Heidi Johnson (one of our pup Holly's persons) is focusing on music in the pop genre and began working with an outstanding artist/songwriter/producer, Chris Arms, to co-write, co-produce and sing original pop songs. Seven songs are in the works, with an expected full CD released. The CD will be a mixture of pop songs, all of which will portray Heidi’s deep feelings and attitude toward life. Song titles expected to be released on Heidi’s debut pop CD include; “Fools Game”, “Anyone’s Guess”,” It’s a new me”, “What would’ve happened” and “Enjoy the Ride”. Her talent is obvious! We're so proud of you Heidi! Listen to her songs here and see if you don't agree.... who knows, maybe there will be top Grammy winning music video featuring Heidi & Holly in the future...
The new pages are up!...Boarding & Pet Sitters for Malamutes, about Malamute Dental Health, Are you Overvaccinating?, the Reverse Sneeze, RFID & ID tags for dogs, Camping with your Mal and Agility (the basics). Our sponsors have made it much easier to show you all the great products they have to offer too! Many items are hard to find and you'll find them here. Most pages now have a scrolling side bar that lets you browse a whole line of items from various sponsors related to the page they are on.
We are now in Northern Michigan's Upper Peninsula - right smack in the middle...not far from Pictured Rocks, Marquette, Escanaba, federal & state forests, and 20+ beautiful waterfalls.... Ultimately, it will give us a chance to work our dogs, learn to sled, skijour, cart, or take long walks with the dogs in the woods and enjoy the abundant snow, all with more space. We bought a foreclosure on a beautiful wooded 40 acre parcel and are renovating and builting our dream Mal-nation Plantation! It'll take some time, and while we're not even close to done yet, we're working on it. If you're interested in our renovations and the area (there's a LOT to do) check out Yoopertraz.com.
The Alaskan Malamute ....
No breed is as loyal, intelligent or beautiful than the strong, " Alaskan Malamute ". Bred to survive, and used for pulling in the cold arctic, Malamutes have adapted to being housedog companions to adults and families having children in modern times. An Alaskan Malamute will become your best buddy, and while they care for their family, they are rarely protective except of children. Friendly, charming and playful - Malamutes love people. Quiet house Malamutes, Malamutes do need regular exercise and a job such as pulling sleds, walks, biking, skijoring, weight pulling, carting, running, sledding and keeping busy. Malamute double thick fur ranges in color from red, gray, silver, black to all white. Open face, mask and cap are typical markings that distinguish the breed. Our Alaskan Malamutes tend to be sables and gray & whites with mostly open faces (sometimes there is a bit of eyeshadow under the eyes like a football player or mascara that ran).
In winter, though they love being outdoors, Malamutes prefer being indoors to be near the family pack. Alaskan Malamutes are part of the working group, and are often confused with the "alaskan husky", "Siberian Husky", Samoyed, "Greenland Eskimo" dog, "wolf dogs" and wolf-hybrids. Purebred Alaskan Malamutes registered by the AKC, CKC and UKC come in Maloot, Kotzebue and Hinman strains, named after regions in Alaska where first discovered. Currently there are several lines of Malamutes; ours include Storm Kloud, Hill Frost, Sno Ridge and Glacier predominantly. We recently outcrossed and brought in Ice Cream lines, which include a tiny amount of Sno Klassic and Nanuke to our lines.
Alaskan Malamutes are large, but not a giant breed, because smaller was a better use of resources. Alaskan Malamutes became sturdy, strong and durable - able to survive arctic winters. A giant Alaskan Malamute or what is often called a Mackenzie River Husky has less stamina to survive and would require larger quantities of food than an ordinary Inuit family could provide. There are also wooly malamutes - where the coat is longer and thicker. The AKC standards says the correct size is from 60 to 75 pounds for females and 70 to 95 pounds for males, which is what we breed. A profile of the breed, health information, grooming, history, temperament, about breeders, hints, psychology, and miscellaneous information on houseMalamute Malamutes, dog shows, and puppies are here at O'Mal Alaskan Malamutes website. Note I said house Malamute Malamutes, since that's what we have - no kennel dogs here! Yes, it gets pretty crazy having them all in the house!
Sadly, many of these beautiful arctic canines get abandoned at shelters or rescued by purebred rescue organizations every year. Malamutes tend to be very pack oriented, unlike most other breeds. Pushy and dominant - the Alaskan Malamute is difficult for some people to live with. Shelters prefer to adopt most northern breeds to homes having fenced yards - Alaskan Malamutes won't stay on unfenced property - roaming, hunting small animals and deer.
The AMCA or "Alaskan Malamute Club of America" educates puppy buyers on the breed temperament and unique characteristics of the arctic sled dog. Members of the AMCA since 1989, we aspire to be reputable breeders that abide by the club's code of ethics, and consider ourselves hobby breeders. We live in Trenary, Michigan and my web site contains stories, pictures and general information regarding Malamutes as well as general characteristics of the breed.
We occasionally breed AKC registered puppies available to Malamute homes and sometimes to show. Did you know an incorrect long coat is called a wooly coat? It looks similar to the fur on a Collie. Groomed it is beautiful to look at, but may pose quite a chore due to matting and may require a professional groomer's assistance. Most breeders sell Alaskan Malamute woolies as Malamutes (or should!) and typically woolies aren't shown since the wooly long coated Alaskan Malamute is incorrect, albeit beautiful.
Malamutes originated in Malmut Sound Alaska and were bred by the Inuit people of northern Alaska. A native American breed, Alaskan Malamutes have been recognized by the national breed clubs and AKC, CKC, UKC as strong, intelligent and dominant requiring exercise and a fenced yard. The Malamute was recently named the official state dog of Alaska! Alaskan Malamute puppies may be cute, but Malamute rescues and humane society organizations get them too often as Alaskan Malamutes tend to howl, dig, challenge authority, and be quite mischievous. Sled dogs are capable at showing, working, and pulling but can be difficult to train in obedience or agility. They were bred to pull heavy loads over long distances in the arctic for Inuit families until the turn of the century when snow machines became the preferred mode of transportation.
While an Alaskan Malamute may be comfortable in cold arctic winters in Northern Alaska, he can make a wonderful houseMalamute too. Alaskan Malamute fur sheds and will "blow" during the warmer months, so they can be comfortable indoors year-round. They have beautiful double coats, and require regular grooming. Proper care of an Alaskan Malamute's coat allows best comfort in warmer climates as house Malamutes. Breeders of quality Malamute companions of excellent temperaments, we hope to produce purebred Alaskan Malamutes that enjoy conformation, obedience, agility and most of all, be wonderful family Malamutes. We don't use kennels, our dogs live inside our house and love children. O'Mal's goal is to improve every aspect of genetic health and temperament of the Malamute as he fits into modern society long into old age.
Our dogs are our Malamutes, show dogs, and family and live in the house with us. Please look around and meet our pack. We offer a wealth of information about what the breed is REALLY like. We don't gloss over the details and want you to understand the tumultuous ride you're in for if you're a first time Alaskan Malamute owner - BEFORE you buy a puppy somewhere and it ends up in a shelter or rescue! We are celebrating our 14th anniversary online - we are probably one of the longest running personal websites about the Alaskan Malamute. If you discover any problems with anything, or would just like to say hello, I'd love to . As breeders, we practice accepted methods of linebreeding to ensure the health and temperament of every puppy. Thanks for your long time support and interest in our family website. I just love when you call years after a first contact just to let us know how you're doing or when you're thinking of another mal. Just makes my day knowing that your first mal had a great home and a person that hung in there despite the challenges!
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