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Our family got our first Alaskan malamute and also our first sled dog Hukka (Sua-Unit Hukka) in 1996. When Hukka arrived I was only 6 years old, so I got to grow around sled dogs. One of my first experiences with mushing was when I was sitting in a pulka and Hukka pulled the pulka on a frozen lake. One time the pulka even fell trough the ice but that did not slow down my enthusiasm with mushing ;)

Our first Siberian Husky we got in 2005. We were on a holiday in the north with the Malamutes and went to visit Finn-Jann huskysafarikennel and then Lefa joined our pack.

The main hobby with my dogs is mushing. I also do some obedience training and have also attended in Finnish Kennel Club’s obedience trainer-course in 2009.

I also have kennelname "Yaye-Non". In potawatomi Yaye-Non means “laugh or she/he is laughing” and I think it reflects the personality of Malamutes and Siberians very well and that’s why I chose it for my kennelname.

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