Paws of Björnlund
Paws of Björnlund is a small company run by Anna Americo Galante and Jeldrik Seibert. We live and work all year round in the small municipality of Malå in Lapland. Here we have our 13 Alaskan Huskies, a female Siberian Husky, a Jack Russel Terrier and 2 house cats.
Why should you discover Lapland with us?
We want to share our enormous passion for sled dogs, for the beautiful nature and the practically tangible feeling of freedom with you. Our tours are not purely tourist arrangements. Some of the tours are physically and mentally demanding, so be aware of this when booking. But if you are looking for just such an adventure, then you have come to the right place. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!
Anna A. Galante
Anna was born in 1989 in Riga, Latvia, where she also spent her childhood. Even then, she loved being out in the woods and spent almost all of her free time outside. She has been smitten with wolves and dogs since she could remember, unfortunately it was not possible for her to have an own dog.
In 2000 she moved to Ratingen, Germany with her family. The desire for a dog buddy grew but unfortunately the family still could not realize it. And so, at the age of 11, she began to work her way deeper and deeper into the subject of „dogs“ with the help of books and films. Behaviour, communication, health, feeding, care, dog sports – every piece of information was absorbed and saved. And when one day she held the „350 dog breeds“ encyclopedia in her hand, it was all over her. She discovered the sled dogs!
Shortly before the end of the 12th year she was absolutely sure: One day she will work with sled dogs and turn her hobby and her passion into a profession.
Between the ages of 16 and 20 she was finally able to at least spend her free time with dogs. Dogs were walked, taken into care over weekends/holidays or difficult species were socialized and trained. After graduating from high school in 2009 she began studying chemistry in Dortmund in order to create a basis for general professional life. Here she finally had the opportunity to travel a bit and visited Sweden for the first time. After a trip to Stockholm not only was her career goal clear but also the country where she wanted to fulfill her lifelong dream.
During and after her master’s degree in chemistry and well-paid jobs in the chemical industry, she was finally able to finance her long-awaited vacation with sled dogs. 4 years as a tourist with weekly tours of around 300 km each in Sweden and Russia as well as volunteering at the Volga Quest in Russia (international sled dog race) have shown her that her dream is exactly what she wants.
In 2020 she left Germany after 20 years and built her life up here in the north together with Jeldrik, just like she dreamed of as a child.
Jeldrik was born in Laubach, Germany in 1990 and grew up there. He has been surrounded by dogs at home since he was born but unfortunately his dream of having his own husky was not fulfilled. As a child he was outside in the nature a lot and various huts and hideouts were built in the home garden.
In 2006 he began his education as a chef. Even though cooking and baking was always a lot of fun for him in the next few years of his professional life, there was still a lack of connection to nature. It was only at the beginning of 2019 that he was able to fulfill his heart’s desire to work with these great dogs by working as a dog handler for several months on a husky farm in Sweden. After his return to Germany it was now clear that he needed his own husky. A wonderful Siberian Husky female dog was introduced to him through an animal protection organization.
Being back home didn’t make him happy in the long run, so in 2020 he went back to Sweden to a husky farm. Unfortunately the position on the farm could not be kept up due to the lack of guests due to Corona but luckily he got to know Anna during his stay. And at the beginning of 2021 he also moved completely to Sweden in order to realize the common dream of a sled dog farm together with her.