My time at the husky farm

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Arrow!
After finishing my medicin study, I had 3 months off during the summer in 2010. I decided to follow my biggest passion, dogs, and to volunteer at a huskyfarm in Hetta, Enontekiö in northern Finland for 5,5 weeks in june/july 2010.

The 4th of june I flew into Kittilä, Finland and from there I took the bus to Hetta. Finding where I needed to be was not too difficult, since there was a huge sign saying “HUSKIES” outside the farm. After a knock on the door I got greeted by Anna, who immediately gave me her baby because she had to take care of one of the dogs who was inside. After a short welcome from Anna and Pasi (it was 22.00), Anna brought me to the guidehouse, where I met two other girls: Anne and Lotte. Anne was a girl from Germany who had been there for 8 weeks and Lotte was a girl from Belgium who had been there for 6 months and had worked there before as well.
Arrow!
During my stay 5 other volunteers came. The next day a French couchsurfer, Soraya came, she stayed only a few days. After 1 week Digory, a guy from the UK and Emma, a girl from Australia came. A week before I left Beau and Mike came, two guys from the USA.

Work on the farm:
6 days a week we worked full time on the farm. Every day we had to clean up after the dogs, give them water and give them food. Also we had to walk and train them, we let them have some fun in the running fence and we cuddled with them of course! Also now and then a dog would escape, so we had to chase and catch most since they were either too scared to come to us or they thought it was really fun to run away! Once a week we had to check all dogs for collar problems, if they were not getting too fat or too skinny and if the girls were getting in heat and had to be isolated.
Arrow!
Another daily task was taking care of injured dogs.
The rest of the day we spent on maintenance work on the farm: we built new cages for dogs in heat, we painted kennels, we had to dig a big trench for new powerlines, sand and varnish sleighs etc!

Time off!
Of course time off is the most fun time! Even though I loved being with the dogs so much that I spent a few of my days off with the dogs anyway. We did several things on our time off: we went canoeing the the Muki (vacationhouse) twice, we went swimming in 5 degrees water once (once is more than enough I promise!) and Digory, Emma and me went rafting on one of our last days off.
I went to Kiruna, Sweden, once with Anna and Pasi to pick up supplies and on the way back I made a picture of the midnight sun.
Arrow!
Also Anna made me work at 12.30 in the car!
On one day Pasi gave a presentation about his expedition to the South Pole, which was really amazing. The last evening we watched some adventure race videos of races Pasi and Anna had done, extreme!
The evenings were mostly spent at the guidehouse with a few dogs, hanging out etc. During the evening we could bring the dogs into our bedroom where many dogs would sleep in the bed (my favorite part!).

The dogs!
Because I have to tell something about a few of my favorite dogs!
Arrow: she is my one and only real love. She is the sweetest dog Ive ever been in contact with and I wish she was mine! She’s a very calm dog who waits for you sitting and lying down when you come to her and when you give her attention, she does jump and show she loves you.
Me and Arrow!
She likes to cuddle and sleep close to you in bed and she’s really smart and a hard working sleddog. I would bring her home if I could have, but of course she isn’t mine and I don’t have space for her here so that was not possible :(
Arvi: the dog that always digs and barks at his bowl, he ate my socks when he slept in my room!
Cherry: crazy jumping girl, one of the pictures shows her midair. Very sweet dog!
Cloud: beautiful dog, pretty calm until you bring a harness to walk with him, then he goes crazy and he loves to escape!
Diva: jumps from the kennel right into your arms!
Sausage: a dog I didn’t pay attention to at all the first 2 weeks, because he was scared anyway. But then when I put more effort into him and he started to trust me, he was one of the sweetest dogs on the farm!

I could write about many more dogs because I really liked most of them, but these five beat the others and Arrow beats them all by far!

I could advise anyone to go visit a farm like this if you care about dogs and like to work with them.
Hanging on the couch, Digory, Lotte and Arrow
This was by far the best experience of my life and I hated going home way more than I expected. Anna, Pasi and especially the dogs give a LOT! Oh and not to forget, the mosquitos gave a lot as well! Even though that was the part I didn’t want to receive ;)
binky says:
Great photos! Sounds fantastic!
Posted on: Jul 13, 2010
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Arrow!
Arrow!
Arrow!
Arrow!
Arrow!
Arrow!
Arrow!
Arrow!
Me and Arrow!
Me and Arrow!
Hanging on the couch, Digory, Lott…
Hanging on the couch, Digory, Lot…
Arrow, Diva and Madonna
Arrow, Diva and Madonna
Arrow and Eliel, Anna and Pasis b…
Arrow and Eliel, Anna and Pasi's …
Arrow and Eliel, Anna and Pasis b…
Arrow and Eliel, Anna and Pasi's …
Arrow and Eliel, Anna and Pasis b…
Arrow and Eliel, Anna and Pasi's …
Arrow sneaked onto my lap, jealous…
Arrow sneaked onto my lap, jealou…
Arrow and Pluto sleeping on me
Arrow and Pluto sleeping on me
Arrow in my bed
Arrow in my bed
Aarvi, walking around with his bowl
Aarvi, walking around with his bowl
Beau and Mike, two American volunt…
Beau and Mike, two American volun…
Hanging on the couch with Bino and…
Hanging on the couch with Bino an…
Blade, hes sweeter than he looks!
Blade, he's sweeter than he looks!
Bono after the shower
Bono after the shower
Bono sitting on me
Bono sitting on me
Bono
Bono
Making bread
Making bread
View from the Muki (vacationhouse)…
View from the Muki (vacationhouse…
View from the Muki (vacationhouse)…
View from the Muki (vacationhouse…
The Muki
The Muki
Inside the Muki
Inside the Muki
Emma kayaking
Emma kayaking
Me in canoe
Me in canoe
Balance exercize
Balance exercize
Balance exercize with Emma
Balance exercize with Emma
Easier when were moving!
Easier when we're moving!
The river where we canoed
The river where we canoed
Cherry midair
Cherry midair
Cherry
Cherry
Cherry in my bed
Cherry in my bed
Cloud
Cloud
Cloud in my bed
Cloud in my bed
Cloud again!
Cloud again!
Digging for the new cages
Digging for the new cages
New cages are up!
New cages are up!
Emma digging with a pooshovel
Emma digging with a pooshovel
Digory and Arrow
Digory and Arrow
Moquitos love Digory
Moquitos love Digory
Dinnertime!
Dinnertime!
Dinnertime!
Dinnertime!
Diva
Diva
Crazy Diva!
Crazy Diva!
Diva and Venus both pulling me
Diva and Venus both pulling me
Diva
Diva
Emma, Mike and Suka, Pluto and Sat…
Emma, Mike and Suka, Pluto and Sa…
Emma and her favorite, Pluto
Emma and her favorite, Pluto
Emma and Pluto
Emma and Pluto
The farmhouse
The farmhouse
The cages
The cages
Dogs in their kennels
Dogs in their kennels
Dogs in their kennels
Dogs in their kennels
Dogs in their kennels
Dogs in their kennels
Dogs in their kennels
Dogs in their kennels
The dog kitchen, garage and the qu…
The dog kitchen, garage and the q…
The sign
The sign
The guidehouse
The guidehouse
Hamppu, young dog with a heart con…
Hamppu, young dog with a heart co…
Helge who got himself hurt in a fi…
Helge who got himself hurt in a f…
Helge
Helge
Hulda
Hulda
Lotte succeeding at putting an IV
Lotte succeeding at putting an IV
Me explaining how to put an IV on …
Me explaining how to put an IV on…
Jopa
Jopa
Map to Jyppyrä
Map to Jyppyrä
View from Jyppyrä
View from Jyppyrä
View from Jyppyrä
View from Jyppyrä
View from Jyppyrä
View from Jyppyrä
Lotte and Atlas on Jyppyrä
Lotte and Atlas on Jyppyrä
Anne, Lotte, Pepe and Atlas
Anne, Lotte, Pepe and Atlas
Anne and Pepe
Anne and Pepe
Walking up on Jyppyrä
Walking up on Jyppyrä
Emma, Digory on Jyppyrä
Emma, Digory on Jyppyrä
Snow!
Snow!
View from Jyppyrä
View from Jyppyrä
Lotte and Saturn
Lotte and Saturn
Me and Maja, a dog from another fa…
Me and Maja, a dog from another f…
Me and Maja, a dog from another fa…
Me and Maja, a dog from another f…
Malla
Malla
Malla
Malla
Manso, the king!
Manso, the king!
Mars climbing
Mars climbing
Puppies!
Puppies!
Mars and Mercury
Mars and Mercury
Mars
Mars
Mercury
Mercury
Midnight sun
Midnight sun
Mike with Pluto and Saturn
Mike with Pluto and Saturn
Mike with Saturn and Suka
Mike with Saturn and Suka
Monty
Monty
Monty
Monty
The mosquitocircle
The mosquitocircle
Mosquitoprotection while sanding t…
Mosquitoprotection while sanding …
Going rafting at Harriniva in Muon…
Going rafting at Harriniva in Muo…
Digory
Digory
Me and Emma
Me and Emma
Map of northern Finland
Map of northern Finland
View at Harriniva
View at Harriniva
View at Harriniva
View at Harriniva
Yes, you can buy Hand Grafts here!
Yes, you can buy Hand Grafts here!
Nanu, the deaf dog at the farm
Nanu, the deaf dog at the farm
Nomad
Nomad
Pasi and a German farm owner in Sw…
Pasi and a German farm owner in S…
Lazy Pepe
Lazy Pepe
Pinky and Suka
Pinky and Suka
Pinky
Pinky
Me and Pluto
Me and Pluto
Pluto
Pluto
Pluto
Pluto
Me, Pluto and Trouble in the snow
Me, Pluto and Trouble in the snow
Pluto thought Lottes head was a g…
Pluto thought Lotte's head was a …
Emma with the puppies
Emma with the puppies
Pluto
Pluto
Ponde
Ponde
Ponde
Ponde
Ponde and Lotte
Ponde and Lotte
Ponde
Ponde
Princess
Princess
Princess
Princess
Princess
Princess
Puppyhilton
Puppyhilton
Rafting!
Rafting!
Rafting outfit
Rafting outfit
Sign to reindeerfarm
Sign to reindeerfarm
Rosie
Rosie
Ruuti
Ruuti
Me with Suka, Saturn and Malla
Me with Suka, Saturn and Malla
Sausage
Sausage
Me and Sila
Me and Sila
Rosie and Suka pulling me
Rosie and Suka pulling me
Swimming, cold!
Swimming, cold!
Swimming, cold!
Swimming, cold!
Ted, always hiding in his kennel
Ted, always hiding in his kennel
Tengri and Cloud
Tengri and Cloud
Me and Trouble
Me and Trouble
Me, Trouble and Pluto in the snow
Me, Trouble and Pluto in the snow
Trouble
Trouble
Tuuli and Arrow
Tuuli and Arrow
Tuuli
Tuuli
Running fence, dogs having fun
Running fence, dogs having fun
Tuuli
Tuuli
Venus
Venus
Anna, the boss!
Anna, the boss!
Arrow, shes so cute!
Arrow, she's so cute!
Arrow, shes so cute!
Arrow, she's so cute!
Arrow, shes so cute!
Arrow, she's so cute!
Sleeptime
Sleeptime
Bino and Atlas
Bino and Atlas
Blade
Blade
Blade
Blade
Emma making crumble
Emma making crumble
Me, Digory and Eliel
Me, Digory and Eliel
Grumpy and Sanna
Grumpy and Sanna
Keri
Keri
Hanging on the couch, baby lying o…
Hanging on the couch, baby lying …
Ruuti and Nalle
Ruuti and Nalle
Saturn
Saturn
My shadow
My shadow
Suka and Saturn
Suka and Saturn
Suka, Princess and Tuuli
Suka, Princess and Tuuli
Yani and Leon
Yani and Leon
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