A Dog Life

Living through winter with sledding dogs in a husky farm of the far North of Europe

 

Two still unnamed puppies from the last litter of 6. 3 of them died just after birth due to very cold temperatures.

 

Puppy in the hands of a lday

 

After they reached a certain maturity, the puppies of the last litter join the older ones. The puppy of the middle was the first to enter their fence and happily fights bigger than him.

 

The life of a puppy is quite easy: Eat, shit, sleep and fight. Here, one of the youngest puppies fighting far bigger than him... and winning!

 

After a few month, puppies are granted a daily trip to discover the world and start to run and discover their environment. This is a pretty hard task to put everyone back in the fence afterwards.

 

Puppies love to bite. Everything. So people often end up running behind them while they are fighting for your hat or one of your gloves...

 

Caczi is an Alaskan husky with a rare type of heterochromia: her eyes are brown with little blue freckles on the bottom.

 

Huskies are always happy when they understand that they will soon run, but bringing the youngest ones to the sled can be somehow difficult.

 

Luna is an Alaskan husky with hypnotic blue eyes. Unfortunately, she is not really good at pulling a sled, she will later become an outdoor house dog.

 

Bring huskies to the sled when the photographer is here can be hard. Huskies are very strong and very curious dogs.

 

Usually, between 4 to 8 dogs are attached to a sled.

 

Alaska might look like a lazy dog, as soon as he is tied to the sled he becames the trouble maker. Always jumping and singing, disrupting the peace we managed to create among them.

 

One of the best dogs of our team is Suvan, a very intelligent and cooperative female.

 

When the sun shows up for a few minutes during the Arctic winter, there is nothing more delightful than to hear the sound of the sled on the snow.

 

In order to get a trace for the dogs, we have to use a snowmobile that will compact the snow.

 

Sometimes, when dogs get tired or entangled, we have to stop and detangle them.

 

Once the morning work is finished, employees and volunteers take their lunch around a fire in the laav, the Sami teepee.

 

Huskies, like every other dogs, like to get your attention and your love.

 

Fight between huskies are frequent but usually end up when one of the opponents submit. However, it can happen that dogs fight until death, especially females.

 

In Lapland, dogs are sometimes fed with a delicacy, either a reindeer head or some moose guts.

 

Lobo, the dominant quarter-wolf male, is the favorite of most people visiting the farm. His heterochromia usually attracts people... and some females too.

 

In Lapland, dogs are sometimes fed with a delicacy, either a reindeer head or some moose guts. We had in stock 200 frozen reindeer heads in a trailer.

 

Polar eating a reindeer head. When the dogs see us coming with the sled filled by reindeer heads, they instantly know it feasting time.

 

Finnish taiga becomes orange when the sun is setting after a few hours of light. This is winter in the Arctic.

 

Siberian husky with heterochromia under Arctic lights.

 

Huskies sleep a lot. They can also sleep in the wild by very cold temperatures thanks to their thick hair coat.

 

People burning paper and cardboard waste in the Finnish taiga.

 

It is a great sensation to meet each other and cook sausages under the laavu in a cold Arctic winter night.

 

It is a great sensation to meet each other and cook sausages under the laavu in a cold Arctic winter night.

 

Sometimes the fog gets so thick that we can barely see what is in front of us. Along with the darkness and the white snow, it creates an otherworldly sensation.