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Photos this page:
Top of this column, Sledding with Holly (left) and her daughter Leschi (right).
Above in this colum: Chinooks  love to travel! On the way home to Seattle from a trip to Michigan we went through Glacier National Park in Montana.  Here we (Ginger with Taaku and Cheyenne in 2004) are taking in the view on Going to the Sun Road.

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To date, there are no formally published full books written about Chinooks.  Nancy Cowan has privately published a few booklets on Chinook history, the history of dog sledding in New England, Arthur Walden, his wife Kate, Short Seeley, the Lombards, and the whole cast of characters that established the sport in New England during the first third of the twentieth century.  Not to belittle the work that Nancy has done at all.  I rely on her a great deal for her history acumen and I've learned a lot from her about Chinooks, Siberian Huskies, and Alaskan Malamutes and how their history is intertwined. Had it not been for arguments about money, the Chinook might be as popular and well known today as the Siberian and Malamute, and may have been established in AKC as long as those breeds.  But when Eva 'Short' Seeley got angry with someone as she did with Walden, there was no soft landing and it was the Chinook that suffered because of it.  When she began promoting sled dogs, it was the Siberian and Malamute that she put forth even though it was one of Chinook's sons that had been her first sled dog.  It's fun to speculate how things could have been so very different.

Here is some information that you may want to follow up on in your search for more information on Chinooks or just to read if you're bored to tears, as we've all been on occasion.  And hey, you never know where following links will take you.

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Chinook Clubs & Organizations

When I got my first Chinook in the late 1980s there wasn't any real organization or club though there had been a couple attempts to get something going.  But the Chinook Owners Association (COA) was kicked into gear in the late 1980s with Neil and Marra Wollpert at the helm and I was one of the charter members.  The COA worked with the United Kennel Club to have the Chinook breed officially inducted into its registry, which finally happened in the early 1990s.  The COA has since served as the UKC Parent Club for the Chinook.  Because it is the UKC Parent Club, it can't be the Amrican Kennel Club (AKC) Parent Club also.  Hence there is a separate organization, Chinook Club of America, that is charged with that function.  Many people are members of both.  As of this writing (fall of 2010) the Chinook is in the AKC's Miscellaneous Group.  That means it cannot yet participate in the average conformation show that you see on television but it will be able to some day.  There is a lot of work to be done between now and then.  That process is much like politics and making sausage -- it's not always pretty but it is necessary. Details such as the specifics of the Standard in the AKC's required format have to be worked out to everyone's agreement, judges' education seminars must be put on, and such before the Chinook will be able to move into the Working Group.

Other Chinook Kennels & Breeders

It's not that there are bad Chinook breeders out there that I discourage you from visiting or getting a puppy from.  There are not.  But there are people I know well, whose homes I have visited, and who have visited mine that I'm very comfortable with.  (You'll notice that most are in the West by far.)  So if you're looking for puppies and I don't have any planned, I'll most likely direct you to them.  Or if you'd just like to meet Chinooks and don't live here in the Pacific Northwest these are the people who I would suggest you visit.  You can also find a list on the Breeders' Page of the COA website.

In New England & the Northeast:
WoodsRunner Chinooks Bob and Connie Jones of Portland, Maine.  Though no longer breeding, Bob and Connie are a great source of information on all things Chinook.  They still have a house full of Chinook though and often will meet with prospective new Chinook owners..  

Balsam Ridge Chinooks Syd Craig and Ann Eakin in Massachusetts were integral to the success of the Chinook Cross Program, and specifically one of the line started by WoodsRunner, which Balsam Ridge moved forward to Purebred status, in addition to breeding some beautiful purebreds. Their big males are recognized throughout New England.

Granite Hill Chinooks John and Leslie Donais were just getting a pet Chinook when they first got their pup, Cloudburst Kennebec. Then they were convinced to take him to a show. Next thing you know, Kenne was growing up to be gorgeous and John and Leslie had become hooked on Chinooks. Many years later, Kenne is a senior statesman of their pack and the Granite Hill name is becoming well known throughout New Hampshire, especially after the Granite Hill dogs helped make the Chinook the "Official State Dog" of New Hampshire.

Rivertrail Chinooks How Laura Morgan managed to raise litters of pups while raising four kids, getting multiple college degrees, and moving around the country, I was never sure.  But she seemed to do it with ease, even managing to send out beautiful homemade cards each Christmas.  Early on she demonstrated the ability to make the tough decisions tequired to be an excellent breeder of family dogs.

Snowbirds (Maine in summer & Florida in winter):
Cloudburst Chinooks Donna Canfield's involvement with Chinooks goes back to her childhood when her mother wanted to get a Chinook but thought Perry Greene was a bit too odd.  Fast forward until Donna was herself an adult and she combined her loves of Chinooks and obedience training and added a breeding program.

Southeast States:
Hurricance Chinooks Joye Maley's days of involvement with Chinooks go back to a time when her first litter of 10 pups increased the total breed population by 10%!  Since that time both while in the Air Force and since her retirement she has devoted endless hours to the bettermet of the breed.  Now living in western South Carolina near Columbia, her Hurricane bloodline is known for hip health andexcellent movement.

The Flat Part in the Middle of the Country:
Outlaw Chinooks Kathleen Riley Daniels in the Minneapolis suburbs brings many years experience with purebred dogs and horses with her to the world of Chinooks.  She's been professionally involved in the dog game in many facets for many years and her involvement with Chinooks goes back to the early 1990s.

The Rocky Mountain States:
High Plains Chinooks Outdoor enthusiast and Great Falls, Montana residents Marne Lindhorst and his wife, Corine, fell in love with the Chinook breed and their unique fit into Lindhorst's typical Montana life.  Their Chinooks are happy to both pull sleds or go fishing for trout in a mountain stream.  Known as an excellent dog trainer, Corine trained what is probably the most titled Chinook in our breed's history, UWP UCDX Ch. PR Rain Mountain Bannack CGC HIC NAP, also their foundation stud.  

Mountain Thunder Chinooks  Dave and Karen Schiller of Firestone, Colorado were in search of the perfect family pet and found it with their first Chinook.  But they can be addictive and soon their home was welcoming another Chinook, and then a whole litter.  Of course a pup had to stay!  They are hooked and planning future litters.

Pacific Northwest:
Moonsong Chinooks Carie Taylor is another professional in the world of dogs, working as Senior Trainer / Behaviorist for one of the largest facilities in the West.  Moving to the Northwest from Florida also gave her the chance to take up dog sledding.  As she carefully expanded her team of Chinooks, she brought in dogs with excellent and diverse bloodlines and has started producing excellent litters. 

Springcreek Chinooks Pam Chambers grew up helping her mother breed and show Poodles but after her children left the nest, she enjoyed the wash and wear ease of her Chinooks as well as the loving disposition towards her growing family of grandchildren.  Though she only breeds seldom, her litters are notable.

Frontier Chinooks Susan Fletcher of Frontier Chinooks in southern Washington State, just outside of the city of Vancouver, puts emphasis on temperament when she breeds a litter.  Her dogs have the noticeable stamp of dark markings and down ears, introduced by a daughter of the great North Wind Kiska.  Susan's dogs are known for their great personalities and trainability.

BrownStone Chinooks Kay Lee Brown of Eugene, Oregon enjoys the challenge of near daily training classes with her Chinooks.  Her litters grow up on 300 acres of heavenly forests where she can sled right out her front door in winter.

Further Reading

Most of the reading about Chinooks is reading about the history of the last century, most specifically of the exploration of Antarctica.  Joyce Maley of Hurricane Chinooks has compiled an extensive list of books about the South Pole explorations of Admiral Byrd, who used Chinook dogs for transport during his first trip.  

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