July 22, 2011

Saturday, 22 July 1911


Dogs at Framheim, 1911 or 1912. [1]

The dogs, Johansen wrote, "poor devils, enjoy life as much as they can in the cold and the dark, they have food enough, eat, sleep, have their amorous adventures when the bitches are on heat; but the pups who have lately come into the world soon succumbed to a relentlessly grim nature, and happy they are, I think, who escape the little enviable life of a sledge dog -- for no animal can have a worse life than the sledge dog." [2]


[1] Roald Amundsen Bildearkiv, Nasjonalbiblioteket.
[2] Hjalmar Johansen, diary, 23 July, 1911, quoted by Roland Huntford in Scott and Amundsen (New York : Putnam, 1980, c1979), p.387-388.

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