It is possible to choose any of our huskies who are not already sponsored, but the following are examples from each category that would love 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 [email protected].
The following dogs are older or less 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.
Aki was rescued from another farm, arriving with little confidence around people. He is still shy at first, but has warmed up with age. Aki is a fantastic lead dog for short safaris, energetically bouncing up and striking the air with his front paws whenever we stop during safari.
Aki deserves a sponsor because he will most likely stay at Hetta throughout his old age. Though he gets tired faster and is limited to short safaris, he does wht he is comfortable doing with an energy that transmits to all of the other dogs in the team. There was even an article written about him! Send us a message for more details.
Running Position: Lead, D.O.B: May 2008, 2018-19 season running total: 535km
Bono was one of the original 12 first sled dogs at Hetta, brother to Cloud, Madonna, and Princess. Arguably the smartest of the four, he is an escape artist when put in a cage. Bono is also a little shier than his siblings, but gets used to people quickly and is easy with other dogs. He is a great leader and teacher to other sled dogs!
As he gets older, Bono is slowing down and does not run long safaris anymore. He also has an eye condition, along with Tog and Moscow, for which he lives near the house and gets eye drops twice a day. This prevents cloudiness and an eventual loss of eyesight.
Running Position: Lead, D.O.B: Aug. 2007, 2018-19 season running total: 445km
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, 2018-19 season running total: 307km
Malik is from Madonna's litter of pups in 2008. His siblings include Yoda, Peanut, Sila, and Tuuli. His name is the Greendlandic word for wave. Though a sweetheart with people, Malik is the grumpiest of his litter, especially around his brother Yoda.
As a pup, Malik injured his ACL and had trouble running until a magnetic collar was tried and seemed to help. With age he is starting to slow down, and prefers to spend time napping.
Running Position: Team/Wheel, D.O.B: 10.11.2008, 2018-19 season running total: 1519km
Sanna is among the first dogs on the farm, and is currently our oldest female. She is extremely shy and barky at people, for which reason it would really take the right person for us to give her to a new home. However, once warmed up to a human, she has been known to occasionally sleep on their bed with them.
Sanna and her brother Samu are extremely smart, and two of our best leaders. Though not a big fan of people, Sanna is still amazing on safari and does not show any signs of slowing down! She makes a great teacher (and mother) to younger leaders-in-training. Sanna has been the mother to two litters, the first in 2008 and the second in 2014 (S-pups).
Running Position: Lead, D.O.B: 01.02.2007, 2018-19 season running total: 666km
Hulda is an amazing lady for her age. She looks a little bit like a dinosaur, with a large triangular head and smaller, muscular body. For reasons unknown, she arrived at Hetta with a passionate dislike towards other female dogs. To this day, the only female she gets along with is Suka, her cagemate, since they were brought together when Suka was just a puppy.
Hulda would do great as a lead dog, but because she runs purely with males, whenever the team stops she decides to turn around and show interest in the boys behind her. For this reason she runs mostly in wheel. For most of last year she was still regularly running our longer safaris and does not show signs of fatigue.
Running Position: Wheel, D.O.B: 01.03.2007, 2018-19 season running total: 562km
Cherry is Malik's sister and though very cuddly and sweet, she is still full of energy! She is friendly but easily distractd by food, and makes the greatest 'greeting' face when you enter her cage. Cherry will sit and curl up her upper lips into what looks like a wolf snarl, but really it is her way of showing that she's excited to see you. More than anything, it looks cute and silly on such a small madam!
Cherry has had a weak front leg in the past, and like Malik, she wears a second magnetic collar to help with this. However, it does seem to be catching up to her as she gets older, for which reason she doesn't run as much as her siblings anymore.
Running Position: Lead/Team, D.O.B: 10.11.2008, 2018-19 season running total: 201km
Diva was the only girl in her litter of pups, and definitely lives up to her name. She is precocious, clever, and irresistable. She did not actually grow into her role as an amazing leader until a few years ago!
Diva almost went to a new home in the US for an early retirement. However, we realised that with age she had grown significantly in confidence and maturity. Diva then went on to lead some of our 5-day safaris, and is still doing an amazing job teaching other leaders.
Running Position: Lead/Wheel, D.O.B: 02.08.2008, 2018-19 season running total: 1405km
Flake is Hailey's second pup, a member of the 'snow' litter. He is beautifully coloured with specks of gold in his coat and two different coloured eyes. Flake can be very card t catch, as he is super wriggly like a worm!
Sleet is Hailey's third pup, therefore a member of the 'snow' litter. He is recognisable by his white eyebrows and black markings aroun his eyes. Sleet is skinnier than his siblings but choosing to grow longer before putting some meat on his bones. He is very loud and loves to boss around his siblings!
Nilak is Hailey's fifth pup, another member of the 'snow' litter. His name means 'freshwater ice' in Greenlandic. Nilak has a very cartoon-like bark and loves to dance around on his paws when he gets excited.
Lark is Sookie's fifth pup, therefore a member of the 'bird' litter. She is very smart and loves to have her photo taken. Motivated by both food and people, Lark is easy to train and has already learned some commands. We are hoping to shape her up into a great lead dog one day!
Loon is Sookie's first pup, a member of the 'bird' litter. She has a huge appetite and is the largest lady of both 2018 litters, possibly only matched in size by Falcon. She is big ball of energy and fun to play with, but watch that you don't get knocked over!
Linnet is the second pup in Sookie's 'bird' litter. You'll recognise her by a white face and ghost-like blue eyes staring out through thick black eyeshadow. She is trying to learn commands, but it's hard with so much energy!
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, 2018-19 season running total: 2583km
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, 2018-19 season running total: 2447km
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, 2017-18 season running total: 1930km
Kiri-kiri is an awesome and ridiculously strong leader. He is easy-going running and living with most dogs. However, no-one messes with him - he can walk wherever he wants without objection from other dogs in his team, but if another dog misbehaves Kiri-kiri will be sure to set them straight.
Kiri-kiri has had a few health problems in previous years, during which time we found out that he has hypothyroidism, and he was castrated. He has since calmed down but is still as strong, and now as healthy, as ever.
Running Position: Any, D.O.B: 10.09.2010, 2018-19 season running total: 2724km
Storm is the only female of the S-pups, daughter of Sanna and Starsky. Her brothers are Soda, Sisu, Smeagol, Samson, Simba, and Shadow. Storm is petite and unique with multi-coloured blue and brown eyes. As the only girl, she has grown to be a little timid, like her mother.
Storm sometimes gets freaked out by all the noise on the startline and lies down. She absolutely loves cuddles and attention, and with enough encouragement will do great. When in motion, Storm is just as strong as her brothers and will speed up any team. She also makes a great house pet and companion!
Running Position: Team/Wheel, D.O.B: 18.07.2014, 2017-18 season running total: 805km
Lyra came to us with her brother Pan around the same time the Mountain pups were born in the summer of 2016. She was very small then, and is still a tiny girl in comparison to the fluffy litter she spent so much time with. She has done great in her first full season running at Hetta Huskies.
Lyra has grown into one of the strongest pups of her year, and is good at motivating the dogs beside her. The neverending energy does mean that she gets bored easily on the startline and has chewed through a few harnesses. Though a hard worker, Lyra embodies the saying "work hard, play harder", as she is a stickler for human attention.
Running Position: Team/Wheel, D.O.B: 03.05.2016, 2017-18 season running total: 1462km
Kurpitsa means 'pumpkin' in Finnish, and reflects her personality perfectly. Kindness and intelligence practically shine out of her eyes. She is a larger version of her sister Nana.
Kurpitsa is a sweetheart who will sit and gaze at you until you notice her, and then paw at you for strokes. She is a strong sled dog and great leader, given that she is running with someone focused beside her. Kurpitsa runs most often with her current best friend Maya, who talk a lot to each other on the start but ultimately are adorable running together.
Running Position: Lead, D.O.B: 19.10.2010, 2017-18 season running total: 697km
Indigo came as a very shy rescue dog who cowered in the corner of the kitchen when anyone came too close. After a lot of time and love, she has become more confident in herself. Now, she is an extremely happy lady who likes nothing more than to play with her girlfriends.
We didn't know how Indigo would turn out as a sled dog, but with guidance from Diva she has become a wonderful leader-in-training. Before setting off, Indigo wriggles around like a worm in line, easily getting harness rub on her back. For this reason, she has to wear a special fluffy harness whenever she runs!
Running Position: Lead/Team, D.O.B: Jan. 2013, 2018-19 season running total: 2470km