Though Huskies might
look like big soft fluffy balls of fun, like all dogs, they
are carnivores and so need regular large amounts of meat, which
however removed we are from the reality these days, comes from
In Antarctica, the source of
this meat was seals, mainly crabeater seals that had to be hunted
(with rifle) by the "dog men". This was a job for the summer
when seals were more plentiful, they would be stored through
the winter and rationed to the dogs
Cutting up seal
on base was a major exercise involving a chain saw and axes.
Cleaning the chain saw afterwards was a nightmare as it
was caked with partially cooked seal mince. In most cases
the meat was frozen solid when we fed the dogs which was
blessing as it stank to high heaven when thawed in summer.
The smellier the better as far as the dogs were concerned!
Most eco-incorrect to admit nowadays but we used to take
about 150 seals a year to feed the 160 or so dogs at Stonners
Small - Stonington 1971 - 73
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