August  1: Mouth of the Great Whale River. Hudson Bay is shrouded in mist in the background. The Inuit village of Kuujjuaraapik and the Cree village of Whapmagoostui are on the right bank.  

Photo: Brian Keith

August 2: A modern Inuit inukshuk at Kuujjuaraapik, standing about 15 or 20 tall. Unlike the ancient figures found in the Arctic barrens, this one is held together with cement.  Photo: Jeff Tanz

August 2: Jeff with John's dog Wus. The Northern Store manager's house is in the background. Photo: Jeff Tanz


A Dog Named Wus

Not long after arriving at the village, four stray dogs hooked up with the section. Dylan told the section that when the trip was at Umiuaq the previous year, they would yell "Wus!" at the dogs. In Inuktituk this meant, Dylan told them, "get the hell out of here or you'll get beat." They tried this on Wus, but she just came trotting over. So the name stuck. 

She was so cute that everyone in the section wanted to take her home. Dave told everyone that they could take the dog home if they got their parent's permission and found something in which to transport her. John managed to reach his parents by phone in Temagami, got permission, and found a crate at the airport.

Come departure time, it turned out the crate was not available. Big kink. John decided to put out a message on the village radio station. On the way there, he came across a construction crew who agreed to let him use their tools and wood to build a crate. Goo, the master woodworker, was set on the task and quickly pulled together a box. 

John headed back to the airport, feeling he had it in hand again. A woman pulled up in her Honda ATV and asked why he had a collar on her dog. Well, after the explanation she offered him the dog for $350. John quickly got her down to $250. But he was suspicious that she even owned the dog, and headed into another round of negotiations. The round ended at $100 and he paid her.  One more kink out of the way and Wus successfully got on the plane and headed south to a grand new life of regular meals and baths.

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