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    Film maker in the morning, music compositor in the afternoon, programmer in the evening, geek at night and animal lover all the time

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  1. I don't really have any advice on mosquito repellent for dogs. I basically live in mosquito land and although the dogs get bitten sometimes, it doesn't really bother them all too much. Dogs have a lot of fur so it's much harder for a mosquito to find a good spot. Usually the only spots they can find are their paws on noses. Often mosquitoes just go to the easier target (me!) than the dogs 😅 But I can give you a fun little fact you might not now. The saliva of a mosquito causes us an allergic reaction. This is why it gets all red and super itchy. Well, it turns out that we, humans, are the only ones who are allergic to this. Dogs are not allergic to the mosquito bite. They do not experience the itching that we always associate mosquito bites with. They might feel the bite as it happens, might even get a bit annoyed with it. But once it's over they don't notice anything any more. Still not nice of course if your dogs get bitten. But it's good to know it bothers them waaay less than we do (and I may or may not be a bit jealous of this super power).
  2. Bit late but hopefully still in time to give an explanation. Huskies, and a bunch of other breeds have a double coat. The top coat has their guard hairs. It is generally a bit coarse fur. It's the fur you see and feel when you pet them. In the winter, snow and water will stick to this layer of fur and it will prevent the water from reaching down onto their skin where it would otherwise cool them down. This is why huskies are very happy to dig themselves in the snow, or get covered with it. Then you have the under coat, this is a warm woolen layer (sometimes even being a different colour than their top coat). In the winter this keeps then warm and insulated down to some extreme temperatures. They shed this under layer twice a year. Exactly how much under coat a husky has depends entirely on the climate they life in. They also generally have a much thicker under coat if they're outside dogs vs inside dogs. In the summer they shed this under coat, which basically leaves a small air gap that lets air circulate around and cools down their skin. In the summer the top coat blocks direct sun light from hitting their skin. THIS is the reason why you do never shave a double coated dog. If you strip away their their guard hairs, you strip them from their natural protection of the sun's uv light. This puts them at severe risk of overheating in the sun. And while the undercoat grows back really fast, The top coat can sometimes take years to grow back fully. And often it doesn't even grow back properly. I've seen some pictures of huskies who were previously shaven. And it is not pretty. If you live in a warm climate and your dog is shedding a lot, shaving them is not the solution. Instead help them by brushing out their under coat. An undercoat rakes is a very good tool for that as they take out the undercoat but leave the guard hairs.
  3. Hej! It's been absolute ages since I posted something here (although I occasionally logged in here), but I just wanted to post something at least! I can't believe it's been already this long ago since my camp visits. It was certainly loads of fun, even when I was not a dog owner myself back then. I always kind of hoped that *at some point* I would figure out a way to visit with my dogs but logistically, and time-wise this was never really an option for me, sadly. Even though it's been such a long time ago, I still have great memories of it. I met many fun people, and it certainly helped fueling my interest in huskies even more which eventually brought me all the way north, working and living at a sled dog kennel among many, many huskies. Thanks for providing the experience!
  4. Oh and they are strong. A while ago I jumped into the rabbit hole to answer the random question that had popped into my head one day: "How much horse power can a dog pull?" I found this interesting paper from 1957 where they did exactly that, to measure how much a sled dog can pull. For sustainable long distances a single trained sled dog can pull about 0.19 hp on average. But there are jolts, especially at the start to get the sled moving (like in this video for the quadbike). In the paper the maximum jolt was recorded at 0.235 hp. So for 12 dogs that means they could probably be pulling up to about 2.82 horse-power right in that video. Now short term we humans can output a lot of horse-power (think weight lifting). But if we're talking about sustainable long term, an untrained average adult can output about 0.27hp. A properly trained athlete could output as high as 0.54hp that that is probably really the absolute maximum we can reach. But.. we and dogs have a different power to weight ratio. We are heavier than dogs. So if you take the 0.19hp from the dog, divide it to their reported average dog weight (39kg), and multiple it by the average adult weight (62kg), a dog our size would output about 0.30hp. Which is in stronger than the average person!
  5. This is a video I shot a few weeks ago. We are in the middle of the training season with our dogs. We've had some snow but it has melted again. So until we have proper snow we use a quad bike to train our dogs. With up to 12 dogs in front of it (sometimes even 14) they to absolutely crazy just before we start. This time I wanted a different perspective on it, a little bit calmer... I don't know why but I love looking at this. Every dog is doing something different, so much to see. And to add to that, this was Bee yesterday before launch, lol.
  6. It's a rainy day outside. Dex and Pixel are sleeping together in their dog box filled with warm straw They both have their own dog box but prefer to sleep together most of the time.
  7. So with the temperature dropping here in the north of Sweden, we have begun our training with the dogs again. We want them to be in shape before the snow even arrives. But how do we do that exactly? That's why I decided to make this video where I'll bring you along with our training 🙂 Thought it was quite fun to make and I might just do more of these types of videos in the future as I realise there is a lot of stuff going on in dog kennels that people have no idea about. The work that is required, but also things like misconceptions.
  8. Oh, they loved it. They have been in this area before a few years ago so they knew what they were up against :-) A few days ago we had a group of people from the Canary Islands who genuinely never seen snow before. They basically turned into children, playing in the snow. Their snow angels are still visible at various spots around the kennel.
  9. Kalm had an injury on his paw some time ago and needs some time healing. So for the time being he's living with me in the house. I woke up this morning with him laying like this.
  10. Yesterday was one of the rare days that only two sleds went out, and my own three dogs were all in the teams as well. It was around -22°C and a beautiful nice day with clear skies. The guests had a blast, two of them even came from Australia. But with the clothing that we provide them with everyone was nice and warm. Took quite a few photos and here are some with my dogs in it :-) Sixten in lead on the right (with 10-year-old Treacle as 'teacher') Sixten is insane with pulling. When the sled is stopped, when he wants to go, he will go. Even when you're on the brake with all your weight he will still manage to move the sled on his own. Dex and Pixel in lead for the other sled. Some people don't realise just how much snow there is here. We make the trail by driving over it with a snowmobile a lot, which makes the snow very dense and compact. But once you go off the trail, well.. Yes. He is standing there and trying to walk through the deep snow
  11. Some photos from today with my drone :-) It's a nice day at the kennel, with the temperature hovering around -18°C.
  12. Alaskan huskies and Siberian huskies. The later is an actual breed tho where as Alaskan huskies are not. Usually a mix of Siberian and other breeds. However, this far north they're all bred for the same purpose. Pulling, running and surviving the cold. So although they look all very different they serve the same purpose. In these regions they're called Alaskan huskies and are pretty much treated as a breed on their own.
  13. Certain places next to the swamp have up to about a meter of snow. With the guests I always challenge them to see if they can reach a tree 5 meters away from the trail. Always fun seeing them almost disappear in the snow as they try to go across it, lol
  14. Sixten is doing okay. He is still a bit of a shy dog but getting better. He isn't much of a people-dog, more focused on other dogs and I think he'll always be like that. And that's fine. On the stake-out and on the sled he is fully in his element though. He absolutely loves running and is incredibly strong. Recently he got his paw hurt sadly. He must've gotten stuck with his nail on a hidden branch in the snow. He broke his nail and it had to be removed. He's recovering now and almost ready to go out again. Poor guy wants nothing but to run. He was in my house a lot. Definitely doesn't like being inside. But when I added Pixel and Dex to the mix he was definitely happier. Although it was a bit chaotic inside here in my small house, lol.
  15. During our dogsledding tours, we always take photos for the people. Usually, I also take some photos of the dogs too. Here are some of our dogs in January Dex with Scott Treacle Rosie and Alpine Taxi with loud Truman Truman and Quattro Dex and Quattro Max
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