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In Norway, sled canines practice and play within the warming Arctic

BOLTERDALEN, Norway (AP) — Out of the darkish, frozen vastness on this Arctic valley, a refrain of barks and howls trumpeted the return of Inexperienced Canine’s oldest puppies from a dogsledding coaching run by way of the polar evening on Tuesday afternoon.

Karina Bernlow and her husband, Martin Munck, run the Inexperienced Canine outfit, which has practically 300 canines in three yards. It is situated half a dozen miles from the principle village in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago so near the North Pole that winter is shrouded in uninterrupted darkness.

The working canines, youthful puppies and new litters performed within the lashing winds that shifted thigh-high snowdrifts. This mixture of husky and Greenland canine — a breed recognized for taller legs, massive paws and thick fur — is particularly social and thrives within the chilly, Bernlow stated. They do not even worry the uncommon event when a polar bear ambles previous the yards.

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What hurts them is when this lunar panorama turns unusually heat, which is going on extra typically as a lot of the Arctic heats up a number of occasions quicker than the remainder of the world.

Final summer season, a couple of dogsledding excursions needed to be canceled so the canines would not overheat. One of many excursions results in an ice cave and Bernlow, who’s been right here for greater than a decade, stated they’re watching it disappear yr after yr.

“What we are able to do is educate our youngsters to deal with the planet,” stated Bernlow, the mom of 4 youngsters.

As she walked by them, the newly returned canines strained their chains to achieve out to be petted and puppies rushed to observe from their enclosure.

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