Malamute Matters meet the team series: Part 4

 Sally Elder


Sally Elder

Sally and husband James


Position at MM – Group Manager (which means overseeing the volunteers and dealing with any and all issues and reporting directly to the Trustees). Representing, arranging and taking part in fund raising events, both outside and online.

Three things I would take on a desert Island – my furbabies (couldn’t live without them), my hubby (need him to chase the bugs and spiders away) and my music.




If I wasn’t doing MM I would still be working in the rescue field. Rescuing furbabies and raising funds has played such a big part of my life. I had been working as a volunteer for rescue for eight years and then joined the MM fundraising group, and have to say I am proud to now be a team member of such a dedicated group.

What is the toughest part of your job ? The toughest part I would say is Education – we need to help and advise people without bringing in our personal views.

Everyone has their own opinion on matters, and it is our job to listen and if necessary educate. We are not here to tell people what they are doing is wrong or right, we want everyone to have fun with their own dogs.

We cannot answer questions on any medical or professional training issues. We can only advise, who are the best people to speak to, and in certain circumstances share our own personal experiences. It can get very heated and debated at times, but as long as the team and our members remember to have fun and share their pictures and experiences with us, it will be good.


Kia (brought to the UK from Turkey with the help of MM)

Where do you see MM in the next 2 years ? I see MM getting stronger and getting our name out there even more. We have fun events and competitions planned all year round. We have a good volunteer team and the amount of rescues we support has grown in the last 6 – 12mths alone.

Also the amount of emergency dogs we have helped has grown greatly too. Of course, it’s not only the great team we have it’s the great supportive members we have as well. We could not do this without them as well.

Do you have dogs yourself ? Breed ? Names ? How many? We have 4 Siberian Huskies and a Huskamoot, ( mostly rescue girls.)

  •  Willow who is our 13yrs young girl,
  • Shadow who is 7yrs,
  • Kia our tripod girl from Turkey is 4yrs
  • Amber our huskamoot is 2yrs and
  • Luna (loony toons and Minnie the minx clone) is 1yr old.



Huskamoot “Amber”


When away from MM what do u do in you spare time (if any ?) During the day I work from home as an audio typist this is a very recent job I have started and I love it. Its means I get to be with the girls all day every day. When I am not working, we are either taking care of my elderly aunt and then we are at the beach, the park, or the lagoons. We have such an amazing variety of walks on our doorstep as we live in a little fishing five minutes from the beach.

What is the best part of your role at MM ? The best part is seeing the before and after pictures of dogs that have been helped by MM. It is seeing everyone pull together, every time it is needed, it really is amazing. If it wasn’t for the funding help that MM gave to the wonderful team that worked with Kia, we wouldn’t be blessed with her. Also the friends I have made, and the people we meet at our events and walks. Everyone and their furries are such a big part of our lives.



Willow (13 years young)


Favourite Band – Boyzone

Favourite Actor – Channing Tatum

Favourite TV Show – NCIS: Los Angeles

Any children ? No children just lots of nieces and nephews


Willow (left) and Shadow

Meet the Malamute Matters Team Part 3 : Joanne Anderson

Our meet the team series continues. This week we have Joanne Anderson


1.Position at MM :  Joint Auction Manager/ Joint group Manager / Mushers Market & MM Approved Adverts & Sponsorship

2.Three  things you would take with you on a desert Island: Dogs, Kids and Books

3. If you werent doing MM what would you be doing instead?  I would probably be lazy sitting on my bum not doing much

4. What is the toughest part of your job?  not being able to help all dogs that need us





Joaanne and Chakotay on MM’s recent fund raising walk around Barra Island


Where do see MM in the next 2 years ?  . I see MM getting bigger and better and being able to help many more dogs in need.

6. Do you have dogs yourself ? I have 3 dogs: Kiiara a 11 years old collie X,  Willow a 9 year old Collie X (who is Kiara’s daughter)  & Chakotay Mal/GSD cross 16 months

7. When away from MM what do u do in you spare time (if any ? ) When not volunteering for MM I am working at my day job as a HomeCare worker looking after the elderly or infirm or looking after the kids and walking the dogs



8. What is the best part of your role at MM ? The best part of being the MM family is definately being able to help raise funds and help dogs in dire need i.e. the Northern Irish Malamutes and being part of an amazing family of like minded people




9. Favourite band ? Bon Jovi   Favourite Actor ?   Hugh Jackman  and  favourite TV  show ?   Supernatural & True Blood

10. Any human kids/grand kids ? I have 3 boys Kyle aged 16yrs Cameron 13yrs and Conaire 4yrs no grandkids yet



Meet the team series: Caryn Errington


Following on from our first ‘ meet the team’ article with Dawn Fido   we have had requests for more information on the people behind Malamute Matters.

This week it is our very own Caryn Errington

Caryn Errington

Caryn Errington

1 Position at MM : Trustee and Treasurer

2. Three things you would take with you on a desert island:  Sun cream, champaigne and a solar powered cooler

3.If you were not involved with MM what would you be doing instead? Sleeping

 4)What is the toughest part of your job?  Not having un-limited funds to help every dog

5) Where do see MM in the next 2 years ? Going global

6) Do you have dogs yourself ? Breed ? Names ? How many? I have two Malamutes:  3 year old Neo and 2 year old Milly.


Neo and Milly

Neo and Milly


7) When away from MM what do u do in you spare time (if any ?) I drag race a 700bhp Subaru   Impreza and track a 600 bhp Focus RS MK2

  8)What is the best part of your role at MM ? Being able to send money to those that   desperately need it and knowing that we make a difference 

 9) Favourite band? Nickelback   Favourite actor?  Jason Stratham  Favourite  tv show ? NCIS 

 10) Any human kids/grand kids ? None