Our key guides have all worked in the sleddog world for a number of years and are completely committed to both the dogs and to ensuring that you have the holiday of a lifetime.
Charlotte has worked with huskies in a number of places including in Iceland and Canada so she comes with a wealth of stories from many different types of farms. She is originally from Strasbourg in French and is a pâtissier (pastry chef) by trade. Whilst that might seem a stange background for someone working with dogs, it is actually a great benefit since she can literally whisk a cake right out of her buff whenever we are in need. When not running tours and looking after dogs, she manages the gear room and stays on top of all of the constant repairs the dogs neccessitate. Outside of work, she enjoys peaceful journeys by backcountry ski into the nature and her favourite time of year is Autumn when the dogs are gearing up for all of the challenges of the winter season to come. Ask Charlotte about Jopa (her favourite dog) and our adoption plan for oldies.
Lorin is Australian and has worked with a number of different husky companies. She is also a certified veterinary nurse. We are thankful that she keeps on being drawn back to us because she knows that the extra hours and proceedures that we try to include in each and every day are ultimately for the benefit of the dogs and that their welfare always comes first. If you get Lorin onto the subject of sleddog ethics, this quietly-spoken young lady will educate you confidently from a perspective of personal knowledge. Incidentally, she was also the Australian Irish Dancing Champion in her youth! Ask Lorin about Titan (about whom she is a little excessive), Zeta (an impossible rescue dog that she still adores) and sleddog ethics, welfare & responsible tourism.
Josh first came to Hetta Huskies in the summertime. At the time he was still intending to persue a career but the dogs gradually took hold of his soul (and Julia also helped in that department) and he found himself returning time and again at different times of the year until he transitioned into a lead guide role in the winter of 2017. We always say that the first year of guiding with huskies is the most challenging but Josh through glided his first season with relative ease. Unfortunately for Josh, he is pretty tallented when it comes to managing internet and computer systems and this (important!) aspect of his work keeps him away from the dogs a bit more than he would like. Ask Josh about Bella (his favourite), working with sleddogs in Australia and his long term dream of running a dog shelter like the one he and Julia volunteered at, in Bali. An article by Adventure.com about Josh dog-sledding in Australia can be found here
Julia is from the French-speaking part of Switzerland and true to form with most Swiss people, is pretty multi-lingual. In fact, she is so comfortable in English that you probably won't even realise that it is not her native language! She first came to our farm as a client for an early-season 3-day safari. Not only did she encounter extremely tough conditions in terms of temperature and snow, but there was also noro-virus within her group of friends which put her nursing skills to the test. Her second day of mushing was arguably the longest ever, in the history of sledding at Hetta Huskies, but since none of this phased her, it was an easy 'Yes' from our side, when she asked to return to join the team as a trainee guide. Julia brings a wealth of medical knowledge and compassion to our team and is a firm favourite with all of the clients. She and Josh spend the European winters with us and then pack up and spend the Antipodean winters running dogs in Australia. Ask Julia about the medical aspects of taking care of sleddogs. An article about Julia written by the Crana-Nurses of Australia can be found here
Eliel was born in May 2010 and isn't quite fully functioning as a guide quite yet. Maybe we will wait until he can at least read and write for that (they don't even start to learn, in Finland, until they are 7!). Eliel has been driving sleighs since he was 2 and driving without someone controling his speed from behind since he was c. 4. You can find a few videos of him in action on his section of our youtube channel. He took part in his first solo race (the Barnas Finnmarksloppet (children's Finnmarksloppet)) pulled by 4 dogs when he was just 5.
When he was very little, he was quite amenable in terms of introducing clients to the farm and dogs. Now it is a bit more hit and miss. However, he is perfectly capable of feeding the farm if we can persuade him to leave his minecraft behind and he sometimes translates for his mom or for visiting artists (eg our Joiku singer) if they are struggling with communication between English and Finnish. Ask Eliel about Atlas, Tryfan and Unni (his favourite dogs) and about Minecraft and Pokemon. He may also show you his treehouse if you are lucky!