Sebastian Arctique, CGC, WWPD, UWPCH
Black Alaskan Malamute with Full Mask, Star, Blaze, Eagle
31.5" shoulder - weight 142 (at 8 years old)
born May 14, 2004
above photo by Moses Martin
CGC - Canine Good Citizen
UWP - United Weight Puller (UKC)
WWPDX - Working Weight Pull Dog Excellent (AMCA) 4 of 5 legs
IWPA Regional Gold Medal Winner Wheels 2007-2008 150lb class
IWPA Regional Gold Medal Winner Wheels 2008-2009 150lb class
IWPA Regional Gold Medal Winner Wheels 2009-2010 Unlimited class
IWPA Regional Silver Medal Winner Snow 2009-2010 Unlimited class
IWPA National Silver Medal Winner Wheels 2009-2010 Unlimited class
IWPA National Silver Medal Winner Snow 2009-2010 Unlimited class
IWPA Regional Gold Medal Winner Wheels 2010-2011 150lb class
IWPA Regional Silver Medal Winner Wheels 2010-2011 Unlimited class
IWPA Regional Gold Medal Winner Snow 2010-2011 150lb class
IWPA Regional Gold Medal Winner Wheels 2011-2012 150lb class
IWPA Regional Gold Medal Winner Snow 2011-2012 150lb class
IWPA Regional Gold Medal Winner Wheels 2012-2013 150lb class
IWPA Regional Gold Medal Winner Snow 2012-2013 150lb class
My initial description of Sebastian when he was two months old was:
"Feline curiousity, non-stop play & a lap-dog, lovebug to boot!"
That description still fits him.
Sebastian is an energetic handful, that pushes every boundary, always checking to see that I really mean what I say. That means I can't cut him any slack until he's an adult. The rule is the rule, every time. And that works well, he's continually building a base of good behavior and habits, but he didn't come out of the womb that way. There's alot of hard work behind that.
Sebastian contemplating pouncing on Cinnabar, July 2005
At 3 years old, he can still be "puppy", but is more settled down than he was. He's still a handful, a big baby, and an agitator.
He's also very sweet and loveable - "the big lug". The "big lug" is also a leaner, he's got to lean into you when getting attention. At 140+lbs, that means plant your feet before the leaning starts!
Sebastian on recall
He learns quickly and gets bored just as quickly, so he keeps me on my toes keeping him mentally stimulated. This hasn't changed
He's capable of howling (did it as a young pup), but doesn't howl. Is a very talky, but not a typical woo-wooer. But he does bark. He also rumbles, woos, whines, woo/whines, "yaw, yaws", "aarfs" and grumbles. Quite the collection of sounds. He's the rare Mal that thinks of himself as a watchdog. Definitely my protector.
He's well loved at Happy Tails Day Care (he and his brother attend once a week), and they told me they put him in specific play groups because he has the ability to "nail" dogs with attitude, and do it gently, no fights. He loves it there, and can't wait to play with his buddies.
Sebastian playing with Cinnabar, July 2005
Sebastian playing with Cinnabar, March 2007
Sebastian has been great with Cinnabar. When they're playing, the contortions he puts himself through to make sure he doesn't land on Cinnabar are amazing to me. When things get rough between them, and I call "settle", he will usually grab a toy and shake it at his brother - making it about the toy and not each other. He's always let Cinnabar be rougher with him than he is with the puppy, just like it should be, helping Cinnabar learn his soft bite. As they've grown up, they're both rougher (sometimes like 2 freight trains colliding), but still within the bounds of propriety.
Sebastian with Cinnabar, July 2005
Sebastian with Cinnabar, December 2006
However, he's not crazy about Cinnabar getting any of my attention and "grumpy growls" when it happens. Not that it's getting him anywhere. Just kind of tough to learn that he's got to share mom, at this point. As they've grown, he's more inclined to share, but not always. He likes to push his brother out of the way or get between us. But, at times, he's also good about equal attention.
Tall, Deep-chested, Long, Slendor
Sebastian is a tall, deep chested, slender Malamute. Well, he looks slender to me until I see him next to another breed of dog, then he looks like the heavy freighting dog he is :)
Sebastian playing with Tasha, a Rottweiler
Curiousity is not only the domain of cats, Sebastian always had it. The first time he heard the wind through rain soaked leaves, he sat down and cocked his head to listen while watching them. Planes fascinate him, and he tries to race them. First time he saw a full moon, he sat down and viewed it for several minutes. All new toys coming into the house, he inspects - punching at them with his nose until he finds the squeaker or other noise maker. Satisfied, he leaves them for playtime, knowing he'll know where to grab it to make the most noise possible. He needs to know how things work. I call it his "professor mode". Sometimes he loves playing with bubbles, others he needs to figure out how they work. Where did they go when I poke them with my nose?
curious Sebastian - November 2004
As of this writing we've completed many agility classes, participated in agility trials and lots of weight pull events
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