Please find below some reference letters and emails from past puppy families.
More references available upon request - there's just not enough room to post them all!
Emilly and Corey - Proud Owner's of "Moose"
Kyle - Proud Owner of "Todd"
Ever since I was very young I always dreamed about having a malamute of my own and because of Stephanie and iron pride a legitimate dream of mine has come true. Todd is an amazing dog and companion! not only are the compliments nonstop about how handsome he is but he has the most gentle temperament and such a big personality! Having emailed many breeders in my pursuit of obtaining a malamute I can say that no breeder I contacted was as friendly and responsive as Stephanie was. Being 21 I got many responses from breeders attempting to coax me out of getting one due to the inherit malamute risks, Stephanie instead of trying to intimidate away people, takes every potential owner of one of her babies and takes time getting to know that they will be going to a loving home and eases you in to the world of malamute life! The back and forth emails with Stephanie right from my initial email asking if I could be considered for a puppy all the way to the latest one about Todd have been nothing but pleasant with a clear desire to help you along the way. I would recommend Stephanie and her malamutes to anyone looking for one!
Janice and James - Proud Owner's of "Nikki"
It has been almost 3 years now since we welcomed Nikki into our home. When I had to put my Marley girl down it was devastating to our family, including Tacomas brother Kodi. Not only were we mourning but so was Kodi, he was behaving badly and started messing in our house. After speaking with Sue (Kodi's breeder) she urged me to get in contact with Stephanie. When she had told me she had a puppy who was a surrender we were a little hesitant as to the dogs behaviour and habits and most of all would Kodi accept her. We also worried it was to soon after Marley. Stephanie invited us to the house, so we drove over 2 hours to meet the puppy. We ended up adopting Nikki. Nikki cried while we drove away from Stephanie's home which broke my heart, but I knew this would be her forever home and if for some reason it wasn't we knew we could bring her back. Needless to say here we are now - totally in love with her. She is a beautiful girl and of the the most loving nature. I do believe she has many traits of my Marley which fills my heart with knowing this was a good decision. Kodi and her are the same age and they are both alphas which means there is never a dull moment in our home. She has been such a welcome addition to our home and is best buddy to our Kodi. So very glad Stephanie thought of us and gave us the opportunity to bring Nikki into our home. We will be forever grateful to her for giving us such a beautiful girl.
Much love goes out to you, Stephanie.
Janice, James, Robert, Aaron and Kodi!
Mallory and Kevin - Proud Owner's of "Mia"
As proud owners of Mia our Alaskan Malamute from Stephanie Wilkins of Iron Pride Malamutes, myself and partner are very lucky. Kevin has wanted an Alaskan Malamute since he was a child, in the last two years we started looking to find a breeder. After quite a search we finally found Iron Pride.
Although we live Provinces apart; Stephanie made purchasing our puppy very easy. We were not able to fly up to visit the puppies, so Stephanie would send us pictures every week to keep us updated. She also scheduled a flight for Mia to come to her new home.
Mia is now almost 9 months old and we couldn’t be happier. She has a wonderful temperament and is a beautiful dog.
I would recommend Iron Pride for anyone looking to purchase an Alaskan Malamute.
Sonia & Chris - Proud Owner's of "Tanu"
Jennifer and Charles - Proud Owner's of "Sisu" and "Lumi"
For us it was much more then ‘just a dog”, it was an important addition to our family. In October 2009 we got our first Usko a Siberian husky. We knew our second would have to be an Alaskan Malamute.
We found a few local breeders however things just seemed off. The dogs didn’t meet our requirements. I then began my web research and emailed several breeders. Just by most of the responses I was turned off. Until I came upon Iron Pride.
Stephanie was incredible to deal with from start to finish. Regular updates, emails and then pictures when the pups were born. All very exciting to live the experience even if we were so very far away.
We travelled 11 hours to get our precious bundle of mahogany fur Sisu and 11 hours back home with him cradled in my arms. Another trip was in order just a few months later to get our baby girl Lumi. At the same time a close friend of ours got her first Malamute.
Sisu is the most gentle giant. A simply magnificent looking dog. Everywhere we go people stop to ask questions. Our vet has never seen such an impressive looking Malamute. Once people meet Sisu and Lumi they understand why we would drive so far to get a dog. They are both remarkable dogs, independent & affectionate at the same time. They are also very quiet. Never ever do we hear them bark, our neighbors love that about them as well.
We walk and run with them daily, as they say a tired dog is a happy dog. For us that’s times 3, yes we have our own pack. We couldn’t be happier. As Stephanie explained we now have MMS. (multiple malamute syndrome).
Maybe one day we will add a 4th, if we do there is no doubt in our minds that it would come from Iron Pride.
The Blacker Family - Proud Owner's of "Koda"
After losing our family dog (a chocolate lab) in late June we felt empty and lost and knew we had to bring home another bundle of fur to complete our lives again. We have always been a fan of the larger breeds of dogs and after many conversations back and forth with Stephanie from Iron Pride my family and I had decided to take the plunge and bring home an Alaskan Malamute. The only problem was we had to wait 6 weeks before bringing home our new addition to the family, we thought the next 6 weeks would take FOREVER however with Stephanie emailing us pictures on a weekly basis we found ourselves becoming attached and falling in love before we even met our new malamute. Stephanie kept us updated for the next 6 weeks not only with pictures but updates on their vet visits and every step of their progress.
FINALLY, the day came and my family and I packed into our truck for the 3 hour drive to pick up our puppy. The entire drive we were nervous as we already had 1 other dog and 1 cat at home and we were terrified of how our current pets would react to a little “terror” coming into their home and turning their worlds into complete chaos. Once we arrived at Iron Pride we were warmly welcomed by Stephanie, her lovely partner Roger and Tacoma and Peanut. The moment we saw Iron Pride all our worries disappeared!!! All of Stephanie’s malamutes have amazing temperaments and were beautiful in every possible way. Then it happened...we were united with our amazing and handsome malamute (KODA). We thought we knew what he would look like as we had seen numerous pictures of him leading up to picking him up but he was beyond our expectations!! Stephanie was so helpful, informative and supportive when sharing with us her extensive knowledge on this amazing breed. She definitely put us at ease and made us very comfortable with asking any questions we had. When we arrived home Koda settled in almost instantaneously and him and our female dogs automatically became friends (unfortunately we couldn’t say the same for our cat as she was in total disbelief and couldn’t understand why he wanted to constantly lick her).
Koda is now 6 months old, he weighs 65lbs and is the total package. He is affectionate, active, social, well mannered and very friendly (him and the cat are even best of friends now). We still get emails from Stephanie to this day as she wants to follow up and see how her “grand pups” are doing, it is so reassuring to know that Stephanie and Roger and their malamutes will always be a part of our lives. When out on the trails with Koda we have dozens of people stopping us to admire how beautiful he is and we couldn’t be happier or prouder.
We cannot say enough good things about Stephanie and Iron Pride, we would definitely recommend her to anyone looking to add a new addition to their family as you can tell she puts her heart and soul into her malamutes. We cannot wait for our next Malamute!!
The Blacker Family
Katrina - Proud Owner's of Grimm
Words cannot describe how happy Kyle and I are with Grimm. His temperament is so graceful. I know that contacting you was the best thing that we have ever done, you were able to complete our family, after everything that we have been through only a true malamute Guru would know how to help. You definitely know your stuff. My human and furry family are grateful for all of the advice you and Roger have given us.
Thank you so much,
Kat & Kyle and of course Grimm
Karen - Proud Owner of "Jack"
Thanks so much for Jack’s papers………hope you guys are well!! Just thought I would send you some long overdue pics……took them yesterday! My personal favourite is 120…….he is always smiling. Jack is doing great…..he has grown into quite the bear! He is eating well….having a blast on the farm. Everyone comments on how well behaved he is…….and of course handsome!!
We are in obedience classes where he is exceedingly becoming the instructors muse. He will do ANYTHING for food. We had an exercise where you had to have your dog look at you amid distractions. There were whistles blowing, dogs barking…toys being dropped in front of the dog etc. My Jack didn’t budge or blink LOL…he knew there was a little hotdog piece in my hand and he was determined to not lose focus! His heeling is quite amazing and his long sit and down also quite impressive. I’m hoping we’ll get our CD title before too long.
Thanks for breeding such great quality dogs…he has been such a joy. I really can’t imagine being without him…….he’s very loved. Keep in touch.
Warmest Regards, Karen
Laura and Family - Proud Owner's of "Atlas"
My family and I had been interested in adding an Alaskan Malamute to our family for quite some time.After doing a TON of online research, I contacted Stephanie at Ironpride. I was informed on all aspects of the breed,what my responsibilities to my new addition would be and was constantly given updates and photos of my newest family member.
Upon picking my beautiful girl up,I was given a wealth of information and support. The love for the dogs is apparent as soon as you meet Stephanie,and that does not change once the puppies leave to their new homes! I have contacted Stephanie when I am unsure of how to deal with certain issues and have received her help and advice immediately. My puppy has fit right in,and her beauty if always remarked on.
I will be adding another Malamute to my family,and that dog will not be coming from anyone but Stephanie and Iron pride Alaskan Malamutes. Thank you Stephanie and Roger for such a beautiful animal that has become such an asset to our lives.
Laura and family
Caitlin and Jarred - Proud Owner's of "Yukon"
Our experience with Iron Pride's Alaskan Malamutes has been nothing but positive and rewarding. Stephanie was excellent at answering any and all questions about the breed and selecting the perfect puppy. We could not be happier with our puppy and cannot wait to add another one to the family. Yukon is a beautiful, happy and healthy dog and it is thanks to Stephanie and her breeding program that we have her!
Bob and Patti - Proud Owner's of "Eddie"
Jane and Jeff - Proud Owner's of "Blizzard"
We couldn’t have been more please with our experience in acquiring our new Malamute pup from Stephanie Wilkins at Iron Pride Malamutes. Stephanie spent about an hour on the phone discussing the breed and ascertaining our back ground prior to us agreeing to process to the next step. From her perspective she wanted assurance that her pups were going to a good home, ensuring the dog would be brought up well. As the purchaser, I was impressed with the knowledge and the caring she did take in screening me as a potential buyer. Once we met, and we saw our pup (Pink girl – “Blizzard”) again we were impressed with they way she let us get to know the pup. Our family had time to interact and to ensure the pup was correct for us... and us for it. She structured the day when we came to pick the pup up like a meeting. We had our own time with her and the pup and again she was instrumental in providing additional information and direction re: Blizzard. She knows Malamutes! Since coming home, “Blizzard” has been a wonderful welcome addition. She is a beautiful dog and I have been impressed at how intelligent the breed is. We have had a few follow up letters from Stephanie as she makes sure her “Grand Pups” are doing well. As my son commented, “this was the best Christmas gift ever! " We would have no problem recommending Stephanie and her “Malls”. Infact, we have mentioned it to a number of families and when ready, I am sure will be in contact with Iron Horse Ranch. Dealing with Stephanie & the Iron Horse Ranch was a positive experience!
Jen and Edward- Proud Owner's of "Sadie"
I have nothing but good things to say about Stephanie & Iron Pride Malamutes. We put a deposit on a puppy before she was born (which I know some people would be hesitant of doing) But we didn’t have to wait long to get an email from Steph letting us know she had 4 beautiful & healthy puppies. Now the long wait of 8 weeks until we could take our new family member home. Steph constantly sent us pictures and updates of how everyone was coming along. Once the puppies were 4 weeks old we could finally meet our new addition. Also, we were able to meet Steph and see what her kennel looked like.
We were amazed on how much work she does for these dogs (as well as horses). To take in these animals that have been disowned, get them back up to health & find the perfect new home for these dogs…its amazing! They really do whatever they can to save a life!
Once the pups were 8 weeks old we could finally take our girl Sadie home. Before we took her home Steph went over some general care of our new pup. She also explained the non-breeding contract in detail, so we knew what was expected of us. Now all she asks is for updates and pictures every so often...which I don't mind at all. Also, she keeps me informed on how her kennel is doing and any planned breedings!
She has also been great with answering any questions we have had since our puppy has been home. Sadie is now 6 months old and a healthly and strong 65 pounds! She has beautiful markings and anywhere we go people ask about her.
Overall, we are extremely happy with Steph and her kennel we are already looking forward to adding another dog in the future!
Kate and Tom - Proud Owner's of "Blue"
We found Iron Pride Malamutes, just by chance, during a weak moment when we decided our life wasn’t complicated enough so let’s throw a puppy into the mix! We spoke with other kennels but it was an easy choice after speaking with Stephanie and hearing her passion about her dogs! She kept us updated on our BLUE and when the time came to pick him up we were welcomed into her clean, well run establishment and a litter of happy, well fed pups! Our experience with Iron Horse Ranch has been nothing but positive, with constant feedback from Stephanie with any of our concerns. Our Blue is gorgeous, with the features and disposition advertised. We love him and would HIGHLY recommend Iron Horse Ranch. In fact, should anyone wish to contact me personally feel free to do so as I am the Editor/Publisher of SnapClarington newspaper and would be more than happy to sing the praises of Blue’s beginnings!