SIOUX CITY | White as the mountain snow of Colorado, this year’s Little Yellow Dog is sure to bring a playful spirit to the highest bidder on Dec. 10 at the Ho-Chunk Centre.
Meet Aspen, the 12-week-old Maltese with a big personality. Purchased from a breeder in central Nebraska, this tiny body holds an unbridled amount of character.
“He is very rambunctious, playful and a cute little ball of fur,” said Dr. Michelle Bader, kennel master for the Ancient and Effervescent Order of the Little Yellow Dog and veterinarian at Family Pet Hospital.
Proceeds from the auction, sponsored by the Ancient and Effervescent Order of the Little Yellow Dog, a local civic group, will benefit the Journal’s Mr. Goodfellow Charity, a tradition that provides gifts and books to 8,000 underprivileged area children at Christmastime.
This year's dog was donated by the Jameley and Jim Levich family of Sioux City.
Jameley Levich, who purchased a Maltese through the auction in 2002, said she was thrilled her family was able to donate the dog this year. Choosing a Maltese, she said, was a reflection of how much joy Baby Al brought to her family.
"We enjoyed ours so much," she said. "We had so much fun with him and he was such a great dog."
Named after a popular skiing destination, Aspen’s name is reflective of his coat: fluffy and white. Bader said Aspen’s breed typically grows to 7 or 8 pounds and can live up to 15 years.
When the winner of the auction gets Aspen home, the family will notice a happy, loyal dog that will get along with kids, adults and canines.
“He cries if he’s not the center of attention,” she said. “He’ll want to interact with everybody.”
Apsen, Bader said, has a sweet side to match his playful energy. He loves to cuddle and take naps on laps.
As a medium-hair dog, he does require regular grooming to prevent matted fur. However, he doesn’t shed a lot.
Last year’s Little Yellow Dog, Dasher, a beagle puppy, sold for $10,200 to Don Boyer of McCook Lake, South Dakota.
Each year since 1936, the Ancient and Effervescent Order of the Little Yellow Dog has auctioned a puppy to raise money for Mr. Goodfellow. The first pup, Skippy, was sold for $25.
Anyone who wants to visit Aspen may do so at Family Pet Hospital, 1909 Pierce St., during business hours.
Little Yellow Dogs: 1936 to present
|1937||Midget "Mike"||Mongrel||Wax Nelson & John Kampmeyer||$200.00|
|1938||Bruce||Oscar Hoberg for S.C. Scottish Rite Consistory||$250.00|
|1939||Zero||Oscar Hoberg for S.C. Scottish Rite Consistory||$300.00|
|1940||Happy||Abu Bekr Shrine Temple||$275.00|
|1949||Meme||Wally Wilson & Harold Jacobsen||$525.00|
|1950||Sir Tippet||Schaff's Hardware, Remsen, Iowa||$565.00|
|1951||Soo Wing Wu||E.S. Gaynor||$575.00|
|1953||Blue Boy||Fred K. Harbeck||$615.00|
|1954||Siouxland Coquette||Sealyham Terrier||Miles Patton||$650.00|
|1957||Little Joe||R.P. Boulay||$725.00|
|1961||Little Bill||Jerry Kozney||$950.00|
|1962||Missy||Mrs. L.J. Kaplan||$1,000.00|
|1963||Little Ike||J.J. Arkin||$1,075.00|
|1965||Maxie||Miniature Poodle||Board of Directors LYD for Mrs. Winifred Perasso||$800.00|
|1967||Wacuwa St. Nick||Brown and white English Springer||Sioux City Grain Exchange||$830.00|
|1968||Paddy||Vizsla Pointer||United Order Buyers Dixon Co. Feedlots||$850.00|
|1969||Little Maxie||Wire haired Dachsund||Mr. & Mrs. Irving Levich||$640.00|
|1970||Little Yeller||Fawn Colored Chihuahua||Julian Torgeson||$2,310.00|
|1971||Scottie||Black Scottish Terrier||James Gribble||$1,650.00|
|1972||Kandy||Cairn Terrier||Northwestern National Bank, Stan Evans||$1,410.00|
|1973||Polly||Shetland Sheepdog||David, Norman & Peter Waitt||$1,530.00|
|1974||Goldie||Yellow Labrador||Ray E. Friedman||$2,520.00|
|1975||Georgy||Boston Terrier||Vernon Boyers||$3,000.00|
|1976||Buckwheat||Boston Terrier||Jim Yanney||$3,550.00|
|1977||Sandy||Cocker Spaniel||Ray Grandle (Bill Grabau)||$3,500.00|
|1978||Sir Nick||English Springer Spaniel||Jim Yanney||$5,000.00|
|1979||Jingles||Miniature Schnauzer||Alan Booge & Jim Cuthbert||$7,500.00|
|1980||Sir Tannenbaum||Wire haired Dachsund||Alan Booge, Jim Cuthbert & David Sitzmann||$8,000.00|
|1981||Kringles||Sheltie||Ray & Todi Switzer||$5,200.00|
|1982||Jingles||Black & White Cocker||Alan Booge||$4,400.00|
|1983||Sir Nicholas||Samoyed||Larry Doeschot||$5,000.00|
|1984||Sir Lord Stone||English Bulldog||Ken Opstein||$5,100.00|
|1985||Golden Girl||Golden Retriever||Bob Hoefer||$7,500.00|
|1986||Golden Boy||Golden Retriever||Walt E. Beggs||$6,700.00|
|1987||Sir Vern||Buff colored Cocker||Chuck Avery||$6,000.00|
|1988||Sir Frank||Golden Retriever||Fred Wells||$5,300.00|
|1989||Elmer's Girl||Black and white Cocker||Paul Meloy||$8,100.00|
|1990||Mink's Magic||Tri-colored Cocker||Ted & Norm, Jr. Waitt||$8,500.00|
|1991||Miss Kringels||Yellow Chinese Shar-pei||Jerry and Kathy Weiner||$6,700.00|
|1992||Noel||Bichon Frise||harold A. Bomgaars||$7,100.00|
|1993||Lady Gracie||Bull Terrier||Norm and Andria Waitt||$8,600.00|
|1994||Princess Vi||Miniature Schnauzer||Fred Wells||$6,500.00|
|1995||Miss Amber||Golden Retriever||Tom Kurdy||$8,700.00|
|1996||Doc Holiday||Golden Retriever||Kevin Vaughn of Fimco||$12,750.00|
|1997||Yukon Cornelius||Golden Retriever||Ted Waitt||$15,500.00|
|1998||Mr. Golden||Golden Retriever||Roger Miller||$15,600.00|
|1999||Fargo||Golden Retriever||Hirsch/Wooldridge family||$9,000.00|
|2000||Chad||Yellow Labrador||Brad Gunderson||$10,200.00|
|2001||Miss Noel||Maltese||Mike Wells||$18,300.00|
|2002||T-Bone||Maltese||Jim and Jameley Levich||$18,500.00|
|2003||Seaman||Great Newfoundland||Todd and Cathy Ellison||$11,500.00|
|2004||Colonel Harold||Boston Terrier||Bob Scott and Duane Davis||$20,000.00|
|2005||Little Nicholas||Poodle||Tim Brown and D.A. Davis||$21,100.00|
|2006||Belle||Westie||Dr. Ralph and Julie Reeder||$30,000.00|
|2007||Brubeck||Golden Retriever||D.A. Davis, Roger Miller, Leonard Gill, Paul Braunger and Bill Barkley||$20,000.00|
|2008||Boji||Cairn Terrier||Dave Marx and John Goldsmith||$20,000.00|
|2009||Holly Berry||Yorkshire terrier||Dan Wells||$20,000.00|
|2010||Hope||Miniature Schnauzer||Charese Yanney||$10,000.00|
|2011||Stoney||Yellow labrador retriever||Sioux City Explorers||$45,000.00|
|2012||Truffles||American water spaniel||Rhonda Capron||$14,500.00|
|2013||Snickers||Liver and white springer spaniel||Patty and Eric Lohry||$15,000.00|
|2014||Finnegan||Scottish terrier||Brad Smith||$15,000.00|
|2015||Dasher||Beagle||Don and Linda Boyer||$10,200.00|