The Fan Hitch Volume 1, Number 1, July 1998

Official Newsletter of the Inuit Sled Dog International

Table of Contents

From the Editor
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Why We Got into Inuit Dogs
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Know the Dog, the Land and its People
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Confessions of a Malamute Breeder
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Giving Credit Where it is Due
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Poem: Lost and Found
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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; gmontcombroux@gmail.com
ISDI Coordinator USA:
Sue Hamilton, 55 Town Line Road, Harwinton, CT 06791, mail@thefanhitch.org
Why we go into Inuit Dogs

by Sharon and Jerry Roberts


We decided to get into sled dogs because we love being outdoors in the winter. We wanted a winter activity that all could enjoy. Skiing, skating, things of that nature weren't what we were interested in.

However we do enjoy winter camping. When we go camping we always take our dogs.

On one such trip we happened to pick up a magazine on the great outdoors. In the magazine was an article on sled dogs. This we thought was a great idea. We started searching for more on sled dogs. We made a trip to look at some Alaskan huskies; they were not what we had in mind.

What we were mostly running into were the racing dogs, just not what we wanted. We then saw an article on the Inuit dog and that caught our interest. This breed of dog seemed more like what we were looking for. Of course we wanted to find out more about them.The research was fantastic. The more we read the more we liked what we saw. Then as we read these articles we came across the names of people who are genuinely sincere, friendly, and very knowledgeable about the Inuit dog. We began to talk to people who owned Inuit dogs and enjoyed virtually endless tales about the Inuit dog.

The Inuit dog is a very powerful and strong dog. We discovered that a properly socialized dog can, with a little work, fit in well on a recreational team. Now we can combine camping and dog sledding together!

We began to call different kennels that had Inuit dogs for sale. We had the good fortune to find Jeff Dinsdale. He has been involved with Inuit dogs for close to 20 years. Mr. Dinsdale spent countless hours answering our questions. We found his prices were more than reasonable, so we decided to get a pair of littermates.

We received the pair on March 4 1998. The male weighed 31lbs. and the female weighed 26lbs. At 5 months of age they weighed 41 and 35 pounds respectively.

Jeffrey and Sasha are getting along quite well with our 2 adult dogs. We find ourselves growing quite fond of our new family members.

A special thanks to Jeff Dinsdale, Sue Hamilton, and Geneviève Montcombroux. We really do appreciate all the time you took to answer our questions and give us advice.
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