At Joti’s Arctic Camp there are currently 13 Alaskan Huskies of the Aurora blood line. This breed became known in the dog sled sport. The Athabasca Indian, Johnny Allen, bred the Aurora Husky in the 1930’s by crossing 1/4 Wolf, 1/2 Husky and 1/4 Irish Setter. Garreth Wright continued with this incredible breed which is one of the most well known breeds of Alaskan Huskies.
Sled dogs - Most people picture a cute dog with black and white markings and loving crystal blue eyes. It is only when you join a sled dog race, that the diversity of these dogs become apparent. Despite the Samoyedic- and Greenland dogs, the powerful Alaskan malamute as well as the Siberian husky will be found in multiple colour variations and body structures. Many so called “Husky experts” will only shake their heads when they see black, red, white or chequered sled dogs, some big and powerful, others small and petite, those with standing ears and those with floppy ears.
What kind of dogs are these who, at first glance, represent some street mix, but at second glance expose an athletic body - once attached to the sled, brings such a performance that anyone can only be astonished?
THESE ARE SLED DOGS!
At Joti’s Arctic Camp there are 5 llamas … in fact the northernmost llamas in Europe and most likely the northernmost llamas in the world! Currently the llamas live a relaxed life with a big area outside where they walk around and where they can be viewed by the guests. During the cold winter time, they also spend time inside the barn, where the guests on their “working holiday adventure” have the opportunity to help with the feeding and daily barn cleaning rituals.
Llamas (Lama glama), are very social animals and like to live with other llamas as a herd. Overall, the fiber produced by a llama is very soft and is naturally lanolin free. Llamas are intelligent and can learn simple tasks after a few repetitions. When using a pack, llamas can carry about 25%-30% of their body weight for several miles. The llama, a South American camelid, is widely used as a pack animal by the Incas and other natives of the Andes mountains and appear to have originated from the central plains of North America about 40 million years ago. They migrated to South America and Asia about 3 million years ago.