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  • 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…

  • dogs,  Uncategorized

    March 2020

    “And what have you done for the past two weeks?” Or “Corona can even find you somewhere in the middle of nowhere!” On Tuesday, March 10th at 6:00 a.m. I got into the car with Mona (a friend from Germany) and we drove the almost 700km towards Alta in Northern Norway to the Finnmarkslöpet. During this 1200km long-distance race, we wanted to look over the shoulders of the leading mushers and teams in their routine at the checkpoints. My plan was to collect useful tricks that could help me in 2022 when I want to start with my own team. Until Thursday afternoon we drove from checkpoint to checkpoint, waited…

  • spice and kat-8seasonshuskies©johanna.frielingsdorf
    dogs

    Special situation needs special actions

    First of all – welcome to my blog about the life with sled dogs. I had planned the blog since several month now. But never found the time. Now I have time. Normally I would have been very busy with guest tours from our company 8Seasons MI.EKO BASECAMP.  A small outdoor tourism company run by Johanna and me. Located in Swedish Lapland at the Arctic Circle. We are offering outdoor trips all year around, with focus on sustainable activities like canoeing, snowshoeing and sled dog tours. Since last year we are as well running a cozy guesthouse in Överkalix, 8SeasonsVilla. We are living with 33 sled dogs and 1 cat…