The Fan Hitch Volume 9, Number 2, March 2007

Journal of the Inuit Sled Dog

In This Issue....

From the Editor: Who Will Share Our Vision?

ISDI Launches New Partnership in Nunavik

Qimmiit Utirtut's First Litter

A Real Inuk

Update: Sledge Dog Memorial Fund

Recollections of the Doggy Man

Sledge Dogs of The Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey, 1947-50

Fan Mail

In the News 

Video Reviews:
Secrets of Antarctica
Wolf Dog
Return of the Qimutsiit
Dogs That Changed the World

Product  Review: Leather Mittens by Sterling Glove

Tip for the Trail: It's in the Bag

IMHO: One Brick at a Time

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

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Tip for the Trail....

This  well-stocked first aid kit measures: 
13in. (33cm) l. x 8in. (20cm) w. x 8in. (20cm) h.    photo: Hamilton

It's in the Bag 

by Mark Hamilton

Sue and I have multiple dog first aid kits. Our preference is to have one on each sled when we're running. We have one in our house in addition to our well-stocked first aid cabinet in the "dog pantry". Having an easily portable first aid kit in the house allows us to quickly take supplies out to a dog in the kennel rather than having to bring the dog into the house. 

Our first aid kits are not commercially pre-assembled products. We make them up ourselves, so they contain exactly the things we want to have immediately available. One of the hardest things about putting together a first aid kit is getting something suitable to serve as a case. We've found that a medium sized camera bag works well for us. These soft-sided and multi-pocketed bags are made so that the main compartment can be divided into sections. They have a number of additional smaller zippered pouches around the outside of the main compartment. They're padded, have convenient carry handles, are water resistant and often made of durable cordura nylon. These days they often show up reasonably priced at close-out stores.

POCKETS. Left outside: gauze; right outside: wide bandage and tape; 
front outside: terry towel and nail clipper; top inside: scissors, flushing syringes, phone numbers; 
3 main inside: staples and remover; assorted topicals; oral meds    photo: Hamilton

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