Dogs never fail to surprise and entertain us.One impressive canine who has caught our attention is Akela – a skiing pooch who loves nothing more than taking on the snowy slopes. The German shepherd and husky mix is living her best life with her Scottish owner Ellie Crabb – who is currently on a working holiday in Alberta, Canada. Ellie, originally from Dundee, enjoys taking her four-legged friend skiing during her downtime. The former drama teacher adopted Akela when she was just one – knowing little about her background. But the canine – who is now four years old – surprised Ellie with her adventurous spirit.
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The 27-year-old owner said: ‘There is nothing like skiing, let alone skiing with a dog.
‘We adopted Akela on her first birthday. We didn’t know too much about her past. All we knew is she’d been passed around a few houses and she wouldn’t be passed again.
‘We have always loved travelling but had got into a bit of a rut at home and needed a shake-up.‘It turned out that Canada was the simplest option for Akela with no quarantine for dogs and minimal hoops.’
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The duo ski around three times a week and have even come up with their own creative system.
Ellie added: ‘We use a bungee lead with a padded handle, and I started by racing her on a leash.
‘Once she had the idea I started letting her win the race, the leash would go taught and then she would be pulling me.
‘Lots of praise and encouragement goes a long way. I always make sure that there is some gradient in the trails we choose, so that momentum helps her to pull.’
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And it seems Akela not only loves skiing, but other sporting activities too – although, she also enjoys relaxing after an energetic day.
Ellie said: ‘She also loves camping, canoeing and biking – but as soon as she is home, she only wants a snuggle.‘Like most German shepherds or huskies, Akela is a big, weird goofball.’
Elsewhere in the world of dogs, an ex-racing greyhound with a cheesy grin has found his forever home.
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