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EVERYONE who likes SLED-DOG BREEDS is welcome to JOIN and SUPPORT the Club by CONTRIBUTING or just by SPREADING THE WORD.


► SUBMISSION RULES ◄


:bulletblue: Number of submissions allowed is 7/week.

:bulletblue: PICK THE RIGHT FOLDER, depending on the dog`s breed.

ACCEPTED BREEDS:
- Alaskan Husky                                 - Mackenzie River Husky
- Alaskan Malamute                           - Northern Inuit Dog
- Alusky                                               - Northeasterly Hauling Laika
- Akita Inu                                           - Sakhalin Husky
- Canadian Inuit Dog                           - Samoyed
- Chinook                                             - Seppala Siberian Sleddog
- Eurohound                                         - Siberian Husky
- Greenland Dog                                   - Tamaskan Dog
- Greyster                                             - Utonagan
- Labrador Husky                                 - Crossbreeds


:bulletblue: The FEATURED FOLDER contains only photos chosen by the Admin, depending on overall QUALITY.

:bulletblue: ALL ARTWORK (other than photography), no matter the breed, goes into the DIGITAL AND TRADITIONAL ART folder.

:bulletblue: All photographs submitted must be of good or excellent QUALITY and RELEVANT FOR THE BREED they depict.


:bulletblue: DO NOT submit more than 1 photo with the same dog in the same/almost same position/circumstances. - will be declined

:bulletblue: DO NOT submit photos of poor quality (blurry, faded, pixeled, too dark etc) - will be declined

:bulletblue: DO NOT submit photos that are irrelevant for the breed (photos of eyes, snout, legs, tail only etc). - will be declined

:bulletblue: DO NOT submit photos into the FEATURED folder. - will be moved


:bulletblue: ALL NEW MEMBERS will receive a Llama!!!

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Hi all!

I hope you've  had a great start at the New Year.
I would like to give you all some info on some updates and changes we've done to the gallery. We hope you will enjoy them :)

We've added some folders for some new breeds we've found through research on sled dogs. These are:

:bulletblue:POINTER; as with pointer mixes, such as the Eurohound, pointers and then especially the German Shorthaired Pointer are also commonly used for especially sprint sled-dog races as well as skijoring. There is even a distinct line of hauling/racing lines of German Shorthaired Pointer that differs from the hunting-lines by being taller and deeper chested. Some of the best and fastest sprinters in sled-dog races are these Pointers. Therefore we thought they deserved their own folder in the gallery.

:bulletblue:CZECH MOUNTAIN DOG; a cross between Slovakian Watchdogs, Canadian Working dogs, Chinooks, Alaskan Malamutes and Siberian Huskies among other arctic breeds, created this beautiful and extraordinary Molosser sled-dog. They are built for heavy work and can withstand cold and harsh weather.

:bulletblue:MULTIPURPOSE BREEDS; in this folder you will find dog breeds that have a history of sled-pulling, or are commonly used for sled-pulling/skijoring etc for exercise or recreation, but are for the mostly kept for other purposes today and are seldom seen taking part in "professional" sled-dog races. These are:
   :bulletblue:AKITA
   :bulletblue:ELKHOUND
   :bulletblue:WHITE ELKHOUND
   :bulletblue:The LAIKA breeds


We hope you all will enjoy seeing these new breeds in our gallery!
This year you will also see some Journal Features about some of the sled-dog breeds, facts about sled-dog racing and maybe we'll write an Arctic Story or two.

If you have anything on your mind; constructive critique regarding the group, ideas for Journals/Arctic Stories, anything at all, we would love to hear from you :)
We, first of all, would like to thank YOU, our devoted member, for taking the time submit and share your lovely photos with us and to read the occasional Arctic Story!
Hope that 2014 finds you all (and your pets!) happy, healthy and in the best of spirits!

These are the ARCTIC STORIES that were featured during 2013.
Please feel free to share your thoughts with us, what you like about the Club, what you don`t, and of course, what other ideas of Stories you have for 2014!

*the titles are links to the articles

Arctic Story no. 1 - TOGO





Arctic Story no. 2 - ROALD AMUNDSEN





Arctic Story no. 3 - TARO and JIRO





Arctic Story no. 4 - OSMAN and STAREEK



 

HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!

Two incredible sled dogs from Scott`s 1909 South Pole expedition



 


Even though Scotts expedition party to the South Pole did not survive, they documented in their journals many aspects from the journey. Amongst the pages there are written a few sections about the heroic efforts of two of the sled dogs that took part in the expedition: Osman and Stareek.

Both were strong, old and experienced lead dogs that had served in the Russian postal service. They are described as having a fine head and more of an Inuit dog look. The written pages tells us of how brave, strong and courageous these sled dogs were, and how hard and full of perils the life of sled dogs could be.

OSMAN
The ship carrying the expedition got caught, on its way to the South Pole, in a violent sea storm and  Osman was washed overboard. He must have had incredible luck, as he was washed on board again with the returning wave! He survived the storm. Osman was a true leading dog, smart and calm. He tried on several occasions to train younger sled dogs, and keeping them from causing havoc. In the expedition`s journals this was, at some point, also recorded: “Here indeed was a dog of dogs, enduring beyond belief, and worthy of a small niche in the temple of canine fame”.

Osman`s story reveals not only his own courage and strong character, but alsos Scotts courage and compassionate character towards other dogs. During the expedition a sled dog team fell through a crevasse. 12 dogs and the sled fell down, whilst Osman, the only dog left on safe ground, stood strong and valiantly held the sled while Scott descended down into the crevasse. 4 of the dogs were fighting as they swung together, whilst one had fell out of its harness to a ledge below. The tension that had built up led to the team attacking the rescue sled dog team. Osman did his best to try and keep the other dogs from fighting and all were, in the end, saved.

STAREEK
Stareek was one of the expedition party’s favorite dogs. In the journals there were written about how he had a habit of licking his lips and wagging his tail wildly and lying on his back with his tongue out and pawing his face whenever anyone showed him affection. He was accompanying Scott on his journey to the South Pole, when Scott decided he was too old for the job and should return back to the ship for retirement with the first party. Stareek did not agree with this decision, he wanted to accompany Scott the whole way to the South Pole. He chewed through his harness and ran south towards Scott`s team, following their tracks. 18 days and 200 miles later, Scott found him one morning, resting on the sled.

He had survived about 20 days without food and was so weak that he could barely walk. “That is a feat that should be preserved in the annals of travel”, they wrote about him in the journals. He was an old dog, but still had the determination, stamina and endurance to continue on his journey despite his age,  without even food or shelter.

The memories of these two dogs tells of how, valiant and brave the sled dogs heart is. They deserve a place in history for their deeds and loyal serving of men.



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The Dreaded Winter of 1958






The Japanese`s first attempt to document and explore the Antarctic over the winter period was ill-fated, and actually fatal to the majority of sled dogs involved.

The Japan National Institute of Polar Research wanted to continue documenting from Syowa Station in East Ongul Island throughout the entire year. This meant that researchers, as well as their sled dog teams, had to endure the extreme cold, as well as trying to consume as little food as possible, yet still remain fit and able to cope with the weather.

For this first expedition, the Sakhalin Husky breed was chosen, and only the best dogs were selected from breeders in Japan, dogs that came from sledding lines and that were conditioned and used to hard work. After numerous tests were conducted, a total of 23 dogs were selected and these started an intense, harsh training period that was meant to prepare them for the dangerous journey ahead...but nothing could!

Among these 23 dog, there were three brothers: Taro, Jiro and Saburo. However, after the rigurous months of training and preparing, only Taro and Jiro made it on the final 15 dog-team that was supposed the head out to Antarctica, as Saburo died while in training. Besides the two brothers, the other 13 dogs selected were:  Riki (7 year-old, team leader), Anko, Aka, Kuma (Monbetsu), Kuma (Furen), Pesu, Goro, Deri, Pochi, Moku, Jakku, Kuro, Shiro, Taro, Jiro. Taro and Jiro were, actually, among the youngest of the team, being only 3 years old when the expedition began.

The selected team reached the destination without any problems and explored and documented the Antarctic region for several months. However, weather conditions being very harsh, the entire team was supposed to be replaced by another one after a given number of months.

In Feb. 1958, a replace-team embarked on the Japanese icebreaker "Soya" and headed to Syowa Station, but a massive storm started and the ship could not reach its destination. Continuing the journey meant putting in danger the lives of all those on board, but not going through with it meant abandoning the team that was already at Syowa and which was running low on supplies. "Soya" received assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker "Burton Island" and managed to evacuate, by helicopter, the human members of the team, but the dogs were left behind. They were left chained and with food supply only for a few days, as the team was convinced that in a couple of days time they would return to rescue them. But things didn`t work out that way... The weather just got from bad to worse and the officials couldn`t do anything about it, despite the fact that in Japan, the people were outraged and criticized them for abandoning their dogs.

Only one year later, on the 14th of Jan. 1959, another team arrived at Syowa Station and started looking for the dogs. They soon found them, and the sight was not pleasant at all: 7 dogs – Aka, Goro, Pochi, Moku, Kuro, Pesu and Kuma (Monbetsu) – died of starvation and cold while still chained, as the first team members had left them. However, eight other dogs seemed to have freed themselves, had left the base and were nowhere to be found.

Taking into consideration that all odds had been against these dogs, no member of the team had any hopes of finding any survivors, so you can imagine their amazement and excitement when they saw two big, dark dogs approaching! After greeting and petting them and comparing the information they had on the 15 dogs that were stationed on Syowa, they discovered that the two dogs were Taro and Jiro.

Although underweight, the dogs were happy to see humans once more.
Scientists concluded that the brothers must have learned to hunt penguins and seals, otherwise they would have not survived the winter, as no other food sources were available and no signs of canibalism were present on the other dogs` bodies. The other 6 dogs that managed to free themselves were never found, including Kuma (Furen) – Taro and Jiro`s sire.

Finally the brothers returned home and were celebrated like national heroes, but their ways parted, as Jiro returned to Antarctica to serve at Syowa and live just two more years, till his death in 1960, whereas Taro lived at Hokkaido University and sired many ancestors, till his death in 1970. Both dogs were embalmed and preserved so that future generations would come to know their amazing tale of power, will to live and team work.

As a reminder of their story, many monuments depicting national heroes Taro and Jiro and even the whole pack were built throughout Japan, and even a movie was made. (”Nankyoku Monogatari” – engl.  ”Antarctica”).

In 2006, Walt Disney Pictures shot another movie based on Taro and Jiro`s horrific ordeal – ”Eight Below”



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GrendalUnleashed Jan 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thought I would have a nose, having recently welcomed a Siberian Husky into my home. I enjoyed the Arctic stories and had a good nose in the Sib folder. For fans of sled dog stories who haven't seen it yet here is a recent documentary about Togo and the others who participated in the race to Nome:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImysjR…

enjoy :)
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:iconnatiawarner:
Glad to hear that and thank you for sharing the link with us! ^^
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greywhatcher Feb 27, 2014  New member Professional Interface Designer
aww loved it hehe love dogs and wolfs lol my hydrids sleep in the house and the wolfs sleep outside   but love them all
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Midnight-Sun-Art Jan 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you for sharing this documentary with us! 
I hope many get to watch this, it was very enjoyable and a good told story. 
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:iconlinedal:
Hi! great group here! :D many fantastick dogs! and thank you for wanting to post one of my photos here!but the dog that have been asked to post here is a karelian bear dog and not a slegd-dog. :S the picture is called Grym I, havent accepted it yeat.
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:iconnatiawarner:
hello! thank you for your kind comment! we love that you like the Club! :D
Although not a traditional sleddog, but a hunting dog (by purpose), the Karelian Bear Dog is a versatile breed that, as the research that we have conducted, i also used by hunters for pulling sleds, if there is a need for such activity. Also, we have discussed this topic with other fanciers of the sled-pulling sport that have confirmed the fact that there are parts where KBDs are used for hobby pulling in small teams (2-3 dogs). So we believe that the KBD fits perfectly under our MULTIPURPOSE BREEDS, breeds that have/can be used for sledpulling even at hobby level, not competitional or traditional level, as is the case with Elkhounds, Chow-Chows or Laikas. So, please accept our requests and feel free to ask us any other questions you might have! :) Also, there is already a picture in the gallery depicting a KBD pulling in a mixed team.
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:iconlinedal:
very understandeble that they use them like that. :) they are insanely strong!! Although Grym has a tendensy to jump in to bushes or on the wrong side of trees and expects to be saved. XP Maybe he will grow out of it.
Photo added btw. ;)
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Midnight-Sun-Art Jan 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hello :) Thanks a lot for the feedback!
I know they are a breed that's kept mainly for hunting. I've met quite a few where I live. BUT they are sometimes used for sledding or skijoring, for exercise or recreational use :) They've got the right physique, strength and endurance for working like this. Just as with many other breeds that are kept for other reasons but sledding(for example elkhounds, akitas, laikas, chow chows) so we've created a own folder specific for these breeds that are kept MOSTLY for other purposes and rarely used for competition/professional sledding, BUT are used for sledding for exercise/recreational purposes as I already said. We would love to add your great photo to this gallery, if you let us! :) 

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:iconlinedal:
ahaa, if you see it like that. ;) big strong dogs and got an undeserved reputation of beeing loners and unkind, because this dog is the biggest sweetest dog there is. ^^, just want so cuddle and enjoy life. ;)
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Midnight-Sun-Art Jan 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
I agree. Every dog, whatever breed, will become the best dog with the right owner :) Those karelians tend to have a sharp edge to them, but with the right owner that will never be a problem at all. When hunting bear a sharp edge is just what is needed ;) Those few individuals of that breed that I have met have been very nice dogs. 
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