My time at the husky farm
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June 4th, 2010 – by: Chislev
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!).
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.
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.
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