Sled dod from a bygone era

Looking for employment

When dogs become unemployed…

Only 50 years ago, a team of dogs was the only mode of transportation in remote communities of Northern Canada.

Several canine generations later, dogs are still part of the social fabric but their role has changed, no longer an essential component for survival…

How many dogs does a remote community wish to sustain (notwithstanding the high cost of food), how to prevent inbreeding and inherent health problems where vet care is not available, what methods of population control are best suited to each community, how to train dogs to become socially acceptable companions …

A great deal of understanding and respect for cultural values and animal welfare are required to optimize community health and safety for both humans and dogs. Good things are in the making…

Photo courtesy of the Cultural Centre

Sled dod from a bygone era
Sled dod from a bygone era

of Moose Factory, James Bay, Ontario

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