Ammassalik / Tasiilaq Sled Dog - East Greenland - 1
has far more huskies or sledge dogs than does
West Greenland so I am told and many homes had
one or more tied up outside. Most however
were kept for the summer on small local islands
where they were simply allowed to roam free
for with the owners dropping off supplies of
food every now and then.
I never saw
anyone other than a fellow tourist pay any attention
to these animals though and certainly saw none
being exercised, it seems that they are just
left until it snows enough for them to be needed
to pull a sledge again.
I was quite taken
by this fellow though, he had a pretty mean
look about him compared to the soft fluffiness
of many of the other dogs around, but whenever
he thought he'd caught my eye he'd stand
up and wag his tail and look hopeful of a bit
of attention. Most of the other dogs either
ignored you or virtually ignored you. I did
consider going and saying hello and showing
a bit of affection, but then thought better
of it, after all he just lived for months on
a chain which probably doesn't make for
great domestication traits.
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