Heart to Heart: The Companions
Love isn’t reserved for humans only. Max and the Alaskan Malamute Kira follow each other everywhere, always together and in style.
Max Rovenko & Kira, companions.
TAKE US BACK TO WHEN YOU TWO FIRST MET!
”I’ve always wanted a dog, but my parents wouldn’t let me have one. When I got my own place I suddenly realised nothing stopped me anymore. Maybe I should have gone for a smaller and more manageable breed as my first dog, but when I got the idea the season for middle-sized dogs was low. So, I ended up going up north in Sweden to see a family of Alaskan Malamutes.”
“Kira was five months when we first met. She had already been sold once, but for some reason that owner had returned her to the breeder. I was a bit shocked by her size, and even though I instantly liked her, I went back to Stockholm thinking it would never work out.”
“But somehow she stayed with me. I see myself as a loyal person, and it just seemed so mean to ditch her and go look at other puppies. So, I went back to the breeder and met Kira again. And then again. And then I decided to take her home with me.”
DEFINE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THREE WORDS.
“Strength, loyalty, security.”
TELL US ABOUT A DETAIL WITH KIRA THAT YOU SECRETLY LOVE.
“I feel like she’s got a lot of integrity. Many dogs are just so… much. They run up to anyone and everyone, showing no respect. Kira is calm and careful and has her own way. She’s not here to please. She’s more like a cat than a dog in that sense.”
Our road trips are the best, to just get out of town and go to a forest where she can run free.
WHEN DOES SHE DRIVE YOU CRAZY?
“Pretty often I’d say. I haven’t got kids yet, but having a puppy is pretty close to having a toddler. She doesn’t always listen or behave the way I want her to. It’s like she looks at me and says ’Why would I?’.”
TELL US ABOUT A MEMORY THAT YOU KEEP CLOSE TO YOUR HEART.
“I love driving, and she loves joining me in my car. Our road trips are the best, to just get out of town and go to a forest where she can run free. My best memories with Kira so far are from these trips, when I let her lead the way and take us to new places.”
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PHOTO Angelina Bergenwall
STYLING Ellen Pålsson Norberg
MAKEUP Veronica Aldrin | Mikas Looks
HAIR Joe-Yves Asmar | Mikas Looks
SET DESIGN Fanny Hamlin
PHOTO ASSISTANTS Rasmus Ståhl, Vincent Sjögren
STYLING ASSISTANT Ida Alexandersson