Strict Standards: Redefining already defined constructor for class wpdb in /homepages/2/d178358563/htdocs/finnmark/diary/wp-includes/wp-db.php on line 49

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /homepages/2/d178358563/htdocs/finnmark/diary/wp-includes/cache.php on line 35

Strict Standards: Redefining already defined constructor for class WP_Object_Cache in /homepages/2/d178358563/htdocs/finnmark/diary/wp-includes/cache.php on line 400

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Page::start_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::start_lvl($output) in /homepages/2/d178358563/htdocs/finnmark/diary/wp-includes/classes.php on line 534

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Page::end_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::end_lvl($output) in /homepages/2/d178358563/htdocs/finnmark/diary/wp-includes/classes.php on line 534

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Page::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el($output) in /homepages/2/d178358563/htdocs/finnmark/diary/wp-includes/classes.php on line 534

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Page::end_el() should be compatible with Walker::end_el($output) in /homepages/2/d178358563/htdocs/finnmark/diary/wp-includes/classes.php on line 534

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_PageDropdown::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el($output) in /homepages/2/d178358563/htdocs/finnmark/diary/wp-includes/classes.php on line 553

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Category::start_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::start_lvl($output) in /homepages/2/d178358563/htdocs/finnmark/diary/wp-includes/classes.php on line 649

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Category::end_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::end_lvl($output) in /homepages/2/d178358563/htdocs/finnmark/diary/wp-includes/classes.php on line 649

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Category::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el($output) in /homepages/2/d178358563/htdocs/finnmark/diary/wp-includes/classes.php on line 649

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Category::end_el() should be compatible with Walker::end_el($output) in /homepages/2/d178358563/htdocs/finnmark/diary/wp-includes/classes.php on line 649

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_CategoryDropdown::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el($output) in /homepages/2/d178358563/htdocs/finnmark/diary/wp-includes/classes.php on line 674

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /homepages/2/d178358563/htdocs/finnmark/diary/wp-includes/query.php on line 15

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /homepages/2/d178358563/htdocs/finnmark/diary/wp-includes/theme.php on line 505
Finnmark 2007 Diary » Blog Archive » Watching over the dogs

Watching over the dogs


Deprecated: preg_replace(): The /e modifier is deprecated, use preg_replace_callback instead in /homepages/2/d178358563/htdocs/finnmark/diary/wp-includes/formatting.php on line 76

Temperatures descending as we move back into winter. Our local friend, Marja’s uncle, Ola Påve, said it’s the new weather instability that most concerns the herders. From Rostujauri to Cokcu (the holy mountain) we’ve had a bitter wind and a hard days mushing, the sledge creaking on the dogs’ run, and the snow creaking too beneath the runners, like a draughty door swinging.

It’s so good to see the dogs learning their rhythm for the day. Its been a heavier sledge, so harder to pull and faster on the down slopes, the dogs’ bottoms pushing outwards from the traces because they trust me for their rudder, and I’m watching carefully, after a month in harness, for a limp or stiffness. They’ve eaten voraciously every day, their fat levels are down, and they’re skinny and more fragile. But still all their personality traits are present and showing in behaviour in the way they pull. Spiro like a dancer, Madonna like a lazy cow, Kjelling clumsy and brave, Trouble like a tireless demon, and always ready for a fight, Malten and Potte like thoroughbred racers, their smooth, silky lope shows their racing skills, economy of movement, harbouring of energy while still giving their best. It’s a joy to watch them, and we’ve become good friends. When I cry “Haw” or “Gee”, Spiro, my leading lady, will take them left or right, and with a soft “Ch” from me, they’ll give a little more, as the light fades, though their strength fades too, because they feel our night stop is coming closer. Without them this journey could not have been made. They’ve been fed first, and are bedded down first every night. They get their breakfast first in the morning, and all my clothes and gloves smell of the sausages, frozen meat, and biscuits I’ve cut and mixed up for them day and night, and, on the hardest days, at noon too. Today Trouble has also worn a jacket against the cold. Some weeks ago, he managed to get part of his foreskin ripped off in either a fight or frenzied sex, so to stop his bits freezing, he wears a body-stocking, and a very sheepish expression when I put it on in the mornings. Tonight we’ve heard that the bears are already out of their winter hibernation lairs. Weeks earlier than St. Tibertius Day, April 17th. This is another sign of change, but the bears are another story.

Tonight the moon’s out, the stars are out, there’s a huge, vast, sleepy sky..

The weather experienced today…

image004.jpg

Leave a Reply