ADOPT ME PLEASE!

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 people consider first, either our oldies or those who would be put down on other farms for medical reasons. These dogs would make strong companion pets and would, I believe, have a better life if they could retire to a sofa.

All of the dogs that we consider to be suitable for adoption have spent time indoors and are either completely or nearly 100% house trained. All are open and friendly towards people, although those in the 'special needs' section need experienced owners for various reasons.

Click on the name of the dog you are interested in, to find out more detailed information about them. The dogs are listed in priority adoption order within each category.

Please send all adoption enquiries to hettahuskiessponsorship@gmail.com.


RETIRED DOGS SUSCEPTIBLE TO LIMPING.

These dogs are prone to limping. They are either retired because of it or on a very reduced running plan (Meggy and Mighty) and they would have a far better quality of life in a house with normal levels of exercise.

Jani and Patapov are all pretty much retired from being sleddogs since they just can't run the milleage needed without limping. These would be good candidates for a household looking for a loving pet but not one looking for a husky to go running with.

JANI
PATAPOV
MINNIE
MIGHTY

DOGS WITH OTHER MEDICAL ISSUES

These dogs would be better off in a home than in the farm for a variety of medical reasons. FYI Those with greater medical needs have been put into the 'special needs' section.

PILGRIM
NANA
NEO
PEKKI
TIMON

Our Oldies who are in search of a soft retirement sofa.

These dogs would benefit from moving to a new home to enjoy some comfort in the last few years of their lives.
On the farm they have to watch in sadness as the younger dogs get to have fun doing runs that they can no longer join in with. For them, a warm indoor dog-bed or sofa would definitely be preferable to an outdoor kennel in -40C as their joints start to get stiff. Lots of attention, the freedom to move around a house unrestricted and access to a nice soft dog bed or sofa would be their retirement dream. Of course, all of these dogs can be outdoors in a cage during the daytime, if needs be.

HENDRIX
BLADE
MANSO
SAVE

SPECIAL NEEDS: EXPERIENCED HANDLERS ONLY

These dogs have either medical or behavioural issues that would either require an experienced home, one without other dogs or one without children.

TALA
SODA
KERI

NB: We also have a list of 'ready for adoption' dogs that will be the next to be put on the retirement list, in search of their 'forever' homes.


PRACTICAL ASPECTS OF ADOPTION

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.


Those prone to limping who would enjoy a comfy sofa more than running.


Jani (Dec 2007)

Jani, like Merlin II, 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.


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.


Minnie & Mighty (Sept 2008)

Minnie and Mighty (both sisters who came to us as rescue dogs at c. 8 months of age) do well on a reduced running plan and therefore would probably be fine, 90% of the time, running or walking to the same level, or more, than most households with dogs. However, they are both very shy little dogs that would need special handling. For that reason, I debated as to whether to put them, rather, into the 'special needs' category. These scared little muts were unbelievably good sleddogs in their day, whereas Patapov, for instance, was always pretty useless. There is a surprising amount of 'zest for life' behind their fearful demeanours.

Minnie & Mighty come from a litter who are all fairly timid around people. Minnie is the bolder of the two, still requiring time and patience to get comfortable around you. However, she will eventually curl up in your bed and let you stroke her. Mighty is the smallest and shiest of their whole litter, and would rather find the furthest corner of a couch or room to sleep than near people. When touched she tends to freeze up and mostly wait for it to be over. However, the small improvements we have seen in her sisters mean that she has potential as well.

Ideal new home: Hopefully together so that they can gain confidence from each other (if able to adopt a third sister this would be even better for them). Somewhere calm with patient owners who are not expecting to see immediate results.
How would they deal with being alone during a working day: Having spent some time inside, the girls know what the rules are for the most part but should not be trusted in the beginning. If too nervous or excited either one might still pee inside, and Mighty is known for swallowing objects.
To what extent can they still do canicross in summer / go skijoring with me in winter? You would need to watch them carefully for limping. Not really the ideal dogs for this, would be better as house pets who get regular walks.


Those of our dogs 'medically' targeting a sofa


Pilgrim (Nov 2008)

Pilgrim is from one of our first litters of puppies, son of Sanna and Bono. He is adorable and does make an effort at running but gets so excited that his back legs tremble, similar to Merlin 1's condition.

Ideal new home: A family that can give Pilgrim lots of love and cuddles.
How would he deal with being alone during a working day: Pilgrim has previously spent a lot of time inside the house and behaves well, a soft couch should be enough as long as he is tested for the first few weeks.
To what extent can he still do canicross in summer / go skijoring with me in winter? Would probably be fine, as long as his shaking legs are watched out for.


Nana (Oct 2010)

Little Nana has the heart and sole of a champion but her body reacts badly if we accidentally make her run in too hot weather (anything over -12C!). Whilst one of our favourites, we would reluctantly give her a chance at a better, more balanced, life for her, should the right home arise.

Nana has one of the best work ethics on the farm, to a fault. She tends to get too excited and pull so hard that she often overheats and has collapsed while running. Additionally she is on anti-acid pills most of the time. This little lady is sweet and always has the best intentions at heart but is somewhat clumsy with such a long body and short legs, often getting herself tangled in things and consequently injured. All she really wants are people that love her unconditionally and have some patience with her clumsy, slightly ADHD nature.

Ideal new home: A family that will love her, and can take her out often. If possible somewhere outdoors would pronanly also be good for her.
How would she deal with being alone during a working day: Nana is not well in control of her bladder movements though she tries, and would probably not make it through a full work day. While she may not chew things she does easily knock things over with her tail and back end, creating a mess.
To what extent can she still do canicross in summer / go skijoring with me in winter? She would definitely enjoy it but you need to be extremely careful with running her in warm temperatures and for too long a period of time.


Neo (Feb 2008)

Neo is a big sweet boy who still loves to run but he has had a number of medical issues and we think it is time he started an easier life. The first medical issue that brought him to our attention when he lived on a different farm was a stroke. We took him in to give him a chance and after a couple of weeks of being lifted in and out of the house, he started to walk a little and his head gradually returned to a more normal position (it is still held slightly to one side if you look closely). He was effectively 'put out to pasture' to take as long as he needed to recover and he started again the following year. Unfortunately, just when we thought he was over the stroke (obviously running on a reduced running plan), he started to develop pancreatic issues. These can be controlled through a low-fat diet, but he is a huge boy and it makes it hard to keep the weight on him when he is running as much as he wants. Hence, we feel that he has given enough and would maintain his weight more easily in a home setting.

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Timon (March 2007)

Timon nearly got an adoption opportunity last year but then, unfortunately, he developed a large swelling on his neck which needed weeks of investigation and he missed his chance. The swelling was either a form of hyperplasia or a lymphoma but it is currently not being treated (although a hypothyroid condition, which is fairly common in sleddogs, which was discovered at the same time, through blood work, is treated daily with low-cost pills).

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.


Pekki (Mar.2007)

Pekki secretly likes to be stroked. He is unsure and shy about it at first, but he enjoys it. He is a dog that will slow a sleigh team down. He seems to be keen on running, just not pulling. With care and attention, Pekki could make a great house dog. Though he may be a bit too shy to live with young children.

Ideal new home: A calm house with or without dogs.
How would he deal with being alone during a working day: At first, Pekki may not be able to stay alone all day, but if he started being alone for a short time and then had that time alone increased gradually, he could be happy.
To what extent can he still do canicross in summer / go skijoring with me in winter? He can do these sports, though he may not pull so well .Which would make him good for a learner.


Pilgrim

It is hard not to fall in love with Pilgrim. He is gentle and loving and generous and wants to make you happy. However, he suffers from 'shivers'...an undetermined neurological issue that just keeps his muscles twitching, much like early-onset Parkinsons. He has been examined by many vets and they all say that he isn't in pain and should keep active, so he still runs safaris but we just keep a bit more of an eye on him in case he gets too stiff. Constantly having muscles that are contracting, particularly in cold weather, means that he can sometimes get really stiff and struggle to get up and down. We think he would be much better off with a more regulated lifestyle - particularly one that involved constant warmth and a comfy sofa.


OUR OLD DOGS IN SEARCH OF A RETIREMENT SOFA


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 a little 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.


Blade (2006)

Blade is probably one of the happiest-looking dogs on the farm, wearing an ear-to-ear grin permanently on his face. Because he is smaller than most of the other male huskies, he would more easily transition to life in a home. In a cage Blade likes to run around his kennel to get away from you, but seems to think it's more a game than anything else as he is not afraid when you approach him. In the house Blade is fairly well-behaved, though he has a lot of energy for a 12 year old! He would be more than happy with the company of other pets, as he usually lives in a cage either with puppies or other adult dogs and is very easy-going.

Ideal new home: Somewhere he still gets a lot of exercise, but in a laid-back environment with a loving family.
How would he deal with being alone during a working day: Blade is good but not perfectly house-trained. Because of his energy levels he should be watched in the beginning, he has not been left alone in a house before. With another canine companion Blade might be content.
To what extent can he still do canicross in summer / go skijoring with me in winter? Blade is an exemplary dog for this and absolutely loves it. It would be best if he lived with people who live an active lifestyle.


Manso (2006)

Manso is giant-sized for a husky and incredibly strong with a very fluffy coat. Because of this, he would probably be best off living outdoors if possible. Manso is also the award-winner of digging at our farm, overturning half of the ground in a cage space overnight if he gets the chance. For this reason he lives permanently in a wood-floored cage. His size and weight have slowed Manso down in his old age and made him prone to limping, and so he does not run more than 6km and would ideally find a new home. He is a happy-go-lucky fellow, though a little timid at first, and very easy with other dogs.

Ideal new home: Optimally somewhere he can live outside most of the time. Manso is somewhat house-trained but has not spent very much time inside as he gets hot very easily.
How would he deal with being alone during a working day: Manso would need a lot of work as he is not perfectly house-trained and might be destructive if bored. He would really be best off living outdoors.
To what extent can he still do canicross in summer / go skijoring with me in winter? If it was at an easy pace he would be fine, Manso is very strong.


Save (July 2006)

Save is like a misunderstood, slightly awkward friend who is sweet at heart but doesn't quite understand social cues. On his circle he will bark incessantly until you approach him, at which point he startles and backs away a little. Once he gets to know you Save loves cuddles and enjoys spending time among people. He has spent enough time in the house to know how to behave, and has reached a point in his life where he would be happy to retire from life as a sleddog.

Ideal new home: Somewhere he gets lots of attention and a comfortable couch. Save is a fairly big dog but is not too active anymore, so would probably be fine with just a few walks a day. Though he is pretty easy Save should live with other easy dogs.
How would he deal with being alone during a working day: He should be alright, but would have to be monitored at the start. Though he is very well house-trained, Save has not been left alone in a house before.
To what extent can he still do canicross in summer / go skijoring with me in winter? Save could probably do it, though he isn't so active anymore.


DOGS SUITABLE FOR EXPERIENCED HANDLERS ONLY

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.


Tala (2011)

Tala is a beautiful husky dog (often a favourite with clients) who is very vocal about her needs, but highly unpredictable with other dogs. We took her in as a stray who had been caught after being let loose to roam free and fend for herself in the area for over a week. Hence, we do not know much about her previous history. When she arrived, she had the same type of aggression levels towards other animals as most house dogs (surprisingly, husky farm dogs are generally far more socialised and therefore tollerant of other dogs than most private people's pets) and we have never really overcome her unpredictability around other dogs, even though has since been spayed to help to control any possible hormonal swings.

Tala is sweet and calm with people and desperate to bond with one forever human who will never abandon here again. It is likely that she will bond completely with one person in the household that she will love above all others and miss attention from, if they are not around. Whilst this is sweet, it can also be a bit annoying if she cries for them for a while, when they go out.

On a positive note, her communication ability means that she is pretty clear about her needs. She will whine if she needs water or wants to go out to the toilet, etc, so you won't have any house accidents if you just respond to her in time.

Tala does not like to be touched or prodded too much and she is a bit of a wimp with pain. She broke her foot when on a visit with a guide in the Spring of 2017 and since then, has been really jumpy if you go to touch her belly or legs since she hated her bandages being changed and thinks you might hurt her again. I have seen her jump and posture as if she would nip if people have tried to touch her carelessly or with the same speed at which we approach most other dogs. Tala needs very slow and careful and deliberate handling to know that you are in charge and she has to submit to whatever examination you want to give. We took her to a chiropractor at one stage, since it seems like her back sometimes causes her pain. She said that there may be a degree of fusion of the bones in the lower back (spondylosis) and to treat with painkillers if symptomatic.

With the right owner, she would be one of those 'dogs of a lifetime'. But that owner would have to not think that they know best when it comes to Tala interacting with others in a dog park, for instance, since she can snap unpredictably. I would have said that she would always have separation issues if inside unattended, but she once bonded with a guide who lived in a hotel and I wandered in one day to look for him and he wasn't around but Tala was contentedly surveying the whole hallway from her favourite chair. Hence, I think that if she has the run of a house, and knows it (she is always tied up, in ours, and hates it), then the separation issues may be manageable. It might be, however, that you would need to have her in a cage when you go away, at first, to avoid your house being turned upside down.

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.


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 (2006)

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.