The Fan Hitch Volume 1, Number 3, January 1999

Newsletter of the Inuit Sled Dog

Table of Contents

From the Editor
Dreams & Passions!
The Media: I said thats!?!
A Chat about Breeding: Gait
Inuit Dogs on the Web
Behavioral Notebook: Getting Personal
Janice Howls: Big Dogs are Here to Stay
IMHO: On Being Doggie

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Editor's/Publisher's Statement
              Editor: Sue Hamilton
              Webmaster: Mark Hamilton
The Fan Hitch Website and Publications of the Inuit Sled Dog– the quarterly Journal (retired in 2018) and PostScript – are dedicated to the aboriginal landrace traditional Inuit Sled Dog as well as related Inuit culture and traditions. 

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From the Editor...

"Be careful what you wish for, you might get it" is an old saying that still holds true in many ways. What I wish all of you, smooth ice and narrow leads, as you have read at the end of these editorials, is something I would want for myself, too. Right now, at this very moment in fact, that is EXACTLY what I have! This most evil of the past three winters has been characterized by generally unseasonably warm weather or meager snowfalls of no more than 4 inches at a time immediately followed by sleet, freezing rain, pouring rain then below freezing temperatures resulting in, yep, you guessed it, smooth ice. Not fit for man nor beast, we and the dogs spend countless days slipping and skidding around the back yard and kennels on surfaces not conducive to play or exercise. Similar conditions exist 3 hours to our north, rendering as unfeasible the notion of driving in that direction for the day to do some dog sledding. So far this has been a very unproductive and dissatisfying winter.

My "leads" have been rather narrow as well, in this case meaning as I sit here trying to assemble the next issue of the Fan Hitch, there is precious little material other than what Mark and I, along with the Montcomboux's and our good friend Janice Dougherty have generated. The response to the creation of the Inuit Sled Dog International has been overwhelmingly favorable and enthusiastic. Clearly it has been demonstrated that a need for such a network exists and it is appreciated. But the ISDI is sort of like public broadcasting. It is something you can get for free (or for a very modest amount to cover the cost of printing and mailing the paper copy of the Fan Hitch). But as any public broadcasting pitchman will tell you, "if you listen and/or watch, you should pay. After all, it IS your station!" The ISDI has no dues and does not intend to establish any. We run on donations and that doesn't mean only money. It means donations of time and information. In order for the ISDI to be a benefit to all who enjoy the web site and the newsletter and, most important, to benefit the breed we all love and admire, we need to have you share your comments, stories, experiences, photographs.

So until next issue, wishing you, traveling on all your journeys with a minimum of obstacles!
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