In the foreword to the book "Of Dogs and Men" by Kevin
Walton and Rick Atkinson, HRH the Prince of Wales:
"The departure of the last remaining huskies from Antarctica
marks the end of an era . . . . . It will always be difficult
for those who have not shared the experience to understand the
pure delight of driving behind dogs and being utterly dependent
on them for life itself . . . ."
earliest days of Antarctic exploration, dogs, usually Huskies
brought from Greenland or other places in the Arctic were an
integral part of life in Antarctica. They were there for
the practical purpose of transportation by pulling sledges before
reliable mechanized transportation was available.
reliable mechanized transport came quite late, much later than
in the rest of the world. Dog teams were used as the reliable
transportation of choice by many nations certainly through the
1960's and well into the 1970's. After this time they
were retained in many places as a back-up to mechanized transport
or for "recreational" purposes. Many generations of
Antarctic personnel on scientific bases regarded their experiences
in Antarctica as being greatly enhanced by the presence of the
dogs and the possibility of sledging trips with them.
In 1991 however,
the fear that distemper from dogs could spread to seals led
to a new clause in the Antarctic Treaty.
not be introduced onto land or ice shelves
and dogs currently in those areas shall be removed by April
Huskies were first used for
transport in Antarctica during the Southern Cross expedition
under Carsten Borchgrevink 1898 -1900 The last dogs were removed
from Antarctica on Feb 22nd 1994