Huskies are normally the ones pulling sleds. But Calvin Driver, who has four of the dogs, will be pulling his own sled on a 75 mile charity walk next month.
Calvin, 48, of Gateford Road, Worksop, lives with his partner Adele and their canine brood Jakey, Yogi, Mishka and Willow.
They fell in love with the husky breed when they got rescue dog Yogi, a two-year-old husky-malamute cross.
“He had one brown eye and one blue - the same as me,” said Calvin. “We had to have him.”
Both Calvin and Adele volunteer as area co-ordinators for Saints Sled Dog Rescue, a charity which cares for and rehomes the ever growing population of Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes.
And they admit they have become addicted to the breed who now have run of the whole house and garden.
“They are very loving dogs but they are so energetic. They love digging holes in the garden and we have gone through quite a bit of furniture in our time,” said Calvin.
But the satisfaction gained from nurturing a neglected dog back to full health out weighs any of the draw backs.
Said Adele: “We have had Willow for just three weeks. She is a lovely cream colour but when we got her she was dark grey with dirt and caked in her own faeces.”
“She had rust marks around her neck and all the fur was worn off where her collar had been.”
“She looked like she had been badly abused and mistreated.”
“She would go straight to a post in the back yard and sit under it. We assume that’s where she was tied up at her previous home.”
“Now she’s a different dog. She lies on the sofa and won’t move for anyone.”
But Willow won’t be with them forever. She will eventually find a new home with loving owners.
In the meantime, Saints Sled Dog Rescue has paid to have her neutered, vaccinated and treated for worms and fleas.
Calvin’s walk from 29th - 31st May will raise much-needed funds for the charity.
It will take him three days to walk the 75 miles from Worksop to SSDR headquarters in Peterborough.
Calvin will pull a 200kg sled on wheels by strapping a harness around his waist.
Trusty Husky Jakey will also be attached walking alongside Calvin.
Said Calvin: “I will have all my food, camping equipment and gear on the sled. I’ll be camping out anywhere I can along the way.”
“The idea is to show everybody just what sled dogs go through when they are working in their native territories.”
“And I want to raise as much as I can for this brilliant charity.”
• Find out more about Calvin and Jakey’s trek on Facebook. Go to www.facebook.com/calvinjakey75mwalkssdr
Collection buckets and sponsor forms are available to sign are at Sainsbury’s Local on Gateford Road, the Romans Rest pub on Raymoth Lane and Manton Athletic Club.
You can also donate via Paypal. Send payment to firstname.lastname@example.org and mark your payment ‘Calvin’.
Or text SSDR01 plus the amount you want to donate to 70070. For example SSDR01 £10 please let me know if you donate via txt for this cause thank you