When gold was discovered in northwestern Canada in 1896, a young American became part of the Klondike Gold Rush, beginning a fascination with sled dogs that led to the creation of a breed soon to be introduced to the AKC Working Group. Senior Editor Christi McDonald introduces readers today to the explorer Arthur Walden and his American-made Chinook. Learn about this sled dog’s use on an Antarctic expedition, and discover the meaning of its Inuit name.
Social Media Maven Pilar Kuhn says that learning to manage her own curly hair prepared her well for a life with coated breeds. Whenever a mat is discovered on one of her dogs, she knows just what to do about it. In the Down and Back today, Pilar offers a few tips for tackling those tangles that can turn any grooming session into a great way to bond.
Many of this year’s top show dogs are featured in their own beautiful mini-websites on Best In Show Daily. Simply click on a banner ad to see the dog’s up-to-date show history, plus a slide show of photos that reveals exactly why it’s a top dog.
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American Explorers and the American-Made Chinook
By Christi McDonald
Robert E. Peary was an American explorer who for many years was believed to be the first person to reach the North Pole, on April 6, 1909. A U.S. Navy admiral, Peary was granted leave to pursue exploration of the land to the north of the United States and the Canadian territories.
In the late 1800s, Peary made numerous trips to the Arctic, exploring Greenland in 1886, 1891, 1892 and 1902 by dog sled. He made treks across the frozen Arctic Ocean in 1905-1906 and in 1908 and ’09, using a specially outfitted ship and dog teams, the last trip when he claimed to have reached the North Pole. more
Dematting – A Great Way to Bond
By Pilar Kuhn
If you’ve seen my picture – or if you’ve seen me at dog shows – you know that I have dark curly hair. Although it was blond and straight as a child, my hair changed as I matured to the dark curly tresses I sport today.
Curls, I have to tell you, aren’t easy to comb. more