Harnessed to the Pole
Sledge Dogs in Service to American Explorers of the Arctic 1853-1909
Distributed for University of Alaska Press
Harnessed to the Pole follows the adventures of eight American explorers and their dog teams, starting with Elisha Kent Kane and ending with Robert Peary, controversial claimant of the title of first to reach the North Pole. While history has long forgotten these “little camels of the north,” Sheila Nickerson reveals how critical dogs were to the Arctic conquest. Besides providing transportation in extreme conditions, sledge dogs protected against wolves and polar bears, helped in hunting, found their way through storms, and provided warmth in extreme cold. They also faced rough handling, starvation, and the possibility of being left behind as expeditions plunged ahead. Harnessed to the Pole is an extraordinary—and unflinching—look at the dogs that raced to the top of the world.
1. Jules Verne
2. Sir John Franklin
3. What Was the Greenland Dog?
4. Sledge or Sled?
5. Toodla and Whitey
6. Henry Bergh
7. Oosisoak and Arkadik
8. Disease and Diet
9. Dogs and Driver: The Essential Team
10. Seeking Companionship: When Dogs Were Not Available
12. Dogs as Showmen
13. Wolf, Smarty, Bear, Shoemaker, Tiger
14. Tommy the Cat and the Lemmings
15. Bear, Spike, and the Nameless Prisoners
16. Toekelegeto, Ublubliaq, Miqijuk
17. The Importance of Naming
18. Kasmatka, Snoozer, Bingo, Snuffy, Tom, Jack, Wolf
19. The Polar Bear
20. Gypsy, Old Sneak, Ritenbenk, Disco King
21. The Nameless