FYI: Please note that for us, the most important part of an adoption is finding the right dog for the right person but we very much hope that people consider first, either our oldies or those who would be put down on other farms for medical reasons. These dogs would make strong companion pets and would, I believe, have a better life if they could retire to a sofa.
All of the dogs that we consider to be suitable for adoption have spent time indoors and are either completely or nearly 100% house trained. All are open and friendly towards people, although those in the 'special needs' section need experienced owners for various reasons.
Click on the name of the dog you are interested in, to find out more detailed information about them. The dogs are listed in priority adoption order within each category.
Alternatively, take a picture of our QR code and get our 'adoption-ready' app which gives a lot more information about the dogs. Please note, however, that we really do have a 'top priority' list that we are trying to find homes for, first.
Please send all adoption enquiries to [email protected].
READY FOR A SOFA
The dogs listed here have worked hard all of their lives and deserve a bit more constant pampering than we can give them in their retirement.
We have a number of shy oldies that will probably spend the rest of their lives with us since they are not the dogs that people immediately fall in love with, when they visit. We feel that each of the ones that we have highlighted here, however, have the potential to do well in the right home setting.
It is pretty easy for anyone living in Scandinavia to adopt one of our dogs and if you are looking for a certain type of dog (one that can run with you or one that is good with kids, etc), please do get in touch. We have other dogs than those shown here, that are just not in as much need of a new home as the ones shown here, but which might be perfect for you. Even if they haven't made it to the 'top priority list, if we find the perfect match for you, we would rather that they go to the ideal home than that they stay running, here, if they are not that great as working sled dogs or if they are already on a reduced running plan.
For those living overseas, it can be quite complicated, expensive and time-consuming to sort out the inoculations and paperwork needed to get the dog ready to travel. However, it is not totally impossible and, as you can ready on the lucky dogs page, we have dogs who have moved as far away as Colorado and New York as well as quite a few who have travelled to the UK or Central Europe.
More information about how to travel through Scandinavia into other European Countries overland or further afield, eg using a pet-transfer company, can be found here.
Humlis (Born 5th May 2009)
I came to Hetta Huskies at the age of 7 in June 2017, from Roger Fossøy's farm, at the same time as Iess, Mollis, Duotta and Bali. I am named after a Norwegian flower and love to be cuddled. I was castrated when young to help me keep my weight on. I am long-legged, brown and strong and have finished every race I have ever done in team. I am friendly and relaxed and mostly house trained. I got diagnosed with Hypothyrodism for which I'm getting Thyroxin, a low-cost tablet in the morning and evening. In addition to that I developed a cough in summer 2017, which needs to be treated with Medrol. Since I've started on the course, the cough hasn't reoccured.
Ideal new home: Humlis would be happy as a single pet. He can be a little grumpy with other dogs, particularly around food. Otherwise he's easy with other females or walking past other dogs.How would he deal with being alone during a working day: Humlis would need some time to adjust to being indoors alone. When left unattended, he has occasionally had a few accidents and chewed a few socks. As he gets comfortable with his new home, Humlis' behaviour should improve.
Yasper & Yesper (Born 21st Sept 2009)
Yasper & Yesper are two large fluffy siblings who would prefer a home together, as they are inseparable. When one was taken out of the cage for running, the other would cry loudly until he saw his brother again, so they mostly ran together. While both of them are still large strong boys, the two have slowed down to a point where they are happy to relax and play together, with the occasional adventure. Both can be hesitant around new people, but once they get to know you, they will happily come for cuddles. Most important to them, however, is each other's company.
Ideal new home: Yasper & Yesper are ideal outdoor pets because of their size, but are also house trained and can live indoors. Yasper has a perineal hernia, so he shouldn't do any intense exercise. A few short walks a day or a backyard to play in would be ideal. Be warned, though - both have a history of digging! Because both can be a bit shy, Yasper & Yesper would do best in a calm environment where they aren't in the limelight too much.
How would they deal with being alone during a working day: Would need to be monitored in the beginning.
To what extent can they still do canicross in summer / go skijoring with me in winter? Because of Yasper's perineal hernia, he should not do any intense exercise. If Yesper is willing to leave his brother, he may still enjoy it at a relaxed pace every once in a while.
Togo (4th July 2010)
Togo is a gentle giant who enjoys attention. He is still very strong, but isn't as motivated in front of a sleigh anymore. He is house trained and happy to relax on a couch with you for most of the day. Togo has previously been difficult with other male dogs, but gets along with females and easy males.
Ideal new home: Togo is happy inside with lots of attention and love. He can live alone or with another easy companion. He is still active and enjoys walks.
How would he deal with being alone during a working day: Would need to be monitored in the beginning, but should be fine.
To what extent can he still do canicross in summer / go skijoring with me in winter? Togo is still active and fit, though he hasn't been tried often in front of skis. He would probably enjoy a relaxed pace.
Vulpes (28th Jul 2009)
Vulpes is very friendly and loves cuddles, although he can be a little grumpy with other male dogs sometimes. He came from a racing kennel in Norway where he was one of the best leaders and used for all races until 2016. He now gets a little stiff in his hips when he pushes himself too hard, but is active and still pulling in-harness. He is house-trained, although it always takes him a bit of time to adjust to living indoors. Once he has found a spot he feels comfortable in, he curls up there and naps for most of the time.
Ideal new home:Vulpes would probably be happiest with an active and attentive family. He may take longer to adjust to new experiences, like public transport or other pets, since he has only spent time with us in his older age.
How would he deal with being alone during a working day: Would need to be monitored in the beginning, but should be fine. May start chewing things if he gets bored.
To what extent can he still do canicross in summer / go skijoring with me in winter? Vulpes would still enjoy an active lifestyle, as long as his hips and back aren't pushed too hard!
Saturn (04th October 2009)
Saturn is a beautiful foxy-looking lady who loves attention. She is fairly small and easy to handle, house trained, and doesn't pull too much anymore. She has had on litter of puppies, and is a great example for younger dogs, as well as being super patient with them!
Ideal new home:Saturn would do best in a loving home where she can get lots of attention. Should be easy with children and other dogs. She doesn't require too much exercise.
How would she deal with being alone during a working day: She should have no problem being alone, as long as she gets enough attention otherwise.
To what extent can she still do canicross in summer / go skijoring with me in winter? She would enjoy it, and is good at right & left commands (Gee & Haw), even if she is not very fast anymore.
Ouzo (11th February 2011)
Ouzo is the most laid-back boy of his litter. He always looks a little drunk, but is surprisingly energetic and has always had a good work ethic. He is house-trained and friendly, and is quite easy with other dogs. Most of his siblings have already been adopted, so it would be great to find him a forever home too!
Ideal new home:Ouzo is prone to stiff front legs, so he shouldn't run too much in his new home. He is good inside and would probably be fine alone or with another dog.
How would he deal with being alone during a working day: He should be fine, better to monitor in the beginning.
To what extent can he still do canicross in summer / go skijoring with me in winter? He would probably enjoy it, as long as he isn't pushed too hard.
Mullers (Sep. 2008)
Although Mullers is shy at first, he does warm up tothe guides here. We think he may be a "one person" dog. Once just one person is feeding and walking him, we feel he will become a very loyal dog to his new owner. He is selective with his canine friends, and we feel this comes from a lack of self confidence. This may well improve after some time with one owner and gaining more self assurance.
Ideal new home: A calm house, possibly with another spayed female or easy male canine companion.
How would he deal with being alone during a working day: He would probably be fine alone during the day.
To what extent can he still do canicross in summer / go skijoring with me in winter? He loves to run, but he can sore elbows or shoulders. So he can run and pull, just not too far and with careful monitoring.
Yena (21 Sept. 2009)
Yena is a shy, gentle, easy dog who doesn't demand anything from anyone. She is happiest peacefully resting alone or with another dog in a quiet room. She still gets excited about walks and outdoor time, though she has calmed down a lot with age. Don't be fooled by her slight flinch when you touch her - once she realises she's getting a nice ear scratch from you, she enjoys being petted. Yena is a lovely old lady who deserves a retirement home as much as her sister, who left in winter 2020/21 and has opened up a lot to her new owners.
Ideal new home: A calm house, possibly with another dog.
How would she deal with being alone during a working day: She should be fine with monitoring in the beginning - Yena has occasionally chewed a few dog beds when bored.
To what extent can she still do canicross in summer / go skijoring with me in winter? Yena is quite slow now, though she still gets excited to run. She is probably better off going mostly on walks.
Timon (March 2007)
Timon nearly got an adoption opportunity last year but then, unfortunately, he developed a large swelling on his neck which needed weeks of investigation and he missed his chance. The swelling was either a form of hyperplasia or a lymphoma but it is currently not being treated (although a hypothyroid condition, which is fairly common in sleddogs, which was discovered at the same time, through blood work, is treated daily with low-cost pills).
Timon was very shy when we arrived at the farm, but he has a strong natural play instinct which was only just hidden under the shy demeanour he had learned to show. For instance, right from the beginning he would bark and wag his tail at you to get your attention but then when you would go over to him, he would run away and when you had finally given up on him coming to you and started to leave his circle, he would run after you and maybe even nip your bottom to say 'come back...give me another chance!'. We put him on the front row of the farm for a while and he got a lot braver after a season of being approached by clients with treats so now he is at the stage at which he will come forward to sniff even a stranger's hand (in case they have treats) and he plays comfortably and lovingly with the guides.
He is a large, fluffy and gorgeous dog but even though he is definitely at the easy end of our spectrum when it comes to interaction with other dogs, he doesn't necessariy like every male dog so we would need to check how he would be in a household with other dogs.
Ideal new home: A house with calm people, so he does not get too excited.
How would he deal with being alone during a working day: We believe Timon would be ok during the day, especially with a dog bed or sofa to relax on.
To what extent can he still do canicross in summer / go skijoring with me in winter? Timon does enjoy working and would be enthusiatic to do these sports, though he is quite slow now.