Dowler/Roos - Tapper - Anchorage, AK

UCD, URO-1 Allsgold Sable at Kodiak Alaska CD, RE, CGC, TDI
Berner Garde# 24745, AKC DNA# V417723

Better known as “Tapper” or “The BIG Dog”, a loving companion to Randal Lee Dowler and Carrie Ann Roos of Anchorage, Alaska.

We have been honored to have had Tapper participate in the Rescue Gallery since it’s inception in 2006 and want to thank the committee for their continued effort.

For those not familiar with his story, Tapper was a Christmas puppy gone wrong. Homed with a busy young family in Kodiak, Alaska; that could not keep up with the mental and physical needs of their growing puppy. Out of sheer frustration the family chained Tapper in their yard and rarely let him enter their home. Thankfully, when he was nine months old, the family contacted the BMDC of AK Rescue Chair and asked that Tapper be taken. It was claimed that Tapper was “uncontrollable”, and the family could not handle him any longer. If our local club had not had a rescue program in place, Tapper would have been destined for the local animal shelter or a premature demise.

When Tapper joined our home simple things like a doorbell, a mirror, a television were all foreign to him and he didn’t know how to play with a toy. He was essentially an eight week old puppy trapped within a ninety pound body.

Fast forward six short years… Tapper has matured into a beautiful, intelligent Berner who loves to work. He has completed rally and obedience titles including becoming the first Bernese Mountain Dog in Alaska to hold both a UKC and AKC Companion Dog title. Tapper is an active therapy dog visiting with homebound senior citizens, having earned both his CGC and TDI at previous National Specialties.  

After recovering from two TPLO surgeries and with his surgeon’s blessing, we slowly reintroduced jumps in to Tapper’s training routine. We were thrilled when Tapper completed his Rally Excellent title in 2009; doing so a few weeks after turning seven years old. In February of this year we also completed Tapper’s URO-1 title, the United Kennel Club’s equivalent of Rally Novice. Tapper has completed at least one title every year since 2005.

Now a veteran; Tapper naps a bit more, but he still greets each new day with enthusiasm and a “what will today’s adventure be?” attitude.

When not “working” Tapper enjoys going for hikes in the woods, swims in our local glacier fed waters, playing with his “sister” Bell and his most favorite activity of all - creating Berner Snow Angels.

We are grateful EVERYDAY to have Tapper as a member of our family. Tapper makes us smile and laugh daily.  He is our first Berner, our heart dog; he has taught us so much about humility, patience and most importantly about unconditional love.

We will be forever grateful to Ruth and Randy Johnson (now of Roy, WA) who served as Rescue Chairs of the BMDC of AK and facilitated Tapper’s rescue and chose us to be his forever family.

Randal Lee Dowler & Carrie Ann Roos
Anchorage, AK