FYI: Please note that for us, the most important part of an adoption is finding the right dog for the right person but we very much hope that our oldies or those who would be put down on other farms for medical reasons, but who would still make great companion pets, could be considered first.
We have some dogs which would benefit from moving, physically, to a new home. Some of these just want a lovely, friendly place to spend the last few years of their lives. They will appreciate switching an outdoor kennel, -40C and the sadness of watching the younger dogs still run when they no longer can, for a home environment, lots of attention and a nice soft dog bed or sofa. Others may be young but for some reason (short legs, illness, injury, grumpiness / craziness when in a team etc) just won't make great sled dogs on a working farm. Still others have some sort of minor medical issue (eg asthma) which means that they are not versatile enough to run in the coldest of temperatures
The dogs that we consider suitable for adoption have all spent time indoors, are either completely or relatively house trained and are open and friendly towards people.
It is pretty easy for anyone living in Scandinavia to adopt one of our dogs and if you are looking for a certain type of dog (one that can run with you or one that is good with kids, etc), please do get in touch. We have some dogs here which we have rescued from other farms in the recession to save them from being put down, and we have other older dogs that could be retired but are just not in as much need as those shown here. Hence, do get in touch with your wish list and we will see if we have a dog that is suitable for you. We would rather that they go to the ideal home than that they stay running, here, if they are not that great as working sled dogs or if they are already on a reduced running plan from old age.
For those living overseas, it can be quite complicated, expensive and time-consuming to sort out the inoculations and paperwork needed to get the dog ready to travel. However, it is not totally impossible and, as you can ready on the lucky dogs page, we have dogs who have moved as far away as Colorado and New York as well as quite a few who have travelled to the UK or Central Europe.
The dogs are listed in priority adoption order within each category.
Timon (March 2007)
Timon was very shy when we arrived at the farm, but he has a strong natural play instinct which was only just hidden under the shy demeanour he had learned to show. For instance, right from the beginning he would bark and wag his tail at you to get your attention but then when you would go over to him, he would run away and when you had finally given up on him coming to you and started to leave his circle, he would run after you and maybe even nip your bottom to say 'come back...give me another chance!'. We put him on the front row of the farm for a while and he got a lot braver after a season of being approached by clients with treats so now he is at the stage at which he will come forward to sniff even a stranger's hand (in case they have treats) and he plays comfortably and lovingly with the guides. He is a large, fluffy and gorgeous dog but even though he is definitely at the easy end of our spectrum when it comes to interaction with other dogs, he doesn't necessariy like every male dog so we would need to check how he would be in a household with other dogs.
Ideal new home: A house with calm people, so he does not get too excited.
How would he deal with being alone during a working day: We believe Timon would be ok during the day, especially with a dog bed or sofa to relax on.
To what extent can he still do canicross in summer / go skijoring with me in winter? Timon does enjoy working and would be enthusiatic to do these sports.
Hendrix (Jan 2006)
Though one of our oldest, Hendrix is still among our strongest. In the 2016-17 season he ran day safari products with ease and had no injuries apart from mild limping. While Hendrix still has loads of energy and would need a lot of activity in his retirement home, he is getting old and deserves to be pampered by a someone who can care for his needs. He can be somewhat shy and reserved with people, but once you build a relationship with him, Hendrix is very sweet and playful. He enjoys nuzzling up to you and getting back scratches, especially in spring when molting his winter coat. He is always curious though cautious about anything unfamiliar.
Ideal new home: Optimally somewhere he can live outside most of the time. Hendrix is house-trained as well but occasionally gets restless and might become destructive if bored. Sneakily good at opening doors.
How would he deal with being alone during a working day: The main concern for Hendrix at this time is his energy level - you would need to test him for the first few weeks if planning to leave him alone inside a house. He would probably be best off living in an outdoor kennel and cage or space to roam. While living on a running circle chain he was known for chewing his kennel. While he is currently living in our retired running fence with three other oldies, and is usually very outgoing, he should live with easy dogs.
To what extent can he still do canicross in summer / go skijoring with me in winter? Hendrix is a reliable, steady skijoring partner and would absolutely love it.
KGB (Feb 2007)
Since KGB's sister, Fala, has already been lucky enough to head off to a new home, we think that KGB would be more than happy to find a place on an equally soft sofa. KGB is a special Taimyr dog from Siberia - an ancient breed and one of only a few in the world. She and her sister had hernias when they came to us which were successfully operated but we have always been a bit hesitant about using them in a full-on running program because we haven't wanted to put them under too much strain. Additionally KGB is not the most motivated sleddog, unable to keep up with the others though she has the strength to stop a whole team to use the toilet!
Ideal new home: A family that can give her lots of love. She is very sweet and has been off-lead around our farm without any problems, walks right next to you (or behind) and waits patiently for treats.
How would she deal with being alone during a working day: KGB is a perfect couch potato inside the house, she spent a lot of time inside due to operations and learned the ways of a house pet. While she is large in size, KGB is house-trained and easy. She would probably be fine with other pets as well, though she can be grumpy with food.
To what extent can she still do canicross in summer / go skijoring with me in winter? KGB is not very fast and does not pull but will happily follow beside or behind you.
Patapov (Feb 2007)
Patapov's brother, Drizen, has found a new home so we figured it would only be fair to also offer it to Patapov (since he would make a much better companion dog than a sleigh dog). Patapov is sweet and friendly, but not great in the line, getting tired from the fast pace of the huskies after short distances.
Ideal new home: Somewhere he can get lots of cuddles and attention.
How would he deal with being alone during a working day: He would be better with another dog (that he trusts) or with regular mini visits until you are sure about how house trained he really is. He might be better off living in an outdoor space at least in the beginning.
To what extent can he still do canicross in summer / go skijoring with me in winter? He would love to still do this still from time to time and even though he is a big dog and therefore not so fast, he has good endurance still and he is very obedient.
Lassi is extremly photogenic and is popular with clients. He is shy, but will respond better to people he knows. Once you do get to know him, it is rewarding to see him trust you. Unfortunatley, Lassi tends to slow down a sleigh team, as he can be a little lazy. Lassi really likes other dogs and is extremely easy to live with. In fact, he would be better to be re-homed with another dog.
Ideal new home: Somewhere calm, he would be fine with children, as long as they knew how to treat animals with respect. And ideally, with another dog.
How would he deal with being alone during a working day: We think he would be fine alone, though maybe he might be better with another dog for company.
To what extent can he still do canicross in summer / go skijoring with me in winter? He physically can do these sports, but might need persuasion.
Varna (Feb 2007)
Varna has run in a wheel position all his life, as he tends to be a little lazy within the team. He also loves to stay hidden in his kennel. Once coaxed out of the kennel he is a beautiful, large and timid dog. We often use Varna to run or live with difficult dogs as he is so easy going. As with all dogs, we believe that with time and patience, a new owner could get the reward of earning a shy dog's trust. However, Varna is so shy that we are more likely to let him go to a guide or someone with proven skills in working with shy dogs
Ideal new home: A calm house without young children (since these would frighten him).
How would he deal with being alone during a working day: We think he would be fine alone, as long as the home was quite quiet during the day. He would prefer to have another dog around to gain confidence from them.
To what extent can he still do canicross in summer / go skijoring with me in winter? Varna is capable of doing these sports and would enjoy the exercise, as long as he isn't expected to pull too hard.
Merlin 2 (Sept 2008)
Merlin 2 has not run the past few seasons because of a chronic limp. He is not able to run the same distances as the other working dogs without hurting himself, and would be better off finding a couch to live on. Spending most of his days inside now, Merlin 2 is affectionate with people and always comes to you for a head rub. He is low-maintenance and is really just looking for a place and family to call home.
Ideal new home: A couch or soft dog bed with cuddly human beings and not too much activity.
How would he deal with being alone during a working day: Might be nice for Merlin 2 to have some human or animal companion but he would be fine alone.
To what extent can he still do canicross in summer / go skijoring with me in winter? As long as you go at an easy pace with him Merlin 2 would probably enjoy it. He is still quite strong.
Jani (Dec 2007)
Jani, like Merlin2, has not run the past few seasons because of a chronic limp. He is not able to run the same distances as the other working dogs without hurting himself, and would be better off finding a couch to live on. Spending most of his days inside now, Jani is a bit timid and slightly difficult compared to Merlin2 in his behaviour. He is mostly frightened of men and new people, hence better off with women and it will take time to grow a relationship with him. For this reason it would be nicer for him to be in a quiet, peaceful environment with just a few people. He is otherwise low-maintenance and really just looking for a place and family to call home.
Ideal new home: A quiet, peaceful home with a soft couch or dog bed one or two cuddly human being(s), without too much activity. Jani might be scared of children and other loud pets but is very sweet with puppies.
How would he deal with being alone during a working day: He has spent a lot of time inside, should be fine once he is comfortable in the new environment.
To what extent can he still do canicross in summer / go skijoring with me in winter? Would be better not to, his limping can get pretty bad (also not a young dog). If you do go very slow and easy.
NB: PLEASE carefully consider the risks with adopting one of these dogs. While they might prove to be much happier in a different surrounding, and have shown us their better qualities at times, they are unpredictable in different scenarios. Huskies are capable of a lot of damage.
Soda (July 2014)
Soda is not an aggressive dog but he is huge and high-energy, often frightening other dogs. Similar to asthma in humans, he was born with a respiratory problem from the larynx causing wheezing during exercising or excitement (laryngeal paralysis probable). For this reason we do not run him further than 4km distances with the other huskies. With the right handler Soda would make a lovely companion: he is overly affectionate and wants nothing more than to please you, but does not understand his own size or strength. On the lead Soda has a tendency to lunge forward and run around in wide circles, though if you can get him to walk next to you he just looks up at you and does not pull (until he forgets and lunges forward again). As long as you can get him to understand what you want he is obedient, but his attention span appears similar to someone with ADHD. As he is still growing into adultood now would be a good time to find Soda a home where he would get the attention, training, and love that he needs.
Ideal new home:With people that are able to handle such a huge, strong, and high-energy dog. Most other dogs get frightened or defensive with him, has one dog on this farm he has lived with consistently without problems (Moscow).
How would he deal with being alone during a working day: Soda is still quite young and has improved inside the house over his time here. He used to pee whenever he got too excited, now is more in control of his bladder and better house-trained but needs to be watched inside the house at the start, could easily break things. Has short fur so better inside if living in a cold environment (Eurohound heritage on father's side).
To what extent can he still do canicross in summer / go skijoring with me in winter? Difficult to do anything other than hiking because of his strength and lunging in circles, but definitely needs exercise as long as he is given breaks to monitor his breathing.
Keri's behaviour is unpredictable and has improved inconsistently during his time here. We believe that he would do great with an owner that can put the effort into their relationship, but this may require a lot of work. Keri is extremely intelligent and obedient (though grudgingly so), but behaves unpredictably in different environments. Generally he is timid with people, though he has a calculating and interested look in his eyes the whole time. If you do manage to catch him, and stroke him in a calm, confident manner he does eventually enjoy it. Often it helps if you have something to distract him as you approach him. Keri hates being surprised or touched lightly (have had to massage him for stiffness in joints), and has often nipped guides out of fear or surprise. In the line he gets overexcited and clips his teeth together while barking, often scaring the other dogs (and people). Currently living in a small running fence with an easy dog (Pegasos - could potentially also be persuaded for adoption), Keri appears happy and engaged, coming up to sniff your hand. In the right environment and with the right person we think Keri could make a lovely companion, but creating a real relationship with him requires a long time commitment.
Ideal new home: Somewhere peaceful and quiet with calm and experienced dog people, would probably be better in a home without children or other pets (unless he gets along with the other dog, in which case it might be better for him).
How would he deal with being alone during a working day: Would need to be watched closely in the beginning. Keri is old and not high-energy but still strong. He has not spent a lot of time inside the house, appeared frightened at first by all the new things but eventually settled down and came to enjoy receiving more attention.
To what extent can he still do canicross in summer / go skijoring with me in winter? He would probably be quite good, still a strong boy but is getting quite stiff which needs to be watched out for.
Tala is a beautiful husky dog (often a favourite with clients) and very vocal about her needs, but highly unpredictable with other dogs. We took her in as a stray roaming loose in the area, so we do not know much about her previous history. However, she came with a lot of health problems and extreme aggression towards all other dogs. Tala is sweet and calm with people and loves attention to the point where she will get whiny in the house if left unattended, often getting attached to a person. She will also whine if she needs water, the toilet, etc. Tala does not like to be touched or prodded too much and may try to nip you (for this you need to be confidet and have the right energy around her). Unlike Keri for example, Tala does not get along with any male or female dogs. She was playful and friendly with one male dog named Jupi, but last summer while walking together she unsuspectingly attacked him as well. She will seem calm and uninterested, but then attack out of nowhere. In the right environment and with the right person we think Tala could make a lovely companion, but she needs to go to someone who can handle her neediness.
Ideal new home: Somewhere with calm and experienced dog people, Tala almost definitely needs to be in a home without other pets, probably not small children either.
How would she deal with being alone during a working day: VERY NEEDY. Likely to use the toilet inside the house while you're gone, not because she is not house-trained, but to prove a point. Could also become destructive. However, Tala spends most of her time inside the house now and gets annoying and whiny if left outside without company.
To what extent can she still do canicross in summer / go skijoring with me in winter? She is perfect for this: because we cannot run her easily with any of our other dogs in winter she went on lots of guided hiking/skiing trips with clients.