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The Alaska State Dog

House Bill 14

The Alaskan malamute has played an important role in Alaska's history for at least four thousand years. Considered to be one of the twelve ancient breeds, the Alaskan malamute evolved from the ancient dogs that accompanied prehistoric man in his migrations from Asia, reaching back to the earliest days of prehistory Alaska with the Mahlemut people, now known as the Inuits, in Northwestern Alaska. They lived and worked closely with their dogs, depending on them as partners in hunting large game, hauling heavy loads, and even helping to watch children.

Eighteenth and nineteenth century European explorers to Alaska were impressed with the breed and by the time of the gold rush, Alaskan malamutes, with their ability to haul equipment and people, were in high demand. They were so highly valued that a prospector would pay $500 dollars for one good dog and $1500 for a small team! Long after the Gold Rush, Alaskan malamutes continued to be valuable freight dogs. They were easy to care for and could pull heavy loads to areas that were otherwise inaccessible.

During the 1925 Serum Run to Nome, about 150 sled dogs relayed diphtheria antitoxin 674 miles by dog sled in a record-breaking five and a half days, saving the small city of Nome and the surrounding communities from an incipient epidemic. The Alaskan malamute played a role in this important event.

The Alaskan malamute assisted with Admiral Richard Byrd's expeditions to the South Pole in 1828 and 1934. The successful exploration of this vast continent could not have been accomplished without these dogs.

Additionally, the Alaskan malamute contributed to America's efforts during WWII, pulling sleds in snow-covered areas that were inaccessible to other, more mechanical means of transportation. They were also used as pack animals to carry weaponry and ammunition across the frozen ground, and they served as search-and-rescue dogs.

With its long and distinguished history, the Alaskan malamute has always been an intelligent, hardworking, and loyal partner. This amazing breed helped to make Alaska what it is today and deserves to be recognized.

Please join us in supporting the appointment of the Alaskan malamute as the official Alaska state dog.

Paid For by Berta Gardner for State Senate, 1405 Matterhorn Way, Anchorage AK 99508

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