Huron, OH on Lake Erie

AMCA 2017 National Specialty Logo

AMAL was busy at Nationals! Nancy & Bob Russell kindly transported AMAL boxes (from 2016 Nationals) to the show for us, Lori Conley received and delivered to the show this year’s AMAL donated shipments for our booth. The AMAL Booth did well with sales – favorite items were: nightshirts with “Sleeps with Mals”, t-shirts, sweatshirts, items with mals on them, decals and advance wine sales. Tanja Gube, from Germany, was a great help (as she is each year) with creating name tags for AMAL volunteers & Rescue Showcase participants, booth coverage, selection of auction items and general assistance on an as needed basis. Sharon Huston designed and developed the lovely show ribbons, neck metals, bows, welcome signs and beautiful memory books (edited by Susan Conant) for this year’s event. The theme was “honoring our malamute rescue stars” and we used turquoise and white for colors. AMCA member Tina Sanderford generously transported the Rescue Showcase materials to the show for AMAL.

This year’s Rescue Showcase was small in number of participants, but big in heart! The adopters felt honored and expressed their surprise at the extent to which AMAL made them feel valued. We held a light introduction luncheon where we reviewed the day’s schedule of activities and the participants received a welcome bag of gifts. AMCA member Maria Dinwoodie provided the “fluff & puff” touch-ups for the dogs prior to the Rescue Showcase. AMCA President Terry Toussaint and Sharon Nichols presented the awards, memory books and a gift basket (compliments of AMCA) to the Showcase participants. The Christenson Award Winner was announced and Catherine White and Paul Ganci were each recognized for their significant contributions to AMAL. Immediately following the Showcase, the show photographer took award site pictures and provided them to each participant. We followed up with a light reception where the Showcase participants and their dogs were honored.

The last event of the day was the AMCA Auction – AMAL did quite well with these highest items sold: AMAL wine & cheese pack with breed history fleece, a hand-sketched composite of a malamute’s mechanical structures and description by a Hungarian artist, a jacket knitted with malamute fur and a bathing tub for dogs. AMCA members showed great support for rescue at the auction!

Next year’s National Specialty is scheduled for Oct. 27- Nov. 3, 2018 at the Doubletree by Hilton in Orlando, FL at Seaworld. The Show Chairperson is Barbara Salvadore. -Mark your calendars now!

Sharon Nichols
2017 Chairperson Rescue Showcase