What started for me as a potential spam email over two years ago, from our local hometown hero Karen Koehler (a world-renowned skijorer), has lead me on this incredibly wild ride to present day, “post World Sled Dog Championship.”
As the dust settles, the final dog trucks pull out of the yard and the officials all give me hugs and congratulations for a race well run! I won’t lie – there were “some” tears. The parking lot seems so empty after having over 850 dogs and 135 competitors with their teams of dog handlers and family members. As we clean up, the smiles of the volunteers and Haliburton Forest staff over the last 10 days help me through the day.
I check my emails and local reporter Darren Lum of the Haliburton Echo asks me “What will you remember the IFSS (International Federation of Sleddog Sports) World Championship for?” This is tough only in the sense of where do I start and where do I end?
A visit to the Wolf Science Centre near Vienna, Austria
Catching up with friends – 2 and 4-legged.
In mid November 2016 we visited the Wolf Science Centre near Vienna, Austria. We had a standing invitation from Dr. Friederike Range, one of the founders and principals of the Centre. In 2012 and again in May 2016 two of Haliburton Forest’s wolf pups were sent to Vienna to populate the centre’s wolf packs. The Wolf Science Center’s mission is to conduct internationally recognised, first-class research on the behaviour and cognition of wolves and dogs, as well as of the interspecific relationships we share with them as humans.
To ring in Canada’s 150th Birthday CAHDS and Haliburton Forest partnered up and thought, you can’t get much more Canadian then hosting a dog sledding event. So in true Haliburton Forest fashion, “Go big or go home!” we will be hosting the 2017 International Federation of Sleddog Sports (IFSS) Winter World Championships. You heard us right. Ontario will be home to the "Olympics of dog sledding" from January 24th to February 1st 2017!
Haliburton Forest is proud to announce the arrival of six new wolf pups !
On Tuesday May 3rd 2016, Luna (our Alpha Female) did not show up for her usual social interactions with the rest of the pack. Even a small feeding did not entice her to show up! Our Wolf Centre staff noticed her conspicuous absence, and after 20 years of experience, we knew that this could only mean one thing. Not to mention that the timing was dead on: precisely 63 days after we observed mating in early-March, which is the gestation period for dogs and wolves we could expect to have another litter of pups.