September 1994 - 25th April 2006
How We Got
Hollie is Flynn's sister, and we had her at the age of 4 months old.
When we visited Flynn, as a puppy we also fell in love Hollie she was such a lovely
girl. We don't know what happened with Hollie with her previous owners, but we
were told that they could not cope with her. When the breeder told us that she
was having Hollie back, Jason and I did not hesitate in saying that we would have
her. I managed to get time off work to go and collect her, and I settled her in
Hollie arrived on 27th December 1994, and it seemed like she had
been with us all her life!!!
was evident that she had a few problems, she was very wary of strangers especially
men, and she was extremely friendly to dogs (which is unusual for Malamutes).
The other problem we had with her was that she liked her food
her food, she eats, as though she had never eaten before.
Over the years Hollie
learnt from Flynn that not all strangers are bad, and whenever we had a visitor,
we always gave her a biscuit, she soon learnt to enjoy strangers coming to the
Show Girl 'Hollie'????
we started showing Flynn, we tried to show Hollie, but having a stranger go over
her, was just not her idea of fun!!! We wanted to show her, as the breed was not
as popular as it is now, and we wanted to promote the breed. We did not want to
force her to do something she didn't want to do, but we did not want to leave
her at home, while we took Flynn to shows. We tried her on quite a few occasions,
and she played up, and looked quite aggressive in the ring, and we did not want
to promote this as part of the breed. So Hollie was not going to be a show girl!!!
Jason built a rig, maybe Hollie and Flynn could do this together?
We took them out training, and they loved it, maybe this is what they could do
together!! We took them to a few rallies, and from this we knew we needed to do
more training, Jason and the rig spent most of the time in front of the dogs,
and they seemed to go where they wanted to go!! It so became apparent that though
Hollie enjoyed the training, when she had enough there was no moving her and Jason
had to leave her with a marshal at one of the rallies. So it was decided that
this was not the hobby for Hollie!!
Could it be that we have found what Hollie likes to do? AMWA,
where holding Weight Pulls, which were not far from where we lived, maybe she
would like to do this? The very first time, all we wanted was them to pull the
empty trolley, well she did that no problems!!! Actually she enjoyed it, and we
went all the time and she managed to get a third place, she never beat Flynn,
but at least we found something she enjoyed to do!!
At the age of 5,
it became noticeable that there was something not quite right with Hollie. Her
coat seemed to be getting thinner, her stomach became bloated, and she was drinking
a lot of water? We took her to the vets, and the vet wanted to try her on a special
shampoo? We were not impressed by this, as we new it was something more than shampoo
So we decided to change vets, it took us 5 years of tests, and
tests, and more test's, until she was diagnosed with what we believed she had
all a long
Due to a lot off information we collected off the internet
which we crossed checked with a lot off different sites to be sound with our thoughts
disease!!! But first the vets diagnosed Hypothyroidism
which she was put on Soloxine to treat this..
picture below left is Hollie in March 2003 at her worst and to the right is Hollie
enjoying camping at Leeds 2005, Hollie received alot of sympathy, love and affection
and everyone was so pleased and happy for her when her coat came back!!!
after a couple off years the condition was not getting any better, so we had a
check up with a different vet in the practice she said why not check for Cushing's
again, this time it showed she had a broader line Cushing's result.
was now also put onto 'Vitroyl' this seemed to be a new condition the vets had
to deal with but we were hopeful. 4 tablets at 60mg a day and a test after 10
days to recheck level. I checked the tablet makers own web site, and other sites
which gave better advice on these tablets and levels and what to look out for.
A good American vet 'Chat Site' with people's comments warned us what could
happen if over dosed, which happen to Hollie with in 4 days on the dose given.
The tablets were stopped straight away with a couple of days rest, a test was
re-done with results being inconclusive, so she was again re-tested this time
it indicated that Hollie was on a very low level of Cushing's, so we started on
half the dose which was fine for her.
Hollie has now got a full coat, and is
looking wonderful, although she has put on a little weight, even though she is
eating less then she used to.