The Fan Hitch Volume 14, Number 4, September 2012

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

From the Editor

Tumivut: Three Stories

Chinook Project’s Labrador 2012 Report


In the News

Media Review (book): Remembering the Years of My Life


Media Review (film): Labrador North

Akunnirmiut Nunavut Quest


Nunavut Quest Documentary Ready for Sale!

Good Reads

IMHO: Last Call

Index: Volume 14, The Fan Hitch


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Defining the Inuit Dog


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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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One of the dogs in Hopedale.
Photo: The Chinook Project

The Chinook Project’s 2012 Clinics

by Dr. Marti Hopson
Atlantic Veterinary College
University of Prince Edward island


In June of 2012, the Chinook Project visited two communities: Hopedale (pop. 500) and Nain (pop. 1200). Both are coastal towns in Northern Labrador, Canada, accessible only by plane. There were two separate teams, comprised of four veterinary students and three veterinarians or coordinators. We were lucky to involve faculty members from the Atlantic Veterinary College as well as veterinarians from Kensington (PEI), Clarenville (Newfoundland), Goose Bay (Labrador) and Wakefield (Quebec). This made a total of 14 people who set up mobile clinics in a fire hall and vacant health centre to serve the needs of the dogs (and cats) in these communities.
 
The Chinook Project offers many thanks to the volunteers on the ground who organized accommodations, food and the appointment schedule. This was the first time Hopedale had seen veterinary care, and in Nain no veterinarians had been able to visit in a number of years! Most dogs are owned in these towns, and the community members were very grateful to have access to this free veterinary service. The teams were treated to some local food and they were also able to go fishing and on other boat trips to enjoy viewing the local landscape and wildlife.
 
The most difficult logistic for these 2012 wellness clinics was shipping all supplies to the North so that they would be on location when the teams arrived, as well as transferring equipment from one site to the next in a short time frame! Air Labrador was helpful with discounts for plane tickets and the RCMP was able to take some of our cargo from Goose Bay to the sites. As always, about 90% of our budget is spent on transportation and shipping. Thanks are in order to Pfizer Animal Health, the Atlantic Veterinary College, the Rathlyn Foundation, Boehringer Ingelheim, Ann McCain Evans, Iams Eukanuba Canada and other generous donors.


Veterinary student Shari (wearing surgical gloves) has just completed
a spay. Student Waylon (L) and Dr. Gallant, who monitored the
anesthesia during the procedure, look on.  Photo: The Chinook Project

The Chinook Project was able to spay and neuter over 100 dogs and cats during these trips, and over 200 animals were seen in total for vaccinations, physical exams or surgery. Interest is strong in having the Chinook Project return to northern Labrador next year. There has been a steep increase in rabies cases seen in the local fox population, as well as the dangers of zoonotic parasites such as Echinococcus (a tape worm infection that can be fatal when passed to humans from dogs or wildlife). The importance of vaccinating and deworming the canine population, as well as increased public health awareness and education continues to be of paramount importance.

Donations to help the Chinook Project can be made to:
The Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre, att: Dr. Alice Crook, Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Ave, Charlottetown, PEI  C1A 4P3 Canada.
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