40 Huskies without running water

40 Huskies without running water and no money for drilling a well

If it weren’t for the mild winter and the Corona Virus there wouldn’t be any problems because Marianne and Wolf would have made enough money to survive even without any fly-fishing bookings.

 Unfortunately there was a lack of snow at the beginning of the season, unusual for the climate in Lapland. The cooperation partner offered dogsled tours in Piteå, operated by Marianne and Wolf. Due to the mild winter there wasn’t enough snow to do the tours and the season started four weeks late. Finally in January 2020 snow fell and the season started. The dogs were desperate to run and the guests loved the dogsled tours. Until then the financial loss remained limited and if the season had gone as planed everything would have been fine. Then Corona Virus came and all tourists left Swedish Lapland four weeks before the end of the season.

The bookings for the fly-fishing season were cancelled as nobody knows what the futures will bring and how traveling would be affected.

 There is not enough money to drill a new well to have running water. To make sure the dogs get enough food Marianne and Wolf cut costs wherever they can and the helpers follow their example. Bills cannot be paid; dog food and water are first priority.

 Please help to collect the money Marianne and Wolf need to drill that well (app. 75,000.00 SEK/7,500 €) to be able to supply the dogs with water. Also they need money to buy dog food for the next couple of months and to pay bills for electricity, Internet, insurance and food for themselves. FlyHu Lodge needs to come through this difficult time and hopefully a lot of guests will show up as soon as the borders are open again and people start traveling.

 You might wonder why they don’t have running water any more. This is what happened:

At the end of 2019 Marianne and Wolf found out that the well they got their water from was located on the neighbor’s property. Generations ago the utilization by the former owner was sealed with a handshake. Neither the real estate agent nor the municipality knew about the exclusive rights (Servitut) owned by the neighbor. Legally Marianne and Wolf did not have water supply for their property. The neighbor went to court and the judgment was that the water supply had to be cut off for the Husky Farm. All attempts to prevent this failed. The responsible marshal couldn’t do anything and even the municipality did not have any possibilities to help. The water supply was finally cut off in mid-April. Now there is no water supply on the property any more for the house and for the dogs.

 At least, with the help of the municipality, high costs for the shutdown could be avoided.

Now the question is where to get water for humans and dogs. The water for Marianne and Wolf, as well as the three helpers that are currently on the spot, can purchase water in town. But water for the 40 dogs (plus additional 8 dogs from the helpers) can’t be purchased like this. We are talking about approximately 150 liters per day and when the temperatures rise even more. There are plenty of clean streams in the area where you can drink the water without hesitation. Even in mid-April there is still plenty of snow and on Easter weekend we had 40 cm fresh snow. The shores of the streams can’t be reached, that means water can’t be pumped into containers. Also Marianne and Wolf do not have a trailer to transport the containers. A trailer needs to be purchased but that’s not an option in the current situation.

A well could be drilled on the property and the appointment for this was already made. Marianne and Wolf did not have the money for it due to the bad season and the appointment was postponed until further notice. Talking to the drilling company showed that it is possible to get an appointment on short notice. All Marianne and Wolf need to make this happen is to get the money to pay for it.

Marianne and Wolf had to deal with one problem after the other when they came to Sweden. Read for yourself what happened and what they ran into while building a new existence.

Since November 2018 Marianne and Wolf live in Swedish Lapland after leaving Switzerland. It wasn’t easy from the beginning. While still in Switzerland they found the perfect estate with dog kennels on it and they paid the deposit to finalize the purchase when arriving in Swedish Lapland. They were on their way to Sweden when the real estate agent informed them that the deal for the estate was canceled. Going back to Switzerland wasn’t an option because they sold everything there; so they had to purchase an estate quickly. Thanks to the great help of the real estate agent they found an old farm but without dog kennels.

Marianne and Wolf built exemplary dog kennels in bitterly cold temperatures for their Huskies. Fences had to be installed, dog houses had to be built and platforms where the dogs could sit on in form of used wooden cable drums (this is law given by the local veterinary office). Everything was finished with the help of some workers and the veterinary office inspected and approved it. They liked it so much that they considered making this a new standard.

During summer and autumn Marianne and Wolf continued working on the property and everything was prepared for the first winter season where they would offer dogsled tours through a cooperation partner.

The beginning of the season came and the guests arrived
 Marianne and Wolf fought for being successful with FlyHu Lodge every day since they arrived in Lapland and they put all their put their heart and soul as well as their money into that beautiful place. It would be a pity if everything ends due to these adversities. Both of them like it in Swedish Lapland and the Huskies are looking forward to the next winter season to pull the sled. These dogs are born to pull a dog sled; it’s in their blood. If you have ever seen how much the dogs love it to run and pull the dogsled knows what we are talking about.

To show our appreciation we offer the following:
If you give
- 50 € you get a free adoption for one of our dogs for one year.
- 250 € you get a private fly-fishing guiding for one day
- 500 € you get a free dogsled tour as a passenger or as a musher
- 7.500 € you can stay at FlyHu Lodge for 1 week with 2 people in our private guest room

I am Anja from Germany and I am currently staying in Swedish Lapland at FlyHu Lodge in Arvidsjaur as one of the helpers. My husband Peter and I try to help wherever we can to keep FlyHu Lodge running because we love the idea of what Wolf and Marianne are doing, we love the dogs and admire Marianne and Wolf for all the hard work they put into this project. Please help them and the dogs, they are desperately in need for money to drill the well, buy dog food and more!

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