Tapper - Randal Dowler/Carrie Roos - Anchorage, AK

UCD Allsgold Sable at Kodiak Alaska RN, CGC, TDIBerner Garde# 24745, AKC DNA# V417723Better known as “Tapper” or “The BIG Dog”, a loving companion to Randal Lee Dowler and Carrie Ann Roos of Anchorage, Alaska.We have been fortunate enough to have Tapper participate in the Rescue Gallery since it’s inception in 2006 and want to thank Nell Ward and her committee’s effort in this regard.Many of you know his story, but for those who don’t – the edited version is that Tapper was a Christmas puppy gone wrong. Homed with a busy young family that had two small children in Kodiak, Alaska; the family simply could not keep up with the mental and physical needs of their growing puppy. Out of frustration the family chained Tapper in their yard and rarely let him enter the 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, Tapper would have been destined for the animal shelter or a premature demise.When Tapper arrived at our home, he didn’t know what a doorbell was, he didn’t understand the concept of a mirror, he was confused by the television and 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 four years… Tapper has matured into a beautiful, intelligent Berner who loves to work. He has gone on to complete rally and obedience titles including becoming the first Bernese Mountain Dog in Alaska to hold a UKC obedience title with all first place scores in the Novice A class. At the time of composing this, Tapper also has two legs towards his AKC Novice A title both with placements. Tapper is an active therapy dog, having earned both his CGC and TDI at previous National Specialties, visiting with homebound senior citizens.Tapper now has many “favorite” activities including 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 during our long winter season in Alaska.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 much about patience, humility and most importantly about unconditional love.We will be forever grateful to Ruth and Randy Johnson 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 Roosdowlerroos-tapper-sm.jpg