This website is dedicated to Echo, my first rescue who went on to become a Champion and a dear friend.

 


WELCOME.  
The purpose of this website is to help all Alaskan Malamutes by educating their owners, by encouraging mature people to ACT responsibly and learn about a breed before making a commitment.  We hope the material at this website will help you decide if an Alaskan Malamute should be in your future. Read everything here and then search online for even more information about the breed.  Ask questions of breeders so you can learn the negative with the positive.  All dogs have inherent traits that make them suitable for one lifestyle or a family, but unsuitable for another type.  Learn what these traits are so you can decide if they fit into your life.  Do this BEFORE you buy a Malamute.

We have been doing hands-on rescue for more than twenty-five years!  Wow--time flies!  Rescuing any breed of dog becomes very time consuming and very expensive.  It also takes a toll on your emotions and puts a burden on your entire family--not to mention friends.  We drive a 1978 Ford van--why?  Because of the amount of money we have spent on rescue dogs and rescue work.  That was our decision; we have so many happy memories of Malamutes that went on to live long, happy years with wonderful families, so we have no real regrets. We have slowed down a little--we no longer haunt the animal shelters to find abandoned Malamutes.  That does not mean we will no longer help a breed we love--it means that we are asking breeders to be responsible for their own, asking owners to do the work of placing their own dogs, and asking those who love these dogs as much as we do, to begin their own involvement in saving dogs from shelters or offering their homes for foster care.  In other words, we are sharing the work and responsibility.  We still take them, rehabilitate and place Malamutes.

We know the economy has hit hard with many people--dog owners are also facing  some horrendous decisions.  If you have lost your home or are having trouble financially, we understand that you may need to re-home your dog.  As part of being a responsible owner, we encourage you to visit our Placing your Own Malamute page.   Print it out, follow the instructions, and you will be doing the same thing we have done successfully for 25 years!  If you are an owner seeking to re-home your dog, this page will help you; if you are a foster home or a fancier who wants to save a dog from the shelter, print out our application form, our facts sheet, and use common sense. 

If you decide that you only want a puppy, please be aware that ethical, reputable breeders seldom have more than one litter a year. They do NOT breed for "pet quality" dogs, especially with so many Malamutes in need of rescue! If a healthy puppy, free of genetic faults and temperament problems is for you, we will be happy to provide you with a list of local Malamute breeders that are members of the Alaskan Malamute Club of America. Prices will vary from $800.00 to $1,500.00 or more depending on the dog and the breeder.

Tina Dunn