Sponsor Me Please!

While it is possible to choose any of our sled dogs who are not already sponsored, the following huskies could use the extra help. Don't worry if you cannot afford the full cost of keeping the dog here through the year (as detailed in sponsorship options). Any contribution at all towards each of these characters will be much appreciated.

Please send all sponsorship enquiries to hettahuskiessponsorship@gmail.com.



The following dogs are not the most useful sled-dogs but since they are probably not so easy to find new homes for, we are fully expecting to care for them into their old age. For this reason, we have them on the 'please sponsor me' list, since any help at all with their long term care would be appreciated.

Patapov | Elting | Pekki


The following are amazing sled-dogs but require more care and food than most to keep in good health or weight:

Hawthorne | Japp | Dole | Hickory



Patapov

Offically the biggest dog on the whole farm. When he was born he weighed a huge 560 grams and during adulthood he is still impressively heavy. When you look at his face he does oftentimes look a little grumpy but he is infact a very happy dog and enjoys attention and meeting new people. He is darker and a little bigger than his brother Drizen and enjoys running with him in wheel. However, he tends to have a problem with pooping when he starts to run faster than he is comfortable with, and he has never learned to poop 'on the go'. When such a large dog stops to try to poop (which happens with him frequently), unfortunately the whole team grinds to a halt. Hence for the sake of the rest of the dogs who keep being pulled backwards by him, we are actively looking for a new home for him and in the meantime, would be very happy to have some extra help with keeping him healthy since he certainly doesn’t earn his own keep.

In addition to his 'pooping problem', poor Patapov cracked one of his front canines and it has been slowly deteriorating over time but the top section is still so well embedded in his jaw that our local vets haven't been able to remove it. Hence, the poor lad has had infection after infection to deal with as we wait for a slot at a veterinary practice in Rovaniemi. The whole process is costing a small fortune!

Finally, Patapov also developed a tendency to limp in the 2015-16 season which meant that his running days became even more curtailed. This meant that, in combination with his tooth issue, this poor boy has pretty much been stuck in the sick dog area for the last couple of years. He also has a tendency in summer to eat dirt and then need the sand flushed out of his stomach so he is a bit of a mess, all things considered, and we are having to build him a special 'Patapov-proof floored cage'. We think he would be so much happier in a home like his lucky brother Drizen, who is living a merry life in Switzerland at present.


Elting

Elting came to us from a downsizing farm in Ivalo, in 2014. He is not a husky, but rather a rare breed originating from Siberia – the ‘Nenets Laika’. Elting came together with four brothers and a sister, and we refer to them collectively as ‘the fluffies’. Their long woolly hair makes them well suited to working in the harsh arctic conditions, but it does require a lot of maintenance in the form of daily brushing! Although they are not the strongest or fastest dogs when compared to our Alaskan Huskies, they are solid and dependable, generally able to work in any position in the team.

Though Elting is solid in harsh conditions, he does not generally add much to a team and on fast tracks may slow down a team. Because of his nature and coat Elting would not easily make a good house pet. Under the right conditions it would be great to find him a new home, but for now we are expecting to keep him at our farm.

Running Position: Team/Wheel, D.O.B: 01.10.2008, 2016-17 season running total: 2,587.5km


Pekki

Pekki was among the first dogs on the farm when it was start in 2008/2009. At the same time as Banda we found that Pekki has hypothyroidism, for which reason he did not seem too happy or energetic a few years ago. Though he is happy to run now, Pekki is slowing down and is getting to a point where he could retire soon. While we would like to find a home for him, he is very shy around people and may not easily adapt to a new place. Since we are not expecting to give him away, sponsorship would be appreciated to be able to invest time and care for him in his old age!

Running Position: Team/Wheel, D.O.B: March 2007, 2016-17 season running total: 2,196km


Hawthorne

Hawthorne is one of our H-pups born in 2014 on our farm. His whole litter were destined to pull to their heart's content, though Hawthorne took it a little too far. In the end of the 2016-2017 season we found that after running too much he had an abnormal heart rhythm. Since this, we have been extra careful with running him in warm temperatures and distances longer than 6km.

Because of his heart we do not want to transport Hawthorne long distances for an adoption, in addition to which he loves running and is so strong and energetic that it would be difficult rehabilitate him. However, like a few other hard workers in his litter, Hawthorne needs a lot of extra food and attention to keep him healthy!

Running Position: Lead, D.O.B: 31.07.2014, 2016-17 season running total: 2,629.5km


Japp

Japp came to us in autumn 2016 at the same time with Dole and Doffen, his half-brothers. He is one of our strongest and fastest Alaskan huskies, but because of his short coat and energy use Japp has difficulty keeping weight on. For this reason he needs to be consistently fed more than most of the other sled-dogs and watched closely.

Running Position: Team/Wheel, D.O.B: 28.04.2014, 2016-17 season running total: 2,512.5km


Dole

Dole came to us in autumn 2016 at the same time with Doffen and his half-brother, Japp. He is one of our strongest and fastest Alaskan huskies, but because of his short coat and energy use Dole has difficulty keeping weight on. For this reason he needs to be consistently fed more than most of the other sled-dogs and watched closely.

Running Position: Lead, D.O.B: 04.06.2013, 2016-17 season running total: 1,577km


Hickory

Hickory is one of our H-pups born in 2014 on our farm. His whole litter were destined to pull to their heart's content, and are extremely hard workers. However, because of this Hickory needs a lot of extra food to keep him healthy!

Running Position: Lead/Wheel, D.O.B: 31.07.2014, 2016-17 season running total: 2,093km