|Tail chaser extraordinaire
|I failed to put my hat high enough
out of reach. She has always
had a thing for hats.
I've lost track of how many have
ended up like this.
This was one of my favorites.
|Normal patio of a Malamute owner
(hair, hair and more hair)
|Whew you have the urge to chew,
a stick will have to do
|Alosia, as Dorothy, looking more like the
wolf that ate Little Red Riding Hood's
grandmother. Oh boy....
|Pruning the shrubbery
|We had what sounded like a good plan.
For Halloween, Alosia and the 3 Shilohs would dress as
Wizard of Oz characters. I ordered the X-Large costumes,
but when they arrived, the only costume that fit Midas was the
Cowardly Lion, which was supposed to be Alosia's outfit.
(Note to self: X-Large doesn't mean my dogs.)
So, not to be outdone, the next plan was to have Alosia be
Dorothy, as the other 2 costumes were way too small for her.
After over an hour, I got the dress on her, but she looks
disgusted. The wig was even more disastrous; she finally
decided to chew it up, so she became
Glenda the Good Witch instead. How fitting...
|"I dare you."
#1 favorite toy - squeaky blue
elephant ball, personally
selected at the pet store
|I'm not blinking.
|Alosia must be feeling better (see above)
Planted 4 fruit trees in the Spring.
Tree #3 was felled by Alosia on 10/4.
Note the bottom where she is not content to
pull off the limbs and break the tree in half,
she's determined to dig it up by the roots.
|Catching melting snow as it
falls off the porch roof.
Alosia LOVES snow and rain.
|Alosia plays in rain and mud
from Tropical Storm Nicole late
2 days later 10/1 ...off to the vet
Alosia has head shaved to treat
2 large hot spots.
Her embarrassment lasted just
a few minutes, then off to play
with her romp & roll.
All in the day of a Malamute.
|Enjoying the snow and doing a
good wolf impression. How
many times have I been asked
|Caught taking a nap amongst the TP
(note the telltale bits in her lips)
|I am NOT dressing up for
Halloween, regardless of what
those shepherds do.
|Our very patient alpha
female Breeze with
inquisitive, 4 month old
|Very proud of her handiwork
|Nov 2009, during the middle of
the biggest Nor'easter storm
and flood to hit Virginia in a
hundred years... and here's
Alosia howling, wet, covered in
mud wanting to go back outside.
|Looking contrite.. only temporarily
|Maybe I'll eat the evidence
|So you're thinking of adopting a Malamute?
"Awwwww…. They’re so cute and fluffy."
In 1998, “Malamute Quarterly” published a humorous article listing the costs of owning a Malamute. *
Our first (so far) Malamute joined our family a year ago, in July 2009.
We developed a list based on our own first year experience.
Not yet discouraged, Malamute #2 planning is in the works.
Call me crazy, but if laughter extends one's life, she's given me more time here on Earth.
|*Omal Malamutes has an excellent website devoted to the Alaskan Malamute.
An article noting the high cost of owning a Malamute, in its original form, was authored by Cindy
O'Malley and highlighted on the Omal Malamutes website. It was the inspiration for our own list.
While we do not have a personal connection with Omal Malamutes,
we highly recommend their site as an honest and informative place to research the breed.
|Caught in the act
|Oh... that Woo-Wooing was adorable
at 4 months, so we encouraged it,
even videotaping those sweet
What were we thinking??
|Just another Malamute Monday
|Please investigate this breed thoroughly and carefully before deciding to adopt that cute furry puppy.
Too many high energy dogs, particularly many Arctic or sled dog breeds, wind up in shelters because
their owners are not prepared.
Choose your forever companion responsibly and wisely.
|"You really think this thing can hold me?"
|Someone left the toilet paper roll out again.
|Alosia saw fit to remove the old
paint, and chew the copper/brass to
a luster, then remove the wooden
handle from our radiator. This
radiator has been here for over 80
years, and it took a Malamute to
make these alterations.
|Proudly presented to me by Alosia.
Am I rich? Is this a fossilized dinosaur
tooth, an arrow head?
Nope... it is a 3" x 4" chunk she bit (yes I
said that right) off of a brick she found
buried in the yard.
|What could this be?
For those who guessed correctly...
yes, this was a hairbrush. We found the
top part under a cabinet (thank goodness
she didn't eat it). Can you imagine how
strong her jaws must be?
|At first, I wasn't sure what was destroyed.
Did she steal a plushie toy from Breeze and gut it?
(Breeze treasures her plushies.)
Was it insulation?
Oh, now I see.... it's the stuffing from her new
orthopedic bed (note the hole chewed in the corner).
Below is a sampling of what an energetic
Malamute can do in a short amount of time,
even with many chew toys and lots of exercise.
After the age of 2, we are happy to report that
Alosia's demolition projects have slowed down.
Uptate: We are happy to say that after age 2,
Alosia's demolition projects seem to be limited
to the outdoors.
|I went to the grocery store, and she ate the
kitchen walls.....Does plaster really taste this good?
We had her tested for lead poisoning just in case as
our house is over 100 years old. She's just fine.
If you're wondering, she flips an airline crate, ate
through a soft crate and bent a metal crate.
|We always wondered what
color our kitchen wall used to
be. Touquoise... how quaint.
Interesting tooth designs.
Maybe she's an artist.
1. If I like it, it's mine.
2. If it's in my mouth, it's mine.
3. If I had it a little while ago, it's mine.
4. If I can take it from you, it's mine.
5. If it looks like mine, it's mine.
6. If it's mine, it will never be yours.
7. If I saw it first, it's mine.
8. If you have something and put it down, it's mine.
9. If I chew something up, all the pieces are mine.
10. If it used to be yours, get over it, now it's mine.
|Bathroom door - suppose if you
scratch long enough or often
enough someone will come.
Imagine what those nails
(which are very short) do to
|Bathroom door jam -
I thought she could safely stay
in our large bathroom instead of
a crate for a couple of hours
while I ran an errand. This was
after she chewed up a
hairbrush. a roll of toilet paper,
and our toothbrushes.
Malamutes are loving, affectionate, devoted, pack centric, intelligent, primal, prey driven,
vocal, intense, large, stubborn, intuitive, demanding, exhausting, intense, heavy shedders,
happy, playful, comedic, diggers, pullers, protective, strong, inquisitive, champion
chewers, bossy, and that's just a few of their endearing qualities. They are natural hunters
and have an unmatched ability to chase and capture anything that moves.
It's been an interesting 5 years.
We are experienced animal and dog people, but even all the reading, researching, meeting
with breeders, attending shows and planning didn't prepare us completely for how our
hearts would be wrapped within the paws of this incredible creature.
Malamutes are beautiful, awe-inspiring and always conversation starters.
They love their people and will assume the alpha role in the home if they sense their
human leaders are not worthy or up to the task. Their respect is earned.
They will try to outsmart you, and definitely have the ability to do so.
Training techniques used with other breeds usually do not work.
If you've had other strong breeds and think you know how to raise a Malamute, think again.
On this page we will share a few glimpses of our enlightenment living with Alosia.
Our key lesson... Have a sense of humor!
|The Malamute Creed
Alosia's Olde Towne Lost & Found
|Malamute Projects - Ages 1 & 2
|Talking with a Malamute Puppy
|Visit our Videos page to see Alosia in action.
These are a few of the treasures that Alosia
found on our walks around Olde Towne at night.
Not everything disgusting makes it home -
these represent a sampling of the more
appropriate items to show on our website.
Malamutes will pick up anything they find.
The trick is spotting the item before they do and
recovering it (see the Malamute Creed above).
In response to what we hear on our walks:
* No you didn't have one just like this as a child
* No, you don't want one just like her
* No, she isn't a wolf
* No, she isn't a husky
|Age 4 - Still Making us Laugh
|Still digging.... after
all these years
|Day 3 of her new bed.
|My attempt to capture a Christmas photo.