The Fan Hitch Volume 6, Number 1, December 2003

Journal of the Inuit Sled Dog

Table of Contents

Editorial: What's in a Name?
Fan Mail
Breaking Away: The Liberation of Ove Nygaard
What is the ISDI and the ISD?
A Holiday Miracle
Of Sheep and Sled Dogs
News Briefs
Qamutiit and How They're Loaded
The Truth Behind the Madrid Protocol
Media Review: Globe Trekker - Iceland and Greenland
Product Review: Ryobi TrimmerPlus®
Tip for the Trail: Bitches in Season
IMHO: Super Cars and Inuit Dogs

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                                 J. Noble photo, Stonington 1966/67

Fan Hitch Contributor Nominated for Writing Award

The Fan Hitch is delighted to announce that "The Return" by David Matthews has been nominated by a panel of judges in the category  "National Club: newsletter: feature article" in the 2003 annual Dog Writers' Association of America (DWAA) writing competition. The winner (there were three nominees) will be announced at the DWAA Awards Banquet to be held on February 8th, 2004, in New York City. The results will be reported in the next issue of The Fan Hitch.

David's beautifully written story is a stirring account of the disappearance and return of a senior sled dog during a dangerous trip back to an Antarctic base after many months in the field. It was published in Volume 5, number 2, March 2003 of The Fan Hitch.

This is the second time that a feature written for The Fan Hitch by a British Antarctic Survey veteran has been nominated for a DWAA award.

Our hearty congratulations go out to David, who lives in Scotland. 

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