Alaskan Dog Makes the Most of the Short Summers By Sunbathing As Much As Possible

The following story was an entrant in the Tales of Summer Tails Photo and Story contest. The top three finishers received $500 in cash, as well as $2,000 in cash and supplies for their favorite shelter. To read more stories, click here!

My dog loves basking in the sun! He is a lizard on our back deck or in our yard.

PHOTO: STACY GULLUFSEN

We live in a rainforest in southeastern Alaska, and he isn’t fond of the rain but will soak up any sun he can get! I have hundreds of photos of him soaking up the sun.


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If he is inside on a sunny day, he will make a beeline for the door that leads to the back deck. He cries to get out, to be in the sun.

PHOTO: STACY GULLUFSEN

We call him the sun goddess! He has even burned from getting too much sun. I do have sunscreen on hand and have used it at times. His underside turns black in the summertime, and he has skin pigmentation because of it. I’m sure it’s also do to with age because he is a senior.

He looks forward to the spring and summer months here in Alaska, as we have long dark winters.

PHOTO: STACY GULLUFSEN

This story was submitted by Stacy Gullufsen in support of Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association. To read other stories from the Tales of Summer Tails Photo and Story contest, click here!

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