The Fan Hitch Volume 10, Number 2, March 2008

Journal of the Inuit Sled Dog International

In This Issue....

From the Editor: New Realities

In the News: Must-visit Websites

BAS Vignette: Memories of a Non-Doggy Man

Sledge Dog Memorial Fund Update

Lost and Found: Recovering Dogs Gone Astray

Book Review: Hunters of the Polar North

Tip: Spreading it Around

Product Review: Mountain Pack Boots

IMHO: Self-actualization

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Index of articles by subject

Index of back issues by volume number

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Articles to download and print

Ordering Ken MacRury's Thesis

Our comprehensive list of resources

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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;
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Sue Hamilton, 55 Town Line Road, Harwinton, CT 06791,

David Cemmick’s rendition                       Denise Koch’s rendition

The British Antarctic Survey Sledge Dog Memorial
Update March 2008

by Hwfa Jones

In light of research and many comments sent by FIDS from all over the world, artists David Cemmick and Denise Koch have refined their proposed drawings for the memorial. The time to choose has arrived. FIDS are asked to submit their preference and suggestions for improvement to Graham Wright.
Once the statue has been commissioned, there will be a full size clay model produced for final approval before the bronze is cast. Photographs of this will also be circulated.

It is anticipated that the completed sculpture will have beneath it a plaque listing all the British dog teams together with a small engraving and an appropriate dedication.

The Fund stands at over £4000 and is close to the target of £6000. The money has been collected in the short period of just fifteen months from many sources and donations, including the auction of Mike Skidmore’s painting of Changi, sales of an historical print of a Skidmore painting detailing the one of our dog teams sledging on sea ice, and sales of the book The Doggy Men. The book and print are still available online from eBay or from Fund treasurer Graham Wright; 39 Bryn Meadows, Newtown, Powys SY16 2DS, United Kingdom; It's not too late to make a donation.

It is our intention to commission the statue within the next month or so in anticipation that the £6000 goal will be achieved this year.

We expect to have the bronze finished this year and ready for erecting at whatever place is finally decided upon, either in Antarctica or possibly in front of the British Antarctic Survey headquarters in Cambridge.
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