• dog sledding
This is not a dog, but some biorobots, no other way to tell. Looking at the photo below, which I made at - 25 degrees, it seems as if these husky sled tormented, bullied, forcing to flee to tens of kilometers in sledges, etc. But..!
Looking at the way they rave and barking happily at the sight of a man with a harness in the arms and dragged to the bitter cold sledge, you know that sled dogs, all is not so simple. Run for them in the harness - it is not the duty of submissive and kicks and a vital necessity. Without this Husky sled bad. They dog that constantly need to run. It does not matter 10 on the street or - 25 ...
To say that the light day in mid-January in the Arctic Circle a short - to say nothing. Between sunrise and sunset at this time in Lapland is not more than 3 hours, and when the sky is overcast and altogether it seems that day has not arrived ...
Husky on the farm we arrived at sunset. At 2pm. Here, about Frostscale tipi and enclosures with Huskies have already waited 5 pairs of sledges ...
Local Huskies were very different from all the dogs of this breed, which I had seen before, and in everyday life, and in a variety of trips, when I went to them in the sled. According to Juho, owner of the farm, is a local breed, which was obtained by breeding, crossing the Huskies in Alaska with others of their species (including the Russian north).
As soon as the sight of a group of people and Juho with harness in the hands of all the Huskies in cages started literally go crazy running around, jumping on the grid and eagerly thrusting their snouts in the feeding slot.
No car in the world does not show such impatience and desire to move as quickly as possible in a way, seeing its owner, these sled dogs.
It is necessary to see the lucky ones who are harnessed to the sled first. If it was not a hard stop in the sled, they would immediately broke down and ran away with the sledge in the forest. You see, the rope does not lie in the snow, she stretched. Dogs for low start and are just waiting for removal of the stopper from the sledge.
Some do not stand the test of expectation, even begin to squabble with each other, as if bazaar aunt, who is not divided to stand closer to the exit.
By the way, it was very interesting to see how they immediately stopped bickering, seeing the approaching Juho. Or maybe already start?
Others simply jump up, eager to hit the road. Apparently hoping that in this way will remove the sleds from the stopper itself.
And then, finally, all the dogs harnessed, most of us settled on the sledges, and some took place musher on the back of the sled and you can hit the road!
To say that the Huskies are pleased - to say nothing. Along the way, and then have to press the brake to the sled is not a thing of the drift and not overturned on bends.
Juho leads a caravan on the first carriage, the rest of him. Unlike all previous trips to the dogs when the sled ran a specially trained person, this time we had to do everything ourselves. Juho only paved the way.
Drive a team is a snap, but the cold, because in the face of headwinds blowing a blizzard whips his cheeks and bitter cold knocks the tears from his eyes.
But the dogs seem to have it all for no nothing.
The first thing that showed Juho during instruction - how to slow down, reducing the pace and slow down, completely stopping the sled. From the first meters, it became clear why he started with this. Dogs are struggling to catch up with the sled, going ahead and be sure to overtake them - affects the sporting character of the Huskies, as they are taking part in international competitions.
Run, run and run again. Here is what these dogs need most in life.
And do not look, they have protruding tongue. Once you remove a foot from the brake, team instantly well dispersed so that the counter-freezing wind becoming quite unbearable.
Pause and respite. Musher change places with passengers.
But the dog still eagerly squeal ... They want to run. They are small, very small.
Amazing they, of course, animals ... On such a cold, with snow blizzard and thorns in the face ... And still fervently flee.
We were all wrapped in their robes, trying as much as possible to cover his face and head, and everything that could not be shut down, covered with frost. And it's okay ...
Dogs to return sent back to the cage, and we went to get warm in the tipi ...
There Juho lit a wood-burning fireplace, and 10 minutes later poured hot cocoa ...
So we traveled by dog sled on the frozen Lapland ... What is an hour and 13 km, having even a little warm.
And when you think - people in the north for many centuries goes to great distances. Yes, and in a much more severe weather. Spend the night in the tundra with the dogs in the snow ...
Immediately I remembered my favorite book writer Valentin Pikul "richness" of Kamchatka, where he devoted much attention to the relationship of hunters with their sled dogs, who were they, in fact, the closest of friends and helpers ...