Faces, Old Passions
with Palle Norit
of the Greenland Dog and the Canadian Inuit Dog
and Pup Development in the ISD, Part 1
At the Heart of Greatness
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|In the News.....
A Reason to Follow the
The 1,049-mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race honors the famous
run that transported serum from Nenana to Nome, Alaska in
order to save
villagers during a 1925 diphtheria epidemic. The first
race was in 1973. Today teams averaging 16 dogs, nearly all
made up 45-50
pound Alaskan Huskies cover around 100 miles a day. Winning
been a little over 9 days.
This is a far cry from our Inuit Dogs whose dog sledding
tour de force
is the ability to pull at least 125 pounds each over the
of terrain in the most horrendous weather without
quitting. In their native
environment, an average good (long) day can be as much as
40 "arctic" miles.
Despite these contrasts, Inuit Dog enthusiasts may want
to keep an eye
on the March 5, 2005 Iditarod.
Inuit Sled Dog
coordinator Ove Nygaard of Årnes, Norway has
to build sleds for the two Norwegian competitors, 2003
Robert Sørly and 2005 Iditarod rookie Bjørnar Andersen.
will also be building sleds for mushers entered in the
(February 4, 2005) and Finnmarksløpet (March 5, 2005)
races in Norway.
We hope mushers using Nygaard sleds do very well and they
keep in mind
while spending all those days on the runners that they
have put their trust
into the hands of an Inuit Dog enthusiast. Way to
go, Ove! Talking
about having a foot in each of two worlds!
Inuit Sled Dog DNA Samples Sought
A canid DNA research center is actively seeking samples from
Sled Dogs and selected contaminated ISDs for an ongoing
Genetics of the Inuit Sled Dog - Canis familiaris
overview for this project states, "Current methods of
genetics allow us
to describe the diversity and ancestry of indigenous
populations of dogs.
Using mitochondrial DNA markers (which track the maternal
markers (which track the paternal lineage), and other genome
may be able to describe the genetic history of the Inuit
Participation is easy and sampling materials are
delivered to you free.
approximately 1-inch fine bristle brush on the end of a
is scrubbed inside the cheek pouch and or along the gum
line for ten seconds.
Inuit Sled Dog owners worldwide are urged to participate.
To learn how
you can contribute, write to the project's Breed Contact,
55 Town Line Road, Harwinton, Connecticut 06791, USA or at
Poor Hunting in Qaanaaq
A November 15, 2004 story by CBC News North cited the lack
of sea ice formation
and bad weather and therefore the inability to hunt seals as
hunters in the Qaanaaq region of northwest Greenland have
been forced cull
some of their dogs in order to prevent them from starving.
A representative of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference
said an effort has been initiated to provide supplemental
dog food and
raise money to assist hunters in the region.
In an email to the ISDI, ICC Greenland said that so far a
tons of dog food plus its transportation to the hamlets in
region had been donated from Ilulissat. A bank account has
been set up
for receiving contributions to support this effort and the
dog team owners
until the sea ice forms and they can go out hunting seals.
The sea ice,
normally set by the end of September, still had not yet
formed in the region
as of mid-November.
Fan Hitch Story Nominated for
Travels", the true tale of the remarkable adventures
of a Greenland
Inuit Dog, is one of three finalists in the category of
"National or International
Club: newsletter: feature article" in the 2004 annual
of the Dog Writers' Association of America. The Maxwell
be presented to the winner on February 13, 2005 at the
annual awards dinner
in New York City. This story was written by Sue Hamilton.