Time for Kalla and Corona to give birth is closing up. Kalla is expected to give birth around the 29:th of April and Corona around the 5:th of May, so now we are keeping our fingers crossed that they will healthy puppies
Here in Jonsbyn the snow is still deep (about 2dm). Thanks to the strong cold of the last nights (-18 degrees), the snow is so hard that you can walk everywhere and our very own pair of pair of Easter rabbits use of the possibility. They jump around the garden and look for something edible, some oatorns that the birds have sprung down from the bird table may be welcome breakfast and, for supper, some bark from our young apple trees.
Kalla and Corona are both mated and Kalla is today at day 33 after mating and Corona on day 28. A normal pregnancy is 63 days +/- 3 days so they have almost gone half the pregnancy time.
I think they've gotten a little bigger around the waist but can not say anything for sure, so just wait and see the time and hope the matings are successful.
Yesterday Ergo and Kosa moved to Jenny, Daniel and their daughter in Söderköping. We wish them good luck with their new family members and we are sure that Ergo will have a really good retirement and Kosa will enjoy beeing his company.
Huskies and Greenland Dogs had to give in against our samoyed team when the
World Championships in the long distance were settled in connection with
Polardistans in Särna.
Unfortunately, Sverre Moens Alaskan Malamutes were a little
too sharp for us. We chose to start last to keep an eye on the field and after
2h 48min and the first 30km up to the mountainwe had passed 13 of the 16 starting teams. Sverre and his team were
still ahead of us buthe started before
us and at this time we were 18minutes quicker so we were in lead.
It was snowy during the night, the trails were partly soft..
The sticks I had were not suitable for the deep snow and every now and then
they partly disappered into the snow which made my skiing hard.
After about 110 km on
the trail we had a passage of about 20km where we were the first in the trail
and the snow was deep, about 20-30cm, and it was difficult to see where the trail
Both me and Sverre missed a turn and went the wrong way for
about 2 hours before weturned and got
back on trail.15km extra on a trail that already measured 167km in total, was
not something we wished for after 16hours on the go.
In our mistake, Rinaldo with 4 Siberian Huskies also joined
and the medal trion was ready 40km ahead of the finish line.
I took the lead with the Samoyeds and tracked for about 5 km
when we got close contact with about 200 reindeer. Galloping after trotting reindeer for about three km and we
were alone in lead again. Unfortunately maybe the speed was to much for Etna
who started limping and she was put in the sledge bag. Soon Sverre caught up
and went ahead of us once more.
After just over 24hours on trail we reached
the finish line i Särna, secoin World
Thank you all Samoyed
friends who held thumbs and paws for Bielkersmil's brave warriors Corona 8.5
years, Etna 8 years Charlie 4.5 years, Mieto 3.5 and to the man himself who is
a bit too old for this adventures.
Håkan and the four Samoyeds, Corona, Etna, Mieto and Charlie ended in a honorable second place at World Championship Polardistance 160km, pulka style 2018.
Deep snow snow made this year's Polardistans one of the toughest PDs that Håkan has participated in, so the Samoyeds really got to show which outstanding sled dogs they are. With the pulk full with the required equipment, the team was in lead with 18min about 20 km from the finishline. Unfortunately Etna started to limp a bit so she had to go to the sled, which meant that the team lost the lead and finished second.
There was another 7 samojeder from kennel Bielkersmil's breeding participating i PD 160km. These were included in Lars Jämtsveds 8 team who won the PD 160 sledge.
It's really fun that our breeding has led to so many good sled dogs
Today sometime between 13 och 14.30 Håkan will start Polardistance 160km with 4 dogs, with pulka and skiing. The dogs that he brought with him are in leed Bielkersmils Corona of Allsvinn aka Corona, Bielkersmil's Etna of Pepper aka Etna, and as wheeldogs Bielkersmils Karelin of Nallo aka Charlie and Bielkersmils Meetme of Nallo aka Mieto.
During the current season, they have ran about 1650km in training so I hope they are excited and eager to work as well as on training.
Corona is veteran in the field of Polardistance and it is the fourth time she starts (the three times she has participated earlier, her team has won), Etna and Mieto are veterans as well and it will be their second start, Charlie is the only rookie and thus making its debut start.
If you want to follow the progress of the team, please visit the link: http://www.polardistans.se/index.php/en/an-k2/pd160-1-4-hundar-pulka