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The Chinook Project

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Sirius, the dog star, is the brightest star in the northern hemisphere, and part of the constellation “Canis Major” (the big dog). 

Dorris Heffron, author , lover of sled dogs and companion to Alaskan Malamutes, has been a friend to the Chinook Project for a number of years.  Her first Malamute was Yukon Sally–a large, loving, and energetic dog. Eventually, they got Sally a buddy–Yukon Jake, pictured here.  Sally was well-loved and well-travelled.  Dorris writes:

“It was my first sled dog, Yukon Sally, an Alaskan Malamute, who inspired, indeed drove, the writing of my fifth novel, City Wolves. At the heart of it is the ancient story of how wolves became sled dogs in Arctic North America. Yukon Sally and her companion, Yukon Jake, also led me into researching women in veterinary history. Eventually, the novel led me to give a presentation at U.P.E.I. Atlantic Veterinary College where I discovered the Chinook Project–the lead wolf and great pioneer in making veterinary care available to remote northern communities.”Dorris continues to adopt Northern dogs.

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Yukon Sally

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The dogs that come into our lives, as companions, often become our bright stars–lighting our way, our hearts, our lives.  The Chinook Project provides a way for you to honour that light–either as it fades to a cherished memory, or as a new spark that appears in your life.

You can make a donation to the Chinook Project, and then send us (through the contact form) a photo of your dog star, and a paragraph or two about him/her.  We will create a page for that dog on this site–to memorialize a life well-loved, or celebrate a partnership just beginning–or any other milestone.

Your donation means that your pup lights the way for the Chinook Project, giving other dogs a chance at a healthy life.

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