Sanak is the "grand old man" at the kennel – he was our first
malamute. He was a very promising puppy – he became best puppy a
couple of times and he became Best of Breed at a big German show
at only 14 months of age. At one year he was exactly standard
size and suddenly he started to grow again and unfortunately he
did not stop until he reached 71 cm (28 inches)! At the same
time his temperament changed to the worse. He could no longer
accept any other males around, he did not welcome people he did
not know, he would growl at judges etc. We spent hours of
training and lots of money on socialising him over a year, but
we never really succeed. It was obvious that Sanak was doing
much better as long as he could stay at home and just live by
his daily routines. Therefore his show career ended when he was
18 months old – he did no longer like to go around to shows.
When Sanak was 9 months old he started to limp at little from
time to time and one day someone accidentally stepped on his leg
– he was taken to the vet because he was now limping all the
time and he was in pain walking. The vet discovered he had a
dysplasia – not in his hips or elbows – but in his shoulder. The
good thing with this kind of dysplasia is, if the dog is kept in
a good condition it will be able to live without pain. Sanak was
rested until he was free of pain (about 3 weeks) then we started
a hard working program for he. He was worked every day for a
month and he was still pain free. Since he has been worked 3-4
times a week and he has been working fine – he turned 7 years in
April 2005 and he still loves to work. Sanak is a real working
dog – not fast – but very on going. At the end of the working
season 2005/2006 we discovered that Sanak now and then stared to
limp if he has been going 25-30 kilometers, so for the rest of
the season he was only run on shorter training session. We
decided to retire Sanak from the winter 2006.
Over the last couple of years Sanak’s temperament has changed to the
better – he finally kind of grow up. Sanak turned 10 years old in
April 2008 and he is still doing very well for a 10 year old big
malamute. Some days we wonder if he is 10 months in stead of 10
years – for example if he gets a new toy, if people he knows drops
by or when playing with the grand children in the family.
living with Karina’s parents, who live in Tulleråsen, Jämtland. They
live only about an hour from us, so Sanak is still a frequent guest
at the kennel and he loves to come by and visit all his old friends.
Sanak is really enjoying beeing the only dog in the household – at
least he is walked 2 times a day and he is going where ever they go
and he still likes to follow along when they are cross country
skiing during the winter. Sanak is really enjoying his retirement.
Thanks for giving Sanak a dignified retirement and taking good care
of the “grand old man” of our kennel. As being the very first
malamute in our kennel – Sanak has a special place in our hearts.