The Fan Hitch Volume 11, Number 3, June 2009

Journal of the Inuit Sled Dog International
In This Issue....

From the Editor: A Virtual Fan Hitch

Inuit Sled Dogs Achieve Distinguished Visibility

Sledge Dog Memorial Fund Update

New Resource of Polar Exploration Images

In Passing: Remembering Kevin Walton

Book Review: Huskies/My Friends, the Huskies

Evolutionary Changes in Domesticated Dogs:
The Broken Covenant of the Wild, Part 2

Behavior Notebook:
Comparative Behavior Studies in The Netherlands

In the News

Canadian Animal Assistance Team's
2009 Northern Clinics

The Chinook Project's Early Start on Veterinary Clinics

IMHO: Why Inuit Dogs?

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The Inuit Sled Dog International

The Inuit Sled Dog International (ISDI) is a consortium of enthusiasts whose goal is the preservation of this ancient arctic breed in its purest form as a working dog. The ISDI's efforts are concentrated on restoring the pure Inuit Dog to its native habitat. The ISDI's coordinators welcome to your comments and questions.

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Tracy performs surgery in background, while Karen monitors
 anesthesia- demonstrating veterinary medicine to Kimmirut
 resident.                                                  photo: Marti Hopson

The Chinook Project's 2009 Northern Clinics

by Marti Hopson, BFA, MMus, DVM

The Chinook Project jumped to an early start in Nunavut this year. The team headed off to Kugluktuk (Coppermine) and then on to Iqaluktuuttiaq (Cambridge Bay). From May 11 to May 22, two veterinarians, Dr. Anne Marie Carey and Dr. Peter Foley, veterinary technician Andrea Chisholm, and four senior veterinary students ran spay-neuter and vaccine clinics

Both Nunavut communities offered tremendous support, with hamlet residents providing the team with accommodation and food, setting up the clinic locations, preparing the appointment schedule and planning events (school visits and radio broadcasts). The Chinook Project once again had great support from Pfizer Animal Health and Iams-Eukanuba, thanks to the companies’ generous donations of funding and supplies. Also, First Air once again offered discounts on the team's airfare as well as on the shipping of clinic supplies. The Chinook Project's main support comes from the Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre, which provides the program grant funding for travel and supplies.

New this year, we have had some great public relations opportunities. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) – our version of the United States' National Public Radio – created a blog for us. To see it, go to the CBC North's home page and type "the Chinook Project"in the search box, then check out what they're doing! Two students took on the task of writing updates as they happened. University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) English professor Jane Magrath also presented the project as a lecture at the school's Research Breakfast event, and several articles have appeared in the UPEI Magazine, including February 2009, as well as in the Charlottetown Guardian newspaper.

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