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AMAL Tales Newsletter

The AMAL Tales Newsletter is now available online! Check out the latest May 2015 edition here.

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Maxwell Medallion

AMAL Tales Newsletter Wins Maxwell Medallion

On February 15, 2015, the Alaskan Malamute Assistance League (AMAL) received a great honor. It won a Maxwell Medallion for its quarterly newsletter, AMAL Tales. Content and layout editor Jeannette Wick was present at the banquet in New York City to receive the medallion on AMAL's behalf.

The Maxwell Medallion is presented by the Dog Writers Association of America, and commemorates Maxwell Riddle. Riddle was a prolific, knowledgeable and devoted columnist and author from Cleveland, OH, and an authority on dogs. Receipt of a Maxwell Medallion is a great honor, as it represents the respect and admiration of the professional dog writing community.

Few volunteer organizations are able to pull together and publish a quality newsletter on a regular basis. A huge malamute howl for all AMAL members who submitted articles, proposed ideas, sent the gorgeous pictures that certainly must have enticed the judges, and proofread proofread proofread.

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The Alaskan Malamute Assistance League will be receiving donations from the AmazonSmile Foundation as a result of AmazonSmile program activity. The donation will be deposited directly to our organization's bank account.

The AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible AmazonSmile items and there's no cap on how much they will donate. They are also developing new features and enhancements to grow the AmazonSmile program in the future.

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Receiving the Christenson Award.

2015 Christenson Award Nominations – DUE August 1st, 2015

The AMAL Board will be accepting nominations for the Christenson Award to be given out at the AMCA 2015 Nationals. If you have a volunteer who has assisted your affiliate in some extraordinary ways, or a volunteer that has gone beyond the call of duty please nominate them. Write out a few paragraphs about what they've done to assist you and submit the nomination to the AMAL board secretary Mike Ulman as soon as possible so the board has ample opportunity to review the nominations.

Thank You!

As an example to help guide you; the following was written by Lynne Anderson as a nomination for the Christenson Award::

"The Christenson Award was established by Drs. Norm and Diane Pomerance in memory of Chris Christenson, husband to Betty Christenson, who started rescuing in North Texas and then broadened her scope. All the while Chris was at her side. He was the quiet presence, walking dogs, fixing coffee when there was a meeting, providing the calm in the storm that was Betty. Chris died of a heart attack while he and Betty were exercising dogs. Betty said, "He never let go of the leash." That was Chris - steady, strong, modest, tireless, kind. The award is presented at the banquet that concludes the Alaskan Malamute Club of America National Specialty. The aim of this award is to recognize those who always work, but are seldom in the limelight. If one heads a rescue, there are other recognitions for outstanding service, but the Christenson Award is for all of you out there who transport, home check, foster, phone, groom, manage websites, and, in general, quietly serve your affiliate rescue. Without our unsung heroes, we could not save the dogs who mean so much to all of us."

Michael Roach
President, Alaska Malamute Assistance League

The Texas 7 Need Your Help!
Texas 7 photo.

Texas Alaskan Malamute Rescue (TAMR) took in seven Alaskan Malamutes from a voluntary breeder release to rescue, February 2014. The dogs were transported to Houston where they are boarding and receiving needed veterinary care. There are 6 females and 1 male aged adult to senior. Sadly one of the 7, a senior girl named Aspen, 12 years old, crossed the bridge 10 days later due to serious medical conditions. 4 of the Malamutes have been adopted. The 2 remaining Malamutes are now fully vetted and sterilized, but the rescue costs for all the malamutes have been staggering! TAMR is very grateful for a local Houston vet clinic stepping up and offering their veterinary care and services, but they need help paying the bills! Let’s Rally together and help out the Texas 7.

You can help and find more information and ways to donate on TAMR's web site or email them at: tamr [at] texalmal.org

Check out the 2 remaining Malamutes below who are still looking for their "furever" homes!

Star: 10 year old female Alaskan Malamute
Star is a senior female. She is the most fearful of the group. Very shy, nervous, passive, leary of new people or things. Star is watchful and takes a long time to warm up. Likes the comfort of her kennel so we make sure we don’t stress her too much and keep outside visits with her short at this time. Available for an experienced rehab foster that can help her come out of her shell. The Texas 7 have always been outside dogs. They need calm and nurturing homes that will show them love. Star is heartworm positive and will start treatment soon. They need calm and nurturing homes that will show them love. Star will need a special home willing to work on rehabilitating her. Info on our foster program at http://www.texalmal.org/forms/tapp.html. More pictures of Star can be seen here.
Tacoma: 11 year old female Alaskan Malamute
Tacoma is a senior female. She is a friendly, social, calm and talkative girl. Tacoma will grumble for attention and loves to follow you around. She will need to learn house manners as he's always been outside! Does well behind a 4 foot fence. Needs more leash training. Cats and kids unknown. Tacoma is selective on dog buddies so we prefer a home with NO other dogs for her. Tacoma will be spayed and bathed this week. Tacoma has a big tummy with nipple discharge so we are evaluating that at this time. May be a possible false pregnancy. Available for foster or adoption. The Texas 7 have always been outside dogs. They need calm and nurturing homes that will show them love. Tacoma is available through Golden Years Alaskan Malamute Rescue in Michigan. Please see more information here.

Over 150 Malamutes seized near Helena, Montana, 10/2011. The breeder, Mike Chilinski, is convicted of cruelty and neglect, 10/2012. The dogs have been released, transported to rescue groups nationwide and Mal Village closed 2/2013. Read the full archived story here.

Update as of 5/1/15 - There are only two Malamutes from this seizure with a couple Mal rescue affiliates nationwide that are looking for their happily ever after homes. Check out the Mallies below and contact the affiliate associated with each dog if you are interested in adopting or fostering!

ROCKY - Adult Male - Rocky is approx 7 - 8 yrs old. Rocky will tolerate petting and he pulls a lot on the leash and in true malamute form would rather go a different way than the walker. He will relax to a certain extent and go with the flow, and he will pull on the leash but at the same time will respond better while on the leash. Rocky likes his treats and will do well with a female companion, but would benefit in a single dog household. Rocky is also crate trained.


COLT - Young Male - Colt is an adorable little guy! Colt is high energy and even likes to use his back legs to climb. He likes to walk on leash and jumps up a lot! He has a mole above his left eye and the tip of his fuzzy right ear is missing - but that makes him more cute!

Colt is in rescue with Chesapeake Area Alaskan Malamute Protection (CHAAMP). Please contact Angela Brown at malamuterescue [at] gmail.com or 540-430-8223. Visit their Web Site.

TABITHA - Adult Female - Tabitha, a petite Malamute, is a shy girl who will need to be the only pet in the household. Full of spirit, Tabitha enjoys playing with her toys and running in a secure, fenced yard. If you have the time and patience to help Tabitha over her shyness, she will be a loyal companion for you.

Tabitha is in rescue with Alaskan Malamute Rescue of Delaware (AMROD). Please contact Angela Brown at MalRescueDE [at] gmail.com or 540-430-8223. Visit their Facebook Page.

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