The Fan Hitch Volume 1, Number 4  July 1999

Newsletter of the Inuit Sled Dog

Table of Contents

Editorial:  Defining the Inuit Sled Dog

Featured Inuit Dog Owner:  Sylvia Feder

All the Wrong Reasons

DNA Project

Last Trip of the Century to the North Pole

Bering Bridge Expedition - 10 Years Later

Ways of the North

Behavioral Notebook:  Watching TV

Poem:  Standing Invitation

Video Review:  Dog of the Midnight Sun

Janice Howls:  Observations

In My Humble Opinion:  Work, et. al.

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From the Editor...

Defining the Inuit Sled Dog

There are ways to describe their physical appearance.  And it is possible to put into words how the Inuit Dog works, although nothing beats the experience of sitting atop a tack box lashed down tightly to a komatiq while a team of these beasts works hour after hour under just about any conditions.  By now you must have read somewhere how the principle diet is seal and caribou and whale and fish, and that the dogs can work even if not fed on a daily basis and that after freeze up they get their water from the metabolism of fat in their diet and what snow and ice they consume.  So in assessing all that they do and are, words like tough, resilient, strong, determined come to mind.

Yet one of the best definitions of the breed, one that speaks to its true nature, was given to us by  Bill Carpenter during our recent visit to his Yellowknife home and kennel. In defining the essence of the Inuit Dog, Bill said, "This breed displays an exaggerated response to all stimuli."  I am sure that those of you who either own or have experienced working with Inuit Dogs recognize the wisdom of Bill's interpretation.  For those of you considering the purchase of one of these magnificent animals, please contemplate thoroughly Bill's insight, before you leap backwards, yes backwards, to meet the challenge of owning this primitive breed.  Understanding and accepting the nature of the Inuit Sled Dog is key to successfully living with them.

Wishing you smooth ice and narrow leads......... 

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