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 except dogs in the 'shy' section who have been rescued.
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.
Alternatively, take a picture of our QR code and get our 'adoption-ready' app which gives a lot more information about the dogs. Please note, however, that we really do have a 'top priority' list that we are trying to find homes for, first.
Please send all adoption enquiries to [email protected].
READY FOR A SOFA
The dogs listed here have worked hard all of their lives and deserve a bit more constant pampering than we can give them in their retirement.
We have a number of shy oldies that will probably spend the rest of their lives with us since they are not the dogs that people immediately fall in love with, when they visit. For Timon, for instance, we might be too late in finding him a home (although it is not 100% out of the question) and Yena and Mullers are so shy they would definitely do better in a house with other dogs.
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 other dogs than those shown here, that are just not in as much need of a new home as the ones shown here, but which might be perfect for you. Even if they haven't made it to the 'top priority list, if we find the perfect match 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.
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.
More information about how to travel through Scandinavia into other European Countries overland or further afield, eg using a pet-transfer company, can be found here.
Humlis (Born 5th May 2009)
I am one of the most loving and snuggly of all of the dogs on the farm. I came to Hetta Huskies at the age of 7 in June 2017, from Roger Fossøy's farm. I am named after a Norwegian flower and love to be cuddled. I got diagnosed with Hypothyroidism for which I'm getting Thyroxin, a low-cost tablet in the morning and evening. In addition to that I developed a cough in summer 2017, which needs to be treated with Medrol. Since I've started on the course, the cough has disappeared (it is basically like having me on some low dose asthma medication).
Ideal new home: Humlis would be happy as a single pet. He was super friendly when young but he likes his own space...particularly at feeding time, now that he is a more grouchy older man. Humlis is a bit bow legged which puts pressure on his joints but that is REALLY helped by regular walks. Since that is a bit hard for us to manage consistently, he would really gain a new lease on life with a family that could help him with this.How would he deal with being alone during a working day: Humlis would need some time to adjust to being indoors alone. When left unattended, he has occasionally had a few accidents and chewed a few socks. As he gets comfortable with his new home, Humlis' behaviour should improve.
Vulpes (28th Jul 2009)
Vulpes is very friendly and loves cuddles, although he can be a little grumpy with other male dogs sometimes. He came from a racing kennel in Norway where he was one of the best leaders and used for all races until 2016. He now gets a little stiff in his hips when he pushes himself too hard, but is active and still pulling in-harness. He is house-trained, although it always takes him a bit of time to adjust to living indoors. Once he has found a spot he feels comfortable in, he curls up there and naps for most of the time.
Ideal new home:Vulpes would probably be happiest with an active and attentive family. He may take longer to adjust to new experiences, like public transport or other pets, since he has only spent time with us in his older age.
How would he deal with being alone during a working day: Would need to be monitored in the beginning, but should be fine. May start chewing things if he gets bored.
To what extent can he still do canicross in summer / go skijoring with me in winter? Vulpes would still enjoy an active lifestyle, as long as his hips and back aren't pushed too hard!
Mullers (Sep. 2008)
Although Mullers is shy at first, he does warm up tothe guides here. We think he may be a "one person" dog. Once just one person is feeding and walking him, we feel he will become a very loyal dog to his new owner. He is selective with his canine friends, and we feel this comes from a lack of self confidence. This may well improve after some time with one owner and gaining more self assurance.
Ideal new home: A calm house, possibly with another spayed female or easy male canine companion.
How would he deal with being alone during a working day: He would probably be fine alone during the day.
To what extent can he still do canicross in summer / go skijoring with me in winter? He loves to run, but he can sore elbows or shoulders. So he can run and pull, just not too far and with careful monitoring.
Yena (21 Sept. 2009)
Yena is a shy, gentle, easy dog who doesn't demand anything from anyone. She is happiest peacefully resting alone or with another dog in a quiet room. She still gets excited about walks and outdoor time, though she has calmed down a lot with age. Don't be fooled by her slight flinch when you touch her - once she realises she's getting a nice ear scratch from you, she enjoys being petted. Yena is a lovely old lady who deserves a retirement home as much as her sister, who left in winter 2020/21 and has opened up a lot to her new owners.
Ideal new home: A calm house, possibly with another dog.
How would she deal with being alone during a working day: She should be fine with monitoring in the beginning - Yena has occasionally chewed a few dog beds when bored.
To what extent can she still do canicross in summer / go skijoring with me in winter? Yena is quite slow now, though she still gets excited to run. She is probably better off going mostly on walks.