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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). 

Yukitu and Ike's Hope

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 Malamutes, Yukon Sally and Yukon Jake inspired the creation of dog stars. She has been generous donor and has shared this photo of her canine friends. Dorris writes:

“Yukitu, our 8 year old malamute and Ike’s Hope, our 3 year old “long hair” malamute ruled the 50 acres of our property, Little Creek Wolf Range. A tailor made Invisible Fence allowed them to run free on it. Each morning they took me on a hike along all the trails before I went to my desk. The spirits of Yukon Sally and Jake go with us.” Sadly both Yukitu and Ike passed away in 2018, but Dorris continues to adopt Northern breeds.


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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