The Fan Hitch Volume 3, Number 2, March 2001

Newsletter of the Inuit Sled Dog

Table of Contents

From the Editor
Thanks to our Sponsors
Featured Inuit Dog Owner: Tim Socha
Nunavut Quest 2001
Inuit Dogs in New Hampshire, Part I
Uummannaq: A Special Dog Sledge Expedition
Remembrances of a Spent Life: "Chimo"
Dog News from Iqaluit
The Homecoming, Part III
Fan Hitch Wins Writing Contest Recognition
Product Review: Seeing the Light
Media Review: The Last Husky
Tip for the Trail: A Do-it Yourself Alcohol Heater
IMHO: Looking Forward

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

Talk to The Fan Hitch

The Fan Hitch home page

ISDI home page

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. 

PostScript is published intermittently as material becomes available. Online access is free at:  PostScript welcomes your letters, stories, comments and The editorial staff reserves the right to edit submissions used for publication.

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The Fan Hitch/Contributor Receive Literary Recognition

by Sue Hamilton

For the second year in a row, a contributor to The Fan Hitch has been recognized by the Dog Writers’ Association of America (DWAA). And for the first time and on its first attempt, the newsletter itself has also been honored by the association. 

The Fan Hitch was one of three finalists in the category of National Club Publication, Newsletter Format. Although it did not walk away with the first place finish, the nomination itself was a remarkable achievement given the competition from the heavily popular all-breed registered show/pet theme newsletters. 

Far more gratifying than The Fan Hitch's nomination, was the achievement of Ken Pawson's poem "Brave Little Heart" which appeared in Volume 2, Number 2, February 2000. At the DWAA annual awards ceremony and dinner in New York City on February 11th, Ken received an engraved Maxwell Medallion (named after Maxwell Riddle, famed dog writer) for the top honors in the Poetry category.  Ken, who upon being advised of his first place finish, admitted that he had never won anything before.  We are sure that if Yap, his Brave Little Heart/his lead dog could have done so, he would have given Ken first prize on their tour of duty during their Antarctic days.  In a sense, these many years later, that's just what Yap did.  Better late than never.  ISDI sends its hearty congratulations to Ken Pawson for his accomplishment and its heartfelt thanks for sharing his dog sledging experiences. 

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Inuit Dogs in the Media

Aside from the Dog Writers' competition and the February 16 edition of the Nunatsiaq News (see dog news from Iqaluit in this issue), Inuit Dogs have also been recently featured in a January 31st New York Times article, the January/February 2001 issue of Canada's UpHere magazine and the most recent issue of the Primitive and Aboriginal Dog Society News.  PADS, located in Central Point, Oregon, USA, was formed in early 1998 to serve as a clearinghouse for information on all primitive breeds.  PADS members are both scientist-professionals as well as those who own or are interested in primitive dogs.  For more information contact Janice Koler-Matznick at <>

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