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A dog's life in NFLD: how the late Nukka became our unofficial mascot

Thursday, November 19th 2020, 4:15 pm - Nukka has become a cherished member of The Weather Network team.

Located on the Northeast coast of Newfoundland, between Lewisporte and Twillingate, the small community of Birchy Bay has become quite familiar to viewers of The Weather Network.

When tourists would stop in, they often asked for pictures with Beverly's dog, Nukka.

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"I started getting people from across Canada on vacation that would drop in to have their picture taken with Nukka," she says.

About ten years ago, Quinlan began uploading videos of her daily walks, with Nukka front row and centre, to The Weather Network website. Nukka in February 2018. All photos courtesy: Beverly Quinlan.

TV viewers across the country were then able to get a glimpse of the picturesque surroundings, and Nukka quickly became an unofficial mascot for our network.

When Beverly would take her camera out, Nukka always sat down on cue and waited for her.

About 6 years ago, Nukka was diagnosed with diabetes, and Beverly was told she had two, probably three years, at the most.

Nukka ended up living six more, but recently passed away three weeks short of her seventeenth birthday. In September 2017.

She was blind for her last two years but Beverly continued on, taking her for walks, and guiding her every step.

"I went out in pouring rain, I went out in snowstorms, sunny, nice days but she loved the snow the best of all," says Quinlan.

nukka2 Nukka in 2018.

When the Weather Network posted a tribute video-sharing news of Nukka's death to viewers across Canada, the condolences began pouring in.

"It was beyond my expectations for a tribute for Nukka but I loved it," Beverly says.

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