Friendship Village School hosts dogsled demonstration
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.
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