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.

Snow-free season runs are from the 1st September until the snow comes.

A bare ground tour with Rascal Huskies takes about 30 minutes. Effective time. If you want to be in the dog yard and harness both on and off it takes a few additional minutes. There are two carts with a passenger seat on each cart, which makes it possible to take two people at once. Snow-free season runs are from the 1st September until the snow comes. For more information about Rascal Huskies and their tours, even in winter, can be found here .

Warm welcome

My concerns are completely unwarranted. The dogs make sure that we feel welcome. They both greet one and two and three times.

– It was a long time since you got one of those greetings, says Hannes happily and wipes away the leftovers from a wet nose on her cheek.

Susanne connects quickly up six dogs in front of the cart. Hannes is first out. He sits comfortable in the passenger seat. The dogs complain loudly because everything has taken so long .

– But you should hear, says Susanne, it will be dead silent when we pull away.

And when she finally releases the brake all barking and yelping focuses into a single quiet, powerful movement of the carriage forward. Fast forward. The gravel sprays when they take the first corner and disappear off into the woods around Yttervik.

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