Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Reintroducing The Pack - The H Litter

The "H" Litter - Runner, Hawky, Chasey and Huggy Bear

These four siblings are the oldest athletes in our team at the moment. 
They have turned 11 years this past September, so they are 11,5 years "young" and they are just as driven and athletic as they have always been.

H U G G Y   B E A R 
Huggy for short, is one of the most special characters among all the dogs in the kennel.
He is a smart, no non-sense kind of guy, who loves to work and just does his job without a fuss, except for the start, when he lets his enthusiasm get the better of him and he often chews through several necklines before we even take off, if we are not fast enough with team hookup.
Huggy is one of our main lead dogs, but started to lead at a later age, when he took on the job of teaching youngsters very seriously.

He is a real charmer, very easy going, but if you are a dog and provoke him, he won´t put up with your, ehm...., well, he will put you back in your place :)

Huggy has such funny antics - he is more than well known by not just us, but also our kennel helpers, for his anorectic moments and some seriously annoying eating habits. But truth to be told, Huggy always knew best how to regulate his energy and simply said, when he works in the team, he eats. When there is too much or too high calorie food compared to the amount or lack of activity, he drops his appetite. He has never been a chunky dog, but he has never had issues of being skinny either. Huggy simply knows how to keep himself just perfect! :)

Runner, oh Runner!
Every single one of our dogs is special and loved deeply, but truth to be told, Runner holds a very special place in my heart.

He has always been that cool, no-nonsense, serious and gentle dog. Not really sticking out of the "crowd" of his litter mates, yet there has always been something extraordinary about his "normality". 
So Runner was chosen to stay at the kennel, when we decided to keep three boys and two girls for our team, he was also the pick of the litter in terms of his built and overall appereance, and he started making his way to our hearts with his absolute passion for work and his super kind heart. He became such a great friend, and later on a staple dog on the main string, and my race team. 
He´s also able to run in lead, but his most preferred job is in the team or wheel.
And that is where he always shone, be it on long, hard tough runs in the hills, breaking trail, traveling fast on lakes. Never complaining, always delivering, extremely athletic, capable, focused, determined. 
Runner´s always positive, always happy attitude and huge athletic talent is something every kennel dreams of in their sled dog, and we feel so blessed that he is still in great shape and still loves running and performing, not really slowing down as of yet.
Runner is one of the last two remaining dogs from my race dream team still actively running. 

Everyone who ever visited our kennel remembers Hawky - the tallest, longest legged dog they have probably seen in their life! Or at least the tallest and leggiest husky :)
And he sure can put those legs into use, especially jumping over fences! 

Hawky is a fast and totally driven dog, just like his favorite brother Runner, he lives for the trail and a good workout, which he is definitely more passionate about than food, although he is not quite as picky as his brother Huggy.

Hawky took a little longer time to grow into his body and long legs, but he sure got into quite a bit of trouble along the way :)

His hot head made it a bit difficult at hook ups and training starts, so he ran most of his younger-adult life beside Runner, who is his best friend till today.


Aka Monkopuss (because she is a monkey, and an octopuss) aka the little Shrimpy.

Chasey holds another record in this litter, for being the smallest and fastest little dog. And not just in her litter. 
With her 17kg (about 36 pounds) she really isn´t much of a dog, but don´t let that deceive you! What she lacks in size and height, she surely makes up for with, well, pretty much everything, attitude mostly!
The fastest, most flexible, driven, life loving, trail swallowing, team driving little thing with the heart of a warrior and the most human oriented dog in our entire kennel.
Chasey moved to a new home as a puppy and lived the first three years of her life with our friend Rikke in Norway, but life sometimes has other plans and Chasey returned here and became one of our main lead dogs.
I will never forget her first full season with us, running long distances. We went on a 90km (56mile) training run in a hilly and pretty tough terrain and it was Chasey´s longest run so far. She kept pushing and doing everything for us to notice she wants to run in lead. We put her there. She drove the team like a mad woman. On each little snack break, about each 2 hours of running, the moment we put our snow hooks down to anchor the teams, Chasey made a super fast roll in the snow, leaned into her harness and begin to whine and scream, trying to convince the whole team to continue running. 
She has this attitude even now, at 11,5 years, when she is the main leader, together with her friend Rapid, and remains to be one of the fastest dogs dogs, even with so many younger talents in our team! 

(In memory of) R I Z E Y
Although Rizey is no longer with us in her physical form, and resides on the other side with the spirit Kipp d´Amundsen Team, and thus is not available for sponsorship, she deserves to be mentioned and honored here, at the re-introduction of our husky family.
She gave us the "Northern Exposure" litter and became a grandma to a future generation of our kennel and team.

Rizey was a sensitive, sweet gal, very athletic and fast, super cuddly with us but totally shy with strangers, as the only one in the litter. 
We could literally tell how kind and genuinely good people who worked as our kennel crew were, by just seeing who did Rizey eventually decide to trust!
Rizey taught us yet another important life lesson, via her death - to live every day as if it were your last and to enjoy what you have in life, and to live in the present moment.  

She was a very special dog and is a very special soul we have been so blessed to share our physical lives with and to be guided by in spirit. 

And that concludes the H Litter-mates, who reside at Nordic Husky Farm.

Next up: The CH Litter - Chip, Chisana, Chilkoot and Lucky. Stay tuned!

Saturday, April 11, 2020

We Need Your Help - Partnership Program To Support Our Huskies

Dear friends, we need your help!

As the recent global crisis directly impacts the travel and tourism business branch, it unfortunately directly impacts our livelihood and we have suddenly found ourselves without the major portion of our income as of beginning of March. And while our winter husky tours and adventures came to an abrupt stop, bookings for summer programs and cabin rental are being cancelled. 

While we have been in a crisis before and have learned to survive, re-adjust, re-focus and re-direct, we know that this too shell pass, as we work around the clock to find solutions and alternatives.

We know that at the end everything will be ok, but while we navigate through these difficult times, it is our priority and duty to make sure our husky family keeps receiving the quality food, the health care and medicine, that ensures their continuous wellness and welfare. 

And that is why we need your help!

We have created a Partnership Program via which you can support our huskies during this crisis.

You can read all about it in detail HERE.

Please feel free to share and thank you for considering helping us!

We are sending you all much love -- Stay safe and Happy Trails!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Lecture on Folk Herbalism Invitation

It is  my pleasure to invite you to my upcoming lecture, hosted by ABF in Strömsund:
FOLK HERBALISM: A thousand year old practice of self care with medicinal plants and home remedies

In our beautiful Jämtland we have so many wild plants and herbs growing all around us in clean nature.

Did you know that almost each and every one of them can help you or your animals in some way, when we have the proper knowledge about them?

Cold Weather Senior Dog Care

As the temperatures hit the 20 below mark again couple weeks ago, I thought I’d repost my Instagram post from a while back, with a few tips on winter/cold weather (especially) senior dog care, based on our holistic dog care practices at our kennel.

When the temperatures reach the -15C and lower mark it is time to think about the goldies oldies aka the canine senior citizens.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Partnership with ABF

I am very excited to announce that I have partnered with ABF - the oldest Swedish organization dedicated to education for adults.

In cooperation with ABF Jämtland (and specifically the Strömsund office aka the best branch office ever!) I will be hosting and holding a number of herbal lectures, courses and workshops, with focus mostly on the following:

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Herbal Course and Workshop: Natural Self Care during Autumn and Supporting Our Immune System with Herbs

While summer is officially still here, when I wake up in the morning and step outside the door, one look around the wilderness that surrounds the farm tells me that autumn is slowly but steadily moving in.

It is a perfect time to start thinking of possibilities how to support and strengthen our immunity and nurture our body and mind before those long months of darkness and cold arrive, and before the upcoming flu and cold season hits us, slowing us down from all those important tasks that still need to be done before winter is here.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Herb Course with Walk and Workshop in beautiful Vedjeön - Vild Ört Mini Kurs, Vandring och Workshop i vackra Vedjeön

Everything in life takes its time, and when the time is right, the things that are meant to happen, do :)

Having said that, let me invite you to my very first herbal workshop ever organized in my home in beautiful Vedjeön, in Swedish (and a little bit of mixed-in English, when I run out of words :)), open for everyone.

I am very excited to share my world, but also knowledge and experience of wild plants with you!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

About Nettle...A Little Differently

If you are expecting a post in the style of materia medica for this extraordinary herb in the mint family, I will stop your expectations right here. But please, do read on, as I have a bit to say about lady Nettle, that you may have never heard or thought of before..

Saturday, May 5, 2018

The Spring Has Returned And So Did I (as a blogger)!

I have been plotting my great comeback to the blog for quite a while, struggling to find the right topic to kick (re)start.

And today, while enjoying my morning cup of coffee and listening to the birds, looking around and absorbing all that great energy of returning spring, I realized that that´s it!

So, as the spring returns and the new cycle of rebirth and life starts all over again, it is actually a perfect opportunity to jump in on the blogging train again.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Paying Attention To The Dogs´ Needs For Fasting: A More Spiritual Approach And A Few Herbs To Help With Nourishing And Cleansing

Couple of weeks ago, we felt our dogs´ needed a day of fasting. They all felt "stuffed", some ate reluctantly, some did not even touch their food and some did not look hungry at all, despite normally being ALWAYS hungry.

We honored their choice and gave the entire pack a day of fasting, 24 hours to be exact for the adults and 12 hours for the puppies and special needs dogs (aka "The Specials").

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Keeping Your Canine Seniors Fit and Healthy

Who wouldn´t wish for their beloved animal companion to live a long, happy and healthy life?

While most of us wish our animals would live forever, we know that the life cycle does not allow for this and we wonder what can we do for them to keep them by our side as long as possible, without pain and suffering, but vital, full of energy and spark.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Our Domestic Dogs: Omnivores or Carnivores?

No matter how unbelievable it may sound, the fact is, that our modern dogs share 99% of their DNA with the wolf.

However disturbing or fascinating you may find it, this is what it comes down to, regardless of our love or hate of the wolf.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Omelette with Wild Herbs

You have no idea how much I have been looking forward to the day I will be able to pick a handful of wild herbs and make a meal and fresh herb tea with them!

Our winters and time of frost without any vegetation are so long, and it isn´t until the end of May before we can see some green grass and leaves on trees again.

I also realized that I haven´t shared much from my cooking with herbs and generally from the life on the husky homestead for a while, so here is a recipe for my first fresh spring wild herb omelette.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Best Coat Conditioner

Have you ever experienced your dogs having a dull coat? Perhaps even some bold spots, although she or he isn´t scratching or licking on it? Dry, discolored, even split hairs? Rusty coloring on your otherwise black dog? 

If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then your dog might be very likely suffering from not enough Omega 3 unsaturated fatty acids in her or his diet.

Nourishing, Energizing and Restorative Spring Herbs for Your Dog

Spring time is time of birth, re-birth and awakening.

Although it is energizing just by itself, the bodies of all the Earth´s creatures are tired, depleted of energy, yet longing for the re-birth and time spent outside, being active.

While I have pondered and covered a lot of the spring needs of our dogs and together with my friend Erica, who specializes in animal acupressure we have touched the spring time care in our co-authored article Acupressure, Herbs and Nutrition for Spring which follows mostly the five element theory, let´s take a bit closer look at the spring wild herbs that mother Nature offers at this time of the year.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

The First Herb Walk of the Season aka of Dogs, Coltsfoot and Wild Woods

Back home again and straight ahead to what I love the most - my dogs, the wild nature of the Great North and herbs!

What is even better yet is that I can combine all of the above at once - grab couple of the fur kids and head into the woods and highlands for a day trip of hiking, wild crafting and simply being where our hearts reside.

My timing of my trip abroad for workshops and lectures was perfect this time, I returned precisely at the time of the very first spring herb beginning to bloom - my favorite Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara).

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Dandelions And Other Herbs For Your Dog´s Spring Care

Howdy all!

I am back home from my wonderful two week trip to Czech Republic, where I had so much fun and met so many wonderful folks and their dogs during my travels, meetings and herbal workshops.

And because the spring time there was just amazing, I couldn´t help myself and had to run to the meadows every time I could, to recharge amongst all the green fresh color and thousands of blooming dandelions.

So I shot this quick video for you, about one of my all time favorites, the happy little sunshine in a pocket as I call the nutritionally, energetically and medicinally rich beauty, officially known as Taraxcum officinale.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Hand Made Pottery, Self Sufficiency, Simple Country Life and other Musings

I am totally in love and I have to share it with you!

It may come as a surprise to many of you, but no, it is not a new puppy, or kitten, or any other critter... :)

It is the artwork of Ziva Slavec, a Slovenian pottery maker, and more specifically, the little collection she made for me.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Acupressure, Herbs and Nutrition for Spring: A Holistic Approach To Your Dog´s Health in the Season of Rebirth

Here, as promised in my previous blog update, is an article I co-authored with my friend Erica Friebel, in which we would like to give you some ideas how you can support your dog´s health and address her or his needs during the season of Spring, with the help of acupressure, nourishing herbs and foods.

Herbs and Health Care for Dogs by Seasons Mini Series

The spring is here and with it comes a lot of new energy and ideas and projects!
I am overwhelmed by your huge interest in herbs and natural health care for your dogs and have been working the whole winter a number of ways how to share my knowledge and experience in this field with you.

So let me start by introducing the first project called Herbs and Health Care for Dogs by Seasons.