The Fan Hitch Volume 12, Number 2, March 2010

Journal of the Inuit Sled Dog
In This Issue....

From the Editor

Recollections: Life on the Land

Sled Dogs of Russia

An Examination of Traditional Knowledge:
The Case of the Inuit Sled Dog, Part 2

In the News

For the Love of a Retired Sled Dog

The Chinook Project to Visit Labrador

Behavior Notebook: Some Aspects of Dog Behavior

Behavior Notebook: More on Boss Dogs

About Previous Articles in The Fan Hitch

IMHO: Timelessness

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

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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,

                                                From Dog of the Midnight Sun

About Previous Issues of The Fan Hitch

by Sue Hamilton

Since the December issue of The Fan Hitch, I have received two inquiries about previously published information. One writer said she was not having any luck contacting Guy Gregory Ormiston, author of the book The New Guide to Breeding Old Fashioned Working Dogs, which was reviewed in issue V5, N3 - June, 2003. She wanted to buy a copy.

I also received an email from Jackie at Summerhill Entertainment in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, asking where I got information about Summerhill being the resource for the purchase of copies of Dog of the Midnight Sun. Apparently neither Jackie, nor the person who very recently sent her a check for the video, took note that the issue of The Fan Hitch in which this media review appeared is over ten-years-old! Jackie informed me that currently Summerhill is not selling this documentary, and I get the impression that they haven't for quite some time.

Stuff happens!

The Fan Hitch will endeavor to make sure the links on our Resources page are live and current. (Please feel free to contact us if you catch a bad link that we've missed.) However, it is impractical for us 1) to assure the viability of all previously published links, and 2) to assure or update, as in the case of the media review of Dog of the Midnight Sun, that items we have written about are still available from described sources. So folks, please check in advance before sending off money for something you see in back issues of The Fan Hitch. Unfortunately, and especially in today's difficult economic conditions it is equally difficult to predict just how long items will remain available or their sources remain in business. So there is no hard and fast rule for just how old a back issue is that would warrant confirmation before purchasing.

Now, as for Dog of the Midnight Sun, the good news is that Jackie has informed us, "Eventually we will be offering viewers to purchase the DVD through a DVD distribution company…Have people email if they are interested in purchasing the DVD. We will then put them on the list and send an email notification to all when the DVD is ready for purchase through the distributor."

If you are not familiar with the documentary Dog of the Midnight Sun, you can see it for free online at as well And you can go to to view it online for $1.99 USD. However my recommendation would be to get on Summerhill Entertainment's email notification list and buy a nice, professional copy when it becomes available. We need to thank with our support individuals, organizations and companies who have done good things for the Inuit Sled Dog.
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