For those that don't know, this is a over 700 miles long distance sleaddog race in the Norwegian artic. Considered one of the toughest in the world.
Well. Both yes and no 😉 In some ways I do dream of it like a Mount Everest to climb. But at the same time I do not know if I am prepaird to put in the training and sacrifices it requires to do so.
Doing these races with pure breed malamutes and greenddogs is beeing a huge underdog from start and never about getting a good placement - the goal is to be able to cross the finish line (because our dogs are like tractors competing against racecars at these races). So to stand a chance you need exceptionally good dogs and a top notch training on them. This means beeing extremely strickt in your selection of dogs to the team, and THAT'S my biggest soft spot. As many of you know, Raccoon (the king of slackers) for instance is still in my team, contributing absolutely nothing. So nothing else has to be said on that topic I believe 😂
I am though slowly building a team for larger and greater goals, so I do have some plans. But I am kind of superstitious about talking to much about them. Finnmarkslöpet is not in that goal for the time beeing, of reasons above, but you never know what the future beholds. So I am keeping it open 😊
Mississippi (Greenland dog) on the picture is one of my younger aspiring dogs I hope will contribute to bigger achievements in long distance racing 💪
Beach day! Today we had fun walking by the water, sniffing, and relaxing in our beach tent! As expected, it was a little stressful and we had an outburst due to a “surprise” dog walking by. After, she was able to settle and even take a nap under the tent!
We took a walk later in the day and she did pretty well overall. Lots of dogs barked at us from their decks and she handled it like a champ! She grumbled at a dog that was running toward us (the owner stopped when I told him she was scared) but she was smiling right after! 💛
Luna is definitely a little more “talkative” than normal, so I think today was a little stressful. Lots of puzzles, scent games, and frozen Kong’s planned for when we get home!