The Fan Hitch Volume 14, Number 3, June 2012

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

Editorial: A dog for all seasons

The Fan Hitch Web and Journal Updates

Fan Mail

The Doggy Men Goes Digital

In the News

Tumivut: Healthy Diet for Dogs

Qimmivut (Our Dogs)

Media Review: Nunavut Quest: Race Across Baffin

Nunavutquest.com Update

The Chinook Project Returns to Labrador


Sirmilik

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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.

ISDI Coordinator Canada:
Geneviève Montcombroux, Box 206, Inwood, MB R0C 1P0; gmontcombroux@gmail.com
ISDI Coordinator USA:
Sue Hamilton, 55 Town Line Road, Harwinton, CT 06791, mail@thefanhitch.org

Map: Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage

The Chinook Project Returns to Labrador

The Chinook Project at the Atlantic Veterinary College of the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI), Canada was founded in 2005 by Dr. Lisa Miller and Dr. Jane Magrath. Thanks to generous support from Pfizer Canada, Iams Eukanuba, Boehringer-Ingelheim, the Rathlyn Foundation, Ann McCain Evans and other donors, we are able to travel annually to isolated areas in Nunavut and Northern Labrador to provide veterinary services these regions do not commonly have.

In June, the Chinook Project returns to Labrador when two separate teams involving a total of fourteen veterinarians, coordinators and senior veterinary students fly north to two remote communities. The first team will visit Hopedale, population approx. 600, thanks to support from the local community council and the Hopedale Dog Society. The second team will visit Nain, population approx. 1200, the northernmost settlement in Labrador. The Nain Animal Wellness Clinic is an organization that has hosted veterinarians before, and is helping us to arrange accommodations and the mobile clinic site.

 
Members of the Chinook Team set up a clinic in the fire hall at Natuashish, Labrador (2011). Three dogs are monitored as they recover post-operatively, while another dog (on the table) is prepped under anesthesia before having surgery.
                                             Photo courtesy of The Chinook Project

Both of these Inuit communities were originally established by Moravian missionaries in the 1700s. We look forward to this, our first visit, to these hamlets. Even before the team leaves UPEI for Labrador, almost 100 dogs are already signed up for surgery and vaccinations! Rabies, distemper and parasites continue to affect the dog population as well as pose a public health issue. This will be the Chinook Project’s biggest endeavor in its history and upon our return we look forward to sharing the results of our visits in the September issue of The Fan Hitch.
 
Financial support is always appreciated, and charitable receipts will be issued.

The Chinook Project
c/o Dr. Alice Crook
Coordinator, Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre
Atlantic Veterinary College
University of Prince Edward Island
550 University Avenue,
Charlottetown, PEI
C1A 4P3

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