The Fan Hitch Volume 1, Number 1, July 1998

Official Newsletter of the Inuit Sled Dog International

Table of Contents

From the Editor
Why We Got into Inuit Dogs
Know the Dog, the Land and its People
Confessions of a Malamute Breeder
Giving Credit Where it is Due
Poem: Lost and Found
IMHO: El Nino, et al.

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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;
ISDI Coordinator USA:
Sue Hamilton, 55 Town Line Road, Harwinton, CT 06791,
From the Editor... 

Welcome to the first Inuit Sled Dog International Newsletter. I guess I am the Editor. While I was scratching my scalp, I must have been mistaken for raising my hand when the question was asked, 'Who wants the job?' I could have said welcome to the premier edition of the ISDI Newsletter. With all due respect to the ISDI co-founder Geneviève Montcombroux, that word of French origin is a little to fancy for our group. Like the ISDI  itself, my vision of the newsletter is not some deluxe publication with lots of bells and whistles. I hope to fill its electronic and paper pages with some good photos and plain speak: useful, informative and perhaps entertaining information about this breed. This newsletter is intended to be a meeting place, the voice of everyone who takes interest in the Inuit Sled Dog and who, like me, admires the breed as the aboriginal freighting dog of the arctic with all its unique characteristics and challenges.

Some of the things I hope to include in the newsletter are: letters and an op-ed page; features on owners; photos; past, present and future adventures with ISDs; information on health and nutrition; what puppies and dogs may be available.

We must not lose sight of the International component of the ISDI. Though supporters reside principally in North America there are many ISDs in Greenland and Europe whose owners share our philosophy and enthusiasm. We represent a diverse population and I sincerely hope that will be reflected in the contents of future newsletters.

I am not much for begging so I will make this request as straightforward as possible. We may not represent a very large group of people, but surely there are enough of us to provide material for many newsletters to come. I am hoping that everyone who reads this will feel comfortable in submitting one or more articles or stories for publication, even those of you who are not yet owners, but might have questions to bring to the group. Everyone, and I do mean everyone, is welcome to participate. In order for the ISDI to be a network, a wellspring of information, we must all partake. Current plans are for the newsletter to be published bi-monthly. The next deadline is: July, 15. 

Wishing you smooth ice and narrow leads,

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