I shot a coyote November 10th of 2008 and called a local tannery in Anchorage to tan the hide for me. I do not shoot many K9's and didn't expect much at all from the trapline so I wanted the hide tanned sooner rather than later. The local tannery I called would not except the hide, "since it's only a coyote and I only had one hide." "Call back when you have more animals." I should have read the sign in front of my face. Eventually I took the hide to a taxidermy shop in Anchorage so they could take it to the tannery that wouldn't originally except my hide, "the biggest little tannery around." I nicked the hide twice while skinning the animal, which were both sewed shut that night. Now 10 months later I get my hide back, completely butchered, hacked up, and mangled to shreds. The tan job plain sucks compared to the other hides I have around the house.
Pissed off, all my efforts were wasted away by the tannery. I called the taxidermist to verify "the biggest little tannery around" indeed tanned my hide, which they infact did tan my coyote hide. The taxi offered to sew up the hide for me. Skeptical as I was, I wouldn't have believe they could salvage the hide. As promised my hide was ready for pickup, again, after the long weekend. To my surprise Knights Taxidermy did a wonderful job sewing up the hide. It's no longer mangled and tore to shreds. I was impressed by their efforts to satisfy an unhappy customer with butchered coyote hide.
Lesson learned. I'll NEVER EVER use Alpha furs again. I wouldn't even take a parka squirrel to them for tanning. Next time I will send it out of state. It was my fault I asked the hide to be send to Alpha and learned the hard way this time. I prefer to support local business' but, as far as tanneries go, I'll send them outside next time.