Thursday, 5 September 2013

OK Mum! You can stop feeding me now!!!

What a week last week was with Ziva!  She is now six month old and growing bigger still by the day.
Now Malamutes can eat!  Believe you me they eat like there is no tomorrow, food in bowl one minutes gone the next so imagine our bewilderment and worry last week when she refused her breakfast! her midday meal and then her tea too, in fact this went on for two days.  I mean in in four months she has grown from this:

With our youngest David on the 11th May 2013

To this:

Ziva six months old 2 September 2013

That is some growth in such a short few months, she is now approx three quarters of her adult size.
Well I hunted through my favourite Malamute websites to see why she was refusing her food.  Would appear that Mum ME!! had over stuffed her with food! And she no longer required all the protein and the massive amount of food she needed in those first months.  I must admit I had been increasing and increasing her food and she was having three meals a day.
Well to say that the Waste! In the garden was being produced by the bucketful would not be an under estimate.
This week ZIVA is back to her normal happy self, two meals a day and now on a fish diet after all she would eat seal in her home country of Alaska.  What a change in just a few days.
Few pictures below to look at, she loves the water, whether it be the sea or the hose pipe or a bucket of water.

She has two male admirers!!  Ralph, a toy poodle at dog training classes  which we still attend, just because it is such a fun morning, and Alfie a Cockapoo who she plays with on the fields.  Have  also
met a beautiful white husky, they had a real rough game together, such a difference in the size between the malamute and the husky, the husky could sure run the socks off  ZIVA at the moment!  Huskies are for the quick pull and running hard, Malamutes are for the long heavy pull, steady but sure for hours or end

That looks like one of my kind heading this way!

First introductions

Starting the game

Getting competetive

Rest needed, very hard work all this playing

Time for home - I don't think so!


  1. did you see them at Crufts this year Lynette? think I need to get you a dog book, to show you the feeding regime of

  2. Ziva is a real stunner Lynette, she has grown so much! I too have had to start weighing out Polly's food carefully ... she was growing so fast and does loves her grub, then when we had her weighed last week before her op she had put on quite a few kilos and was heading towards the top end of the weight ratio for her breed and age, so I've reigned her back in before she turns into a porker, lol! Oh and I've started substituting carrots for some of her chews ... she seems to approve :) See you on Sunday x



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