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

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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,

The Chinook Project Travels to Northern Labrador!

The Chinook Project, from the Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada, has been sending veterinary personnel to the Arctic each year since 2006. In the past we have provided veterinary services to the dogs (and cats and ferrets!) of three different communities in Nunavut Territory. This year we are excited about traveling to a new area – Natuashish, the second-most northerly town in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Natuashish is a small village with a population of approximately 700 people and 700 dogs. The people there are Innu, a distinct First Nations culture with its own language. Natuashish is only accessible by plane, boat in the summer, and snowmobile in the winter. Many of the dogs in Natuashish are strays, and we are working with the local people to try and spay, neuter, deworm and vaccinate these animals in order to help with overpopulation and disease.

We will be traveling through Goose Bay, Labrador and then on to Natuashish in late May for an estimated ten-day visit. Once again, four senior veterinary students will be attending, along with two PEI veterinarians, a veterinary technician and a veterinarian from Labrador. We are grateful this year to the Atlantic Veterinary College, the Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre, Iams Eukanuba, the Rathlyn Foundation and Pfizer Animal Health for their support. And a big thank-you to the people of Natuashish for hosting the project. We are looking forward to meeting them. Please contact Dr. Jane Magrath for further information. And be sure to visit The Chinook Project website.
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