Coordinates: 65.15.8 N, 67.20.2W
Distance Traveled: 36 mi/ 58 km
Temperature: -15 °F/ -26 °C
Wind: 20 MPH / 32 KPH
Cloud Cover: Clear skies
Sunrise: 6:19 a.m.
Sunset: 5:11 p.m.
If Bones were a human, he’d be a lumberjack! He gets up early and works hard all day. There’s no quitting until the job is done. We traveled over 30 miles today over the course of seven hours. At mile 34, when the rest of us were pretty much done, Bones was still going strong. He’s great at rallying his teammates when we’re least expecting it, starting the 800 pound (363 kg) sled from a dead standstill. More than once Bones has managed to single handedly (paw-edly?) pull the snow hook loose from the ice, running the team headlong into the sled ahead of us.
Big and wooly, Bones is a teddy bear at heart. He loves people and enjoys all the attention he can get. He’s smart, inquisitive, and alert. He has good strong feet that are less prone to ice balls and sores and has an excellent appetite for almost anything you put in from of him. He’s mellowed out in recent years and is able to run with a variety of other dogs, including younger, more rambunctious males. Being that we’re camped in polar bear country out here on the sea ice, it’s nice to have a big dog like Bones around. Seasoned from many years in Churchill, Manitoba, he knows how to sound the polar bear alarm (something I find quite comforting!). For these reasons and many more, Bones is an ideal dog for a long Arctic expedition. If we could harness 20 dogs like Bones, we’d be in Iglulik tomorrow!
Mush mush, woof woof,