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Sirius of the Week
Our submitter writes,
"Sebastian is a 7 month old Alaskan Malamute puppy (in the photos). He's of the strain
known as 'gentle giants'. He's already 28 inches at the shoulder and 90 pounds. He
has the potential of being close to 150 pounds (his weight-pulling daddy is
131 pounds and his metaled weight-pulling granddaddy is 147 pounds). He's my third
Alaskan Malamute, but the first as a puppy (the other two were rescues).
Having experienced the sweetness of Mals, I was also aware of their
independent minded ways. Let me tell you, independent thinking in a
sprouting large pup is handful."
"Sebastian was a bit shy when he arrived at 2 months old, and we enrolled
in puppy kindergarten. By the end of the 5 week stint, all shyness was
gone, he came when called and would sit on command, and couldn't wait to
play with his pals. What a difference from the first week, when he peeked
around people to watch the other puppies playing.
"He's just the sweetest thing, except preceding a growth spurt. Then
'Yukon Sam the Wild Man' emerges, also known as BratsRUs! I swore at some
points he was growing before my eyes. I can't imagine what it must feel
like for leg bones to grow 2 inches in a week, can you? But that did happen. I
guess I'd be bratty, too.
"We've also been through Basic Obedience training, twice. He's so young,
and my first puppy in ages, I wanted to make sure we had that structure so
things would stick. He can do sit/stay and down/stay for over a minute,
walks well on a leash (we use the gentle leader to discourage the sleddog
pulls of a regular leash), performs the place command extremely well (it's
his favorite command) and does the agility tunnel on voice command. We're
going to agility training in the spring.
"Sebastian is the busiest Malamute I've ever seen. He has his own agility
tunnel in the backyard, and he moves it around the yard daily. You just
never know where that "big slinky" is going to be! He 'digs water' out of
the trellises, every day. Just loves water - try and get him in from the
rain - he's too busy trying to catch the drops. And of course, he's
looking to free the population of China via the holes he digs in parts of
the backyard. Told you he loves water, well, he adores mud! And he likes
to share his mud. He is non-stop play with his outside toys and his inside
toys. Oh, is he a busy boy. Mals are usually fairly laid back, and he may
get there, but not yet!"
"He is also a lovebug. Loves giving kisses, leaning into people when they
pet him and thinks he's a lap dog (of course!!) He's also learned how to
turn on the charm when people fawn over him, one of my favorite Malamute
traits. He sits so sweetly for them, giving them an eye twinkling Mal
smile, with a slight tail wag. It often gets him the treat he's after.
Sebastian pushes boundaries every day, just to be certain that it's really
a 'no' in a specific area. 'Just checking, Mom!' Sometimes he tries to
charm his way around it, and sometimes he tries to be persistent in doing
what he wants. Either way, he doesn't get his way, and I've found that
over time he gives in, but by then we've moved on to a new set of things to
push boundaries over.
"In some areas where he's given in to the inevitable, he likes to make
things challenging. Two examples are getting his gentle leader on, and
getting his safety harness on for car rides. My big goofy boy gets excited
when I bring out the gentle leader, because he knows we're either going for
a walk or a car ride and he can't wait. But, he wants me to work to get it
on him, and he makes a game of it. Then in the car, he hunches himself
down into the corner of the backseat, making it quite the challenge to get
the harness around him and on him correctly. Once it's on, he sits up &
gives me a big ole wet one, and the Mal smile comes out. 'Gotcha!'
Oh, one other area can't go without mention. He knows he's not to jump on
me (or anyone else). So, when we're playing in the back yard, he'll run
straight at me and leap toward me, touch my shoulder with his nose and run
off. Did he jump on me? No. Is he getting as close as he can and have
fun with it? YES!! Is he thrilled with himself over it? YES!!!!
"He's a good sport with play, always giving me a turn with the ball
outside. Inside he likes to move his 'pile' of toys to wherever I am, and
sometimes giving me one to play with while he's busy with his 'pile' :)
He goes to day care once a week for continued socialization. He can't
wait to get there and play with his pals. He's out like a light as soon as
he gets home. I guess I just never realized that play was such hard work :)
Sebastian so badly wants to play with the cats, and is very good about
approaching them slowly - now. But, they remember when he wasn't so polite
and he doesn't get as close to them as he'd like, but that's coming with time.
He's a handful, he's beautiful and he's sweet - the basic definition of a
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