The Yukon and the dog: they are two things that belong together like peanut butter and jelly.
The dog is the Yukon’s best friend and an icon up here in the north.
It wouldn’t be the same without the dog and maybe that is the reason why the Yukon Transportation Museum has had an exhibit on dogs for about 20 years and counting.
The exhibit showcases the history of dogs, working and living with dogs and transportation with dogs – including an exhibit on the Yukon Quest.
Now the museum is developing a new part of the exhibit that shows how ingrained in the cultural fabric of the Yukon our dogs are.
“Even when you go to a dinner party, the person putting on the dinner party specifically has to say no dogs, if that’s the case because otherwise seven dogs will come,” says Janna Powell, executive director of the Transportation Museum.
Dogs are a part of our society. They keep us company, become our friends for life and are the reason many people get out of the house to take that morning walk on a dark winter’s morning.
The really fun thing about this exhibit is that the museum is inviting Yukoners to become a part of it by sending in photos of themselves and their dogs.
“People just keep sending them in, it’s really cool,” Powell says. There are dogs in canoes, on paddle boards, snowmobiles and so much more. Those photos just show how much the dog belongs into our everyday lives.
“And then there is a part that isn’t done yet, but there is dog adoration and dog abuse”, added Powell. “It kind of balances it out, cause it’s not all super fun pictures of dogs.”
Last year in the middle of winter they started working on bringing the new cultural component of the exhibit to life. The tried and true elements of the old exhibit are still there, but visitors can already come and see the component featuring photos of Yukoners and their best friends on exhibit.
The Yukon Transportation Museum’s winter hours are Sunday and Monday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Starting mid-May the museum will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. New this year the museum will have extended hours on Tuesdays and stay open until 8 p.m.
Please include the name of the dog and the person in the photo, a caption of 15 words or less and a photo credit.
For more information call (867) 668-4792.