AUTHORS Quercio Bernadette P. - USA

NAME: Bernadette P. Quercio
STATE: California - USA

TITLE: - TBD -

Bernadette P. Quercio - USABIOGRAPHY: The Alaskan Malamute has owned me since 1971! I have been very fortunate to have had the Charter Members of the Alaskan Malamute Club of America as my mentors.  They were D.C. and Dorothy Dillingham of Tigara Kennels and Sam Maranto who owned CH Cochise of Husky Pak the sire of the first Best In Show winner in breed history ---  Ch. Son Crest Mukluk. Most important, they also wrote the AKC Standard of the Breed which I consider the blue print for us to follow!  My kennel banner is Artic-Luv and was established 1971.   My passion for this wonderful breed is not just about the many Champions, National Ranked and Best in Show winners I have produced Internationally over the years.  It is about the welfare and well being of this breed.  I am committed heart and soul to the Alaskan Malamute.  I have raised thousands of dollars for DNA research and mapping to detect any genetic defects associated with breed.  I spearheaded the International Alaskan Malamute Health Alliance and organized the advisors in this group internationally. This international group was formed in July of 2011 and two weeks after its formation our Alaskan Malamutes were included in the epileptic study in Helsinki, Finland in conjunction with the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation.  Every person who owns an Alaskan Malamute and is dedicated to the breed will benefit by this on-going research. 
I look forward to being part of the World Alaskan Malamute Annual and I am here to encourage and support all Alaskan Malamute owners throughout the world.