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Patsy the Dog's bronze sculpture sits outdoors on a wooden platform.
Patsy the Dog's bronze sculpture sits outdoors on a wooden platform.

Patsy the Dog Statue

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Juneau, Alaska

Died 1942

Pet Cemetery.

"The Official Greeter of Juneau, Alaska" was a bull terrier pup named Patsy Ann, who began her volunteer work in 1929 and didn't quit until she died 13 years later.

Originally from the lower 48 (Portland, OR), Patsy Ann was stone deaf from birth. Yet she somehow "heard" the whistles of approaching ships and headed at a fast trot for the wharf, not to be dissuaded for any purpose (She reportedly hated being indoors). Delicious snacks usually awaited her, generously bestowed by suitably-cheered sailors and passengers. It was a tidy arrangement.

According to her fans, Patsy Ann was the most famous canine west of the Mississippi; more photographed than Rin Tin Tin. Post cards of Patsy Ann sold briskly and, in 1934, Juneau's mayor gave the well-fed canine her official title. Rheumatism brought on by unscheduled dives into the cold waters of Gastineau Channel slowed her distinctive gait in later years, yet she still waddled for the wharf, on the double, whenever steamship whistles shook the city's boardwalks.

On March 30, 1942, Patsy Ann died in her sleep. A crowd of mourners gathered as her small coffin was lowered into Gastineau Channel.

50 years later, a life-size statue of Patsy Ann was unveiled in July 1992, and carries on Patsy's wharfside happy duties. Clippings of dog hair from all over the world were mixed into the bronze when it was cast.

Also see: Mascots | Roadside Pet Cemetery

Patsy the Dog Statue

Marine Way, Juneau, AK
At the wharf looking out into Gastineau Channel, between Marine Park and the library/parking garage.
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