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Mountain Life Malamutes Alaskan Malamutes of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado is a small breeder located near Denver and Colorado Springs Colorado who have healthy, happy, indoor and outdoor raised purebred Alaskan Malamute puppies for sale on occasion.
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Thinking about a Puppy?

Before Considering Puppy Ownership, Please read Thoroughly One of the most frustrating things, is as soon as you get your new, beautiful, healthy puppy home, it starts to act lethargic, has...

Nakara and Kialeah

A Word on Breeding Malamutes…

Although breeding Malamutes may sound like a fun or lucrative idea, we strongly caution anyone who is not experienced to just go looking for breeding rights. Alaskan Malamutes are some...

Duckworth Doy Toy Review

Duckworth Dog Toy Review

Here is my Duckworth Dog Toy Review! I was very hesitant to purchase the popular Duckworth dog toy, especially knowing how easily most "stuffed" toys are destroyed in a matter...

Are dog bones safe

Are Dog Bones Safe?

Are dog bones safe for dogs? I decided to write a post about this because there are some unfortunate things that have happened with dog bones and owners losing their precious animals due to intestinal trauma. First, I’d like to say, accidents can and do happen. Even the most experienced dog owner may, at one point, experience losing their dog to an unfortunate freak accident. Sometimes, there are certain things that are just unavoidable. We can only do the best we can for our canine companions, and be as proactive as possible, to help avoid these things – but there is always a chance something can go wrong.

 

I’ve spoken with highly experienced breeders and owners of large breed dogs as to the safety of bones, and have also done my own due diligence in research, and found that there are some bones more riskier than others.  There is still controversy over whether “overall” dog bones are safe; some feel you should never give your dog bones, others embrace bones as a healthy way of helping their dogs clean their teeth, strengthen their neck and jaws, stimulate their minds, and provide additional nutrients to their dog’s diet.

 

 

Worming Your Dogs Naturally Mountain Life Malamutes

Worming Your Dogs Naturally

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Worming Your Dogs Naturally: Coming from an alternative health background, it is just instinctual for us to want to pursue natural treatments for our animals and stay away from as many chemical laden products as possible. We all know, that even though these medications work, they can also cause side effects as well as long-term issues associated with toxicity. Worming is one of those things that is an unavoidable necessity with dogs – period. Puppies must be wormed, adult dogs also go through periods where they may also need additional worming.

So why not try a natural, affordable, and safe alternative? Something that works well with your animals natural processes and effectively eliminates everything from roundworms, hookworms to whip worms – and even can treat worms that have invaded the lungs.

This miracle product for worming your dogs naturally is known as Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth or “DE”. This product is a white powdery substance which is made up of powdered fossilized remains of ancient phytoplankton and is 85% silica. It acts as an internal scrubber and sponge which destroys parasites, and has many other health benefits such as helping in the strengthening and healing of ligaments and bones, and even boosting the immune system. It can also be highly effective as a natural insecticide for flea and tick control on pets, as well as keeping your garden free of nasty critters! (Just be sure you place DE in areas that won’t come in contact with pollinators).

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Our Journey with Alaskan Malamutes

Alaskan Malamutes

Kialeah and Colt Reunion 2018Alaskan Malamutes: When it comes to domesticated dog breeds, everyone has their preference. Whether that preference is based on looks, agility, temperament, health, or a combination of all these things or more – people love their dogs, and dogs, love their people.

 

We began our journey with Alaskan Malamutes not really knowing what we were getting ourselves into, in terms of how much of a positive impact they would have on our lives. The love that we have developed for this breed will surely continue into the afterlife, because we simply ADORE Alaskan Malamutes. One thing that sort of frustrates us is the lack of knowledge some folks have about this breed, and then they go around planting seeds of ignorance which then misleads people and even causes a lot of problems for the breed itself. We were victims of some of these false perceptions, and it’s taken us awhile to separate fact from fiction. It’s a continuing learning experience, no matter how long you spend with this breed, no matter how large your pack is, it’s a never-ending lifetime journey.

Despite what some “big shot” websites might claim, Alaskan Malamutes are NOT wolves or “wolf-dogs”, period. As flattering as it is, to be compared to the raw wild beauty of the wolf, Malamutes are no more wolf than any other dog. However, the Alaskan Malamute is a purebred dog, and one of the oldest domesticated breeds in the world, with historical evidence of their existence pointing upwards to twenty-thousand years. They were bred in a way which retained many of their wolfy traits, because these traits were desirable to the ancient Inuit people, or Mahlemut Tribe of Alaska. They were selectively bred to pull heavy loads through ice and snow, and to be an independent worker, with self-sustainable qualities. They were not bred in order to change them a whole lot more than this, like some dogs today who can fit in the back-pocket of someone’s designer jeans… This alone accounts for their wolf-like traits, and can be confusing to those who don’t know better. Compared with an actual wolf, a Malamute’s differences are quite clear. The head, tail, markings, paw size and shape, and overall physique is totally different. Although Alaskan Malamutes still possess many of their ancient wolf ancestor traits, there is no evidence, DNA or otherwise, to say or suggest they are “wolf dogs”…

 

Malamute Housing Project in Progress

Building Dens!

Malamute Housing Project in Progress
Building Dens! Here is a quick peek at the construction process of our handcrafted dog dens, made by my husband Larz. Larz prides himself on his ability to create spacious, secure, and high quality outdoor dog houses for our Malamutes.