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Eskimo Dogs “All but forgotten and now near extinction”

Courtesy of Bert-Jan Elfrink Eskimo Dogs “All but forgotten and now near extinction” Reprinted from Dogs in Canada – January 1976 By William J. Carpenter. The Eskimo dog, having attained fame and recognition as part of the Thule-Inuit culture and in the exploratory and scientific expeditions into Canada’s North and other polar regions, is “today in […]

CED’s in motion picture

Courtesy of Bert-Jan Elfrink Got this from the website rom Matty McNair and het Northwinds company: Past Film Work Supported by NorthWinds BBC “Top Dogs” Ran Fiennes introduces Robin Knox Johnson and John Simpson to his polar world Eric McNair-Landry organizes support and features as local expert 10 days of filming


Courtesy of Bert-Jan Elfrink published in Mushing Magazine ( March 1, 2010 Story by Genevieve Montcombroux Entry in the author’s journal Resolute Bay, March 2, 2003 I’m moved by the untamed, stark simplicity of the North while I listen to its sounds: the ever-present sough of the wind, the continual swish of sled runners over packed […]


Courtesy of Bert-Jan Elfrink July 1, 2007 By Miriam Körner “Don’t go too close to these dogs. These are no pets,” warns Brian Ladoon, founder of the Canadian Eskimo Dog Foundation, as he leads me around his dog yard, home to 120 Canadian Eskimo Dogs – one third of the world’s population of registered purebreds. There […]


Courtesy of Bert-Jan Elfrink published in Mushing Magazine ( March 1, 2006 By Sandy Moore Freight history Some breeds of freight dogs (such as the Siberian Husky, Samoyed, and Inuit sled dog) were developed over centuries. Human and dog depended on each other in the harsh arctic environment. Dogs had to come when called, accept the […]

History: Admiral Peray at the North Pole

Courtesy of Bert-Jan Elfrink published in Mushing Magazine ( September 1, 2009 By Ried Holien Robert Edwin Peary stood shakily as his steamer pushed farther north than any ship ever had under its own power. His discomfort resulted in part from “an enormous squadron of floating icebergs,” but also from his incomplete feet. He lost eight […]

Runners of mud and ice: The Historic Qamutiik

Courtesy of Bert-Jan Elfrink Published in Mushing Magazine ( March 1, 2010 By Miriam Korner At first sight a modern qamutiik looks simple in design: Two wooden runners, cut out of a 2×8, maybe 12 feet long, pack board as runner plastic underneath and a bunch of 1×4 crosspieces tied on top and ready is the […]

Yellowknife Journal; In Far North, Fabled Dogs Come Bounding Back

Courtesy of Bert-Jan Elfrink By JAMES BROOKE Published: January 31, 2001 With howling and yipping rising from behind chain-link fences, a noisy dog kennel in an industrial suburb here is an unexpected place to find a species bouncing back exuberantly from the brink of extinction. Ears erect, bushy tails curled over their backs, powerfully built Canadian […]