FYI: We are in the process of updating this page, and 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, could be considered first.
Those who for medical reasons (eg, limps, if asked to work professionally or dogs needing special (eg low-fat) diets, like Neo) who would be better off in a recreational setting
Merlin 2 | Jani | Soda | Neo
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.
Pikkis (Jun. 2004)
Pikkis is calm and trustworthy and has been one of the dogs we have used to run beside pups in their first mad outings since he just minds his own business and helps to calm them down. He is very relaxed with people and with other dogs. He is great with children as he doesn't jump up. The guides have their suspicions that he is related to a seal, as he looks so aquatic. Pikkis loves to have siestas and does not get as agitated or excited as other dogs. However, he does get lively when it comes to feeding time. This old boy is a firm favourite of the guides and we all are a little jealous of the lucky person who will get to take him home.
Ideal new home: Anywhere, since he loves people and dogs and does not seem to worry about noise or comotion.
How would he deal with being alone during a working day: Give him a bed and we think he will be fine.
To what extent can he still do canicross in summer / go skijoring with me in winter? He will still be able to run recreationally - just don't expect him to go super fast or take him too far if you are not building up his training gradually since he is an old boy, after all!
We would consider a forever home for Lotta if the right home came up, even though she is still doing incredibly well for her years, just because she is AMAZING.
Ideal new home: Anywhere, since she loves people and dogs and will want to cuddle anyone. She is a frequent favourite amongst the guides.
How would she deal with being alone during a working day: Give her a soft, comfy bed, and she will be fine.
Castration / Spay Status..Lotta has been speyed, so this makes placing her with other dogs worry-free. We often use her to be company for difficult males in cages to train them in what it means to share space with another dog.
To what extent can she still do canicross in summer / go skijoring with me in winter? We chose Lotta to run the Barnas Finnmarksloppet in 2016 with our (then 5-year-old) child, Eliel since she just puts her head down and goes. She pulled the whole team of mid-aged boys after her whenever they got distracted. This is one super super sleddog who is still in great shape.
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.
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 wasn't expected to pull too hard.
NB: The dogs in this category would be fine going skijoring / doing canicross but most are a little too lazy to justify their keep on a sleddog farm! For occassional running, they will still pull hard and have fun but they don't want to do mega mileage.
Timon (Mar. 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 she 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 she still do canicross in summer / go skijoring with me in winter? Timon does enjoy working and would be enthusiatic to do these sports.
Since KGB's sister, Fala, has already been lucky enough to head off to a new home, I 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.
We are going to add information about Patapov to this list when we have the time. His brother, Drizen, has been offered 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).
Ideal new home: Somewhere where he gets cuddles.
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 (since he is a new dog for us, and we are not really sure).
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.