Table of Contents
New Faces, Old Passions
with Palle Norit
of the Greenland Dog and the Canadian Inuit Dog
Whelping and Pup Development in the ISD, Part 1
Tip for the Trail:
In the News
At the Heart of Greatness
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Inuit Sled Dog International
Sled Dog International (ISDI)
is a consortium of enthusiasts whose goal is the
preservation of this
arctic breed in its purest form as a working dog.
The ISDI's efforts
concentrated on restoring the pure Inuit Dog to
its native habitat. The
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|In the News.....
A Reason to Follow the Iditarod
The 1,049-mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race honors the famous twenty-driver relay
run that transported serum from Nenana to Nome, Alaska in order to save
villagers during a 1925 diphtheria epidemic. The first commemorative
race was in 1973. Today teams averaging 16 dogs, nearly all made up 45-50
pound Alaskan Huskies cover around 100 miles a day. Winning times have
been a little over 9 days.
This is a far cry from our Inuit Dogs whose dog sledding tour de force
is the ability to pull at least 125 pounds each over the most challenging
of terrain in the most horrendous weather without quitting. In their native
environment, an average good (long) day can be as much as 40 "arctic" miles.
Despite these contrasts, Inuit Dog enthusiasts may want to keep an eye
on the March 5, 2005 Iditarod.
Inuit Sled Dog International's European
coordinator Ove Nygaard of Årnes, Norway has been contracted
to build sleds for the two Norwegian competitors, 2003 Iditarod winner
Robert Sørly and 2005 Iditarod rookie Bjørnar Andersen. Ove
will also be building sleds for mushers entered in the Femundløpet
(February 4, 2005) and Finnmarksløpet (March 5, 2005) races in Norway.
We hope mushers using Nygaard sleds do very well and they keep in mind
while spending all those days on the runners that they have put their trust
into the hands of an Inuit Dog enthusiast. Way to go, Ove! Talking
about having a foot in each of two worlds!
Inuit Sled Dog DNA Samples Sought
A canid DNA research center is actively seeking samples from pure Inuit
Sled Dogs and selected contaminated ISDs for an ongoing study, "Population
Genetics of the Inuit Sled Dog - Canis familiaris borealis". The
overview for this project states, "Current methods of genetics allow us
to describe the diversity and ancestry of indigenous populations of dogs.
Using mitochondrial DNA markers (which track the maternal lineage), Y-chromosome
markers (which track the paternal lineage), and other genome markers, we
may be able to describe the genetic history of the Inuit Sled Dog."
Participation is easy and sampling materials are delivered to you free.
approximately 1-inch fine bristle brush on the end of a flexible handle
is scrubbed inside the cheek pouch and or along the gum line for ten seconds.
Inuit Sled Dog owners worldwide are urged to participate. To learn how
you can contribute, write to the project's Breed Contact, Sue Hamilton,
55 Town Line Road, Harwinton, Connecticut 06791, USA or at email@example.com.
Poor Hunting in Qaanaaq
A November 15, 2004 story by CBC News North cited the lack of sea ice formation
and bad weather and therefore the inability to hunt seals as the reason
hunters in the Qaanaaq region of northwest Greenland have been forced cull
some of their dogs in order to prevent them from starving.
A representative of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference (ICC) Greenland
said an effort has been initiated to provide supplemental dog food and
raise money to assist hunters in the region.
In an email to the ISDI, ICC Greenland said that so far a couple of
tons of dog food plus its transportation to the hamlets in the Qaanaaq
region had been donated from Ilulissat. A bank account has been set up
for receiving contributions to support this effort and the dog team owners
until the sea ice forms and they can go out hunting seals. The sea ice,
normally set by the end of September, still had not yet formed in the region
as of mid-November.
Fan Hitch Story Nominated for Writing Award
Travels", the true tale of the remarkable adventures of a Greenland
Inuit Dog, is one of three finalists in the category of "National or International
Club: newsletter: feature article" in the 2004 annual writing competition
of the Dog Writers' Association of America. The Maxwell Medallion will
be presented to the winner on February 13, 2005 at the annual awards dinner
in New York City. This story was written by Sue Hamilton.