Dog of the week number 3 is the one and only Mr. Miyagi!
Miyagi is super cuddly and loves attention and lots of food. Miyagi was castrated a few years ago because he could be a bit aggressive towards other dogs. He is much better now, but sometimes still snaps out of excitement, which can irritate his running partner and lead to fights, but he doesn’t really mean any harm. He simply lacks a bit of social competence. He is a dog that it’s hard not to like, and he certainly loves people.
This big-eared loveable goofball has been a favourite of many guides over the years, but this year he finally hit the jackpot when he met Alva who came from Sweden to work as a guide at the beginning of March. Around this point in the season, Miyagi (who was never really a very good sled dog) decided he would rather be on a couch than pulling a sled, and was fast-tracked onto our adoption list. Alva had already fallen in love with his goofy personality, and decided to take him on. In a few days, Alva and Miyagi will begin their journey to their new home outside of Stockholm where they will live and work in a horse stable.
Many of our dogs have made long trips to new homes already, on trains, planes and boats, but so far, only one other (Fala with Gabin from France) has ever long-distance hiked away from Hetta! They are planning a 300km trip starting from Kautokeino (just over the border in Norway), to some point in Sweden where they will be joined by Alva’s parents for the final leg. After lots of planning by Alva and many jokes by the other guides about her having to carry him after the first 20 kilometres, they have set their departure date as the 1st of July.
Mr Miyagi is, according to the guides, the most stupid dog to ever live in Hetta. He is that kind of dog that manages to tangle himself in the most impossible ways, to trip over himself and to fall from sofas. Who would have ever thought that he would be the one to take on the biggest adoption adventure yet?! We are going to miss you Miyagi (and Alva!) - have a safe journey and a long and happy retirement!
Follow Alva @guidedbyearth for updates on Miyagi from the trail :)