Marnie Gray is an unwanted Arctic dog’s best friend in Brisbane
BOONDALL woman Marnie Gray has devoted the past 4 1/2 years to the rescue of Arctic dogs, breeds that can prove too much for well-intentioned but naive owners.
Ms Gray usually has 15-20 Arctic dogs – such as Alaskan malamutes and Siberian huskies – needing foster care and adoption in Brisbane and southeast Queensland.
She said the dogs’ striking looks attracted owners who were unaware how much time, effort and affection the breeds needed.
“They’re not lawn ornaments, they’re a working dog.” Malamutes and huskies were bred to haul heavy loads in packs over the Arctic. A love of physical exertion and roaming was in their genes.
Mostly the dogs needing a new home had been well-treated, Ms Gray said, but their owners had simply run out of puff and patience.
One notorious Arctic breed trick, she said, was to jump the fence and keep tramping until the long arm of the pound caught up with them. It didn’t matter how much they loved their owners or how well they were treated at home, they would seize the chance for adventure without a backward glance.
The bill to bail them out could hit a few hundred dollars, so less-committed owners often grew tired of repeat offenders.
Ms Gray rigorously screens prospective adopters to make sure the dogs are not discarded again.
“By the time a dog makes its way to me, it’s already been let down,” she said.
“I’m not going to let it down again.
“The buck stops with me.”
For more information about Arctic breeds, which also include samoyed and akita, and their adoption visit: http://shamroq.org.au/