Best Veteran In Show
Storm Kloud's As Good As It Gets
"Everything Happens For a Reason"

When we decided to add a third dog we put a deposit down with Nancy Russell at Storm Kloud.  We wanted a show
quality male because we had no intention of breeding and we just wanted to get into showing.  The time came, the
litter arrived:  1 male, and he was black and white.  Nancy thought it was unfair to send me, a novice, into a ring 'in
the land of the grey and white open face' with a black and white dog.  It would be VERY hard to win.  Instead I was
offered pick bitch out of the litter who was the cutest grey and white open face.  By 6 months of age she was leading
our three dog team.  She proved to be an excellent working dog and weight puller her first season out.  My "show
dog" never ended up actually liking the show ring....and in some respects neither did we.   Nancy was going to be
retiring from breeding and leaving the area and we feared the line might die off so we dug in, started learning
everything we could about bloodlines and breeding and in 2005 we had our first litter.

And we miss her terribly.

"They follow in her paw prints"

Bella's been a fun working dog and now she passes that onto her children.  Their numerous accomplishments have
been listed below, current as of February 2018.

In her first litter she earned the AMCA's new Register of Merit Working Dog (ROMWD) title!
In her second litter she earned the AMCA's new Register of Merit Working Dog Excellent (ROMWDX) title!
She is the FIRST in breed history to qualify for the Register of Merit for Perfomance (ROM-PERF)
She is the FIRST in breed history to qualify for the Register of Merit for Agility (ROM-AG)

The 12 kids:
AMCA National Specialty 61-80# weight pull class winner, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2017 & 2018
AMCA Regional Specialty 61-80# weight pull class winner, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, & 2017
AMCA National Top Percentage of Body Weight Pulled Winner, 2008
AMCA Working dog Showcase Best of Opposite Sex, 2008
AMCA Working dog Showcase placers, 2006, 2008, & 2014
8 class winners, non-specialty weight pulls
8  top 4 ranked weight pullers (AMCW point system)
4 AKC Agility class winners, all-breed trials, perfect scores
3 Novice Agility (AKC)
4 Novice Agility Jumpers (AKC)
4 Novice FAST (AKC)
1 Open FAST (AKC)
2 Open Jumpers with Weaves (AKC)
1 Open Standard (AKC)
4 Rally Novice (AKC)
3 Rally Advanced (AKC)
2 Rally Excellent (AKC)
2 Rally Advanced Excellent (AKC)
The breed's FIRST Rally Masters title (AKC)
1 Rally Masters 2 (first in the breed)
1 Rally Masters 3
2 UKC Rally 1
2 UKC Rally 2
1 UKC Rally 3
3 Agility 1 title (UKC)
3 Agility 2 title (UKC)
3 Trick Dog Novice (AKC)
3 Achiever Dog (AKC)
Winners Bitch/Best of Winners at the largest specialty in the country outside of AMCA National week
Specialty Best of Opposite Sex from the Working Bitch class, back-to-back years
#1 class bitch WI/IL, #2 Nationally via AMCA rankings  
A Gee-haw leader & 3 other leaders
GLAMC high weight pulled record holder
AMALAPAC female record holder (2012)
AMALAPAC overall record holders (4, 2 male, 2 female)
Multiple Top % weight pull winners (4 of the 5 in her first litter in fact, 1 in the second litter, 1 in the 3rd!)
AMCW 2008-2009, 2011-2012, 2012-2013 weight pull season Winners (3 different dogs)
2 AKC Champions (1 more major pointed)
AKC Grand Champion
4 UKC Champions
Multiple Best of Breed Winners, Multiple Group Placers (UKC, AKC, & AKC special attraction)
Top % Alaskan Malamute, AMCW 2010-2011 and 2012-2013 weight pull season
Top weight pulled Alaskan Malamute, AMCW 2012-2013 weight pull season
AMCW Weight Pull Ranked Top 4 ('06-07, '07-08, '08-09, '09-10, '10-11, '11-12, '12-13, '14-15, '17-18)
2 Iron Dog Weight Pull Dog 1, 2, and 3 titles, class winner
4 have pulled more than 3,000lbs in competition (2 male, 2 female)
2 have pulled 4,ooolbs (both female)
UKC High In Rally Trial, All-breed show
Top Ten Agility (AMCA 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Top Ten Rally (AMCA 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
2 AMCA Performance Award of Merit winners (2013, 2014)
3 AMCA Versatile Alaskan Malamutes (2014, 2015)
2 AMCA All-Around Alaskan Malamute (2013, 2015)
6 AKC Canine Good Citizens
2 AKC Canine Good Citizen Advanced
2 AKC Canine Good Citizen Urban
AMCA Regional Specialty Rally Trial, High Combined Score 2015 & 2018
AMCA National Specialty Rally Trial, High Combined Score 2018
AMCA Regional and National Specialty Rally Trial, High Triple Score 2018
4 qualifiers for the AKC Rally National Championship (2012 and 2 in 2016, 2 in 2018 including the first and only
Malamute to qualify for the RACH class, 1 in 2019 )
2 daughters who themselves have also earned the AMCA ROM-WDX

And still going....

Check out our
NEWS page to keep up with the Kids' accomplishments!
Ch. Storm Kloud's Yyes Just Say Yes WWPDX WTDX WLD 94 Iditarod
Ch. Akeela's Star Quest O' Storm Kld WWPDX WTD

OFA: AM-11616G32F-PI (Good)            CERF:AM-2494            OFA thyroid: AM-TH33/43F-PI (normal)            ChD: AMCA-12362
Bella in January of 2004 ready to lead
Kita, Beamer, and George out onto the
trail!  Age 2.
Bella in the role she performs
best!  Her spring 2008 litter.  
Age 6.
Still the loving mother, Vinnie gives
her a sniff.  Winter of 2008, age 6.
On the trail with Kita and Beamer,
2004?  Age 2.
Another backpacking trip.  Brother Devon
(seal and white) and friend Jake (in the zebra
pack).  Bong Recreation Area, fall of 2005.
Scuppernong trail at the Pine Woods
trailhead, Fall of 2004.  Age 2.
Bella and Kita and mom's first sled ride.
Dodge County, Feb. 2005
Old times:  Bella at one of the first
"Pointless Pulls" in DuPage county
Baby Bella with Kita
First points
18 mos on the shore of
Lake Michigan
The Lurecoursing
Bella Feeling Good!

She briefly came out of retirement
to make an appearance at the
Klondike days Snow Pull in Eagle
River, WI.  

It was just like old times!
November 2009 Michigan pulls

Bella kids took Top % pulled both
days, tied for top weight pulled both
days, and all of them earned at least
one WWPDX leg there!
Ever the comedian, Bella and Ball as her kids
check out the horses.  8/09
Bella was bred by Nancy Russell

Parents are pictured above:

CH Storm Kloud's Yyes Just Say Yes WWPDX WTDX WLD and 1994 Iditarod Team Member

Justin had tremendous working drive and was still running on the team into his early teens.
He lived to be 14.

CH Akeela's Star Quest O' Storm KLD WWPDX WTD

Star was top puppy in WI/IL and loved to crawl into laps for hugs.
She's still kickin' at 14.

Thank you to those responsible...
Bella in the Brood Bitch class at the July 2010 Wisconsin Specialty with kids
Bumper and Gracie.  Bumper won the 12-15mo class for both Sweepstakes and the Regular
class.  Gracie won the 12-15mo regular class and then the next day won the 12-18mo class.  
Monday at Elkhorn Bumper picked up his first points by going Best of Winners
Bella, age 8, on the day of Gracie's first points.  Gracie is
pictured with her below.
10 years

Bella (center) age 10 with ~6mo
granddaughter Kizzy (left) and 3
year old daughter Lucy (right)