Gilligan was a 'boomerang' dog - sold as puppy, he returned home
when his owners moved into an apartment. He then lived for 3 years
running with a team of Alaskans and then when his owner decided to
give up running, Gill came back to stay with us.
In 1997, Gilligan had his best season, leading for most of the
racing. After that he retired for a while with a friend who was a
BIG fan of his. After the friend had some health problems,
Gilligan came home for good!
Although the sky is bright tonight (December 8, 2003), with the
full moon drowning out any chance of Northern Lights here, I feel
certain that they are dancing somewhere with bright splashes of
This evening we said goodbye to one of our family -
NorthWapiti's Gilligan SD. This big, red dog was a staple at the
front of our team for a number of years. He was a finisher of the
Race to the Sky, Klondike 300 and Knik 200.
Despite the fact that we will greatly miss this happy go lucky
boy, it's hard to find too much regret in his life and death. He
lived a good, happy life and left it as he lived it - with people
that loved and cared about him. I wish nothing less for each of my
Gill had a number of special folks in his life besides us that
also loved him. We know in particular his friend, Roger Morey will
also be remembering him fondly and mourning his passing.