Keith Jack diary, Jan 14, 1916, p13
Cope, Gaze and Jack arrived at Hut Point after completing their depot laying. They had been sent back from 80°South when their primus stove failed. It was originally intended they go to 81°South. When they arrived they found a sled dog left at the hut had given birth in their absence, forcing them to enter the hut through the window:
"...we landed at Hut Pt. around 11pm and glad we were too to get in. We were welcomed by the bitch we left there appearing at the door and bristling like a she-devil. For safety we entered by the window and later discovered that she had a litter of eight pups snugly hidden in the hut. These we let alone and tethered the bitch outside for the night. After a good square meal of seal meat we turned in for a well earned rest after a long tramp of about 23-24 square miles. During the night the pups must evidently becoming hungry and missing their mother commenced to forage for themselves for there was much pattering on the floor, and on looking out I saw a seething mass of squeaking pups scrambling and fighting at the blubber box - a most amusing sight."
Whilst most of the sled dogs died in the first season of depot laying (Jan-Mar 1915), several litters were born whilst the party was stranded and the men spent time training the pups into dog teams in 1916. Dog teams were used when Wild, Joyce and Gaze made a trip to the Barrier (Ross Ice Shelf), see Diary, December 14-16, 1916.
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