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Saint-Michel-des-Saints
All Year: No
Area (ha):
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Other
Host ID: 41498
Region: Quebec

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Last Updated: August 28, 2017

Recreational sled dog kennel racing sprint races.
I am now taking applications for positions.
Help required starting in late September of 2017 to the end of March 2018.
If you want to experience the life of a musher and working with sled dogs, then contact me ASAP.

MINIMUM STAY 8 WEEKS, PREFERABLY 3 OR 4 MONTHS.

This fall-winter I need help with training and racing 2 teams, running puppies free plus other daily chores (feeding and watering, checking paws, nails and straw, putting booties on if needed, preparing trails with the skidoo and many more). You certainly do not just scoop poop but it is part of the job. You may run your own team of 4 then 6 dogs around February/March.

I have a large family of 30 sprint dogs in a beautiful remote area of Quebec, about 2,5 hours North of Montreal, on Lac Charland shore. I speak English and my French is very very limited so you DO need to understand and speak English quite well.

I love sharing my passion and will answer any question you have. I retired from a sales management job some time ago and I have been working with sled dogs for years as my main hobby.

I host people with a work and holiday visa.

I am new to helpx though I've been welcoming 1 or 2 people each fall/winter to embrace my life with the dogs and learn about all the aspects of owning sled dogs. For helper feedbacks also look at my blog site under more/guestbook/comments (latest ones at the bottom). There are several of them.

Qualities needed at the kennel:
- Like spending lots of time in the nature and in the woods
- Interested in learning about sled dogs and willing to follow instructions for safety reasons and dog quality care (puppies are cute but not toys, dogs are athletes not pets - but they all love our attention and I love them very very much)
- Don't bother getting up early, 7am is common during training days
- Don't bother getting dirty (fall and spring seasons are messy when it rains or when snow melts)
- No special food diet here, meals are shared, no free fridge picking, I like cooking but would love to eat some of your cooking.
- Quiet inside the house, especially before 7am and after 8pm

There are no actual days off as dogs need care daily, dogs are trained 3 to 4 days a week, other days are more quiet. You usually have 2-3 hours of free time after lunch each day, plenty after our early diner and mornings when we don't train. I had two people studying when staying here. Willing to give a full day off a week, just ask for it.

You'll be staying in the helpers' room of my little chalet that accomodates two and you'll be sharing the bathroom. Satellite wifi available only for e-mails and a bit of skype. No heavy download nor games over the net. Short showers only, there is sceptic system here.

Snow shoes available for you if you want to give it a try. Lake is frozen during winter and you can walk on it from end December to mid-March.

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