Marnie Gray is an unwanted Arctic dog’s best friend in Brisbane

By on March 25, 2014
Marnie Gray enjoys a Boondall, North Brisbane, off-leash park with Mojo, Deja and Jazz.

Marnie Gray enjoys an off-leash park at Boondall, North Brisbane, with Mojo, Deja and Jazz.

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.


Check out some more photos of the dogs enjoying the park


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/

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About Nick Moore

Nick Moore is the editor of NorthernLife.com.au. He also edits the printed Great Wait. Nick started as a journalist in 1993 and has worked for Fairfax, News Corp and APN.

3 Comments

  1. Caroline Ryan

    March 26, 2014 at 6:45 am

    They are beautiful!

    • Tamara Hall

      March 26, 2014 at 10:45 pm

      Yes, they are beautiful and if you’re prepared to give the dogs what they need, they will be an amazing companion for you. I’m on rescue Malamute No. 3 and am now totally hooked on the breed, challenges and all 🙂

  2. Simon Crick

    March 27, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    I have had my boy for 13 years now and could not have any other breed after the years of devotion he has given me 🙂

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