• diego-8seasonshuskies
    dogs,  kennel,  Uncategorized

    Hola Diego, brave, cute little puppy

    We have a new family member! Of course, it’s a dog! A real sled dog. Who would have thought that?! ? He is a male, his name is Diego and is now 15 weeks old.We hadn’t planned to bring a new puppy into the kennel right now.But when does it go the way you plan it …? Ok, let’s start from the beginning. A few weeks ago, a friend asked me if we can take over a puppy. My first reaction was: “No, not now when everything is so uncertain. We do not even know how next year will look like.” But I could not help asking about his pedigree…

  • blizzard and katharina
    autumn,  dogs,  Uncategorized

    Colourful autumn has arrived in the North

    Like every year, it comes suddenly ?. Here at the Arctic Circle, the leaves change color from the end of August, the nights become cooler and the first frosty nights are not uncommon. Meteorologically, September 1st is the beginning of autumn. Here in the north it feels very appropriate. With autumn, winter approaches, my absolute favorite season! The wintertime in the life of a musher like me is the most intense and beautiful that I can imagine. Give me snow, give me dogs and you can keep the rest. (Knud Rasmussen / polar explorer) But before we go on the sled, we start on four wheels in autumn. At the…

  • 8seasonshuskies - kat and kitkat
    dogs,  kennel,  trip,  Uncategorized

    It is good to change your perspective occasionally

    I was on vacation. Ok, it was “only” 3 days of hiking around Skaulo (3 hours by car from our home in Miekojärvi). But these 3 days felt like a break, a reset, a long vacation from my current everyday life. As most of you know, we have been working in tourism for the past few years.  Many people experienced with us our Arctic Life in Northern Sweden. We loved to show and share our favorite landscapes and longing places with others. Our home was the starting point for many tours and a visit to our kennel with the huskies was often the highlight for our guests. But where and…

  • 8seasonshuskies, katharinakochhartke
    dogs,  kennel,  kennel life,  Uncategorized

    The stillness that follows the storm

    Summertime Time is a strange thing. Especially the time division in days of the week. I grew up on a farm and I know Saturdays and Sundays, but even on these days the daily routines with the animals were done. Even back then I thought it was beautiful and absolutely natural. Animals and weather provide the necessary work. Up here in northern Sweden the conditions are more extreme, the weather is harder, and the seasons determine many of my daily jobs. I love that. There is something deeply satisfying, be it sawing, stacking and splitting wood to have enough firewood, shoveling snow in winter, fishing in summer for us and…

  • dogs,  johanna,  kennel,  r.i.p.,  Uncategorized

    Leo – a difficult farewell

    Leo, our house dog, said goodbye forever last week. Leo was the only non- husky in our kennel and truly Johanna’s dog. He respected me and after several month after his arrival at our place we even became friends. But he belonged to Johanna. They found each other. I will let Johanna write this post about Leo. How she feels about the loss and she is also sharing the beginning of her book with stories about Leo. REST IN PEASE, my stubborn, beloved roommate. Johanna´s thoughts It did not come as a surprise. It had been emerging for a while. And yet it does not make things easier. Farewell to…

  • bamse-8seasonshuskies
    dogs,  kennel,  Uncategorized

    The mysterious 33rd dog

    Bamse How is it that I am always talking about 33 sled dogs and one cat and only 32 dogs are presented on my website www.8seasonshuskies.com? When we started the rescue operation for our sled dogs 3 months ago, one of the first challenges was to take beautiful pictures of all our dogs.It was important to me that you get to know the dogs and to learn a little more about their so diverse personalities. In the middle of the planning of the website, Bamse, one of our seniors and “super-mom” of the kennel, was doing very badly.She had an ulcer in her vagina that caused heavy bleeding during her…

  • dogs,  Uncategorized

    Game over

    Or restart It’s not even 11 weeks since we realized the full impact of the corona crisis on our life and company. And tomorrow, after less than 3 months, all the auctioned items from our company’s bankruptcy estate will be picked up by the buyers. Time is a strange unit of measurement.Sometimes it feels like this bankruptcy sh… does not stop at all and then I suddenly find myself with the feeling – yesterday everything was still okay – when did it all happen? But I’m starting from scratch … On Saturday, May 16, Johanna and I drove to Haparanda with Kitkat and Rubin (two of our young dogs) and…

  • 8SeasonsHuskies©johanna.frielingsdorf
    dogs,  donations,  Uncategorized

    Donation-Stories No.01

    We got a phone call… Most of you know that we asked for help to support our dogs in end of March. If you are new on my blog here is a short summary about the last weeks: Due to the Corona crisis we lost our income from one day to another – all our tours got cancelled – now until September 2020. We usually offer nature-based travels to Northern Scandinavia, canoe and hiking tours around our homestead in Miekojärvi and trekking tours on the Lofoten Islands are just some examples. To be honest, I was shocked for a while. The fear to not be able to feed and take…

  • thorge with dino-8seasonshuskies
    dogs,  kennel life,  springwinter,  Uncategorized

    A day in the kennel

    What are our 8SeasonsHuskies doing all day long in the end of the winter? In the last blog posts, I told you a lot about us and our life up here in the north and how we deal with the crisis. Our dogs are not impressed at all by our worries. And thanks to your help, their everyday life did not have to change significantly yet. A huge thank you to everyone who has helped us so far. You make it possible for our dogs to live the life they are used to … And what it looks like now in spring-winter , get some impressions… Morning routines It is…

  • johanna.miekojärvi
    johanna,  Uncategorized

    Johanna dealing with Corona

    Now we would have time to enjoy our home together, but it is difficult to enjoy. Let me tell you about Johanna … Johanna and I have been a couple for 12 years, have been working together for 11 years and have been married for 10 years. She is the organizational talent of both of us, loves long-term and short-term plans and cares a lot about our company structure, feasibility of projects, the numbers and the accounting. Due to the current crisis, her everyday life has changed much more than mine. Daily life My days are shaped by the work around our house in Miekojärvi: The dogs, guest tours, conceptualizing…