Nicknames: Ice Bear, Turmeric, The Dork, The Big Dog, The Nicotine Stained Dog, Icicle, Mum's Helper Dog
Gotcha Date: December 8th 2008
Birthday: June 21st 2007
Likes: Cuddles and helping his mum around
Pet-Peeves: Our cat Turkish Poof being noisy with his meyows
Favorite Toy: Any soft white toy puppy that he can love up
Favorite Food: He loves his chicken flavoured toothpaste, peanut butter filled kongs and has been known to eat soap!
Favorite Walk: West End Park because of it's wonderful old trees
Best Tricks: His Malamute talking woo woooOOOoo's. Any of you other Malamute Owners will understand. He does it on request.
Arrival Story: Icy came to live with me on December 8th, 2008. We had just a week before lost our white German Shepherd Kavik to Degenerative Myleopathy (DM or CDRM in the UK). Kavik's grieving widow, German Shepherd X Ookie, needed another friend. I was then in touch with a few people through-out the UK who work in Alaskan Malamute Rescue. Within days I was offered Icy. He then lived in Carlisle with a very mentally sick woman who could not care for him. My mother in law and I drove down to get him. He was in a sorry state. Due to stress he was nearly bald with "stress shedding". His fur was as short as a Labrador's and for those of you who know Malamutes, that isn't right! Because of this state he was not accepted into the regular Malamute Rescue channels because he was believed to be a possible X. I can now say that Icy's coat has grown into a wonderfully thick coat. From the moment we met we meshed. He couldn't take his eyes off of me the whole time we were at his prior owner's home. He happily jumped into our car and never looked back. We are his 4th home and he is my second Alaskan Malamute.
Bio: Icy came to us with a severe aggression problem with other dogs. When he met Ookie he wanted to kill her. I had this impulse reversed with some quick training and within 15 minutes they were the best of friends. They often lay together on top of each other much like puppies. I have had to work with Icy a lot to be able to walk him without problems. He is very smart and he has the sweetest temperament. That has helped. After eight months of work we that we cracked his problem and now he ignores other dogs for the most part. Training is ongoing. When Ookie died I adopted Alaskan Malamute Lone Star. We had an instant sucess of a meeting between Icy and his new mate Star. So we're definitly getting somewhere with our training! Icy and Star are as close as life mates can be. I'm so happy for Icy since Ookie had Kavik in that way. I think Ookie would have approved. He is trained as my Service Dog and is a wonderful dog to take around and depend on. No more aggression. I now consider Icy a hero as he saved my mother-in-law and I from a dog attack the other day. He just ROARED at this dog and it literally shat itself and backed off. Icy could have bitten the dog or it's idiot owner but didn't even growl. Icy is now a retired Mobility/Medic Alert Assistance Service Dog due to health reasons.
Icy had to be put down today due to a frontal lobe brain tumor. Despite being so sick and retired he was learning to do Deep Pressure Therapy on me. Icy was still trying to help me on the walk to the vet today. Dave walked him in case of trouble but I walked in front and Icy walked next to me despite Dave holding his lead.
I'm in pieces right now. Thank you all for your support with both Lone Star and Icy.
I finally got Icy in to the vet yesterday. He has to be retired from outside the house work. He either has Arthritis or the start of DM/CDRM. I have had a dog in the past with DM/CDRM and I know the future. It's as bad as I expected. The vet is moving vary carefully and they are in the process of ruling things out right now.
I know a flat long walk that I can take him on but I won't be able to use him to help me cross streets, navigate hills, go shopping, or go on the bus with.
So he will have a lovely retirement. Thank you all for keeping track of my progress training both Lone Star and Icy for Assistance Dog/Service Dog work.
My next dog will likely be from one of the UK Charities and trained by them to help me. It will mean a lot less red tape for me. It may be a couple years till a new dog enters our family.
Wish us well and I will keep updating you all on how Icy is doing.
Icy was surrounded by kids at my 6 year old son's karate class last night.
There were probably ten adults and fifteen kids at this point. This was his second time at the studio but first in the room with all the kids. He was brilliant. I got some good video that I might upload.
To get there we have to take a bus, cross a very busy road while negotiating a hill. He was not reliable and was wobbling on his back legs. On our way home I went down hard on my knees and he was shaking like a leaf next to me. At first I put it down to him not working with me for a few weeks (just got back from a trip to visit family in Arizona) and then I listened to my husband (who walked behind us) about his wobbling. He had mentioned it to me when it was happening and I was to busy trying to keep a steady pace to look. We were going up a smallish hill. Now I'm worried its the beginning of HD or the dreaded DM/CDRM. I'm going to have him at the vet as soon as I can but we can't afford it right now. Gotta wait till the bills are paid.
Terrified for him. Having lost Lone Star so recently.... I need to see if there is something wrong and if there is what we can do but he might not be able to work.