The Fan Hitch Volume 3, Number 2, March 2001

Official Newsletter of the Inuit Sled Dog International

Table of Contents

From the Editor

Thanks to our Sponsors

Featured Inuit Dog Owner: Tim Socha

Nunavut Quest 2001

Inuit Dogs in New Hampshire, Part I

Uummannaq: A Special Dog Sledge Expedition
Remembrances of a Spent Life: "Chimo"
Dog News from Iqaluit
The Homecoming, Part III
Fan Hitch Wins Writing Contest Recognition
Product Review: Seeing the Light
Media Review: The Last Husky
Tip for the Trail: A Do-it Yourself Alcohol Heater
IMHO: Looking Forward

Navigating This Site

Index of articles by subject

Index of back issues by volume number

Search The Fan Hitch

Articles to download and print

Ordering Ken MacRury's Thesis

Our comprehensive list of resources

Talk to The Fan Hitch

The Fan Hitch home page

ISDI home page

Editor's/Publisher's Statement
Editor-in-Chief: Sue Hamilton
Webmaster: Mark Hamilton
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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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Geneviève Montcombroux, Box 206, Inwood, MB R0C 1P0;
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Media Review...

The Last Husky

reviewed by Mark Hamilton

The story of the last dogs to be removed from Antarctica is documented in this video and companion book combination. At fifty-five minutes long, the video provides adequate time to give the viewer an appreciation of the dogs’ lives while still in the Antarctic. One also senses the attachment between the dogs and their handlers at the Mawson Station, some background on the use of dogs during polar exploration over the last 100 years, a brief explanation of the dogs’ origins, and finally their trip north to Minnesota.

While the companion book, "Huskies - Polar Sledge Dogs", by Johathan Chester, has good photography and is well printed, it isn't by itself capable of conveying the story the ISD enthusiast is interested in discovering. It really is more of a coffee table book. The experience we seek requires the richness and depth of visual information conveyed in video, and here this production will not disappoint you.

As a documentary production there is of course no plot to the story, and most ISD enthusiasts are probably already familiar with the tale. That should not dissuade you from purchasing "The Last Husky". The short clips from historical films taken during early explorations alone are worth the purchase price.

This ABC Video production was developed with the assistance of the Australian Film Commission; © 1993 Aurora Films, Pty. Ltd. and the Australian Film Finance Corporation Pty. Ltd. In the U.S. and Canada.  It can be purchased from Extreme Images; P.O.B. 7398; Berkeley, CA 94707; <> e-mail: <> Fax: 510-235-4590.  The video is $30.00 (U.S.).  The book is $20.00 (U.S.). 

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