We are a German/Swiss couple living about 1 hour south of Whitehorse in beautiful Yukon Territory. Together with us live Snoopy, Charly Brown, Elivs, Hobo, Daisy, Rosy and some more sled dogs. Our canine friends are waiting for you, our future dog handler/musher.
It is a true Northern experience: winter wonderland, Northern lights and pristine wilderness are awaiting you. You will learn how to handle and run a dog team. We live in the Yukon wilderness, surrounded by wildlife (wolves, moose, coyotes, Lynx, bears...) We love our lifestyle and would like to share it with you.
You are a dog lover and you love the outdoors. You are familiar with dog behaviour, you stay calm in stressful situations, you like to work hard and you don't care about getting dirty hands.
All help and fun is around dogs and the dog yard (feeding, watering, scooping the poop, snow shovelling, checking fences). You will spend lots of quality time with your canine friends, walking and petting them. You will learn how to handle sled dogs: you harness them, bring them to the stake out, hook them up to a sled and of course you will go mushing with your dog team. If you are experienced you can also skijor with one or two dogs.
You know how to use an ax and how to make a fire. You have no problem lifting 20 kg (40 pounds) You don't mind to be outside when it is - 30 C to -40 C and most important: You love dogs.
You have to be ok with solitary work.
The reward for your hard work is unconditional love from our four legged athletes and a true Northern exposure.
English and German
Have you ever pictured yourself to live in a cozy cabin in Canada's North? Well, here is your opportunity. The cabin is located about 300 meters away from our house. So you will have lots of privacy. It has a wood stove, table, chairs, bed, dresser, kitchen utilities and an outhouse. There is no running water and electricity in the cabin. Enjoy beautiful views to the surrounding mountains from either your balcony or your deck and have a chat with your closest neighbours, our three horses.
We have a strict non-smoking policy in the cabin, in the main house, around the dogs and in the yard. Basically everywhere. So if you are a non-smoker, great. If you smoke, you will stop smoking.
We provide a monthly budget for food. You will buy what you like and most of the time also cook by yourself. We are not living by the clock and therefore we don't really have an eating schedule. The dogs and the weather conditions are dictating our schedule. So things are shifting almost every day. Occasional meals will of course be spent together.
Hiking, canoeing, kayaking, snowshoeing, x-country skiing, skijoring, wildlife viewing, birding are just a few activities. Every season offers different possibilities. You can do a lot around our beautiful location at Little Atlin Lake.
We cannot provide a vehicle to you. So if you would like to stay flexible it would be best to either buy or rent a car. About every 8 to 10 days we go to town to run our errands. Of course you are welcome to join us and do your things.
We have limited internet access.
If you are looking for a lot of social activities, restaurant visits, concerts etc. this might not be the best place for you. The probably biggest party is, when the dogs are howling. But that's the best anyways, right?
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
5 hours a day, 5 days a week