The story of Lynsay, Evan and Our Alaskan Malamutes
A relationship with a Malamute is one that many envy, few understand, and none can touch..
The NovaMal Story..
We are Lynsay & Evan Bayers. Together we run and maintain a small in home Alaskan Malamute Kennel in Lawrencetown Nova Scotia, Just outside of Halifax.
We met when we were in high school, and have been together ever since. We didnt start out with the same views, dreams and aspirations but as time passed, Evan began to love dogs as much as Lynsay did.
We did lots of research on the breed before committing to adding one to our family. We attended shows, met with breeders, read many books and researched our hearts out until one faithful day, We met Janis. Janis Waecther runs Moonsnoe Kennels in Baden Ontario.
We met Janis at the September 2011 Malamute Speciality in Halifax. She had with her a magnificent Seal Male, Sherman. Sherman won BPISS (Best Puppy in Specialty Show) that weekend. When we told Janis we wanted a pup, preferably a seal, much like Sherman, she said she had planned to breed his parents again that spring. Getting to know Janis really helped us realize that not only did we want to share our lives with Malamutes, and we wanted to do our part to better the Alaskan Malamute breed by raising healthy, happy dogs with solid loving temperaments. After much discussion and getting to know each other, we were put on the list for that litter.
Enter Maverick. Our first Malamute and the heart of NovaMal. He came into our lives in the Spring of 2012 and we knew we would forever be Malamute people. At that time, we werent ready to start our own kennel just yet, and due to him being oversized and his incorrect ears, we chose to neuter Maverick. He is an excellent uncle and obedience superstar!
We brought our second Mal, Maida home in the Spring of 2013. She started her show career with months of shows with no breed competition. However, once up against others in her breed, we finished her championship in one weekend!! Maida has gone on to become the #1 Malamute in Atlantic Canada, as well as #6 in all of Canada and #3 Bitch, all in the year of 2014.
Here at NovaMal we strive to produce the best overall Malamute. We put a very high importance on temperament in our dogs, along with health and type. We will NEVER breed a dog if said dog does not have a bulletproof temperament. Malamutes can have a bad rap and we strive with all of our being to change that.
Our main objective is to produce healthy Alaskan Malamute dogs who will in turn give us well-rounded offspring with great temperaments, comply to Alaskan Malamute standard and will also make great family pets.
For information on our kennel, upcoming litters or just to ask a question, call or Email us at any time. We encourage all persons thinking of adding an Alaskan Malamute to their family to visit NovaMal and meet our dogs. We also have a facebook page! "NovaMal Alaskan Malamutes" and instagram - @NovaMal_AlaskanMalamutes - That we update quite regularly with new pictures and goings-on in our lives.
We believe that if you breed, you MUST show in conformation. Working towards performance and champion titles (obedience too!) allows us the opportunity to measure our dogs against the breed standard, show our dogs off to the world, and verifies our breeding efforts are always heading in the right direction. Our breeding program is in accordance with the Canadian Kennel Club Code of Ethics and Code of Practice for Breeders.
I am a dog breeder. I spend a lifetime learning pedigrees, going over dogs, talking and learning from those in my breed and those outside it. I raise each litter as if I gave birth to them and spend an equal amount of time finding them loving forever homes. I only put puppies on this planet that I think will be the healthiest (mentally and physically) and nicest examples of their breed. I support each family who chooses one of my puppies and let them know they are now a part of our extended family. I am there if one needs to come back and will aggressively pursue the return of one of my dogs if its in the wrong place. I support my breed in rescue and education. I hold them when they arrive and leave this world, not only my own, but my brethren in the fancy. I share my knowledge and socialize my dogs so that they will be the advertisement for my dedication. I don't keep track of the money and time I put in to my love of dogs, it would not be true measure of how I feel. I support my friends in the fancy, because it takes a village sometimes and only WE know how things are for us. The price I charge for my puppies is never profit, but investment in the next generation. I will not be ashamed of who I am, I work hard at being a good dog person and encouraging others to be the same. I am a breeder and I am proud of it. If we don't support each other - we are doomed as a fancy.
Breeder Education.. Is it important to you? It should be!
Potential puppy buyers rarely stop and think about what their prospective breeder is doing to better themselves when it comes to the care, maintenance, training and overall understanding of dogs and puppies. They are often blinded by the excitement of getting a new furry family member!
As a potential puppy buyer, you should be asking yourself whether your breeder has taken any interest in learning about breeding, training, nutrition, health courses, seminars, certificates, programs or any formal training/education in those subject areas on dogs/puppies or their chosen breed?
We are always working towards a better understanding of our dogs/puppies and their health and happiness. Lynsay has several canine (and companion animal) health, nutrition and training certificates, as well as a veterinary assistant diploma and canine first aid, but it doesnt stop there! Lynsay is usually enrolled in at least one course/seminar at a time. With the latest being "Animal Behaviour" held by the University of Melbourne.
Each one of these courses was taken to better our understanding of the dogs we love so much and to help us become better "grandparents" to the future puppies we produce, as well as to aid in educating our new puppy owners on the needs their new dog will have. We believe that breeding and owning dogs is a ever-increasing learning process and we strive to learn as much as we can.
Some of the courses we have taken are geared towards breeding dogs, dog nutrition, and health. Where others are geared more towards dog training. Some are even specifically for sled dogs and working dogs. You can see everything we have done below:
Various Programs, Courses and Certificates Completed, Seminars Attended:
Veterinary Assistant Diploma - Eastern College
Animal Science Degree - Dalhousie University Agricultural Department
Companion Animal First Aid Certificate - Saint Johns Ambulance
Atlantic Provinces Veterinary Conference - various seminars on canine health & nutrition - Halifax NS
Companion Animal Enterprise Management Course - Nova Scotia Agricultural College
No Disclaimer - Association of Pet Dog Trainers Seminar - Halifax NS
SPCA Animal Wellness Conference - various seminars on canine health & behavior - Dartmouth NS