A Bit About Us
We are located outside of a small town in Northern Minnesota, between Hibbing and Grand Rapids. After college, I spent some time living in Alaska and Washington State. I then took a position working for Beltrami County and lived outside of Bemidji, MN. After the unexpected passing of my father in 2015, I moved home and took over the family property. I currently work for Itasca County and live on 40 acres.
Growing up there was always a dog or two at our house, but I got my first dog when I was five. A Labrador retriever mix named Lady. It was my responsibility to feed, exercise, and train her every day. I loved it! Every spare moment I had was spent outside teaching her commands, tricks, and setting up mazes for her to do. That’s when dogs started to consume my life. She lived 2 weeks shy of her 18th birthday and that was still not enough time with her. Our house was also home to a few cast off (stray) dogs over that time. I could never say no to a dog in need and thankfully, I had a family that understood that. I loved training and spending time with them. In elementary school I even convinced my parents to start letting my spend weekends helping a musher who lived close by with their sled dogs. That’s when I discovered my love for smart and stubborn breeds, a love I still hold to this day.
One day soon, I hope to have a small hobby farm up and running. However, for now I’m content with my dogs. Together we do weight pull, agility, rally obedience, obedience, scent work,and conformation. We also love taking different classes with our favorite local trainer. For fun we go swimming, have play dates with our friends, and spend lots of time running in the field/woods on our property. We are also trying our hand at dog sledding, joring, and barn hunt. Really we just love spending time together and keeping busy.
Why The Name Vegvisir?
It took me a while to choose a kennel name. I tried out many different ones, but none felt right. Then I realized my kennel name had been hanging on my wall this whole time. Vegvisir (VEGG-vee-seer) is the name given to an Old Norse compass. It is a symbol of protection and guidance. It was said that anyone who carried the symbol would never be lost…even if the way was unknown to them.
This is what I want to give to my dogs…protection and guidance.