To see images of all of our pups in their respective families, click on the images below...
Before we take you to cute puppy shots, however, we thought we would explain a little about the dog lineages on the farm so that you could see how everything slots together.
When Hetta Huskies was set up, the dogs were selected from four main places: Kari's 100+dog safari farm in Luosto, Juha-Pekka's 300+dog safari and racing kennel in Inari, Dominik's small collection of racing dogs in Sweden and Torben's safari and racing kennel in Sweden.
Dogs from Kari's farm.
Our first four dogs, Princess, Cloud and Sausage and Chocolate, all came from Kari in the winter of 2007. Bono and Madonna and the three sisters Trouble, Grumpy and Pinky, followed shortly afterwards. Whilst the Princess siblings were pretty pure-looking Siberians, Chocolate and the look more like greyhound mixes. Hence, we have two distinct strains running through our pups - many of whom have descended from this group of dogs.
Princess, Madonna, Trouble and Grumpy have all had litters and Bono, Chocolate and Sausage have all been fathers. You can learn more about Princess's, Madonna's, Trouble's and Grumpy's litters, below - and also see shots of their pups in their early stages.
|Princess' Litter: 2008||Madonna's Litter: 2008|
|Trouble's Litter: 2010||Grumpy's Litter: 2011 (Rose & Catherine's pups)|
Dogs from Dominik's farm.
Dogs from Dominik's farm look like more typical racing Alaskan huskies. Their hair is relatively thin, many have floppy ears and some are really good. Lizzy, Monty, Muck and Bernie are all from there. Lizzie was too old to breed when she got here but has been an important leader (now a house dog).
Much is one of the best dogs on the farm and a good father candidate - although others think that Monty somehow beat him to the mark with Trouble's litter (see above). These dogs were all part of our original 16 dogs who lived with us from Spring 2008 (Sanna, Samu and Fonina also arrived before any other dogs from the Juha-Pekka farm).
Dogs from Juha Pekka's farm.
Juha-Pekka's dogs on the whole are fairly typical siberian crosses - long haired endurance dogs which are good for multi-day safaris with a few faster dogs in the mix. Most were relatively shy when they arrived with us in the Autumn of 2008 but have been gradually coming out of their shells.
Dogs that stand out from this farm include Fonina, Matsku, Pepe, Sanna, Samu, Max, Bella and Jupi.
Both Sanna and Samu have had litters, Jopa is a dog which has fathered a litter (with Matsku) and we also attempted to mate Pepe (with Trouble), once. You can learn more about Sanna's first litter (the second litter is listed under 'Pasi Heinonen's farm) and Matsku's litters, below - and also see shots of their pups in their early stages.
|Sanna's Litter: 2008||Matsku's Litter: 2009|
Dogs from Torben's farm.
12 dogs came to us from Torben in the summer of 2009 when he was down-sizing his kennel. A further two, Togo and Balto, came in Autumn 2010. They are loosely related to Leon through Nikoli, Torben's main leader. We haven't yet bred from dogs from this farm although Bandit's pups were pretty young when they arrived (c. 8 months). Hulda is a future contender for motherhood if we can find a suitable male to counter her aggression and Leon, for fatherhood.
Dogs from the Saari farm.
Both Bonzo, Darja's sole pup, and Maia's pups came to stay with us in the summer of 2011. They were old enough to get a tiny bit of training at the start of the season and a few of them even ran with clients during the last few safaris of the 2011-12 season. Little Mallibu (RIP) was part of Maia's litter but unfortunately is no longer with us.
|Maija's Litter: 2008 (Doris' pups)||Darja's Pup: 2009|
The A Team
The A team came to us in the 2012-13 season from friends in Muonio who, as foster parents, already had a huge household of kids and quickly realised, once their litter of pups had passed the 'super cute and no work' stage, that 6 new bundles of joy which had come as an accidental match between their husky and an unknown neighbourhood dog - in addition to everything else they were dealing with - was kind of enough to push things over the top. Hence, they first asked us to keep five of their pups and then, a couple of weeks later, asked us to take another. That is why Aslan, Aleu, Arun, Amber and Anouk all have names starting with A, and (H)alla's name is often seen written thus on our charts.
|The 'A' Litter|
Dogs from Pasi Heinonen's farm.
Pasi Heinonen is a race musher from Muonio from whom we fostered one group of pups in the winter of 2012-13. We were going to buy two of the pups at the end of the winter but when he offered us one in free, in thanks for having cared for them through their pivotal first months, Pasi got all tongue tied and didn't want to ask for the second. We had planned to keep both Starsky and Sherlock (with little Lacey being a close contender) but we ended up with just Starsky. We liked Starsky so much that in the autumn of 2014 we bought a bitch pregnant with a known combination of father and at about the same time that the sale was agreed, reaslied that Starsky had had his wicked way with one of our good dogs so we shrugged and let fate decide whether we would get a litter from that mating or not. (Anna would have aborted at that point but Pasi couldn't resist). Hence, we got a second generation of Sanna's pups as well as the planned pups from Hippi in the Autumn of 2014.
|Meike, Carmen & Sian's 'Detectives': 2012||Hippi's Pups: 2014 (Erin's pups)|
|Sanna's 2nd Litter:
2014 (Erin's pups)
Dogs originating from Aki Holk's (and the Valimaa / Sven Engholm) farm.
The 'Gods' came to us as foster pups at the start of the 2013-14 season and Anna choose two to keep (Buddha and Venla (Venla mostly because Pasi had really wanted Lacey from Starsky's litter and had given in to Anna's selection). She didn't think that Zeus was going to be much good and made a bet with Pasi about it (based purely on a gut reaction about what she had seen of him during the client season on the agility course) even though he was clearly going to be stunning and soon surpassed Eros in the good looks department.
|Litter of The Gods: 2013 ('Manu and Evie's pups')||Venla's 'Mountain' Pups: 2016 (Gemma & Charlotte's Pups)|
Dogs originating from Norwegian Kennels.
In the summer of 2016, we realised that we would need more dogs for a winter that was predicted to be very busy. Whilst looking for some adult dogs from Norway, I came across a couple of pups with good pedigree from Mikal Laines and they came to join the family along with an adult from the same farm, called 'Vagabonds' Malm.
|The Golden Compass Pups: 2016|
Malm's father was Naxos (FL-1000 Champion from Harald Tunheim) and mother, Loca, from Roger Dahl. In turn, Naxos came from Bengt (Sven Engholm) & Grayling (Harald Tunheim) with grandparents from Geir Martinsen and Harald Tunheim. Loca came from Svea (Roger Dahl) with grandparents Kvikk (Rune & May Johansen) and Jarvi (Terje Aunevik).
Malm's siblings are Vagabonds Diabas, (who competed in 2016 - Bergebyløpet 650 2016 - Alta 2-dagers 2015 - Alta 2-dagers), Vagabonds Klink, Vagabonds Knusern (who competed in 2016 - Finnmarksløpet 1000 2016 - Pasvik Trail 2016 - Bergebyløpet 650 2016 - Alta 2-dagers, Vagabonds Pukka (who competed in 2016 - Alta 2-dagers 2015 - Alta 2-dagers 2015 - Bergebyløpet 150) and Vagabonds Stuffen (who competed in 2016 - Bergebyløpet 650 2016 - Alta 2-dagers 2015 - Alta 2-dagers).
Other dogs that came from Norway at that time included Sirbma, born 31.05.12, was sold to us by Brynjar Berg Myreng who, with Vidar Uglebakken, is part of Team Uglebakken Sledehund. Sirmba, was 14th in FL500 in 2014 and 9th in 2016. She was 3rd in the Alta 2 Dagers 3 in 2015 and 2016 and 2nd in the Troms quest in 2016. Mother: Pepsi (Bjørnar Andersen). Father: Juta (Ralph Johannesen).
Sirbma's mother, Pepsi, was Vidar's first leader and came from Are Baker / Bjørnar Andersen. Pepsi's pedigree can also be found through racedogs.org. Her father was Juta, one of Ralph Johannesen's best dogs. Juta's father, Øre, was twice a Finnmarkslopet 1000 Champion.
Unni, born 18.03.15, came to us as a young dog from the same place and quickly became a favourite of Eliel's.