I have raised Alaskan Malamutes since 1982. I got my first Mal in Michigan and was instantly totally in love. His name was Ranger, and I took him to the local obedience club every week and trained him to compete for his CD, “Companion Dog title”. We got it before he turned two years old, and we even tried our hand at a bit of dog sledding.

My love for the breed continued to grow even after I moved out to California. Wyatt and I did a few years of cross-country running in the arroyos and hills near my home.  Now Bandit, Brenna and I have moved to Sacramento for my job. Our house in Whitewater is up for rent and the yard here is not as big as the one there, but we are enjoying the cooler weather.   Ginger  is no longer with us and I miss her terribly.

  A few years ago, I took a trip to the Yukon and spent a week in the wilderness on a dog sled. That adventure vacation was with Uncommon Journeys out of Whitehorse, Yukon and I have never had a vacation I enjoyed more. The dog sledding bug bit me and I am still longing to move to Montana where we can find some snow and go dogsledding once in a while.

I am also planning to move as soon as I can retire. My dream is to rescue dogs and train them for wounded veterans and others who might benefit from the love of a dog. Also, I have begun to advise dog owners via the internet and phone on coping with behavior issues. I hope that by teaching people to train their dogs, we will greatly reduce the number of dogs that need to be re-homed due to behavior problems. Every dog deserves and needs a home where he is loved and included as a member of the family. My training emphasizes positive reinforcement and understanding of the breed characteristics of the dog.

Since moving to Sacramento, I have joined the Northern Alaskan Malamute Club, the Sacramento Valley Dog Fanciers Assn. and the Davis Dog Training Club. I have served on the Board of Directors for both the Davis club and the Alaskan Malamute club here.