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Welcome to WAMAL

Washington Alaskan Malamute Adoption League (WAMAL) was formed in 1998 by Cindy Neely to help with Malamute Rescue in Washington State and since then has expanded into Oregon.  WAMAL rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes Malamutes (or Mal-enough-a-mutes!) who, through no fault of their own, find themselves without a home or in need of a new home.

Serving the greater Northwest we are also part of a national rescue network, AMAL, that covers other areas of the US. WAMAL provides hope to families that must rehome their malamutes when life has taken a sharp detour; training support to those families desperately working to keep their 4-legged family members; works with shelters and takes into rescue strays and those pups needing an extra level of thoroughness in the adoption process; and, actively recruits adopters and foster homes.

We are a 100% volunteer run, 501c.3 non-profit organization that is celebrating over 20 years!  Our volunteers come from all walks of life and locations and WAMAL is only able to do what we do because of this generous and dedicated team of volunteers.  They truly make it possible to save the lives of this gentle, stubborn, and loving working breed. WAMAL has rescued many hundreds of malamutes to date and each holds a place in our hearts.

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KAIN Wanted: Super cushy bed!  It would be great if the bed came with the accessories of a loving family and a calm environment too!  Kain is a senior mal that has unfortunately experienced some major changes in his home that makes it best for him to find a new place for his retirement years.  Kain is a very good boy; however, he does need someone who is patient and understands he doesn't like being startled (I mean who does?)  The best home for him will be with adults and may do well with another dog of similar energy levels with proper introductions.  He walks well on leash, which will be good to help him lose a little extra (ahem) fluff.  He is very smart and knows a number of commands.  He can be a little excitable, so may need to be reminded of those commands on occasion.  True to his breed, he has a strong prey drive so no small critters.  Kain is ready to join his new family with some walks, hangin...read more about KAIN
NIKO has such a striking mask and is described as happy, having good energy, and loves attention!  Sounds practically perfect in every way, especially when paired with his lower exercise needs, enjoying short strolls.  He is also a smart boy and knows the commands of 'sit', 'shake', and 'lie down' while also taking treats gently and being house trained.  He does well in almost every situation - including being a model patient when he has to visit the vet!  He likes other dogs and would welcome having another companion in his new home that is of similar energy.  Niko is the sweetest tri-pawed boy around and can't wait to hang out with you!
Sora is a big girl with a big personality to match!  Don't let her size fool you - this girl is an athlete and is agile and full of energy.  She also embodies some of those typical malamute characteristics of being very strong, protective of her food, and is a hunter!  Sora needs a new home where she will be kept away from anything small and furry or feathered.  She really wants a home where she will be your one and only!  Other than those challenges, Sora is a total lovebug and just wants attention and affection.  An awesome way for her to get attention in her new home is to work on leash skills and commands.  This is also a great way to keep this smart girl learning and exercising.  She likes her car rides and can't wait to join you on some outdoor adventures!  When Sora met our volunteer she immediately laid on her back to get the tummy rubs and would love to show you that trick!  She really wants to meet woooooo!!! &nbs...read more about SORA
KANGA  is ~4 year old, 85 pound malamute. He thrives on adventure and would love an active adopter who will take him on adventures and give him plenty of play time! Kanga is a loyal guy and will be a great companion for someone. He also LOVES the snow! His number one favorite activity (even more than walks and treats!) is going for car rides! He loves feeling the wind in his face through an open window (car surfing). Kanga is incredibly observant and curious.   Kanga’s comfort with people has grown significantly while in rescue. He does need a little time to build trust, but eventually he will follow you around and give you kisses! He is also quite affectionate and loyal to those he bonds with.   Kanga has excellent house manners and is happy to chill on his bed or lay beside you as you work. He has basic training and knows: sit, down, come, get it, stay, and release and is ready for the next level of training. He is very treat motivated and respond...read more about KANGA
SPIKE will do anything with and for you as long as he trusts you! Spike knows basic commands, walks nicely, and will let you brush anywhere. Timid at first, he will lean in for pets and will woo, leap, and twirl when he’s excited. He is very smart and extremely food motivated, so you can teach him pretty much anything. We have been working on ‘sit’ and ‘wait’ to teach him not to push through the door since he doesn’t like to be left behind. Spike will play fetch with you, bringing the toy right to your hands sometimes. His favorite past time is sleeping and gnawing on bones. There have been a couple of times that he has guarded a bone (it was a rawhide that had broken off) and a rat that he had caught, but I never worried that he would bite me. He will warn you if he is not comfortable with you getting too close or guarding something (only twice in the time he has been with us), so you have to be able to read h...read more about SPIKE
BUBBA is a big boy that is ready to fill up your home and heart!  Sadly, Bubba's previous owner abandoned him - though at least he was left at a wonderful boarding facility where he was loved and cared for while working through the legal process of having ownership officially transferred.  The kennel owners were then able to contact WAMAL to have us help find him a new furever home and even gave him a groom before he joined us.  The kennel owners described him as fun to be around!  Typical of his breed he is a bit of a puller on leash; however, that is easily remedied by taking him on lots of adventures and training, which will work well for him since he enjoys exploring his surroundings and is a great car passenger!  He is very food and treat-oriented and he is ready to impress with his range of tricks and commands including 'sit', 'give paw' (left AND right), and does pretty well with 'lay down' - when he...read more about BUBBA
DIAMOND wants to live up to her name and be a girl's best friend!  This young mal mix has been bounced around quite a bit already and is craving the security of knowing she has a forever family and home.  She is cared for in her current home; however health issues of her owner require her to need a new soft spot to land.  She would do best with a female owner, though  does also warm up to males in time.  Right now strangers and being left alone are, understandably, a little scary for her; however, you can tell she really wants to get to know people and bond.  She took treats gently from our volunteer and sat prettily for them and followed the command of 'down' as well.  We have also been told she knows 'sit', 'lay', 'down', 'paw', and 'speak' so training with additional commands will be a fun activity with her new family to bond!  While Diamond does have a couple challenges to work through,...read more about DIAMOND
HAKU was a return visitor to one of our amazing shelter partners and this most recent time his owners did not claim him, allowing the shelter to reach out to WAMAL to get him into an amazing furever home!  He is underweight and was stressed in the shelter environment, though still did well with the staff.  Haku would do best in a malamute experienced home and may do well with a canine companion.  Once he settles in we expect he will be a wonderful companion, and even allowed our transporter to hold his paw while he rode shotgun!  He walks well on leash and enjoyed laying down in the play yard and rubbing his body all over the grass!  He is described by one of our volunteers as 'a really cool guy' and we could not agree more!  Haku enjoys treats and will sit for them (though he tries to protest with barking!) but then will sit and gladly gulps it down!  It is good to see he is treat motivated as it will help him get back up to a healthy we...read more about HAKU
GOOSE is an adorable redhead pup that would love to join your pack!  For a younger mal, he is fairly mellow but still enjoys playing and will love going on walks.  He is described as a very good, happy dog - what more could you want?  He has mastered the command of 'sit' and is ready to learn more.  He is working on walking on leash.  He has grown up so far outside, so will enjoy learning about being inside and hanging out on a cushy bed.  He takes treats gently.  Goose came into rescue with his brother Maverick and we would love to see them adopted out as a pair.  If you want a ready-made pack, these two could be a great fit and are described as angels !  Goose would love to join your pack! 
MAVERICK is here to say Tom Cruise doesn't have anything on him!  This mal pup is quite a looker and is ready to add some hunk to your home!  Maverick is very friendly and enjoys people.  He has already learned the command of 'sit' and will enjoy learning new commands in his new home.  He walks pretty well on leash (though sometimes does the puppy chew on it) and has done well on the couple car rides he has been on.  He will enjoy going with you to explore the neighborhood and further out adventures as he is an energetic and playful pup.  He has not spent time indoors, so we expect he will quickly learn to enjoy cushy beds!  Maverick came into rescue with his brother Goose and we would love to see them adopted out as a pair.  If you want a ready-made pack, these two could be a great fit and are described as angels!  Maverick is ready to be your copilot!
ZOEY is a lovely lady that has a challenge many of us can probably relate to - she needs to lose some extra weight!  (I feel you Zoey!)  The great news is she is energetic and enjoys walks and will love to do that with her new family. When Zoey met our WAMAL volunteer she was jumpy and excited to say hi which we did with a lot of woooooos!   She shows a lot of potential for training, which will be a great activity as she gets to know her new family.  Attention and pets are some of her favorite things and will also need to work on boundaries as she can be a bit pushy to get that attention.  True to the breed, she will also need secure containment as she will try to get out of the door to go exploring.  Zoey has done well with other dogs and currently lives with Yogi Bear.  If you want a ready-made pack, the two of them may be a good match or she can join a new home with a different canine companion.  Zoey is a sweet lady that can...read more about ZOEY
YOGI BEAR really is a big teddy bear!  That is mostly awesome because he has such a sweet personality.  The less awesome part (at least in his mind) is he needs to become a smaller teddy bear as he is carrying some extra weight!  While he probably won't love the diet we are confident he will feel a whole lot better once he gets to a more healthy weight.  In his new home he will need TLC and slow walks to start him on his journey.  Yogi was excited to meet our WAMAL volunteer and made an excellent door greeter!  On a walk he did pull but quickly tired out so will need a refresh of leash skills in his new home.  He will also need secure containment as he will take opportunities to go exploring if there is a door open. Yogi has done well with other dogs and currently lives with Zoey.  If you want a ready-made pack, the two of them may be a good match or he can join a new home with a different canine companion.  Please consider opening ...read more about YOGI BEAR
LOKI is looking for a home where he can be the apple of your eye!  This malamute craves attention from his people and will reward you by being your good boy for life!  His perfect home will be one where he does not have to compete for attention and where he gets to join you on walks and other adventures.  Loki has done well with other dogs but will likely want to be the only dog in the home.  He has also lived with children and done very well with them.  He does well in the car once you coax him in and will try to ride as your copilot.  Loki is a smart boy and knows the commands of 'sit' and 'down' and will perform those - in true malamute fashion - when he wants to!  Also true to his breed, he will need secure containment to keep him safe.  He is house trained, though may have some accidents if he is stressed.  Loki is described as sweet and loving and we know he will thrive in a new home once he has the opportunity to ...read more about LOKI
Ziuku is a lovely lady that is looking for a soft place to land.  Through no fault of her own she has been bounced around from home to home and often left outdoors.  She deserves to have a home of her very own where she can be with her furever family.  That should be pretty easy as she loves people and is described as super sweet.  What more could you want?  How about kisses because she gives those!  Ziuku - like many of us over this past year - has a few pounds she needs to lose, so walks and hikes will be a great way to lose the weight and bond with her new family.  She knows 'sit' and 'stay' and does pretty well on leash with a bit of pulling.  She is a malamute so will need secure fencing to keep her safe and does have that malamute prey drive so definitely no small critters.  Ziuku excitedly greets new people and is hoping she has the opportunity to greet her new family soon! 
MALIKA is a bouncing ball of joy!  This floofy lady joined WAMAL from one of our amazing shelter partners after she proved to be just too much dog for her previous family.  It is clear she was well cared for and loved - she just needs a malamute savvy home that is able to channel her energy into appropriate outlets.  She immediately greets people in a friendly manner with a wagging tail and then proceeds to jump up in her excitement...and then jumps some more.  She is not trained and is like a puppy with constantly biting on her leash, so needs a strong leader to help guide her into becoming a good canine citizen.  We also think she will do well in a home with another dog of similar energy level as she had a lot of positive dog interactions while in the shelter and even had a play buddy there.  Malika is adventure ready and will make a great jogging partner and hiker.  That along with learning commands will keep both her physical and mental ...read more about MALIKA
THE TERRIFIC TRIPLETS: DORA, FLINT, & ZIPPO   If you are in search of your very own malamute pack Dora, Flint, and Zippo may be the perfect pups for you!  These three are bonded and looking for a home together to spend their retirement years.  All three are very friendly and are triple the fun, triple the love, and triple the floof!     DORA:  Dora is a sweetheart of a mal that loves attention and tummy rubs!  Her activity level is moderate and she enjoys exercise along with lazy times which is basically the perfect combo.  She is also one of those more rare mals that likes to swim!  Dora is housetrained and likes car rides.  Her favorite toys are stuffed toys with squeakers and she will even play fetch sometimes.  Dora will do tricks for treats and knows 'leave it', 'stay', 'sit', 'wait' and a bunch of other commands as well and would love to show off for you!  &...read more about DORA
THE TERRIFIC TRIPLETS: DORA, FLINT, & ZIPPO   If you are in search of your very own malamute pack Dora, Flint, and Zippo may be the perfect pups for you!  These three are bonded and looking for a home together to spend their retirement years.  All three are very friendly and are triple the fun, triple the love, and triple the floof!     FLINT:  Flint is described as very attentive and friendly.  He is very bonded with Zippo and is anxious when they are not together.  Flint is a smart mal and knows a lot of commands and is house trained.  And he certainly has some mal characteristics in that he can be a little mischievous and has also been known to dig out of his yard!  He thinks he is still a puppy and loves to run and explore and play each day.  He loves stuffed toys with squeakers and he likes to play in the water.  Flint is so cute and fluffy and one of his favorite things to do is cuddle! &...read more about FLINT
We can't believe LOGAN is in need of a new home!  Joining WAMAL from one of our partner shelters, he was picked up as a stray and sadly may have been dumped.  Other than needing to gain some weight, you would never know this pup had a rough start!  He is a super cuddler and will climb right up to sit in your lap.  Logan loves people and being pet is his favorite thing!  He also loves food, and after spending time without food he understandably will take the opportunity to counter surf.  Logan is a mal/husky mix with stunning blue eyes and the size of a mal.  Typical of both breeds he will need a secure yard to explore and enjoy safely and has a typical prey drive.  Logan would love to join his new family on adventures and rides like a dream in the car.  He will need some work on walking on leash as he likes to zig zag and is ready to go!  We are learning more about him and think he may like having a canine companion in his ne...read more about LOGAN
  ASPEN (Courtesy Listing)
COURTESY LISTING If you would like to learn more about ASPEN please contact bartlettjessica00@gmail.com. Who's ready for some fun?  Aspen is!  This young malamute/husky mix will make a perfect adventure buddy and especially likes hiking, water, and playing with balls.  He rides well in the car and is kennel trained.  Aspen is described as a smart fella and already knows 'sit', 'paw', 'stay' and is working on 'down'.  He does pull on the leash and would be happy to work with you on mastering those skills.  He is very friendly with people, and with his age and energy level is still learning not to jump up to greet you in his excitement to say 'hi'!  Aspen was in a shelter since he was six months old before joining his current home where he is getting set-up for success for his furever home.  He may do well living with another dog of similar energy level that wants to go, go, go!  He...read more about ASPEN (Courtesy Listing)
**Must be malamute experienced** MAGNUS is a handsome boy indeed!  Along with those great looks, he is just an overall amazing mal!  He is also definitely a charmer, greeting our WAMAL volunteer with a kiss and a shake with his paw!  He has also mastered 'high five', 'sit', and 'down' and does well on leash and in the car.  He is house trained and is able to be left in the home without issues.  Magnus has done well living with other dogs and may enjoy a canine companion in his new home.     Walks, balls, and chewy antlers are a few of his favorite things!  Magnus has shown to be protective of his bowl and food, so he will need to work on that in his new home.  He will need a patient leader that will work through that issue.  He is best described as a goofy cuddlebug.  Magnus can't wait to greet you and let you give him belly rubs for life!
Oh PALADIN what big ears you have!  And of course  Paladin 's response is 'all the better to hear you with'.  And turns out that is true as this smart malamute/shepherd mix pup already listens to commands including 'sit', 'stay', 'shake', 'gentle', and 'down'!  In fact, his previous owners worked hard to set him up for success and in addition to commands trained him to walk well on leash, crate trained him, and he is almost completely housetrained (he is still a puppy so there is occasional use of the puppy pad).   Paladin  also makes a great car passenger so will love to join you on adventures - though fair warning, unless there is a gate he will try to ride in your lap!  He likes meeting new dogs and has spent time at the dog park and at doggie daycare meeting and interacting with new furry friends.   Paladin  would likely do well with another dog friend in his ...read more about PALADIN
REMUS wants you to come meet him today!  This good boy is described as very friendly and was a shelter favorite before joining WAMAL.     He is active and can't wait to join his new family for hikes and playtime in the yard and hopefully in the snow!  He takes treats gently and loves to be out and about exploring.  Remus greets all new people and welcomes all the pets and love.
Look into my beWOOOOOtiful blue eyes and you will be sure to fall in love!  ERNESTO is a handsome wooly malamute/husky mix that is ready for some snow adventures with his new family!  He is also ready to warm your feet! He comes to WAMAL from one of our shelter partners and has quickly endeared himself to everyone he meets - eager to be petted and will even give you a kiss!  One of his best traits is that Ernesto is a leaner, leaning into people for love and pets - what a cutie!  He is also a polite gentleman and while he loves attention he is polite and did not jump up on our volunteer.  This gentle guy can't wait to be in his furever home for the holidays!
  KONA (Courtesy Listing)
COURTESY LISTING Kona is a sweet, gentle and loving Malamute mix, he is around 5-6years old and weighs 80lbs. He is ready to find his forever home!  Kona is a well-mannered and sweet dog who is happy to just be where his people are. Kona can be more shy at first and takes a little bit of time warming up to new people and feeling comfortable in new situations. Once he knows you, he is so loving and sweet as can be! He enjoys walks and walks well on leash. He does get a little more confidence, he should start to settle in the home. He would love to live in a quiet area with a fenced yard for him to lounge and roam. He should be fine with another dog in the home. He's more independent and may not want to actively engage in play. He is not tested with cats. Kids over 8. Kona is active and would love a home where he can get daily walks or have a fenced yard to roam and lounge. If you're active and like company, he's the dog for you. Kona is neutered, up to da...read more about KONA (Courtesy Listing)
  MAX (Courtesy Listing)
Courtesy Listing My name is Max! Max is a 7-year-old Alaskan Malamute/German Shepard/Lab mix. Max has bounced around a couple of homes due to some behavioral issues but with the right family that is dedicated to him and his training, he is a wonderful dog! Max will resource guard and is protective over his food, toys, and his person. His previous family claims he began this behavior after getting attacked at the dog park at the age of 2. The majority of the time he is a great dog with no issues, but he will need a family that is experienced and can work with him in the areas he has some issues. He is up to date on all shots, neutered, potty trained, crate trained, and walks well on leash unless he sees a bunny, squirrel, or another dog. Since Max can be protective of his person, Max needs a single owner home or a home with two very experienced and committed owners as he will likely end up bonding with and being protective of one of the owners. We will not place him in a hom...read more about MAX (Courtesy Listing)
  THOR (Courtesy Listing)
*COURTESY LISTING** Hello, my name is THOR! I am an 8 year old, 75 pound Malamute/Husky mix that is seeking my furever home! I have been described as the most handsome, sweetest boy!  I arrived as a neglected stray, who was covered in mats and had a nasty ear infection. The kind shelter staff started medical treatment right away while waiting for my owner to reclaim me. Sadly, they never located my owner but I am in good hands at Homeward Bound Pets and feeling so much better after all of those mats were removed!!! Once I realized I could move without pain, I began running and rolling in the field, snorting, rubbing my back, kicking grass up, and well - just having a great time!! I am surrounded by love, a large field and pool to play in during these hot summer days. I have been told I am amazing and so loving, and I would have to agree. I love to play, getting treats (yum!), and I just want to be with my people. After I arrived, the shelter found out that I lived ...read more about THOR (Courtesy Listing)
  BALTO (Courtesy Listing)
COURTESY LISTING If you would like to learn more about Balto please contact  Forever Home Dog Rescue fhdrwa@gmail.com My name is Balto ! My Story Balto is a sweet, playful and loving 2 year old, Malamute/Shepherd mix who is looking for his forever home! Balto is super friendly and happy and loves to play around outside with his people! He is a leaner and loves pets and attention too. Balto walks well on leash but can get excited and pull at times. He is large, around 75-80lbs and will needs owners who can handle his size and strength. Balto does good with other dogs and came from a home where he lived with two other large dogs. No cats or small animals for him. He would do well with another large laid back dog in the home. And he would make a great adventure buddy! Balto is UTD on shots, neutered and microchipped. His adoption fee is $500. Lovingly cared for by Forever Home Dog Rescue   Web Link to Balto:   https://ado...read more about BALTO (Courtesy Listing)
  PREACHER (Courtesy Listing)
Courtesy Post My name is Preacher! My Story Preacher is a 2-year-old Malamute mix. He weighs in around 85lbs and is ready for his Forever home! Preacher aka 'Preach' loves to play with other dogs, run/lounge in the yard, snuggle and go for 2 - 3 mile walks. Preacher loves to go to work with his foster mom in the Seattle/Bellevue area 4 days a week and does great in an office environment and meeting new dogs and people. He sleeps most of the day and when not sleeping, will play quietly with his toys. Preacher is a leaner and loves attention but also appreciates his quiet moments lounging in the yard. Preacher walks well on leash but is very strong and may pull when he sees a squirrel. Preacher is potty trained but struggles in confined spaces therefore he is not kennel trained. No cats. Preacher is neutered, UTD on his shots and micro-chipped. His adoption fee is $500. Lovingly cared for by Forever Home Dog Rescue   Web Link to Preacher: &nb...read more about PREACHER (Courtesy Listing)
  NIKO (Courtesy Listing)
COURTESY LISTING If you would like to learn more about Niko please contact  Forever Home Dog Rescue fhdrwa@gmail.com My name is Niko ! My Story Say hi to Niko! This sweet Alaskan Malamute has had a rough past and is ready to move forward with his loving forever home. Niko is around 3 years old and currently weighs around 50lbs, but is very underweight and is working on getting to a healthy weight. Niko was a stray dog in Mexico, which is a tough place for a Malamute to be a stray! He recently joined us and is now looking for his forever home. Niko is an awesome dog but does have some issues that will require the right home, training and experience. Niko is currently in a foster home with 4 other dogs. He has started to show resource guarding (with food, toys, etc), which is no surprise as he is used to competing for his food and resources as a stray. So he is currently being kept separate, and having supervised increments of socialization with the dogs on ...read more about NIKO (Courtesy Listing)
  ANDERSON (Courtesy Listing)
COURTESY LISTING If you would like to learn more about Anderson please contact nwsnowdogrescue@aol.com Bio - to be added. IMPORTANT - Please Note:  Anderson is being listed as a courtesy. WAMAL has not evaluated this dog in person and any information we have listed here is information provided by the current rescue. WAMAL cannot guarantee this information or take responsibility for any inaccurate information posted in this listing.
  DEKOTA (Adoption Pending)
***ADOPTION PENDING*** DEKOTA came to us from a challenging living situation.  She had recently given birth but was surrendered, suffering from several health conditions.  Dekota is almost 2 years old and weighs in currently at about 90 pounds, is thin and lithe, standing tall on long legs.  She has been under the care of a wonderful foster and has been nursed back to health! Dekota is super gentle but also very shy with humans. She is far more comfortable around dogs and so we will be looking to place her in a home with another medium or large well-behaved dog or two.  Currently she is best buds and a playful companion with her foster brother and she watches him for behavior cues around humans. Dekota is sweet, happy, playful and energetic with no guarding issues nor aggression. Dekota needs an adopter who has an abundance of patience and understanding of her fear and shyness. She needs time and a calm environment without a lot of commo...read more about DEKOTA (Adoption Pending)
  YUKON (Adoption Pending)
***ADOPTION PENDING***   YUKON is in search of his perfect retirement home!  This senior has a ton of love to give and would enjoy being a part of your family.  He enjoys people and greets them with a wagging tail and a big smile.  He does well with children (especially when he gets extra snacks they throw onto the floor!).  He has also done well with dogs and plays nicely with them, so may enjoy having a caine companion in his new home.  He is great on car rides and will enjoy joining you on walks.  Yukon knows 'sit', 'lay down', and 'shake' and is also house trained.  He also loves to chase toys - so cute!  This gentle giant would truly thrive in almost any environment and just wants to be a part of your world.  Yukon is described as practically perfect in every way and we could not agree more! 
  NIKO (Adoption Pending)
***ADOPTION PENDING*** Practically perfect in every way, NIKO wants nothing more than a wonderful home of his very own!  And he certainly deserves that after being surrendered to a shelter when his previous family determined they did not have enough time for him and often left him outside.  In the shelter he has been friendly with the staff and is described as calm and gentle, enjoying attention and love!  Estimated to be about six years old and about 65 pounds, he would be a great match for a family looking for a smaller, more medium energy level malamute.  He may do well with another dog of similar energy level in his new home and will also likely enjoy getting all the attention as an only dog.  Niko is a special malamute that is truly ready to join a family where he can be by your side on walks around the neighborhood, some weekend hikes, and snuggles on the couch!