Paw care from dryland to snow

“Snow can take a thousand shapes and effect the dogs in numerous ways. But right now, most of all, we need to be careful about working the dogs too hard in ways they actually aren’t yet prepared for..”


For a sleddog, it’s all about the feet. I can’t seem to learn enough about this small, although very important, part of the dogs. But this vlog is a part of my thoughts on paws and injury prevention right now. Actually this is such an important part of dog sledding so I’m collecting materials to make an online course strictly about paws.. Not there yet, though, but I’ll let you know for sure!

Three weeks to go..

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DSC_6004Today is six week since Raven and Nitro mated and now is really time to start counting the days until the puppies are born! These last three weeks we will enter the heavy part of the pregnancy. Nitro is put on proper mother and babydog food and is now doing her basic workout with no weights on. I’m so happy joining Nitro on this journey!

 

Personalities and positions in the pack

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People ask me if I can recognize every dog of mine. That’s really a weird question. Whoever has fifteen friends knows that it’s perfectly clear who is who, not only by looks and names but also by their personalities. So, let me tell me about some of my friends in the Yabasta pack!

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Let’s start with Gantu. Now Gantu has always been acting like an old and wise dog, even when he was a small pup. And he IS wise. He is very intelligent and has a high emotional quotient, I mean he easily reads other dogs and situations in the pack. Gantu is the one helping me out if there are arguments between dogs in the pack, because he also is very good at reading me. He simply goes where I want and interrupts whatever situation is going on. But Gantu is also a very playful and happy male who loves his toys and can play with it for hours!

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Trooper is totally the clown of the Yabasta pack. His body are constantly moving, mostly forwards and/or upwards and is like a magnet to human faces. Whatever Trooper does, he puts all his effort into it. He is really a funny guy to spend time with, even though it’s useless trying to have some kind of deeper connection with him. He wants things to go fast. Always. Trooper could have been a really stressed dog, but he also has the ability to rest. After a while, at least.

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Kite is like a pizza with extra everything on it. She over-communicates in every situation and has a very easy-to-read body langugage. I believe that very special way of the Yabasta Accelerating-litter might come from their upbringing, not spending all the time with their mother who was in bad shape for a while after giving birth. Kite loves people and will crawl onto the lap of just anyone who wants to cuddle her. You can carry her around like a bag of beans and I actually call her “the ragdoll dog”.

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If you didn’t already know it, the Yabasta pack has its own Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Maybe not considering fotball skills but definitely when it comes to self confidence. Sauron is the kindest and most loving dog who really knows the art of charm both people and dogs around him. He acts like he is perfectly aware that everyone wants to cuddle and/or flirt with him – no matter sex, purpose, breed nor species.

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Who will get the ball? This is one exercise I regulary do with my dogs for them to learn not to fight for toys as well as for my attention. I say one of the dogs’ names and that particular dog will get the toy. Same thing works just fine with candy, most important thing is that every dog will get something eventually. I am also very selective and give my attention only to the dog who shows a good behaviour at the moment. That encourages the dogs to behave well and feel safe together with me as well as among the other dogs.

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Sonic is not particularly interested in the other dogs in the pack. She likes to work and she really loves spending time with humans. Other than that, she keeps a low profile except when it’s necessary to educate youngsters in the art of respecting the elder. In the vlog that I posted the other day, you can see how she puts effort into teaching them about “finders, keepers”.

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My is really the queen of f****ng everything. She is experienced in every way and has a high integrity towards humans. But she is also a very patient and caring mother, especially when it comes to her daughters. My can really enjoy a nasty bone and is very clear (and loud) whenever she decides there is something she really craves. My is also patient with the other dogs but if they cross a certain line even My can have enough of it.

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Bolt is the guy always following me around whatever I do. He is very curious and very fond of people. Too fond sometimes, I am consistently working on his impulse to grab human hands when he is excited. But Bolt is smart and easy to learn so he already came a long way with this not-very-socially-accepted behaviour. Attention and cuddles are the best things in Bolts life so far, but that might just change when he gets to try the harness on..

 

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Karma.. This small and very intense lady has now come a long way finding herself in the pack. It took her a lot of time, though. She has had a hard time trusting other dogs and her insecurity combined with an edge in temper has not been the optimal foundation to build on. During the moving, Karma got to live indoors with me for quite some time and suddenly one day, the pieces started to fall into place.

When introducing a new dog in an established pack, it’s highly important that (s)he connects with someone else. From that relation it’s then possible to build further on trusting the rest of the dogs through the acts of his/her mentor. For Karma, I became the mentor and she now knows that whenever she feels insecure, she can come to me and be safe. Actually the hug on the photo is one of my ways calming her, it’s called “wrapping” and is something I learned during a Ttouch workshop!

Running and chewing and mating

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The rain has been pouring the past days but suddenly the clouds broke up and the sun reached down to us. These are the last days with Raven who soon will be going home to his pack. It has been a true pleasure getting to know this beautiful male. During his two weeks in the Yabasta-pack he taught the puppies a lot about how to behave proper with elder males, we spent quite some time in the sofa cuddling, he got just about every female going into heat and he managed to breed two of them..

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Only being one week since mating, Sonic shows no sign of being pregnant just yet. She spends the days like always; finding a nasty bone to chew and proudly show off to the rest of the pack. Sonic has had a litter before, the N-litter at kennel Amanuq in France. One of her puppies was bought back to Sweden by Raxeira´s where she now provides their team with explosive energy. Actually, her name is Nrj DEJA Vue Amanuq.

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It´s now two weeks since Nitro mated to Raven. I have a feeling she has calmed down a bit, acting more mature. There will be another week or two until we can start to see actual signs of pregnancy but I´m really not yet experienced enough to say anything until she is starting to build a belly for real.

I went through a lot of emotional phases this past week, after Sonic mated to Raven.. My first reaction was disappointment – I hadn’t planned that at all. But soon there was a light growing inside of me and my mind changed path. Questioning if it would be possible to solve at all, both practically and mentally, started me working on the case. Now, a week later, I am full of joy and really hoping for two litters to come! ❤

Crazy but true!

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Nitro & Sonic is now both bred to SE(POLAR)CH FIBCH Wild Tribe’s Raven

I was really surprised yesterday evening, suddenly hearing another sound of mating. A quick glanze out the window and I could see Nitro and Raven them already stuck together. I couldn’t really figure out how this was possible, being one whole week since they did their planned mating..

Well, of course I went out to stay with them while they were stuck together. I sat down and embraced Nitro who actually was rather calm this time compared to the earlier matings. Raven did great and just stood there waiting.

That’s when it happened. I could se a white fluffy flash appearing from behind, intense and happy, wanting to cuddle. But wait.. What? That’s Nitro! You know sometimes you get blinded by the obvious. In my arms was not Nitro. It was Sonic, stuck together with Raven.. When did she even go into heat??

Well, these things happens. Sooner or later there will be accidents. I have been through this a few times before but it’s now ages ago. While waiting for them to separate, a crazy idea went through my head.. Why not? I have planned breeding Sonic, only later. And I have planned breeding her to a close relative to Raven.

So.. You know many things can happen when breeding. And as far as I know, we are now expecting two Yabasta litters during July.. Crazy but true!

You can find more info on both litters here 😊

Nitro and Raven, as easy as pie

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SE(POLAR)CH FIBCH Wild Tribe’s Raven x SE(POLAR)CH Nitro

Sometimes things can be just so easy. I dreamt about this easy life for a very long time. Struggling through hard times with numerous setbacks in breeding, I wondered how life would be if things could go just my way. And suddenly here we are. Making Yabasta C4-litter, as easy as pie.

Nitro started her heat in Januari this year. The plan was to breed her early but this left me to somewhat a problem.. Breeding Nitro, I would need to compete without her during the rest of the season. I had to realize that for me, that was no option.

I had no idea of how long I would need to wait until next heat. I just hoped it would be during summer. So when Nitro started to bleed in early May, it was hilarious! The male had been planned for years, so there was no need spending time. Yesterday he came home to us and shortly after, they had their first mating.

 

 

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Now these guys are just the sweetest couple! Well, that’s kind of a bonus – that wasn’t my main purpose of breeding them. But just look at them ❤

Now I planned breeding on Nitro since she first entered my team as a 1-year-old crazy running machine. Actually, it wasn’t at first in my team, but in the alaskan team of Anita Wetter, that Nitro made her impression on me. Since then, she has been the power wheeldog, the energizer, the neverending battery of the team during all competitions. She worked her way to be one of the most important dogs in the Yabasta team, so important that I couldn’t imagine racing without her.

Raven first caught my eyes several years ago, actually on picture. There was something special about him. But he wasn’t racing very much so I kind of watched him from a distance, not forgetting about him. I took the opportunity meeting him in Sveg last year and really liked what I saw. But still, I wanted clean proof of his performance. This winter I had the possibility to run him in my team during training one weekend. I played my hand and put him in lead with Dolly at once. He did a wonderful job there.. Later on, he was loaned to Tova-Liza Willenfeldt where he won two races as leaddog in her 4-dog sprint team. Those were the pieces that I had been waiting for.

You know what; if you really like what I’m describing here, you might be the kind of person who would fit a puppy perfect. Let me know? Puppies are expected in the middle of July and can be delivered to the Siberian Husky Club show in september.

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Trooper – behind the scenes

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You know when you finally have the possibility that someone else is behind the camera and you’re like “omg we’re going to do these amazing pictures of me and the dogs” and you just forget the tiny little detail that they are Yabasta dogs.. 😛

Anyways, thank you Victoria Gideonsson, River huskies, for these funny memorable pictures!