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GCH Skipjack’s Thunder & Lightning CGC, RN, THD, TT

January 9, 2009 – March 19, 2019

Muzzy passed away peacefully at home in the arms of her loved ones after a sudden illness. She leaves behind her owners Michael J. Lees and Cynthia Downing, her breeder Pat Mills and the surviving puppies of her only litter, Mina, Kane, Storm and King. She is predeceased by her Sire “Dillon” Ch Skipjack’s Simple Twist O’Fate, dam Ch Skipjack’s Splendid Isolation “Isis” and her first born girl puppy. She had many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, both human and canine. She was loved by everyone who knew her.

Muzzy was an adorable puppy and she grew into a truly stunning bitch with an incredibly sweet temperament. She had a beautiful gentle soul and a soft touch. She enjoyed a career in the show ring before settling down to raise a family. She received both her AKC and UKC championships. She loved the show ring and her AKC handler Paul Levesque. She received Canine Good Citizens and Temperament Test certifications, received a Rally Novice title in the obedience ring with her mama handling her and received a Therapy Dog title with her dad by visiting at nursing homes. She was bred with and is survived by Ch Nakodo’s Top of The Mountain “Cannon” and enjoyed raising their two boys “Kane” and “Storm” and showing them the ropes in life in and outside the ring. They too had successful careers in the show ring. She was an awesome mom. In more recent years she continued to dabble in the show ring receiving her Grand Championship and was judged Best Veteran in her class at the 2018 Akita Club of America National Specialty show. She was an avid walker. She walked regularly at Goddard Park and Blue Beach but liked to go different places to explore and sniff. She loved to eat. She was very playful. She was very buoyant and loved to take long swims. She loved boat rides and could often be found on Narragansett Bay, Lake Winnipesaukee and her beloved home away from home Lees Pond. She loved to scale stripers on the beach in RI and greet the ice fishers on the pond in NH. She ran really fast and liked to chase bunnies. She loved tennis balls that squeaked. She was always on alert to protect her family from all real and imagined danger. She loved playing in the snow. She was a phenomenal singer. She thought it was funny to bite her mama in the ass for treats. She was part of a sled team prior to her retirement. She was an avid supporter of the Big East Akita Rescue and participated in the Whisker Walk to raise funds for BEAR for eight of her ten years. She was loved and will be missed very much. She was the love of our lives and life will never be the same.

We love you Muzzy
Mom and Dad