Our love affair with the Alaskan Malamute began with our Ashley, our first born.  After searching
for months to find one, we finally found her.   She was such an amazing puppy.  She minded so well
and was such a well behaved young lady.  She is our Alpha female.  She taught us so much about the
Malamutes. I had no idea of any of the quirks that are Malamute traits.  It wasn't until we got our
third Malamute, Sasha that they began to show.  They are the extreme Pack Animal and there is
always going to be an Alpha.  Ashley took that job and she was extremely good at it.  She controlled
the whole pack.  Ashley and
Bronco are best friends.....
October 4, 2003 to September 24, 2010

Ashley was the perfect dog when she was young.  Then we bought Sasha and the
"Alpha" came out in her.  I learned alot about the chain of command that Malamutes
have from her.  She was definitely the boss.  She was the serious one of the pack.  
Her job was to keep everyone else in line.  It was a tough job but Ash handled it
perfectly.  If some dogs were playing too rough, she would go and take one down,
not hurting it, but letting it know it was too rough.  She was amazing.  
We first discovered her diabetes because she suddenly went blind within a few
days.  My vet came out and checked her eyes and said she had cataracts.  And
probably diabetes since she lost her sight so fast.  We started her on insulin and
shortly after, had cataract surgery to regain her site.   She had to wear one of
those goofy collars and Norman, our cow was very curious about her (see pics
above).  Justy our horse, was afraid of her.  She did regain some of her site but
had glucoma in one eye and adema in the other and has severe problems with her
eyes.  We never could get her glucose regulated well.  She was in and out of the
hospital.  After 4 months, she finally passed away in September, 2010.  We
cherished every second we had with her.  

Poor Bronco sure does miss you.  We love you , Ashley and miss you so much.  
We will never forget you. You were our "first born" baby girl....
If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever...
Watching Mom and Dad dig out the pond
is such exhausting work!