Sitka, or Alaska's New Archangel, is a chocolate Labrador retriever who loves the water. She is very athletic, competing in dock diving and flyball events.
Recently, Sitka participated in the dock diving competition at the Spring Fair in Puyallup, and she took first place in her division! She also competed in the K9 Frisbee Toss & Fetch and finished in the top 40 worldwide! She came in fourth in her division and was promoted to “expert.” Not bad for a nine-year-old lab!
For fun, Sitka enjoys swimming and playing frisbee (of course!). She is an avid hiker as well, and has even summited Mailbox Peak with her humans.
This high-energy girl is a delight and is known for her exuberance. She has enthusiasm for everything that she does, and I wonder if she ever naps.
Sitka has an extensive collection of collars, from sporting collars to collars adorned with Swarovski crystals. She is ready for any occasion.
Sitka will be featured in a new book called Tails of the Pacific Northwest, which highlights dogs from all over the region. The book helped raise funds for Rogue Detection Teams in Rice, Washington, and will be available by late fall.
If the Pacific Northwest were a dog, it would be Sitka!
You can follow Sitka on Instagram @sitkaroo.
When I was 17 years old, my family experienced a devastating house fire. We were in the process of moving when the fire broke out so we didn't lose everything, but we did lose some very important things.
Now, years later, what do I miss the most?
My pictures. I don't have any pictures left from my life before that fire.
My school pictures were lost, all of my photo albums and all of my yearbooks were destroyed. Those things can't be replaced.
I don't think we, as humans, give this much thought, unless you have been through a tragedy and have lost your family photos. Then, you know exactly what I am talking about.
Recently, my Dad has been working on a project to get the old reel-to-reel home movies that he saved from the fire transferred to digital files. It's a pain staking process but I appreciate the time and effort he is putting in because I can watch them and remember parts of my child hood I had long forgotten.
This got me thinking, though. I don't really encourage my clients to purchase prints and/or artwork because I don't want to be pushy. I usually share low resolution digital files so they can share on social media. But, I am missing the opportunity to explain WHY creating prints and/or artwork is important.
So, I've created a list of my favorite art pieces that I will encourage clients to create.
And, if for any reason a client loses their artwork, I will make sure it is replaced!
You really don't know how important these things are until you don't have them any more.
Let's create some prints and/or artwork of your dog this summer.
Hugs to your dog!