The Fan Hitch Volume 14, Number 3, June 2012

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

Editorial: A dog for all seasons

The Fan Hitch Web and Journal Updates

Fan Mail

The Doggy Men Goes Digital

In the News

Tumivut: Healthy Diet for Dogs

Qimmivut (Our Dogs)

Media Review: Nunavut Quest: Race Across Baffin Update

The Chinook Project Returns to Labrador


IMHO: Save the...  (fill in the blank)

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

Defining the Inuit Dog

Talk to The Fan Hitch

The Fan Hitch home page

ISDI home page

Editor's/Publisher's Statement
Editor: Sue Hamilton
Webmaster: Mark Hamilton
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                              Photo: Oana Spinu/Igloolik-Isuma Productions

Subject: Dog whip questions

Date: Fri, March 09, 2012 10:13 am

To: <>

Hello.  I am a whip maker out of San Francisco.  I have been working on creating a collection of whips from various parts of the world. Recently I recreated a Filipino cotton horsewhip from a martial arts master who said that no one left surviving in the Philippines could do it for him. I’ve always been interested in the extremely long whips from the cold north and I can hardly find information on sled whips anywhere. Your articles are great and informative and I was hoping that perhaps you have more pictures that I may see or could point me toward more information.  If so, I would be forever grateful.
Thank you for your time.

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Hi J.,
Have you done a search of articles in The Fan Hitch? You might want to go here.
You might also want to visit the Nunavut Quest website forum and ask questions there.
Please keep in mind that dog whips are generally considered "directional", meaning they are flicked on either side of a fan hitch team to encourage movement in the desired direction when the lead dog needs a little help from the dog team driver. Sometimes the whip is "swished' on either side of a team to keep the dogs laying down. And on occasion it is used to get a particular dog's attention.
Feel free to write with more questions.
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Hi Sue,

Thank you so much for the links.  These links are really helpful!!  I really appreciate it!



Subject: Re: The Inuit Dog
Date: March 31, 2012 12:50:07 PM EDT
To: Sue Hamilton <>

Hello Sue,

I visited your home-page and was impressed. It's a gold-mine of valuable information for lovers of Arctic dogs. I will give it some time to go through it and search for more useful literature.

I would like to order "The Inuit Dog: Its Provenance, Environment and History". Please let me know what it will all cost to ship to Sweden and how and where to pay.

Best Wishes,


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