Juneau: December 16, 2007 - January 25, 2015. Juneau was a very caring, loving, smart, playful, energetic, goofy, sometimes obedient son.
Right Puppy (Blustag US) Fairbanks: Dame: Moonstone Lovelight X Sire: Blustag Wanderer (this was RPK's first and only TDR registered litter)
Juneau was a beautiful physical example of the Tamaskan Dog. Unfortunately, at the young age of 10 months he was diagnosed with Idiopathic Epilepsy. We attempted to control his cluster seizures now with three medications with his neurologist stating that it could eventually take up to five. We would have loved to have bred Juneau, however due to his epilepsy we responsibly had him neutered.
Juneau's epilepsy possibly passed through Juneau's grandfather, Blustag Star Burst at Blufawn, as two of Blustag Star Burst's siblings were confirmed epileptics (one living, one passed) and another sibling unfortunately died of Addison's Disease. This Blustag dog was used for breeding even after puppy owners informed the breeder of the epilepsy as also has been the case with Juneau's breeder. Clinical studies claim that siblings of epileptics should not be bred from. I have also come to learn that Blustag dogs in Juneau's dam's back pedigree have produced epileptics. This would then make sense for the Tamaskan epilepsy to be autosomal, because when you breed two carriers you can anticipate 25% to be free of the disease, 50% to be carriers and 25% to be affected. As medications for epilepsy are extremely expensive, I always recommend having pet insurance. Juneau's four medications cost $300 per month at the moment and could increase if he has to be placed on a fifth.
Juneau sadly passed on January 25, 2015 after his long battle with his epilepsy. He is greatly missed.