In 2006 we decided it was time to add another dog to the family - except this time, I wanted a dog to show in dog shows and compete in dog events together. I'd always been
interested in Alaskan Malamutes, so found a few breeders through the Alaskan Malamute Club of America Breeder's List. Long story short, I got my Layla, and got hooked on all things malamute and all dog activities. We've spent the last 10 years learning a little
bit of everything together.
In 2013, I knew it was time to look for a puppy. Layla was getting older, and I knew it takes 2-3 years (or more) to be ready to compete with a new dog. Now that I'd been involved in the AMCA, I
knew more breeders and had an idea of what type of puppy I wanted going forward. That leads me to my Enda. I waited over a year for her litter to be born. It worked out perfectly - Enda is everything I had hoped for!
past few years, I've been researching all that I could on both the Alaskan Malamute breed, as well as how to breed the healthiest puppies with stable, confident temperaments. I found a male that I thought would be a perfect complement to Enda. Thanks
to modern science, we were able to use frozen semen almost 20 years old and got our sweet Tilly out of that breeding.
Our breeding program focuses on healthy, structurally sound dogs with fantastic temperaments and working
ability. We breed to the AKC Standard. Our goal is to preserve our breed by producing beautiful companions, who are able and willing to participate in all aspects of Alaskan Malamute activities, whether working or performance - and above all
else, cherished family members.
All breeding stock will have impeccable temperament and are screened at minimum for eyes, heart, thyroid and hips. They will be also be cleared (either by parentage
or DNA testing) for polyneuropathy and chondrodysplasia.
I am a member in good standing of the Alaskan Malamute Club of America. I'm the former chair of the Performance Committee and currently serving on the AMCA
Board of Directors.
I am an AKC Agility Judge, and CGC/trick dog evaluator. I teach dog training classes at a local training facility.
I'm an AKC Canine Ambassador in the American
Kennel Club's Canine Ambassador program, giving public education talks and demonstrations on dog related information.
I'm proudly an Avidog Associate Breeder, dedicated to raising puppies with their proven methods of natural
rearing and advanced socialization.
I am a member of AKC's Bred with H.E.A.R.T program, pledging to commit to Health, Education,
Accountability, Responsibility and Tradition.
I am very passionate about continuing education - as a breeder, trainer, exhibitor, and owner. I do this through
extensive reading of contemporary and historical literature on genetics, veterinary science, animal behavior, and dog breeding; seminars and discussions with veterinarians, scientists, professional dog trainers and handlers, and other members of the dog fancy.
I also put into practice what I have learned by training and exhibiting my own dogs (and sometimes as a substitute handler for a friend if needed).
- I have taken several courses through Avidog University's Breeder College, and am a current and active member. This includes monthly webinars on topics such as pedigree analysis, increasing longevity, genetics and nutrition.
- I have completed
their Transformational Dog Breeding course, which guides you to create your own breeding program's goals and strategies; Transformational Puppy Rearing, full of science and experience in breeding and raising a litter of puppies; and Your Litter A to Z, a very
comprehensive course that covers from before breeding, through each trimester of pregnancy, then weekly information until the puppies are sent to their new homes.
- I have taken courses and received certificates
of completion through AKC's Canine College
- I am a member of ResearchGate, a
social networking site for scientists and researchers to share papers, ask and answer questions, and find collaborators.