After that, I adopted a husky, shepherd, lab mix, and he was by far the best dog I have ever known. I took him to a training academy, and we learned a lot about training and understanding dogs in general. Later on, I was given a wolf malamute mix. He was very timid, and the breeder would not be able to find him a good home so I took him, raised him, socialized him and trained him and was able to place him in a great home with people that had another wolf mix.
After this, and married, with kids, we had a Shar Pei, then 2 Keeshonds and other mixes. I have always had at least one dog since 1983. This takes me to about 2003 when I decided to finally get a malamute.
When I started with the malamute, I didn't just go buy one. I did a lot of research. I went to dog shows and talked to people in the show world. I did learn a lot from them but also learned showing was not for me. They were not very nice and definitely not helpful considering they were members of the Alaskan Malamute Club of America. So I went my own way. My daughter had a female, I had a male. Then I added a few more. They have never been just dogs to me, they were malamutes. I have spent my last 19 yrs learning dogs, malamutes, behavior, health and pack order. I also study wolves. I started working my malamutes and did well competing in weight pulling through the IWPA and AMCA. Through this experience, we met some amazing malamute owners. This led to becoming a member of the Columbine Country Alaskan Malamute Club here in Colorado. And then a member of the AMCA (Alaskan Malamute Club of America) Again learned show people are not that nice. They are either really helpful or they are nasty. No middle ground in the show world. My health issues forced me to stop competing in weight pulling. I left the clubs. Now I just enjoy my malamutes. It's that simple. I really enjoy hiking and 4 wheeling and just playing in the yard with them. Weight pulling did some damage to my spine, so I have slowed down quite a bit. As I get older, I am doing less but still enjoy spending time with the malamutes. We have over 5 acres with a fenced play area for them. We still take them 4 wheeling when I can handle it. Short hikes to let them run free.
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Near Fairplay, Colorado
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