When doing my research for The Sled Dog, I stumbled over a unique American dog breed, the Chinook, which became my inspiration for my four-legged character.
Out of the Alaskan Gold Rush, their history is quite the “tail” of breeding a dog for speed, power, stamina, and temperament. I was lucky enough to learn more about the breed directly from Patti Richards, President of the Chinook Club of America. She shared this great picture of Qannik, a wonderful pup who posed with her moose toy for the holidays.
If you are also a dog-lover and into history, I encourage you to read up on their adventure-filled history and become the newest fan of this wonderful breed. 🐕❄️