Tanner, aka "Tanman"
The Original MYTDOG
Dockdogs Hall of Fame Member
June 24, 1999- April 25, 2016
Tanner was the original demo dog and the dog that built MYTDOG™ when we began serving Des Moines full time back in 2006. Tanner’s impeccable manners, obedience and endearing personality won hearts everywhere he went and made people want to have a MYTDOG. He was andexceptional example of how a high-energy dog could live as a wonderful housedog and family member with training, and he LOVED getting to meet people and show off his skills!
Tanner was also an elite athlete and excelled in everything he did. After starting his life competing in field trails, and then running against some of the fastest dogs in the tri-states in Mutt Dog Derby’s, Tanner got his chance to try what would end up being his first love, competing on the DockDogs™ circuit . His career began in 2005 and spanned until 2016 when he was well over 16 years old. He travelled the country, logging well over 100,000 miles over his career, competing in 26 states, achieving 5 National Championship Titles, World Championship Invites, World Records and was one of the top competitors in the country in his prime, and touched hearts and left a legacy even as he aged. He was well know by many across the country and appeared on tv numerous times for news coverage, several episodes of the OUTDOOR CHANNEL’s coverage of Dockdogs, and his most far reaching moment was when he was featured on ANIMAL PLANETS DOGS 101, which still plays to this day.
Tanner accomplishments on the dock were numerous but his most prestigious was his Induction into the DOCKDOGS HALL OF FAME in 2010. Tanner was also nominated and selected by the dockdogs community as the MOST INSPIRING TEAM for this honor in 2015.
Tanner was one of the first GSP’s to compete in the early years of dockdogs and he paved the way and inspired many GSP’s to join the sport and there are now HUNDREDS of GSP’s competing across the US, Canada, Australia and the UK. Tanner’s personal best jump in competition was 25’6” (measured from where his tail meets his spine), a enormous jump for the time back in 2007.
Tanner has left a legacy of inspiration through his NEVER GIVE UP TOUR, which was created back in 2014 after he, was diagnosed with kidney failure at the age of 15. Though he had his set backs, he continued to LIVE LIFE and enjoy dog sports and activity right up to his passing on April 25, 2016, at the age of 16 years 10 months and 1 day. His health never stopped him from enjoying life or inspiring anyone he met to look at like with a positive and hopeful view. His Legacy continues through the our other TEAM MYTDOG’s that compete in his honor and carry on the NEVER GIVE UP TOUR. People can learn more abut Tanner, the Never Give up tour and follow our journey on our NEVER GIVE UP TOUR Facebook page.
2010 Inducted into the Dockdogs HALL OF FAME
World Championships Qualifier and Competitor 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014,2015
Big Air World Record Holder for Veteran Dog- 25' 6 "
Master National Champion ‘07
Veteran National Champion ‘07, '08
Veteran National Championship 3rd Place, '09
Legend National Champion, '10
Veteran national Championships 8th Place, '10
#1 Ranked GSP ’06 & ‘07
#2 Ranked GSP '08
Recipient of the Gracie Award (Top Veteran Dog) ‘07, '08
Most Inspiring Team Nomination /Recipient 2014, 2015
Appeared on OUTDOOR CHANNEL (3 episodes), 2008
Featured on Animal Planet’s Dogs 101, 2009-present
DOB: June 16, 2008
Tini is a little Black and White, female German Shorthair Pointer and is the daughter of our ORIGINAL MYTDOG Tanner. I always joke that she “grew into her name” because though she was a small puppy, I had no idea she would only grow to 38lbs, a truly “teenie” GSP. Tini will be that perpetual “puppy”, that dog that never seems to look older and had that never ending tail wag and miniature ize that just makes you want to hug her.
Tini’s registered name, “MYTDOG’s Destini”, was chosen to reflect my hope that she would be future of MYTDOG and her father’s legacy, and has definitely been that. The alternate spelling of Destiny was reference to her name and small stature.
Tini is the more serious between she and her brother and those that see her are often amazed at her calm and focused personality. Tini works hard and plays hard and knows when the situation calls for each. She is so focused and consistent and I can always count on her doing her to be her best for me.