Kug Dogs…

Usually I classify my blog in only one category; if you check through the archives, you will notice that this generally means the blog about the community in which I live (currently ‘Kugluktuk’) or stories about the general state of being of dogs in the north (‘Snow Dogs’). It’s also no secret that my two dogs, Scarlett and Gryphon, feature regularly in both. What do you do, then, when you go out with your dogs and take pics that could easily blend into a new category called ‘Kug Dogs’? That’s a page I refuse to put together.

For the past two years I have lived on Baffin Island in the eastern Arctic – a land that didn’t quite fit in with the view we were presented with in grade school. On Baffin, there were mountains everywhere and the fjords and islands I encountered were breathtaking. This year, however, I’m living in the community that pushes to the furthest-most location along the western boundary of Nunavut.

I know that’s not the clearest map, but you can still make out the names. Pangnirtung and Qikiqtarjuaq are about as far east as you can go whereas Kugluktuk hangs out there in the west (just north of Yellowknife – and the Arctic Circle).

…and you know what? It’s just as beautiful. Check these pictures out…

From the hilltop behind my house looking back over the hamlet.

OK, one more before I start impressing you with the dogs.

Pretty amazing right?

Or what about this…

These next pics could be filed under ‘Kug Dogs’ but, of course, that’s just a tab that’s not going to happen…

NB: For some reason the pictures of Gryphon have him looking like some weird stretched out dog. He’s actually quite well-proportioned in real life!

Partners in crime, these two are! Here they're enjoying their first taste of freedom in Kugluktuk.

Another one of the cuties together…

Facing the wind...I love how Scarlett's ears act like sails!

Scarlett (or ‘carlett as my nephew says)…

Gryphon…

When the ravens caught sight of the dogs and started circling, I knew that was the end of the outing. We had a great time, though, hopping from rock to rock in 12 degree weather. Can you believe that? 12 – 15 degrees all day yesterday, and right now it’s around 10; what a beautiful place.

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