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 that!?!
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
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Inuit Dogs on the Web

There are two sites I'd like to tell you about.

<> is a page out of the Nunavut Handbook. It is written by Peter Ernerk of Rankin Inlet, a cultural activist and freelance writer specializing in Inuit culture and northern political developments. Currently he is a member of the Nunavut Implementation Commission.*

If you care to get bleary-eyed looking at 765 thumbnail archival photos of dogs, you can find them Yellowknife's prince of Wales Cultural Heritage Museum site. Navigate there as follows. First go to <> Next do a search on "dogs". Finally click on "photograph archives 765".

Happy surfing.

*Editor's note: Last April Mark and I had the good fortune to meet Peter during our visit to Iqaluit. Peter was most generous to give us some time from his busy schedule preparing for the birth of Nunavut to let us present to him our concerns for the Inuit Dog. He listened intently as we spoke of 1) our dismay that dogs were needlessly dying due to preventable canine diseases, parvovirus and distemper, 2) our concern that the number of pure Inuit Dogs in Eastern Canada seemed to be dwindling and 3) our hope of someday organizing an Inuit Dog Summit somewhere in the North. There was no question regarding his obvious sincerity. However, it was clearly understandable that despite the significance of the dogs being part of Inuit cultural heritage, in the grand scheme of things there were issues of the human condition associated with the creation of Nunavut that were more pressing, requiring a higher priority. Ed.
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