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As they have been for thousands of years, sleds are the standard means of travel in the Far North. Today’s sleds are often pulled by a snowmobile or an all-terrain vehicle. However, before World War II, a team of tough Husky dogs was pretty much the only way to get around using a sled. As one of Twomey's colleagues said, the “gasoline” for a sled is the dog team that pulls it. Twomey commented on these ever-present companions:

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"At night the Eskimo dog merely wraps his fat bushy tail around this face and curls up in a snowbank. The big dogs have friendly facial expressions, but behind those bright sparkling eyes is a wolfish temperament that means ‘hands off’ for the stranger.

"They often weigh as much as 125 pounds, and their broad chests and unbelievable stamina enable them to stand up to their hard tasks as beasts of burden in a merciless world . . ."

Photo: A Husky dog and pup await their share
of freshly killed seal.

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