An Arctic Dog in a Tropical Climate
Who is this handsome boy in the picture ? This is Koda our Alaskan Malamute. I said I was going to blog about him so here he is 🙂 Koda is here in Thailand with me, an arctic dog living in a tropical climate. I know this is the point where some people say “isn’t that too hot for him?”..”what were you thinking?”.. or “are you the type who is just looking for a cool looking dog?” … Nope, I love animals and I actually love those “ugly” dogs 🙂 hehe
I was thinking about adopting a dog when we were in Seoul, definitely a smaller one… We almost got a Corgi too. I was thinking about the move, cause we weren’t going to be in Korea forever… and a big dog can be physically and financially challenging to move.. BUT an Alaskan Malamute has always been my husband dream dog.. so we got precious little Koda 🙂
People always mistake him for a husky.. This one lady at the pet supply store here in Thailand actually asked me if I was sure there was nothing wrong with his growth rate.. So I said “He’s not a husky”.. I said it nicely of course 🙂 and she was like “Ohhhhh!!” There are not many Alaskan Malamutes in Thailand but there are a few out there, not one that I’ve met though… I only found them through google.
I always try to keep the house cool for him, the air con is always on.. I turn it off every now and then and when it gets warm I turn it back on for him so he’s comfortable. But when we go for walks he is able to cope with the heat, if the weather is too hot then I don’t walk him too long. He loves walks though, even in this climate, and he’s made some friends in the neighborhood. People love him here 🙂 So while Thailand is not a suitable climate for him, it surely is better in the affection department than Korea. People are more compassionate towards animals in general and Koda loves greeting and making new friends ! Usually they will ask “Does he bite?” and when I say “Nope”.. they just come over and start petting him 🙂
There are some challenges in raising an Alaskan Malamute. Because a young pup like Koda(1 yearold), still has the puppy mindset in a big dog’s physique. He was really destructive and destroyed 2000 dollars worth of furniture while we were in Korea. He is better now with the chewing, but he has ripped the mosquito screen on the windows because he stood up and leaned on it to have a better look at what’s going on outside.
The down sides aside.. Koda is a wonderful companion… Who’s also an entertainer…And he is so full of love… He adds a lot of sunshine to my life now that my husband is away in the sandbox.. Koda makes it so much more bearable and the two of us can’t wait til daddy comes home!
I have so many pictures of Koda from when he was a puppy up to now. So I will be posting his pictures every now and then 🙂 Is there anyone else out there in the area or similar climate with an Alaskan Malamute? Please leave a comment so I can follow your blog and we can share stories and pictures!