Patsy Ann was a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. She was born in Portland,Oregon on October 12, 1929. As a puppy she moved to Juneau, Alaska, with her family.
Once they realized she was completely deaf, her humans abandoned Patsy Ann. Another family took her in, but that too was to be temporary. After that Patsy Ann was on her own, cared by the residents of Juneau.
Though born with total hearing loss, Patsy Ann could somehow sense whenever a ship was approaching the Gastineau Channel. It became her routine to walk to the docks right before the ships arrived.
In time Patsy Ann gained fame. She was photographed more than Rin Tin Tin and stores even sold post cards of Patsy Ann.
Juneau Mayor Goldstein dubbed Patsy Ann "Official Greeter of Juneau, Alaska" in 1934.
Patsy Ann refused to wear a collar, even when it became law. The mayor made an exception for Juneau's darling canine citizen.
In between greeting the ships, free spirited Patsy Ann made the rounds of all the city's businesses. Her friends there would have food for her and treats. One even gave her a candy bar every day (chocolate is toxic for pets and can cause many health problems in dogs).
With time, Patsy Ann's gait became very distinctive. Caused by her rheumatism, (made worse by her swims in the cold water of Gastineau Channel). This didn't stop her from going to every ship arrival to greet the passengers.
Though she did not have a permanent address, she spent most nights at Longshoreman's hall, where she died on March 30, 1942. .