AMAL at 2016 AMCA Alaskan Malamute National Breeders Specialty
The AMAL Rescue Showcase (RS) started out with a light picnic luncheon in an outdoor area, so the dogs were able to join their owners and meet the other participants. The theme this year was Western, but not too “yahoo-ish” – decorations reflected that and Sharon Huston & Karen Jordan arranged to have some cute Western photo-op locations, complete with a signpost that had directions to malamute-related places & cold weather considerations! Parade participants were able to mingle and munch a little lunch in a casual setting. Late in the afternoon, AMCA volunteers provided a little “fluffing and puffing” for the parade dogs. It was nice for the RS participants to experience many of the events associated with the actual dog show. We ran through a practice run to identify locations and allow the participants to feel comfortable with the expectations of the actual event. New AMAL President Tina Dunn and newly elected AMCA President, Terry Toussant, presented the ribbons and awards to the honorees and their dogs. Sharon Huston did a superb job on the memory books that were given to the participants. They are visually lovely and include some interesting malamute facts. I’ve received several responses on how well they were received by our participants! Karen Jordan took some candid photos to commemorate the events of the day. Most the pictures included with this article are by her…
After the Rescue Showcase, we headed up to the AMCA Hospitality Suite to relax with a light reception. The RS participants enjoyed having a bite to eat and sip a little AMAL wine or local CO beer. AMCA had the room beautifully decorated and we just added a star projector that Sharon Huston discovered to light the ceiling with stars (reflecting our Rescue Showcase stars)! -All attendees seemed to like socializing after the event and discuss the activities of the day.
New at this year’s National Specialty Show was advance sales of wine made by Denver’s own Bonacquisti Wine Company, with a portion of sales to benefit AMAL. A red and a white were the options – in 2 bottle box or a case, and the wines were Colorado produced and bottled. Wines were delivered at the show at a wine tasting, held in the AMCA Hospitality Suite. Additional wine purchases may be still be made through the winery’s website: http://www.bonacquistiwine.com/products/amal-custom-wine . Please note that if you cannot pickup your wine at the winery, you will have to add delivery charges (the estimate is about $20 for a two bottle container; $30 for a case – depending upon where the shipment goes). Order your “Sled Dog Red” and “Woo Woo White” to enjoy over the holidays and help AMAL fundraiser! (Try to allow a couple of weeks advance purchase for wine labeling & shipment needs).
SLED DOG RED: A mellow blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Cabernet Franc grapes – this wine is delicious alone or a wonderful addition with cheese. Its medium body allows it to go well with most types of meats and spicy foods.
WOO WOO WHITE: This Italian style white contains Cortese grapes. Fresh and floral with citrus fruit - perfect for sipping! Select this wine for seafood, chicken and light appetizers.
These wines are great for celebrating over the holidays and they make great gifts. Thanks in advance for your continued support of rescue….
Thank you to the AMAL Volunteers…
A special thank you to Sharon Huston, Karen Jordan, & Susan Conan for developing the memory books for the RS participants. They are beautiful and so meaningful especially to the owner/handlers. Sharon H also puts in such a great amount of time, effort & heart in the preparation of the books, show ribbons and medals – the results are always wonderful! Sharon H and Karen also reliably make sure event setup and take downs occur on time and as best can be done. Shelly Pratt was very helpful too for flexible event arrangements in the Hospitality Suite.
Tanja Gube is also a terrific volunteer, German candy donor and general fun person to see each year at the show. She makes AMAL name tags for the people at the booth & the RS participants, she helps out when needed and is a great resource for all of us. When something needs to be done, Tanja will do it.
Each year the hosting regional affiliate rescue(s) put together the welcome baskets/bags. I was pleased to have products in the gift bags and/or booth sales items from all affiliates: Moonsong, POLARIS, Arctic Rescue and AMRNC (who had adopters who had moved to the Rocky Mountain Region).
This year we had Andrea Allen, from Arctic Rescue, be available to help out between her dog show events. She stepped in and did a little “fluff and puffing” for the RS and was available when her schedule allowed. Tina Dunn also had dogs in the show as well and would stop by to make suggestions and ask what she could do to help between show events. She also arranged to have the packed boxes transported to the next Specialty show (-a great help!). Karen Jordan, Katy Flanagan and Bob Sutherland also helped out at the AMAL Booth; Bob also worked with the RS participants as they entered the show ring.
My hubby, Paul Ganci, was great – he helped setup the AMAL Booth, worked all week at the booth and documented the Rescue Showcase event by video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZYdEnofD-E . I could always count on him to help out when I was tied up with show related activities that temporarily kept me away from the AMAL Booth….
One of our RS dog adopters, George Seaton, developed this video of the luncheon & some of the RS events: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZjLuDVfFxA&feature=youtu.be.
If I missed thanking anyone….I am sorry & certainly did not mean to overlook their efforts. The National Specialty is a big event and a lot of planning, organizing and efforts go into it. It is a terrific & successful event due to the combined efforts of many people…
Next year’s National Specialty is scheduled for October 22 – October 28th, is hosted by the Great Lakes Region and is being held at Sawmill Creek Resort, in Huron, Ohio. The Show Chair is Cindy Benson and Patty Ann Peel is the Asst. Chair. -Hotel reservations are first come; first serve so be sure to make your plans early!
Be thinking of those unique Alaskan and malamute-related items that will sell well… Other years’ top selling items have been long sleeved T-shirts, sweatshirts, historical breed activities & events photos on gift items, stuffed animals – to name a few…
-Hope to see you in 2017 in Huron!
2016 Rescue Showcase Chairperson