“Some will test you”
Estelle Renac, 30, who has just created Tracés Sauvages, has been offering this activity since the beginning of July in Issarbe, Lescun and in the Bager south of Oloron. She owns a dozen Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Huskies and Laika Yakutia. Before setting off for an hour’s hike on the family trails of Issarbe, Estelle recalls the instructions: “In your belt, stay well at the back to prevent the dogs from getting on you. To leave, you tell them in front and for them to stop: stop. Rather simple in appearance, except when the animal decided otherwise. “You will see, some will test you,” warns Estelle.
Plinn, the pack leader and lead dog of the sled in winter, takes advantage of this with the young Alix whom he tows. This beautiful quiet white with transparent blue eyes does not hesitate to frolic off the path. He is brought to order by Estelle. “Don’t hesitate to tell them to come back in front. They are there to work. Without difficulty, the three other dogs follow: Troïka the Laïka from Siberia with his false border collie airs, Younn, a former solitary dog given by his owners to Estelle and Andro the brawler with a strong character.
It’s less tiring than walking”
Uphill, the effect is spectacular: pulled by the dog, the four walkers do not feel tired. When going downhill, it sometimes has to be slowed down, because it no longer feels the weight of the walker. Alix confirms: “It’s a great discovery, it’s less tiring than walking. The dog adapts very quickly to us, they are attentive, and the traction is not too strong. It now makes me want to take my dog to enjoy the mountains and get some fresh air. »
As a couple, with the family or alone, Estelle takes her clients on family trails that are accessible to everyone. “For the little ones, there is also the possibility of doing a 20-minute introduction to cani-walking at Bager. »
Cani-walk of about an hour with Tracés Sauvages in Issarbe, Lescun and Bager south of Oloron. Possibility also to visit the kennel at South Bager even in rainy weather. By reservation with Estelle Renac on 06 35 48 28 83. Prices: €35 per adult and €20 for children under ten.
Passionate since childhood
Passionate about sled dogs since the age of 10, Estelle created this year, Tracés Sauvages, and settled with a dozen Nordic dogs at Bager Sud d’Oloron. It has been offering cani-walking since July and should soon be offering cani-karts (all-terrain wheeled vehicles pulled by dogs). Musher, Estelle is also looking for a place in the area to take dog sled rides. With the presence of the capercaillie, a protected species, the activity is not possible in Issarbe.