Yet again I am going to post about the other dogs in the village. But first a picture of Blackie on our walk!
Yesterday when we came back from our walk there were 4 dogs waiting for us on the hill. One dog taking an interest in you is fine because it is easily scared off by throwing rocks and yelling at it, but when dogs start to form groups or packs you should be nervous because (1) they are less easy to fight off (2) they get confident and start to attack people. Thankfully my friend was with me and we were able to scare them off by throwing rocks. It was pretty easy but it made me nervous because not only is the dangerous for me and my dog, it is dangerous for the children who are left to play outside unattended in the village. Someone is always watching the kids, but they are not right there to help if the kids get attacked. Usually the Inuit kids stay away from all the dogs in town, they throw rocks at all the dogs (which is why the dogs here are scared and run away even when you bend down to pick one up). The Inuit kids kick the dogs as well. Some of the dogs are not very nice, and dogs have been known to attach kids so I can understand why the kids don't want the dogs near them, you don't know if it's a nice dog or not! I try to keep my dog away from large groups of kids, or the ones I know won't listen. One on one it is pretty cool to see them pet a dog that is calm and nice to them, they act pretty surprised.
Today Blackie and I went alone for a walk and a dog followed us, but I scared it away by throwing rocks at it. It seems like a nice dog, but I don't want to risk it attacking Blackie. I don't like throwing rocks at the dogs because (1) I suck at it, and (2) it still seems pretty mean to throw a rock at a dog, even just to scare it away.
On our walk Blackie found a small piece of bone. She was running around with it in her mouth, she seemed quite pleased with her find. There are always random bones lying around, even in the village, from the hunting that the Inuit do around the village. Since it was friday I saw a few people go out onto the tundra to go hunting or camping. I made Blackie drop the small bone though because I was scared she might swallow and chock on something that small. I do plan on ordering her a big bone to play with since she likes those. I also need to order he some more dog food. My friends here think I am crazy for having so much food stocked up. but I feel safer having enough food to last me awhile. We are a fly in community so there are days where it's to foggy, windy, raining, snowing, to land the plane. You can go a whole week with no planes in or out because of the weather. This causes a big back-log in cargo too so it can cause a delay of 2 weeks to get something flown in. The people he stick together so no one would go hungry or anything but I would rather be prepared for the worst that could happen, than go without something. Living up here is hard enough without going without creature comforts!!
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