What does a husky do in the months before the snow falls? Well, just the same as a hockey player before the season. Snow-free exercise. And if you’re really lucky you can go along to a training session.
It’s the end of October and autumn is still hanging in there. The meterologists have forecast snow. But not until tomorrow.
– 20 millimeters, says Hannes with a big smile when we turn off the E4 motorway , just south of Skelleftea.
We want to go dog sledding. Me and Hannes. On bare ground. Well, it works. But instead of sleds there are carts. And instead of gliding over hard packed snow we drive on forest roads. So the roads are dusty.
– Actually yes, Susanne said when we talked on the phone the day before, maybe you could say a little like dryland training.
– Like hockey players? I wondered.
– Yes, in a sense.
In the kennel
Susanne Lindberg and Fredrik Landström run the kennel and dog-sledding company Rascal Huskies, just under 10 kilometers outside Skellefteå. Behind the house in Yttervik live 17 Siberian Huskies who like nothing more than to pull. Sleds or carts. All depending on the season. And they make no secret what they think about having guests visiting the kennel.
– They like people, Susanne says, laughing.
Before we go out the dogs harnessed. First, Susanne goes into the cage to Powder and Frost.
– Is it ok if I let them out so they get can meet you?
It feels exciting. The dogs are quite large and not entirely unlike wolves. But I nod.