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My (just over the age of 1 yr old) female (unfixed) malamute has suddenly out of no where started to become very aggressive toward some other dogs- not all- but usually of one color, size and breed.

Yesterday we were walking her we met a poodle- out of no where she jumped on the poodle grabbed the dogs neck and looked like something between a dominance and an attack. She would not let up until my husband pulled her off.

The poodle was unharmed other then a small spot where she was scratched on her here but the event looked violent to me and left me concerned.

We have NO idea what caused it as our mal has always been very friendly to all other dogs/people/things.

This morning when my husband walked her a similar colored dog approached her to play and she attempted to do the same thing (my husband stopped her before she touched the dog).

I am extremely worried why this behavior would be occurring. She is literally with us/our family/our other dog 22 hours a day and has never done anything like this before we socialized her from a young age and haven't had this problem previously.


Young Maya

Our New Addition: Maya

Posted by alannajohan on 2008.08.03 at 16:58
I couldn't resist posting in my own journal about the lovely Maya - our new addition to the pack - and then I thought, well, best not waste these photos when they could be shared with other doggy-lovers.

She began life in Scotland, as a pet and show dig, pure and simple (witha bit of reasearch leading us to the belief she's the daughter of Chayo's Blue Thunder and Hawkam's Amber at Malderston - though we were allowed only a glimpse of her pedigree so this might not be gospel).

However her lineage is no longer particularly relevant in a professional sense, as Maya will no longer be shown (or at least outside fun shows) or indeed bred from. The reason for this will become clear when I explain that we acquired Maya as a rescue, where the policy is that any pure breed dog whom ends up in recue should have its Kennel Club papers removed, and also be spayed/neutered, so as to prevent an ethically-lacking puppy farmer picking them up as a cheap purebred to churn out litter after litter.
And yes, due to an unfortunate change in circumstances and through no fault of her own - proving that it is not only problem dogs or mongrels who can find themselves in such a situation - the lovely Maya found herself in Wales with UK Malamute Rescue, looking for a new home.

Now, as my partner and I realised how much we enjoyed working our other malamute, Stan, in harness, we had realised that getting another dog - more than likely a malamute - to work with him would be on the agenda - and a girl was always going to be the first choice so as o avoid same-sex dominance issues, and also because girls tend to have better focus (as a generalisation) and therefore make better lead dogs. But we had assumed this would happen by means of a puppy in at least a years time (when Stan would be less of a stroppy teenager and a better example to an easily influenced young mind).

But we were alerted by friends to this stunning example of a malamute and we thought - well, having an older lady to put Stan in his place would be pretty good during this difficult adolescent period, not to mention her age and full development would mean we can put her straight into training on the rig etc. without having to wait for physical and mental development - and of course all the basic training that she's already acquired - as we would have had to with a puppy.

So, following the appropriate paperwork and so on, Thursday 3rd July we picked her up from the rescue centre in Wales (a good stretch from Scotland!) and she started her life with us.

First day belly rubs:

Stan and Maya's first walk together on twinned lead:

Not to say that the whole process was an overly easy one. As most will know, malamute's are a naturally dominant breed and extremely pack orientated, meaning Stan and Maya's first priority wasn't so much getting to know each other in an amiable fashion as deciding who was top dog. The answer was obviously Maya - there was no question of that because Stan is just a puppy, less than a year old when they first met - and she is your achetypal mater-figure-alpha-female in every way to boot.
But Stan was on his high horse the second he got over the excitement of saying hello to another dog, possessive of the house he had grown up in and his teenage hormones raging, forcing him to the belief he was higher in hierarchy than the reality of another dog would allow.
In a normal situation they would have had one proper bust up in which Maya pinned him, and all would be clear. But Maya was a little out of shape - something we're soon fixing as we train her up - and Stan is a strapping young lad who knew he had a physical advantage and wouldn't give up easy. Our first two days they couldn't be in the same room for more than twenty minutes without a bit off good old fashioned fisticuffs. We were on dog duty 24/7 integrating these two, the result of which beyond genenral fatigue, stress and undue noisiness was quite a few open teeth and claw wounds - Stan now has a manly eyebrow scar, and Maya ended up with an ill-placed ulcer-type-wound on her cheek that she kept scratching, resulting in this humiliating set up at night when we were too asleep to keep an eye on her scratching efforts:

Maya's socked foot:

But now, 4 weeks on, things are at long last falling into place. Stan still harasses her like a little kid at every given opportunity, but a quick warning growl/snap when he pushes her tolerance is keeping him in his place in the mostmain - and certianly keeping them both entertained, even if Maya won't openly admit it (her wagging tail gives it away though!)

She's also picked up harness work very quickly and pulls like an absolute tank. Undoubtedly she still has some fittening up to do, but she's doing 3 miles at jogging pace a day now, and is toning up nicely. We defintiely think she has lead dog potential!

It's great to see her personality coming out too. She is generally more aloof and mature than Stan, outwardly very cuddly with a strong maternal streak; but as she relaxes, we're seeing she's also a cheeky, vocal wee bugger, who sings *loudly* to herself when bored and can open any door or cupboard with a handle as if she had opposable thumbs!
So yeah, she's fitting right in with the equally huggable and intermittently naughty spazz mutt that is Stan!

Singing to the Stan in the garage:

And to finish this rambling post, here be some pictures taken about 4 days ago, of the Stan and Maya relaxing on a rare sunny day in our garden:


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A word of warning regarding Promeris Spot-On flea treatment.

Though I am relating this post in the most main to Northern breeds, I suggest anybody who flea treats their dogs to give it a read.

On Monday, I treated my Malamute, Stan (pictured in my icon) with the aforementioned flea treatment. Followed the instructions - very similar to frontline, for those familiar with it, but apparnetly less dramatic (no major warnings over skin contact, licking from animals etc.)
Within 1 hour of treatment he experienced obvious stomach pains complete with crying, followed by violent uncontrollable diaoreah.
Within 4 hours he had become lethergic, not lifting his ears or tail while walking and seeming stiff in movement.
Within 8 hours the stiffness had turned to complete paralysis in his back legs. He was refusing to drink water or eat by this point, and appeared to have visibly lost weight, his hip bones and ribs clearly visible.
Within 12 hours he was acting completely drugged, unresponsive to touch or to calling his name, unwilling to make any movement and his breathing slow and shallow. He got up twice to violently vomit, the result of which smelt absolutely toxic and perfumed.
We took him to the vets within 18 hours of the initial treatment. He was running a temperature and given an anti-inflamatory to help ease his hind legs, but the vet seemed dismissive of our concerns over the flea treatment and suggested we keep an eye on him and keep him well hydrated.
In the mean time we had contacted our breeder, who later came back to us with the findings that this was not an isolated case, and in fact many people had reported similar symptons - amidst other unpleasantries - after using this treatment, particularly amidst Northern breeds. To quote from This Article here are some other accounts that I'm sure the authors wouldn't mind me sharing:

This is a new product designed to be a more effective product than other flea/tick treatments that was just released this year. It is available thru a vet and not currently on-line. I got ProMeris this week for my 7 dogs (6 Huskies & 1 Golden-Airedale), and the results were debilitating for nearly all of them including me. Since my incident this week, my vet has pulled it from distribution and alerted the manufacturer, Fort Dodge .
Here are my results:
Within less than 2 hours after applying, 4 of my dogs had vomited from 2-4 times, 3 were disoriented and stumbling, 1
was dragging his back leg, 1 was salivating. I had very similar symptoms like an allergic reaction and my lips were swollen, eyes very red, mucous membranes such as eyes, nose, and mouth were stinging. I was very disoriented and dizzy equilibrium and not able to drive. To make this a short story, all 7 of my dogs were admitted to thhe hospital for
veterinarian care, and 3 of them remained for care, IV fluids and observation for 24 hours. I was in the emergency room.
I’m home now and so are the dogs. We’re all feeling much better. Vet bills were over $2,500 and Fort Dodge is paying for these. Not only can the product cause this reaction, it has a highly noxious odor that permeated the house and
is just starting to dissipate after 3 days.

My 9 mo old 26 lb. mixed breed is currently in the ER for IV fluids and antedote after a reaction to Promeris. This a.m. she was very lethargic. I checked her vitals and got a heart rate of 48. This was 12 hrs after the dose was applied. She saw her regular vet and he gave her an injection of Antesedan, and she perked up. But three hours later she relapsed with a heart rate of 40 and ended up in ER. I am still awaiting an update. My regular vet said he is seeing many cases of Promeris toxicity and is not going to carry it anymore. I had been a faithful Frontline user for decades, wish I had stayed with it.

I just left my 4-yr-old Basenji mix at the all-night emergency clinic with an apparent Promeris toxicity. She presented with lethargy, bradycardia, depression, hypothermia, and ataxia within 12 hours after administration of Promeris. This was her first dose of Promeris - we used Frontline in the past, but our veterinarian preferred Promeris. We’re praying that she’ll recover with no long-term health issues.

The vet staff called Fort Dodge to report the case and to obtain information on how to treat her. I plan on following up on their call in the morning (left the clinic at 1 AM).

Both myself and my breeder have since contacted our vets to inform them of our findings, and suggest that they bear this in mind in distributing this product, or indeed if any other dogs come in with similar reactions.

It's now over 48 hours later, and Stan still isn't back to normal. He hasn't eaten since Monday morning and is still seeming lethargic and strangely disorientated, but his ears are back up, his eyes more open and his legs back to stiff rather than paralysed. And his fur still stinks of the stuff.

I was genuinely fearing for my dogs life 24 hours ago, and I'd hate for other people to go through the same. So please, pass this on to anybody you think may benefit from this warning. Tough I include quotes from others, this is a firsthand account, not a news article passed around the rumour mill, and I can only hope it will help prevent further distress and suffering to both owners and animals. I know I'll be sticking to spray from now on.

X-Posted to all communities I feel would benefit. Feel free to do the same


skin infections?

Posted by tokori on 2008.07.03 at 20:15
I discovered our mal has some scabs in her fur right above her tail on her back. The fur is a little sticky and the skin looks dry. She has been going into the water a lot lately (by choice) and I have noticed she bites it now and then.. it smells sort of like the smell when you leave wet laundry in a pile.

seeing as tomorrow is the 4th, anyone know what this might be? the vets are all closed till monday

new social network for pet lovers

Posted by ultragrrrl on 2008.06.16 at 19:52
Hey guys, I thought you all might be really interested in ZooToo.com which is a new social network for animal lovers (just like I said in the subject haha). I actually found my groomer with it using their pet services function. So if you're like me and have a dog AND a cat, this is a place where you can put them (and other kinds of pets/animals) up in your own zoo. there's also pet news, meet-up groups, product reviews by members, and tons of other stuff.

Anyway, just thought I'd share. I'm looking to gain friends on there! OH and i almost forgot to mention that they do good for the animal community by making over shelters and giving a portion of the ad rev gained by people being on the site to shelters. i think that the more you use the site/invite people/make friends, the more $$ goes to the shelter of your choice... hence my motivation to get friends!!!!

Add me!!!!

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The marshall of the race - Tchebukhin Igor
Entry fee - 15 euro (includes vet check, feeding for mushers)
Starts (men, women, youth):
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bike, cart - 5 km
Children starts:
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picture post

Posted by herbish187 on 2008.04.25 at 20:10
just thought i should share some of the pictures i took last weekend.
sienna was 14 weeks when these were taken.
now at 15 weeks, she weighs a little over 17lbs and i'm sitting back wondering when exactly she gained so much weight. i swear it was overnight!!
i could easily be biased but i say she is completely adorable.
although she can be quite the pill, i still say she is one of the best behaved puppies i've come across (which is quite a few on a weekly basis).
anyway, here is the little monster!

excuse my messy house in the last two. i can honestly say it doesn't look like that anymore.
if you'd like a lj-cut because these are eating your friends page, let me know and it'll be done asap. :)


inconsistent stool..?

Posted by tokori on 2008.04.16 at 13:36
my almost 4 month old malamute puppy has inconsistent stools- she goes in 24 hours from having normal stools to a pudding consistency to everything in between.

we haven't changed her food, she gets plenty of water, is on deworm tablets, is up to date with shots etc etc etc... she has rawhides and sometimes eats things off the sidewalk (as much as I try to prevent it).. her energy levels are normal and she doesn't act ill.

is this normal to have inconsistent stool for puppies? some sites online said yes while others say no.

could this be an allergy to the food she is on (iams) or simply have a sensitive tummy and need special food?

Alaskan Malamute Puppies

Posted by ladylalitha on 2008.04.12 at 11:42
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Hey every one, check out my latest post! We are so excited!


Greetings and salutations

Posted by lemaster_69 on 2008.04.11 at 23:35
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Just found this community via interest search. I have a 4-year-old Alaskan malamute named Fluke, who we adopted from the local Humane Society.

Fluke in repose

He's a wooly malamute. We live in Florida, and I was wondering if he'd be more comfortable during the summer months if I got him shaved. Thoughts?

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