Everyone has the best dog in the world; mine was Alaska (Jan. 19, 1997-April 26, 2012).
I bought her for $150 near Monte Creek as my first own dog. Being part Husky and part Shepherd, she was pretty crazy for the first year. I tried one of everything to stop her from digging; finally mastered that and the fence climbing began.
As she matured, she became one of the most well-known dogs in Kamloops. Alaska went to work painting with me every day where she got to know lots of contractors and tradesmen. She also had six years of attending “pet petting parties” where she entertained the public, showed off all her tricks and even sang Happy Birthday.
Also during those years and up to a month before passing, Alaska visited many seniors homes. There was a mutual love between her and the residents; as she cuddled in their beds they would tell her stories about their own dogs.
When my family and I moved to Knutsford to open a dog resort, she had made it her duty to be the door greeter and search people coming in for treats. If they had any she was very persistent in convincing them to give them to her rather than their own dogs. It was an awesome retirement home for her!
The last six months of her life she had her own set of wheels, as her arthritis was so bad she could no longer stand up on her own. There was no slowing her down; she loved those wheels and was a great example of a dog who loved life. Even going up or down hill you would have to get out of her way or she would run you over.
TLC For Pets regular customers always asked where Alaska was if she wasn’t out greeting them. They’d always have to go give her belly rubs! Alaska also went to the home shows with me for 10 years, including the last one in April. She enjoyed every minute of being there and was a great icon.
Alaska had a great life with me and my family — she will be missed terribly. Thank you, Alaska, for all the great memories and being the best dog in the world! Love you always.