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May 2012

May 28, 2012

The Makings of a Champion Lead Dog

What else could we have named the fat little red pup that was hopelessly lost and then found? After all, he was a survivor, a true champion. The name Champ fit him well. When he was a few weeks old, Champ had wandered away. Andrea and I searched and searched for the little guy, finally […]

May 20, 2012

Good-Time Charlie

When I let Charlie out of the truck he seemed shocked. The barren arctic landscape and blowing snow was very different from his home in the tall spruce trees where he felt secure and sheltered. But the frigid environment struck a chord with him, a yearning to see more of this foreign Arctic land where […]

May 13, 2012

The Pulling Factor II—The Early Years

Per a request on Facebook, I’m going to elaborate on the highlights of my training methods for my malamutes. There are many strains of Alaskan malamutes around the world. Some are light weight, small-boned, and swift running dogs; others are heavy, large-boned and slower paced animals. There isn’t a “one size fits all” malamute. Although […]

May 9, 2012

2012 Expedition-The Pulling Factor

When you see an Alaskan malamute during a hard pull you will see the happiest dog alive. He or she doesn’t know the limit to their strength. They pull with every muscle fiber in their bodies backed up with an iron will and stubborn determination. In fact, they don’t know that they have a limit […]