On the 7th of May we turn 3 years old. Yes we have come through the ‘terrible twos’ intact and we are still standing. Our 2nd year was an incredibly busy year sadly for us this means that we had to help more dogs in terrible situations. For our third birthday we are bringing you a snap shot of the people behind MM. If you didnt already know we are 43 strong with alot of very hard work going on behind the scenes. So, some u may know some you will ‘meet ‘ for the first time…here they are…
Dawn Fido Founder and Chair
MM to me is a fulfilment of a lifelong dream to help dogs. To be able to react and give a little bit of aid to dogs in desperate need.To do something when so many do nothing.
Joanne Anderson: fundraising Trustee
What MM Means to me. I rehomed my first Mal/GSD Chakotay 2 years ago on the 30th April. I joined MM then to get advice on how to bring him up as although I had researched the Mal Breed I wanted to get it right as I had wanted a Mal for over 20yrs. I know he isnt a full breed but at 14 weeks he was up for sale on Gumtree as he was already an unwanted pet. I found MM invaluable for all the questions I had on him and what was the best thing do to get it right with my baby boy. After a few months on the group I seen MM’s first auction since I joined the group and was really impressed with the funds that were being raised and what good MM were doing in helping all the dogs they could that were in desperate need.
I then decided to apply to become a volunteer to be part of this amazing team in Septemper 2013. From there I have made the most amazing friends who are like minded when it comes to their furbabies, Although I will admit we are all a little bit on the nutty side too lol.
For me MM has became a massive part of my life and being able to run auctions and help numerous furbabies is also very satisfying. MM means the world to me and I would be completely lost with out my MM family. To me MM is the most amazing group of people who pull together to do some amazing things when the dogs really need us, be it raising funds for some poor dog that has been abused, abandoned and left for dead.
I will be honest I would be completely lost if I didn’t have MM as I spend a massive part of time volunteering in whatever way I can to help these poor furbabies.
MM is one big, Happy Nutty family who pull out all the stops when it is needed to help in whatevery way we can.
Caryn Errington Trustee and Treasurer
So what does malamute matters mean to me? Gives you faith that decent people still exist & help in raising money for those dogs that arent as fortunate to have these lovely people as huparents.
Sally Elder Trustee
MM is extremely close to my heart as we are helping so many dogs. In this throwaway society it is heart warming ro have such a great team of vollunteers which enables us to help so many dogs in desperate situations.
Rosalie Guru Social Media /Blog Co-ordinator
Being owned by a Rescued Malamute myself MM to me means hope. There are sooo many dogs all around the world needing help…some just need food, some medical care others just need to be pulled out of violent and abusive situations. To be able to help any of these dogs money is needed along with people who care enough to set aside time in their day to step up and want to make a difference. With MM you have both these things.
Richard Horsfield Rescue Co-ordinator
Malamute Matters has made a difference in a lot of dogs (and one cat’s) lives in the last 3 years. In most cases this has been the difference between life and death. Be it life saving treatment, removing from kill shelters or helping to re-home. Being a volunteer for Malamute Matters has seen me involved in lots of fundraising which took me to Alaska and got me my first foster dog via SSDR. I’ve had many ups and downs often questioning my own sanity but I wouldn’t change it for anything. The longer we are around and the more support we have will mean we can continue to make that difference to dogs of any breed. Because all dogs matter.
Carol Atherton : Admin
What does MM mean to me? MM is like my comfy place to go to talk all things Malamute/Sled Dog/Rescue. I am very proud to be able to play a tiny part in the wonderful work MM do to raise money for rescue dogs (animals) in the UK and abroad and to raise awareness of the specialist needs the breeds have. I think MM has helped bridge the gap between the die hard Malamute enthusiast who works/shows/breeds and the fabulous ‘pet’ homes out there who might never have crossed paths before. It’s a great community who share ideas and genuinely care about making a difference. Happy Birthday Malamute Matters x
Tracy Giles : Admin
MM was there for me in my darkest hours when i rescued my first malamute, when other group just made fun of me…. through the years i have made wonderful friends while continuing to learn about the complications of the breed….. MM is a way of life, when I’m not working then , i am looking for ways to raise funds for all the worthy dogs in need ….. Long live Malamute Matters… to the future for bigger and better things
Julie Botterill :Admin
What MM means to me …..
Malamute matters is a charity working hard. Hard working volunteers and hard working members, working to raise funds and awareness for dogs in rescue and dogs in need. Sharing experience, fun and sorrow and helping each other. Helping dogs find homes, helping difficult dogs keep their homes, helping owners see the funny side of eaten sofas and sharing the smiles at doggy birthdays. A group where friendships are formed. Keeps many of us busy, sometimes taking over the rest of our lives but seeing joyous updates, dogs in good health, in happy homes – makes it worthwhile.
Samson : Admin
Malamute Matters is like having a best friend, somewhere i can ask advice and get a honest reply, is always there for me, makes me laugh with the silly things thats posted and makes me cry at the plight of dogs in terrible need of a good home and tlc.
Sharon Hind : Admin
Malamute matters is special.. Special people, special dogs, special stories and specialists at helping.. Can anyone think of another fundraising charity that isn’t tied to one organisation.. That’s one of the things that makes MM special.. We are able to help a huge range of dogs, whatever the breed, because ALL DOGS MATTER.. The people behind MM are a special bunch. Passionate, driven and slightly unhinged sometimes haha. The commitment that they make to MM, while being parents, employees, and having their own lives make them a special breed of their own.. And I’m lucky to call them friends now.
Now the doggies.. I don’t even know where to start.. FIONN, Sapphire, Clifford and Alfie, the list goes on. I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve been in tears seeing the worst of what humans are capable of, but then I see the best.. The most special thing about MM is the way all the members, from all over the world, will suddenly pull together to save a dogs life, to stop the dogs pain and make sure that dog feels love and security.. Malamute matters will make sure every dog it can help will feel no more pain and will feel love and security and that’s why I am part of it and completely proud of it..
Malamute matters has changed my life so much. Before I knew of it’s existence , I was just a dog owner . Now I feel so much more educated on all matters of owning and being owned by a dog, and the rescue aspect of it all of course. It’s such a strong support network…there’s nothing else like it. This charity has FACE ! which I think helps towards making it so epic! I feel so proud to be part of malamute matters and it holds a very special place in my heart. 2015 will be a HUGE year for us!
MM means hope, as dim as it might be in many cases, it is hope. It is hope not only for all those dogs and other animals that end up in rescue, but also for rescuers and volunteers working directly at the shelters.
It’s a really sad situation all around regarding the amount of animals at shelters, but they certainly deserve as much love as any other. No matter how big or small a contribution might be (whether it is financial to help buy food for dogs at the shelters, or pay the vet bills, or taking the dogs for a little walk once in a while), it helps to keep hope that things one day will change for the better. In the meantime, it helps easing up things a little.
What does Malamute Matters mean to me? Animals and more specifically dogs have always held a special place in my heart, if you want to guarantee buckets of tears, just tell me a story about a dog and I’m a goner. I’ve always had dogs growing up and I was forever stealing dog food and putting it out for any local strays, or sometimes I would just wander about trying to find them to ‘rescue’ them. I was never strong enough (and I don’t think I ever will be) to physically help at rescue centres, I have the up most respect for these big hearted people who do so and I am constantly in awe of them; I don’t know how they do it.
So when Malamute Matters was launched I felt this was a perfect opportunity to do ‘my bit’ for dogs in need. As most people know MM first began as a social group, a place for owners of malamutes (and indeed any breed) to come together and share stories, problems and advice. We quickly realised through helping our first dog Alfie, that the power of social media was strong and we had the power to help so many more through this…..and so it began. I quickly became involved in a number of fundraising events, predominately running stalls at events up here in Scotland. I’m also quite a bit of a thrill seeker, so I loved raising money through my challenges.
I’ve met so many friends through MM and its funny to say that because I’ve never actually met 75% of them lol, but its true. I’ve never felt prouder than when MM became a recognised charity after a couple of years of hard work and dedication by a great team of people. I still cant bring myself to read quite a lot of the rescue stories as it affects me so much….but knowing that I am doing my bit to help is enough for me. So back to the question at hand….What does Malamute Matters mean to me?…..only one word needed….ALOT
MM epitomises the logo ‘All Dogs Matter’ with all the help, care and love that has been sent over the last 3 yrs, never have I seen an animal charity that is so devoted to what they do.
It means the world and so much more…I don’t know what the rescue would would do with out a charity as strong and as powerful as we aim to be …….
What MM means to me. They give advice to the followers on fb and advertise all of the dogs that are currently in rescues around the world! But to me its mainly the money they raise for the dogs no matter what breed they are. I am happy to say to people that i help out with such a loving and caring charity!! So really in short as dogs mean the world to me then so does MM.
MM means education about rescue to me. I have to admit when we got Kalika we did think about breeding with her. However, once we joined MM we found out more about how many end up in rescue and the fact that as much as we love her she isn’t right for breeding. So I guess MM means more knowledge about the breed and how to help the dogs less fortunate than our Kali – i
I saw so many unwanted and abused dogs all over the Internet. I wanted to do something to help. I rescued and fostered but I only had so much room. Then I found MM, won some auctions and donated to them, love to hear the stories of dogs they have helped. I felt like I was making a difference and am very proud to have been taken on as a volunteer recently.
What does Malamute Matters mean to me? I am sitting here pondering what Malamute Matters means to me, to the people and dogs the organisation have helped, to the rescues that have benefitted. I find this a very difficult question to answer…to me Malamute Matters means hope, it means love and through the tireless efforts of the volunteers, trustees and supporters it shows that in world full of darkness there is light. To me Malamute Matters is a beacon to all in the animal world that a difference can be made through peoples collective strive to make the world we live in a better place.
MM means to me: MM does wonderful things for the malamute world. And its not just mals they will help, they reach out to all sled dogs. I feel honored to be part of this team, to help MM become larger and help more sled dogs around the world. This is a very caring community.
What Malamute Matters means to me………… A few months back, Dawn gave an account of where all the Malamute Matters funds have gone. As I read the list, I remember thinking “Wow, so many puppers are being helped”. But then I also realized that, not only did the funds help the puppers directly, but also had an indirect affect on many others. I have loved watching the friendships grow in this on-line community and it makes me smile every time MM members get together somewhere to celebrate their mutual love of dogs. I feel like I have made some lovely friendships here as well. And best of all, it’s a wonderful place to chat with people who genuinely want to do what’s best for the dogs, without bias or agenda…..This is what Malamute Matters means to me….
I’ve learnt so much about mals and made some really great friends from the group xx