our name is Silje and Jim Ove, We live in northern Norway, about 3.5 hours drive north of Tromsø in a valley called Reisadalen. Here we have a farm with 50 to 60 Alaskan huskies. we are training for dog racing.
We live in scenic surroundings with many great hiking opportunities right outside the door. We are looking for a person who is responsible, positive, love animals and outdoor life and are independent. its also good if you have some practical skills. We can offer a place to live, food and many exciting outdoor activities.
its also necessary to have a driving licens for car, because we live 10 kilometers from the city center.
the work on the farm consists of feeding the dogs, helping with the dog's training, cleaning and repair of the equipment for the dogs. And some help in the house.
we have 5 children. 3 of the children is from Jim Oves last marrige, they live with us halvf of the time. together we have 2 children that live with us fulltime. the cildren are 1,3,10,15 and 17 years old. we also often have friends and fammily visiting us, so its important that you like to be around people, children and dogs. You will be a part of oure fammily during your stay at us.
In the summer from may to september It can be hot so the dogs can not be exercised a lot. We exercise as often as we can when the weather allows. When it's too hot, we have different projects that have to be done. such as building dog houses, maintenance of sleds, wagons and equipment. We sometimes also need help with washing and tidying up in the house.
somethings to do in your spare time in the summer:
riverboat safari in the national park. fishing. hiking to various sights in nature. enjoy the midnight sun. sit outside and have a fire and enjoy the nature.
In the fall and winter from September to May, we train the dogs a lot. then the job will be the most about dog training, feeding, cleaning of dog houses and shoveling snow. also some cleaning in the house.
winter is a hectic time for us. We therefore wish that those who want to be here in the winter can be here for at least 2 months. because it takes time to get acquainted with the dogs and we do not have the same amount of time to educate people with the dogs in the winter as in the summer.
somethings to do in your spare time in the winter:
snowmobiling, ice fishing. go on the snowmobile on the mountains to ice fish. enjoy the northern lights. hiking to various sights in nature. moose safari. sit outside and have a fire and enjoy the nature.
The dogs eat a lot of bones and meat so if that is a problem for you to handle meat and blood you wold have a hard time here.
in oure culture hunting and fishing is commen. because the summer is short and here in the arctic nature we cant grow a lot of diffrent vegetables. so traditionally oure food consists of a lot of meat and fish. and potatoes, onions and carrots and dairy products. so its a little bit hard to be a vegetarian in this place.
We generally want the person/personens who will be here, can stay at least 1 month. in the winter time at least 2 mounths. Much of the job is about taking care of the dogs. it takes time to get to know the dogs. And get used to routines, tasks and how everything works. The most important thing for us is the welfare of the dogs.
Help around the house
learn about how to take care of dogs. dog sledding and the northern Norwegian culture.
chores in the dogyard. cleaning, feeding and training the dogs. Maintenance of the dog yard, the house and other tasks. the taks vary by season and weather.
you will live in the house with the rest of the fammily. you will have your own personal bedroom and a caravan outside the house that you can use if you want some time alone.
we have many beautiful hiking trails. About 10 km from us is a small village. There we have, pharmacy, sports shop, food shop, cafe, pub, post office, swimming pool, cinema and a small shop that sells traditional Sami products. in the summer its possible to buy boat trips up the river to the national park. the bus drives to times a day to Tromsø.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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