Friendship Village School hosts dogsled demonstration

By Bane Okholm | Jan 09, 2013
Photo by: Bane Okholm Friendship Village School students try their hand at dogsledding Jan. 4.

Friendship — Students at Friendship Village School were treated to a hands-on dogsledding demonstration by Waldoboro-based Hrafnsmal Kennels Jan. 4.

Hrafnsmal owners Tim and Sarah Gladu do not race professionally, but said they explore the local landscapes along with their six Norwegian Elkhounds during the winter months.

According to the Gladus, Elkhounds are more accurately known as "moose dogs," but a mistranslation from the original Norwegian transformed "elghund" into "elk hound."

The dogs are capable of running for six or seven hours straight, Tim Gladu said, but only if they are constantly exposed to new territory. Doubling back along the same trail will cause the dogs to become bored and slacken their pace, Gladu said.

Elkhounds present at the Friendship Village School demonstration consisted of male double champion Tordenvaer, female Gundrun, and Tordenvaer and Gudrun's daughter Royk.

Friendship Village School Administrative Assistant Beth Simmons said that a parent riding a snowmobile had tamped down the impromptu "track" used for the dogsledding demonstration the previous night.

Though some Friendship Village School students have been participating in an academic unit on Scandinavian-inspired author/illustrator Jan Brett, Simmons said students did not know ahead of Jan. 4 that a dogsledding demonstration would take place.

Courier Publications reporter Bane Okholm can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or by email at bokholm@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Double champion Norwegian Elkhound Tordenvaer takes in his surroundings at Friendship Village School Jan. 4. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Norwegian Elkhound Royk shakes off some snow at Friendship Village School Jan. 4. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
A Friendship Village School student reacts to the sight of sled dogs on school grounds Jan. 4. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Tordenvaer, a Norwegian Elkhound from Hrafnsmal Kennels, moves to greet students at Friendship Village School Jan. 4. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Hrafnsmal Kennels daughter Joslin Gladu moves out of range of a frolicking Norwegian Elkhound at Friendship Village School Jan. 4. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Friendship Village School students regard an adolescent-sized dogsled Jan. 4. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Norwegian Elkhound Gudrun prepares for her first run around the snowy track at Friendship Village School Jan. 4. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Students dogsled around a snow track at Friendship Village School Jan. 4. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Norwegian Elkhounds Tordenvaer, Gudrun, and Royk take students for a leisurely ride at Friendship Village School Jan. 4. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Friendship Village School students amuse themselves between dogsled rides Jan. 4. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
A Friendship Village School student braces himself before a dogsled ride on the school's field Jan. 4. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Students dogsled at Friendship Village School Jan. 4. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Friendship Village School students volunteer for the next dogsled ride on the school's field Jan. 4. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Students at Friendship Village School play in the snow between dogsled rides Jan. 4. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Hrafnsmal Kennels' Sarah Gladu urges along Norwegian Elkhounds Gudrun, Tordenvaer, and Royk as they pull Friendship Village School students Jan. 4. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Norwegian Elkhound Royk catches her breath after a few laps of dogsledding at Friendship Village School Jan. 4. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Friendship Village School students enjoy on a ride from Norwegian Elkhounds on the school's field Jan. 4. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Hrafnsmal Kennels' Tim Gladu gives his Norwegian Elkhounds a helping hand at Friendship Village School Jan. 4. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Friendship Village School students hang on during a curve while dogsledding on the school's field Jan. 4. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Students dogsled at Friendship Village School Jan. 4. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Hrafnsmal Kennels' Tim Gladu untangles Norwegian Elkhounds Tordenvaer, Gudrun, and Royk on the Friendship Village School field Jan. 4. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
A team of three Norwegian Elkhounds pull Friendship Village Students on a slow dogsled ride Jan. 4. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
Hrafnsmal Kennels' Tim Gladu gives Norwegian Elkhound Gudrun a lift outside Friendship Village School Jan. 4. (Photo by: Bane Okholm)
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