The Fan Hitch Volume 4, Number 3, May 2002

Newsletter of the Inuit Sled Dog

Table of Contents

Featured Inuit Dog Owner: Chuck Weiss
Research Paper 1: Survey of Diseases and Accidents
When to Start Working Dogs
A Day in the Woods
Future or Death
Reality Check: Reproduction or the Real Deal
Behaviour: Qiniliq Learns His Place
High Arctic Mushing: Part III
Book Review: Igloo Dwellers Were My Church
Janice Howls: All Along the Watch Tower
IMHO: Friends and Allies

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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For those of you with internet access and who have specifically book marked the newsletter site, you should know that the Fan Hitch has been moved to a new server. That URL is But there’s more! The newsletter now has four times the space of the old server for the same "price" (free!). This means we will now be able to return to the online archives of all the previous issues of the Fan Hitch, back to Volume 1, Number 2 (V 1, N1 was not originally formatted for being online, and we may or may not get to convert that one) . There’s no telling how much we’ll be able to cram into this existing allotted space, but we understand that there is more space available and still for free. So, for the foreseeable future, no matter how much space the archives take, all issues of the Fan Hitch should be readily accessible. I realize that there is not much in this news to titillate those of you who receive the printed version. But this new deal does come with a special way for us to transfer text and high quality images to Geneviève, the print version publisher, in just a fraction of the time it used to and that in itself may facilitate your getting the snail mail edition soon after the online version appears.

The Fan Hitch has been praised for its high content of original articles. But every now and then, we are fortunate to be able to offer our readers some quality material that has appeared in print in another place and another time. Thanks to ISDI Friend, Andrew Bellars, for making his research paper available to us, and to the Natural Environment Research Council (the parent body of the British Antarctic Survey - BAS) for granting us permission to reproduce a somewhat abbreviated version, you are about to get a feel for what life was like for Inuit Dogs in service with the BAS.

This Fan Hitch also presents some serious issues for your consideration: defining the essence of the Inuit dog, the best/right age to begin working Inuit Dogs, those unintended consequences of keeping Inuit Dogs outside of the arctic and the challenges and choices those owners face, and is there a future for our breed?

So once again, the Fan Hitch spans a couple of oceans and continents, wanders above and below the treeline, and stretches across a few time zones and decades, to bring you the length and breadth of what the Inuit Sled Dog was and is. And as you browse through our pages, you can reflect on where the ISD may be headed.

Wishing you smooth ice and narrow leads.


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