My pick for the state dog of Maine is the Chinook, a rare breed of sled dog. It was first bred in New Hampshire by Arthur Walden of Wonalancet. After he died, Perry Green of bought the dogs and brought them to Waldoboro in the 1940s.

According to Wikipedia, Chinook, the original of the breed, was lost during Richard E. Byrd’s 1929 Antarctic expedition, for which Walden was lead driver and trainer.

To my way of thinking, the Chinook should be the Maine state dog.

Sarah Vaughan


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