Schneegestöber & Hundeschnauzen

Anything you should know about me? Not really, the blog tells its own tale. But if you like to have some more

information you can read the following paragraphs.

 

Born in 1984, I grew up in a peaceful village in Thuringia. So, it does not surprise that - since I can remember - dogs and nature play an important role in my life. My dogs were always my faithful companions and together we spent a lot of time outside where neither rain nor snow could prevent us from our activities. Since I moved to Berlin for my studies first and to Munich for my work as a lawyer later unfortunately neither my time frame nor my apartments allowed to have a dog. But I had the vision to work with dogs one day since my childhood, due to my love for Scandinavia preferably on a husky farm in Finland. And this vision became stronger and stronger every day. The work there had to wait a bit, first I was even "just" a guest on a sled dog tour. That was four years ago. I fell in love with the dogs and the beautiful nature so I went on tour with „my“ dogs every year. And each time it became more and more difficult to return to my office. It is not that I didn’t have exciting cases there, on the contrary there were challenging tasks and anyway I always had a good relationship to my clients. But there was something that had to be realized ... The decision was not so easy at all, but I know that it is the right thing. Dreams you have to live as long as you have the opportunity to do so.

 

In Autumn 2014 I moved to Äkäskero, Finland. The intention was to be a guide for sled dog tours. I started to train the dogs for this purpose. After a few weeks I got the opportunity to train the race dogs. You can imagine that it was not necessary to ask twice. To drive dogs all day long - and often even at night -, to take care that they are not only perfect trained but also happy was a great challenge. I loved my job, my dogs were everything for me. When we had to decide who has to leave the race team to get capacity for younger dogs I always wanted to keep them all - why don’t have more dogs in the team? ;-)

With time it happened that I did not only jump in as a guide sometimes but also took care of the whole communication with guests and tour operators, the human resources management and at last also the management of the wilderness lodge. That led to increasing administration tasks and the time with the dogs but also the quality of the training decreased. I didn’t want to continue like this. With tears in my eyes I left my dogs in April 2017. Only one, Ranger, I could take with me, even though the list was so long…

 

We moved to Emil and Barbara Inauen in Grimsbu, Norway. There are no tourists, only race dogs. After an interesting season with a lot of training and new experiences but without an income it was necessary to find a long term perspective. That we have found in Innset, a husky farm that offers adventurous tours into the Norwegian and Swedish mountains, so right what we like… but have a look on your own what we experience there…

Yvonne Hofschneider mit Happy

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