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

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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,

JD team in the 1930s - John Douglas driving. 
Note the single file hitch.

Inuit Dogs in New Hampshire: Part 1

by Geneviève Montcombroux

Some time ago I started corresponding with Heather Moore, and she was kind enough to share some old photos and a bit of her family history.

Alaska, a young ISD in the 1930's.
Compare to Lulik's picture (below)

                                                  Montcombroux photo

Once upon a time, in the 1930s, there were Inuit Sled Dogs in the American state of New Hampshire. Heather's great-grandfather (last name was Douglas) was a blacksmith from Canada. To him, dog transport was nothing out of the ordinary, and when he moved to New Hampshire, he took his dogs along. He built his own sleds and at one point met Ed Moody, who served with Admiral Byrd in Little America, Antarctica as a "dog puncher", who then was just beginning to make his famed sleds. The two exchanged ideas about sled building. The stories she heard about dog sledding led Heather to Alaska, where she developed her own racing kennel. 

Compare the second dog (behind the leader) to Yannamiq (below)

When she was a child she remembers meeting Short Seely, who with her husband Milton, assumed ownership of Arthur T. Walden's Chinook Kennels in Wonalancet, New Hampshire back in the early 1900s. There the Seeleys were responsible for bringing to AKC recognition the Alaskan Malamute and the Siberian Husky. Heather regrets that she didn't understand the significance of such meetings at the time, but then this cannot be expected of children. She also remembers that some of her grandparents' dogs went to Earl and Natalie Norris in Willow, Alaska. Some of their other dogs went to Antarctica with Admiral Byrd.  At this time, however,  no one seems to know what happened to the descendants of those Inuit Sled Dogs.

The first two dogs are ISDs from Labrador, a Malamute 
is third.     The team is driven by Doris Douglas. 

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