FJr: Insanity or commitment?

Author: Marianne Merli (transl. Femke van Gastel)     Photo: Marianne Merli     Publish date: 01.02.13 18:16

Spirit and the lust to drive a dogsled is strongly represented in Petter Dragsten Sneeggen. The whole family has gone through a big change this past year, in order to fullfil Peter's dream of mushing with alaskan huskies.

Up until last year the Dragsten Sneeggen family had samoyeds in their yard. After Petter competed in the Femund Junior with borrowed dogs from Smistua Husky last year, he got infected with the husky virus. The family has let the boy follow his dream and replaced six of their samoyeds with alaskan huskies.

- It was hard letting go of the samoyeds, but luckily we found good homes for them, mom says.

- And dad is broke! says dad.

Petter himself is sick - but drives anyway! He was diagnosed with streptococcus and started on a penicillin prescription on Monday. It was never an option to opt out of Femund Junior, he was mushing no matter what!

On the trail from Røros to Tufsingdalen he had to throw up and he arrived at the checkpoint with a fever. During the night til Friday his condition stabilized, men stopping was irrelevant to Petter. He is counting on his form getting better during the day.

- At which place I come in doesn't matter. The important thing is that I get to the finishline with happy dogs, says Petter, while he is dealing with his dogs at the checkpoint.

It is clear that Petter has dealt with checkpoint situations before. He was trained extensively on that by Smistua Husky. Petter mushes with a freezerbox with ready-mixed feed, so that the dogs can get their food as soon as possible at the checkpoint. After that he takes their booties of and the dogs lie down for a rest on the straw. The dogs get a long and nice rest, while Petter prepares the next meal that will go in the freezerbox.

Now Petter is on his way to Røros, to fulfull Femund Junior 2013.