FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):
Q: How did you get the name “Nisqually”?
A: My parents picked this name. I am named after Nisqually Glacier on Mount Rainier. Nisqually Glacier is the source of the Nisqually River, which flows from Mt Rainier to Puget Sound in Washington state. Both the glacier and river were named after the Native American tribe of the same name that lived near the southern end of Puget Sound. My parents liked the name. Do you?
Q: Why is your coat so thick?
A: I am a wooly malamute. I have a recessive gene that gives me an extra thick coat. The standard for the breed is a short-hair coat so I am not a show dog, but I don’t care.
Q: How big will you get?
A: I am now almost full grown and weigh 100 pounds. With my wooly coat I look bigger.
Q: What do you want to do when you grow up?
A: I want to be a therapy dog and help people. I will let people pet and hug me and they will feel better afterwards. I have to take some classes before I can be an official therapy dog, but right now my mom (who is a hospice nurse) takes me with her to visit her patients. Sometimes I play with their dogs. Her patients love me and I love them.
Q: You look like a husky. What is the difference between huskies and malamutes?
A: Huskies are smaller and faster than malamutes; malamutes are larger and smarter. Huskies have blue eyes; malamutes have brown. Huskies are used in dog sled races because of their speed. Malamutes were used by Eskimos to pull their sleds in the days before they had snowmobiles.