From the Editor: On the Radar
Citizen Scientist Participation Requested
On the Trail of the Far Fur Country
Dealing with a Runaway or Breakaway Team of Inuit Dogs
The Chinook Project Returns to Labrador
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On the Radar
This issue of The Fan Hitch represents a wide diversity of topics related to Inuit Dogs that sure do span the globe as well as epochs! We travel centuries back in time to learn of the brutal life of Inuit Dogs in service to American Arctic Explorers. And then we jump forward to read late June plans of veterinary teams to provide care to animal health services - deprived northern communities. A newly completed documentary includes stories of life in Canada’s far north when more than 250 years ago Inuit were recruited to supply furs for the Hudson’s Bay Company traders. And we then look forward to worldwide citizen participation in a scientific project being worked on now in Tennessee in the US and soon in Cambridge in the UK that may shed light on the differences (or similarities) of vocalizations of wild, aboriginal and cultured dogs. A comprehensive website educates us on the aboriginal life in Arctic Russia where we hope modern ancestors of our Inuit Dogs may still exist. We read the story of risk, danger and recovery of runaway Canadian Inuit Dog teams out on the ice. And we peer into one person’s vision of why we care about what efforts we make on behalf of the future of this aboriginal dog.
Think about it…whether referring to first hand knowledge or the interests of folks in others’ historical, cultural, artistic or scientific (to name but a few), endeavors, the Inuit Dog and related themes are still very much alive. And I continue to be humbly grateful to all, each in his or her own way, whose persistence and willingness to carry on keeps the subject matter on the radar for the rest of us to experience and enjoy.
Wishing you smooth ice and narrow leads,