooms around in search of someone or something to play with. She is still a puppy along with her brothers, Bolt and Tyson.
Flora is one of the smallest dogs in our kennel but what she lacks in stature she makes up for in attitude! She’s sweet, incredibly cuddly and loves to run!
Gaia is a feisty female born in 2015. She has 9 brothers and sisters in the kennel and she’s the bossiest (other than perhaps her sister Juno)!
Grony should be named Houdini as she can escape from anywhere, anytime. She’s friendly, loves attention and is a great dependable dog.
Harris can be shy around strangers but he loves nothing more than a cuddle. He’s one of the 8 puppies born in 2017 to Aida.
Hebe is the biggest – and furiest – female born in 2015 and things haven’t changed. She’s very sweet and will cuddle at every opportunity!
Hera is a friendly, energetic female. She’s cute and kind, except when it comes to food… at that point it’s every dog for him/herself!
In 2017 Hidalgo was rescued from a large kennel where he struggled to settle in. He’s naturally nervous but has grown in confidence with us.
Isla is part of the ‘scottish island’ litter born in 2017, she’s sweet and very good at her job.
Jack is well mannered and good natured a good-sized, who always shares a kennel with his brother Poppet. He can be very comical and walks along his enclosure fence on his hind legs.
Juno is the spitting image of her mum, Patch. Born in August 2013 she is high spirited, independent and a bit bossy!
Jura brings energy to the team, yelping and barking to go at every opportunity. She’s a colour match to her brother Lewis but a bit smaller in stature.
Kuka is a little timid with people she doesn’t know but ultra sociable with the other dogs. She has piercing blue eyes and is a bit of a howler!
Leepey has an independent character gets on with the job at hand. Given the chance, she would eat for the whole kennel. She’s also a reliable leader.
Big and boisterous, Lewis is a strong and solid member of any team. He has a hard time standing still so isn’t the most accommodating when having his photo taken!
Loki likes to sleep by his brother Thor’s side. He has cute dark brown frown lines and loves a good scratch behind the ears.
Nitro came from Norway with his brother Turbo. He’s one of the biggest dogs in the kennel and has made a name for himself as a chewer, he’ll chew just about anything.
Nyx is shy but incredibly enthusiastic when it comes to running and a fantastic leader. He’s also the only one in his 10-strong litter born with pointed ears that stick up!
Patch is mum to some of the dogs in our kennel. She’s produced some really great racing dogs for us. She eats as fast as she runs and she runs fast!
Poppet puts 100% of his boundless energy into running. He’s quite a special character and can surprise you with a very sloppy kiss when you’re least expecting it!
Potter is brother to Poppet, Jack and Chunky but is a little smaller and quieter. He got the name Potter because as a puppy he would curl up in his food pot!
Ratty is a fast little female. She got her name simply because she looked like a rat when she was born! Although we think she’s beautiful now.
Richie is small in stature and more husky looking than most of our dogs. He’s a bit feisty yet friendly and the only time he stands still is when you’re giving him cuddles.
Fast and smart, Rona was in lead in her first year running. She looks a lot like her brother Arran though smaller and smarter!
Born in August 2016 as a single puppy to Patch and Slash, Rosie has a very exuberant personality. She’s a great runner and is one of our lead dogs.
Small (and somewhat round), Sanday has one blue eye and one brown eye!
Skye wasn’t quite sure about being a sled dog at first but now she loves to pull in harness!
Slash is incredibly exciteable yet sweet natured and a good dependable dog. He gets his name from the Guns n Roses band guitarist!
Thor is a rising star of our kennel. He’s playful, big and a complete softy. With those peircing blue eyes he’s a favourite with our guests and loves a cuddle.
Toby Too got the ‘Too’ added to his name when he joined our kennel as a young dog as we already had a dog named Toby. He’s a big, athletic, houndy looking dog with an independent character.
At a first glance, Turbo can look like a dominant male, but underneath he’s a big softy and loves belly rubs; he’ll roll over and offer you his belly at a moments notice.
A big boy in stature but a true softy in character, Tyson is like a big teddy bear.
Gone but not forgotten!
Our dogs are very much part of our family. Here we remember those who we have lost this year and those who are retiring to enjoy the rest of their lives in relaxation and peace. Most of our dogs retire with family and friends in the UK, Sweden or Slovakia.
Foxy was born in 2008 and has retired in early 2019. She is enjoying her new retirement home in the UK, she still remains in charge of everyone in the household!
Our lovely sweet Max has retired with Foxy. He doesn’t mind that she’s a bit bossy! He’s a happy boy who now gets to run around in the UK heathland enjoying the bracken.
Brother to Max (it must be the ears!) Toby sadly passed away earlier this year. We’ll miss his lovely nature.
Waf was the star of our kennel for 10 years and loved by all. He passed away earlier this year and will be very much missed.