Dowler-Roos - Tapper - Anchorage, AK

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

Known to his adoring fans in Alaska and throughout the Berner World, as either “Tapper” or simply “The BIG Dog”.

The February 2004 Rescue edition of The Alpenhorn included an article about how he came to live with us. He has participated in every Rescue Gallery offered and attended each National Specialty since 2005.

The importance of local clubs rescue efforts was paramount for his survival. Through no fault of his own he became a Christmas puppy gone wrong. His original family in Kodiak, Alaska had no idea what they had. Due to his mental and physical needs they felt compelled to chain him up in their yard and separate him from the family he wanted so much to be part of. When they finally gave up on him they deemed him “uncontrollable” and had there not been a BMDC of Alaska rescue committee his premature demise would have prevented the wonderful life he enjoys today.

When he joined our home, he didn’t know the name he had been given by his previous owners so renaming this dog TAPPER (which stands for Throw Away Puppy) seemed natural. Transitioning a ninety pound puppy that had the social skills of an eight week old puppy was a challenge. But slowly the terrifying doorbell, the television, the vacuum cleaner and even playing with toys started to make sense to him.

He reminds us regularly that he is a RESCUE by always being the first dog out of the car and the first individual to enter our home. He will not be left behind and will not be left outside. We understand that and willingly accept his not so subtle reminders.

Tapper now at over ten years of age, has matured into a very beautiful and intelligent Berner who simply loves to work. He has completed draft, obedience and rally titles with his current interest being in the new sport of K9 Nosework. He was the first Berner in Alaska to hold both an AKC and UKC Companion Dog title. Plus he was the very first Berner to earn the AKC Beginner Novice title. Being an ambassador to the breed is important to us. He enjoys meeting new people, especially tourists who visit Alaska, and he continues to be an active therapy dog visiting homebound senior citizens. He earned his CGC (in Gettysburg in 2005) and his TDI (in Louisville in 2007).

Tapper remains active in the ring, but having now attained veterans status really likes the conformation ring. He is certain that the applause he hears while in the ring is ONLY for him. Later this week please watch for him in both Veteran’s Sweepstakes and Veteran’s Conformation.
When not “working”, Tapper remains very active with long hikes in the woods, swimming in the glacial fed waters of Alaska and running/playing with his “sister” Bell. His favorite season of the year is winter and the Berner Snow Angels he creates are epic.

We are so grateful to have Tapper as a member of our family. He has taught us so much about humility, patience and most importantly about unconditional love. He reminds us daily that he is our first Berner, our heart dog, as he takes his place on the couch or settles in next to us in bed.

We remain forever grateful to Ruth and Randy Johnson (now of Roy, WA) who facilitated Tapper’s rescue. They will be at Loveland this week, it will be their first chance to see him in a ring, and if you have the chance to meet them please thank them for choosing us to be his “forever family home”.

Randal Lee Dowler & Carrie Ann Roos from Anchorage, Alaska