I am sorry to tell you that during the expedition, Chinook disappeared on January 17, 1929, which was his 12th birthday. No one knew whether he had an accident or just went off to die or what. His body was never found. The news of his death got printed in newspapers all over the world, and back in New Hampshire, the people named the road between the towns of Tamworth and Wonalancet "Chinook Trail."
But anyway, getting back to the Chinook breed, after Arthur Walden's death, his breeding stock went to Julia Lombard, and then on to Perry Greene in the late 1940s. Mr. Greene continued breeding Chinooks for many years until his death in 1963. Since he was really the only person breeding these dogs, there soon got to be very few of them left. In fact, by 1981 only eleven breedable Chinooks were still around. Breeders in Maine, Ohio, and California divided the dogs that were left and managed to save the Chinooks from extinction.
Chinooks have been in the AKC Foundation Stock Service since 2001, and they were added to the Miscellaneous Class in 2010. This month the Chinook became the 176th AKC breed, and it is part of the Working Class. Also, the Chinook is the State Dog of New Hampshire.
Chinooks make really good family dogs because they are playful and affectionate, and they love children. They don't need a ton of exercise, but a daily walk is good. If you don't have a sled for them to pull, you can use them for carting, flyball, agility, skijoring, or search-and-rescue. You should not leave them outside in your yard all the time, because Chinooks want to be inside with their humans.
Okay, well, that's about all I know to tell you about the Chinook breed. I just wish those silly men hadn't gone on that expedition to Antarctica, because I hate to think of poor Chinook dying out there, all alone in the cold.