Updated on September 17, 2019
Elai and Jenna are a goofy pack exploring the Netherlands and beyond.
Elai is 75 per cent Alaskan Malamute and Jenna is a purebred Alaskan Malamute.
As you scroll through their Instagram, it’s clear that they’ve got a talented photographer for a Mom.
Whether they’re at the beach, in the woods or in the snow, Elai and Jenna know hot to strike a pose.
We spoke to Brenda to learn more about Elai and Jenna, as well as the Alaskan Malamute breed.
If you want to follow Elai and Jenna, head over to their Instagram page (@elai.and.jenna) or their YouTube channel.
You can follow our dogs Copper and Skye on Instagram here (@lifewithkleekai).
1) How did you first hear about Alaskan Malamutes?
At first I always wanted to get a Husky. When I started to look for a pup I came across Elai’s litter. They were Alaskan Malamute x Husky mixes and that’s when I started to get to know Malamutes.
2) How did you end up with Elai and Jenna?
I found Elai’s breeder on the internet. I wanted my next malamute to be pure bred so for Jenna I asked the Dutch Kennel Club to help find a good breeder.
3) Why did you decide to get two Alaskan Malamutes?
One is better than none. But two is better than one! I really wanted to get into mushing and I found that Elai was much more motivated with another dog running beside him. And I wanted to get him a friend to play with!
4) Do Elai and Jenna have very different personalities?
Oh yes! They are the complete opposite of each other. Jenna is the sweet, happy-go-lucky girly girl who wants to cuddle everyone and Elai is like the quiet, loner guy who sits in the back of the classroom.
5) What are the challenges of owning two Malamutes?
They are BIG and HAIRY and you’ve got double the dog smell. So you might not be welcome everywhere you want to go. You also need to be in good shape because they are very very strong!
6) What are the perks of owning two Malamutes?
They get to play and run together and that’s one of the greatest things to watch. They never have to be alone. And you’ll always feel super safe at night when there’s a malamute on either side of you!
7) Are Alaskan Malamutes very vocal?
Most of them are! Specially when they get excited! They also tend to howl a lot when they get left alone (and not trained properly) so inform your neighbours!
8) Is it expensive to own Alaskan Malamutes?
As for any breed. Bigger dogs cost more money. With regards to food, you can make that as expensive as it gets. Though they don’t need as much food as you’d expect for a large breed. Trips to the vet can be very expensive.
9) Do your Alaskan Malamutes shed a lot?
Yes! Omg yes! Some websites will tell you it’s only a couple of weeks per year. Let me tell you. It’s 52 weeks a year. If I want to keep my house fur free I’d have to vacuum three times a day. And I have a small house haha!
10) Would you recommend Alaskan Malamutes to first time dog owners?
My first thought would be, no. Though that would make me a hypocrite, since Elai is my first dog too. Malamutes are very strong minded and when you don’t have knowledge about dog behavior and how to read a dog you’re going to have a bad time. Some dog behavior experts will show you how to be dominant over a dog and how to act like a boss to your dog. But that will not work with Malamutes. They don’t have a will to please and they will fend for themselves if they don’t trust you or if you don’t train them the right way. So please, please, please do your homework and visit Malamute owners before getting a malamute for a first time dog owner!
11) Do you have tips and tricks to get your Malamutes to pose for photos?
Treats! They LOVE food so a yummy treat like a piece of cheese or ham does wonders.
12) What’s your favourite thing about having an Instagram page for your dogs?
The community itself. Meeting like minded people who are as crazy about dogs as I am. Sharing stories and seeing all the good vibes coming from all those friendly people!
13) How much time do you spend on their Instagram?
I would say maybe an hour a day.
14) Do you have a favourite post or memory?
I love looking back at old photos, especially the puppy stages. There aren’t any particular ones though. Every photo has its own lovely memory!
15) What other Malamute or dog accounts would you recommend to our readers?
I love @sterlingandwalker, their mom is just so genuine and sweet and she takes such good care of her babies! Seeing their smiles makes me so happy! Few of my faves also are @nymeria.the.woof, @alaska_thealaskanmalamute and @jack_thewolfskin, their pictures are just so stunning!