The Fan Hitch Volume 2, Number 4, August 2000

Table of Contents

From the Editor
Raising Sled Dogs
The Good, the Bad and the ‘Eskimo’ Dog
The Russian Connection
Honoured Symbol Under Fire
Iqaluit Team Owner Speaks Out
The Homecoming
Niels Pedersen, D.V.M:
Challenging Folk Remedies
Janice Howls:
Maintaining the ISD Roots
Book Review: 
Portrait of Antarctica
First Hand Account:
Exploration of Antarctica
Dog Ownership in Modern Society
Baking: Carnivore Brownies
Behaviour Notebook:
 Silent and Induced Heat
ISDI Summit Postponed
Memorable Inuit Dog Encounters

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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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Portrait of Antarctica

by Kevin Walton 

reviewed by Geneviève Montcombroux

Antarctica is a distant continent, shrouded in mystery, a continent that was conquered by the Inuit Sled Dog. For many years, this breed moved men and materials for the on-going survey of this vast land. Little of this is known by the general public, though the dogs enjoyed a brief moment in the spotlight when the last teams left Antarctica in compliance with the International Treaty.

Portrait of Antarctica is a unique book with great photos representing half a century of life in this land of ice and snow. Technology has changed since the early days, when the Inuit Sled Dogs were the only means of transport, but Antarctica breathtaking beauty has not. Five authors - Jim Bishop, Launcelot Fleming, Paul Goodall-Copestake, Jonathan Walton and Kevin Walton, bring their collective experience and wry sense of humor to this work. They speak of a sometimes hostile land but also a land of peace. It offered a challenge to the men who worked to map, survey, study this uninhabited place.

Glaciers flow into the sea to break into huge icebergs. Temperatures can plunge to minus 80°C. The sea freezes to form a shelf a hundred meters thick in places. Nothing is quite like what we know in the northern hemisphere. All this pictured in black and white as well as color photos. Photographer Paul Goodall-Copestake reveals his great skill and sense of humor as he captures lovely scenes and expressions.

And there are the dogs. I am always amazed when looking at the pictures to see the same coat color patterns, the same appearance as the CISD of today.

If you have dreamt of escaping to distant places, Portrait of Antarctica is the book to take you where even today access remains difficult. 

Presently, "Portrait of Antarctica" is distributed by Whippoorwill Press. See BOOK ORDERS on the ISDI web site or order from Toadhall Trading Company, Box 206, Inwood, Manitoba R0C 1P0 Canada. All inclusive prices are as follows: $32 Canada, US $28 USA, Cdn $35 elsewhere.

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