France: Haute Maurienne - paulsmit
'Walking with huskies.’

Christophe Caron (not in the picture) organises winter dog sledding with his huskies in La Norma (Haute Maurienne). To keep the animals fit in summer he has thought of something that children happen to like very much: cani-rando, walking with a husky attached to your belt. After an introduction on how to treat the huskies and getting acquainted with your own dog, the hike takes off, accompanied by Cristophe and one or two parents. It's an easy hike, because the huskies pull you up the slope. There are several pauses and a picknick, moments of cuddling and caressing. At the end the farewell is emotional, because the children have opened up their hearts to the animals. Photo Paul Smit.