Meet our dogs

The Twelve Alaskan Huskies adopted by the Association!

These doggies were all rehomed from working in a professional kennel for different reasons.

The very first two were Bobby and Quint. These two brothers came from a smaller kennel and didn't fit at all in the safari world. Very sensitive, Quint would get seizure in case of high stress and Bobby was simply freaking out when put in the harness. They are now our pet dogs, living at home with us, even if Bobby is back to running with the team occasionally and actually does it very well!

For three of them, the "Spice girls", Posh, Baby and Sporty, it is mainly related to the Covid-19 crisis. Under other circumstances, they would certainly have stayed at Bear Hill Husky as safari sled dogs. But, their kind of difficult temper with other dogs, especially with other females, placed them on the list of the dogs to re-home when some decisions had to be made. They have a good pedigree, great potential as sled dogs and are still very young (born in summer 2019). So working on their "nasty " tendencies was one of the main challenges with them, and since, they have changed tremendously!

The other three, Typy, Hassu and Vinku, were all for rehoming as they were extremely shy dogs, easily afraid of guests and of any unknown people. This made it difficult for a professional kennel and not fun at all for the dogs themselves. With them, the main challenge was to build the trust and boost their self-confidence. Born in another kennel, they are mixed Alaskan - with a lot of hound, and Siberian husky. 

Oak and Hazel, two lovely young sisters, very social and kind joined the team in September and December 2021. They didn't enjoy being professional sled dogs, so they joined our tribe to do other kind of outdoor activities! We've found out that they actually love running in the harness, but hate any routine! They are perfect in our small team.

Nine out of eleven love to run and it would have been a shame not to let them do that, but as part of a small and private sled dog team, run by a few people they know and trust to give them a chance to overcome their shyness and enjoy running without any additional stress. Once the idea was born, as out of the box as it seemed, it grew into a solid project and the rest followed! These dogs are so keen to go, learn, and create a bond with someone, that we couldn't let them down!

We work with the Trust Technique to overcome any trauma and issues with our dogs. Discover the Message of Trust!

Cover picture credit @Joel Forsman Photography

2023 Updates

In December 2022, another boy joined the squad. Pezo is a uncastrated male, born in 2018, very strong and eager to go. He was to be put down as he was suffering from an eye condition, and was rescued by one of the workers. When we saw the boy, we thought he would do wonders in our little team, and decided to adopt him. He is also very sensitive. We love him and he got along with all the others super quickly. He is a fantastic runner and a true addition to our team. Less than a year after being with us, his eyes have completely healed! Last but not the least, Pezo has an amazing pedigree. Who knows... maybe one day... puppies?

In October 2023, we welcomed Vikten, a 11 months old male. He was growing shyer every day, and his breeder didn't want to keep him in a commercial kennel that couldn't give him the time he needed to grow confident. This little boy was accepted very quickly by the others and makes very quick progress. Welcome home Vikten!.

Races

The dogs were doing so well lately that we decided to try out some small races. And it went way beyond our expectations! We won the first one, 6 dogs for a 2x35km! So we decided to try a little longer one, 2x 60km with 8 dogs. And we won it too! After that we enter the Amundsen Race 180km last minute and... we won the third race of that season!! Sooooo proud of them! So the Striders Adventures Racing Team is born!

We work with the Trust Technique to overcome any trauma and issues with our dogs. Discover the Message of Trust!

Below, the portraits of the running team :-)

 
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  • Baby, and her Yoda ears!

    Baby is one of the four sisters named after the Spice girls - three of them are part of the Striders Adventures team, born in summer 2019. She can be differentiated from her sisters by her small white sock on the front left leg.

    Baby is an amazing lead dog. Tirelss and driven, she can keep on and on. We have to give her some rest sometimes so she doesn't get burnt out. She loves it so much that she can't held in place before a run, and putting the harness on is an adventure of a kind! Like Typy and her two sisters, she can be run free as she would never venture away from us. She's the boss of the pack and makes it clear ;-)

    Sponsor Baby

    In 2023 Baby is partially sponsored by Rebeka B. - Thank You!!

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    Picture credit @phodography.ch

  • Hassu, the Dark & Blue-Eyed Guy

    Hassu is Typy and Vinku's brother and they all arrived from a small kennel that had to stop their activities.

    "hassu" in Finnish means "funny, wacky" and he actually that suits him pretty well!, at least once he overcomes his natural shyness. I'd say he comes second after Typy when it comes to shyness..! But then, he's Mr Hugs & Cuddles!

    There's really something I like about this doggy and his personality. Hassu is good in every position in the team; he's actually a very good and driven command lead dog on short to middle runs. On long runs, it's a bit too much for him.

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    Picture credit @phodography.ch

  • Posh, the classy one

    Posh is the second Spice girl of the team and her name really suits her! She has two white socks on her front legs which really make me think of her wearing white gloves! She actually even runs with style LOL

    She loves to roll in the snow and nearly always lays down whenever we stop the sled. But otherwise, she's always very playful and lively, and her favourite game is to jump on her sister, Sporty.

    Posh has grown very cuddly and loves to hug people. She's an extremely reliable, tireless team and wheel dog. She can also go in lead, even though it's not a best place in the team.

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    Picture credit @phodography.ch

  • Vinku, the Winky Boy

    Vinku is the other blue-eyed doggo of the team,  brother of Typy and Hassu. And he's this kind of dog that you either love or irritates you! I fell in love with him, because he's such a kind soul and so joyful! He loves to please, run, and play, and can show it in a very loud way LOL

    Once he starts to trust and knows he gets the level of exercise and action, he's actually a different dog. Less noisy and even more patient, he looks more relaxed, yet real eager to go for a run or fun time in the running fence.  Vinku usually goes in team or wheel; he can go in lead but looses focus too quickly!

    Sponsor Vinku

    Nicole and Christian G. are Vinku's godparents. Thank you!

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    Picture credit @phodography.ch

  • Sporty, the Fast & Furious Girl 

    Sporty is the most energetic of the three Spice girls owned by the Association and also the one that wants the most attention from people. She's a little unsecure with other dogs.

    She's the one always eager to go, jumping and pulling the team as she doesn't like to stop too much to rest. She can go in any position in the team, and makes a fantastic pair with Baby in lead. Baby and her are my top choice as leaders for the races and navigating the lakes. Sporty would also stop and come to me if I call her, which is super handy.

    Sponsor Sporty

    Sporty is partly sponsored by Charles and Marlise, thank you!

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    Picture credit @phodography.ch

  • Oak, a Husky with a Malinois look

    Oak was also born at Bearhill Husky, and that's how I actually could get her. She's one of the puppies I trained during my stay over there. She didn't enjoy being a professional sled dog, and I think she was a late-bloomer. In 2023, she did an amazing season, enjoying going with the sled, and showing all the power and strength she's capable of.

    Oak is extremely friendly, playful, and the tallest of our dogs!

    Sponsor Oak

    Oak's godmother for 2023 is Dominique FL - thank you so much mom!

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    Picture credit @phodography.ch

  • Hazel, the sweety pie

    Hazel is Oak's sister and a perfect addition to our dog pack. She didn't enjoy being a professional sled dog, but is also a very talented sled dog who needed more time to get to her full potential.

    In 2023, Hazel took part in all the races, and was in lead several times. She has a strong temper and will make a good lead dog as she gets more mature. She's best in team and swing.

    She's super sweet but also bold and strong-headed. She's best friend with the Ewoks (Hassu, Typy & Vinku) and loves to play with them in the running fence.

    Sponsor Hazel

    Hazel is sponsored in 2022 by Szabolcz S.  - Thank you!!!

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    Picture credit @phodography.ch

  • Pezo The Boy

    Pezo was born in Sweden and raised in Finland in a commercial kennel. He was adopted in December 2022 and it was as if he has always been with us. He was suffering from an eye condition that completely heals in less than one year.

    Extremely powerful and tireless dog, he loves running! That's all his life and likes it far more than going for the odd walk! He's best in team, swing or wheel. He's a great eater, but needs a lot of food to keep his weight. A pure athlete!

    Super cheerful and friendly, he's an easy going dog, who learnt what cuddles and being cared for means...and loves it! He's usually sharing the fence with the Spice girls, but could get on with any others, except Bobby and Vinku... Boys boys..;)

    Sponsor Pezo

    Renata C. is Pezo's godmother in 2024, thank you!!

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  • Vikten

    Our latest recruit! We didn't plan to add any other member to our team...but Vikten showed up, and it was a no-brainer. Shy little Alaskan husky male, born in November 2022, Vikten comes from a bigger kennel in Kiruna, Sweden. he wasn't happy there and his breeder thought Vikten would be way better in a place that had time for him, without any commercial pressure.

    He's adorable, with his mini-wolf look and bi-color eyes (heterochromia), and after only a few weeks with us, Vikten has already made impressive progress. We've started him in the harness and he loves i! He wants nothing but to be in lead and shows a incredible drive to run. Still a long road ahead, but it looks like a very promising one ;-) Another wonderful story to be followed...

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  • RIP Tiny Typy

    Typy left us tragically and very suddenly on 22.01.2024. Bold, tough, stubborn, always eager to run, she was also so joyous, playful, loyal and loved cuddles. She had done huge progresses since we adopted her in 2021 and was really trusting people more and more. How deeply this little female is missed in our tribe! RIP my sweetie... run forever free (and fast!) on the Northern Lights

    Picture credit @phodography.ch

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