If you’ve read even just a few of my stories, you’ve probably read the bit about getting the dogs on and off the chain. It took me a while to figure it out, but I discovered that a Leatherman tool was perfect when working with dogs. I used the screwdriver bit to open the metal clasp attaching the dog’s collar to the last link of a long chain, and then pliers to close the clasp again at the end of the trip.
I bought my Leatherman when working at a sledge dog kennel in Maine, USA. Like many things, it served me well with no problems for many years.
And then we moved to Greenland.
I broke the blade when working with the dogs (not on the dogs!). I didn’t think that was possible. I was also surprised when my tough salopettes ripped, my sturdy boots split, and my gloves were holed. I can’t remember how many pairs of gloves Jane and I went through while living in Greenland.
We often spent Christmas in Denmark, and the first port of call was an outdoor store to buy “next year’s pair of boots”. I used to ask how sturdy the hiking boots were, and was told they will last for years. I disagreed, and they disagreed with me. But I came back every 12 months for a new pair of boots. Basically, I wore hiking boots every day every year.
Greenland is the toughest place I have ever lived, worked, and loved – as in loved the country. Although the loving was pretty cold. 😉