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Dakota gets his 3rd chance at age 9

My Man is coming home!


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Hello everyone. I heard some news. They think I don’t understand because I choose to be aloof sometimes. After all, my blog is thoughtful and erudite. I have a persona to maintain. Anyhoo, back in March my Man went away. I never really understood why, but my Woman and my Boy were not happy about it. Evelyn the Embarrassment and I were ok, but we liked our Man a lot. So when my Woman whispered into my ear that he is coming back, I didn’t even blink. But I’m happy.

Dakota’s Top 10 List about his Man:

10. He puts ice in the kitchen water bowl, just for fun.

9. He never laughed when I tried to lift my leg to pee…after my leg was stolen.

8. He makes my Boy leave me alone when I need my space.

7. He walked in the woods with me before the leg elves took my leg by stealth.

6. He installed the dog door.

5. He talks baby talk to me, but just the right amount. Not too much.

4. He makes Evelyn bug off.

3. He was so good to our Spirit dogs before they crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

2. He paid the vet bills.

1. He stopped the car for me when I was dumped!

I was practicing how I am going to meet him when he comes home. Whaddya think?


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21 Comments to

“My Man is coming home!”

  1. September 21st, 2011 at 3:47 pm      Reply chilidawg Says:

    Dakota, I think that is the perfect way to greet him 🙂

  2. September 21st, 2011 at 3:51 pm      Reply Dakota Dawg Says:

    Thank you. I’ve been practicing. It’s hard work sometimes!

  3. September 21st, 2011 at 4:15 pm      Reply krun15 Says:

    Hey Dakota, I hope everyone in the house is as happy as you that your man is coming home. Well maybe not Evelyn…
    Ice cubes and dog doors- sounds like he will be useful to have around.

    Karen and the pugapalooza

  4. September 21st, 2011 at 4:46 pm      Reply AbbysMom Says:

    Dakota, I would love a greeting like that and I bet your man will too (well, I would want some kisses as well…).

    I would be very sad if my pawp went away for so long! I’m excited that your man is coming home. Your man sounds good. My pawp can’t install a dog door, but he has his good points. He has never peed on my bed either. That counts for a lot.

    Give him some kisses from me. I am totally into kissing men I don’t know. 🙂

    • September 21st, 2011 at 4:51 pm      Reply Dakota Dawg Says:

      Abby, I will probably give kisses, too. You can come help if you want! I know that you like to kiss strangers. My Woman showed me that picture of you on the couch and said “I would warn you about her if she didn’t live so far away.”

  5. September 21st, 2011 at 5:06 pm      Reply etgayle Says:

    geesh, who wouldn’t want to be greeted like that!!! wonderful news…and the ice cubes…charon says she’s especially happy when don (aka ron) comes home and adds ice cubes to her g & t.

    thanks for sharing your great news!!!

    gayle & charon

  6. September 21st, 2011 at 6:11 pm      Reply anjl Says:

    You look Pawsome in that photo Dawg!
    and we support your woman and wish you all happy hearts!
    Hope that man is practicing too!

    Your friend
    (who doesnt write enough)

    • September 21st, 2011 at 6:17 pm      Reply Dakota Dawg Says:

      Of course you don’t write enough, Bud, but you’re excused. I’ve seen the size of your feet. They haven’t made a keyboard for feet that size yet. Give them time.

  7. September 21st, 2011 at 7:45 pm      Reply fortisdad Says:

    That’s great news Dakota!

    I might add you guys are hilarious 🙂

    Brett and Spirit Fortis

    • September 21st, 2011 at 8:06 pm      Reply Dakota Dawg Says:

      Well thanks Brett, but who is hilarious? I think Abby’s pretty funny, but I know there were margaritas being thrown back at her place tonight. With salt, even.

      • September 21st, 2011 at 8:33 pm      Reply AbbysMom Says:

        My mom and pawp are havin’ a pawty! But they are not sharing the margs with me. No tequila for dogs. humph. Who made that rule?? There are not a lot of rules here at my house, but they do have that one…

  8. September 23rd, 2011 at 1:14 pm      Reply riosmom Says:

    Oh, D-Dawg, that’s pawsome news! And your greeting looks just about perfect to me.


    PS: my mom won’t let me have tequila either, and she doesn’t even let me have the last drops of beer anymore either. She’s gotten so uptight since I had to have that stoopid kemo.

  9. September 23rd, 2011 at 11:29 pm      Reply wyattraydawg Says:

    Hey Dakota, I’m glad your family is back together. Everypawdy needs family.

    • September 24th, 2011 at 8:14 am      Reply Dakota Dawg Says:

      Howdy Sheriff Wyatt! I think this is gonna be great! I’m gonna like my Man even more now because of some things I heard. Like, he was kind of a bonehead, and he’s been in the doghouse. Doesn’t that sound pawesome? He and I can go to the doghouse with our bones, together!

  10. October 7th, 2011 at 12:28 pm      Reply Izzy, Ted's sister Says:

    D Dawg,
    You running towards him will definitely make him smile. I sure hope all works out for all!!!!

    Izzy Bear

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What came before

Dakota is our Golden Retriever mix, and he was likely born in February 2002. His full name is South Dakota Watson, and we found him on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota in August 2002. The area we discovered him had no homes, no structures, no bodies of water, no shelter. He had his permanent teeth but was still a puppy, so we assumed 6 months was a reasonable age guesstimate. He weighed 12 pounds, which was grossly underweight. Two weeks later, he weighed 23 pounds. He was too weak to eat much so we fed him 6 times a day. Sometimes he would just collapse at his food dish and fall down, and I would have to feed him by hand.

I wish Dakota could write this page because he is the only one who knows the beginning. From his birth until the day we found him, we have no idea what he endured. Well, that’s not entirely true. We know some of it, and other bits we can infer from his behavior. For instance, we know for a fact that Dakota was suffering from malnutrition, sarcoptic mange, assorted internal parasites, flea anemia, dehydration and dental enamel hypoplasia (pitting and staining of the teeth commonly resulting from distemper as a puppy before the teeth emerge). We can infer that Dakota had distemper from the hypoplasia. We can infer that he was deliberately dumped. And we can infer that a man in a baseball cap wearing sunglasses hit him with some kind of stick and chased him off with a hose. Dakota has problems with all of those things.

Dakota has every reason in the world to hate people, but he doesn’t. He’s very mistrustful of strangers, but he is beyond loyal to his family. Once he meets someone and gets the ok from us, he opens his heart to them, too. He is very attached to me, probably because he was isolated (due to the mange) for the first 11 weeks we had him. He had nice digs set up for him in our house, but he could only look at our other 2 dogs and not touch them. I was the one providing all his care during that time, as we found out the hard way that mange can be transfered to humans. To protect our young son, no one but me played with Dakota during those 11 weeks.

Because we feel pretty sure that Dakota survived distemper, and he survived being abandoned, surviving cancer should be no biggie for him.

We know Dakota’s cancer is not an osteosarcoma, and his chest films were clear, one month apart. We are very optimistic about his long-term prognosis in light of those facts. Hopefully we have several more years with him and he will grow old with us, just as he should.

Right after we got home with Dakota, all 12 pounds of him.

Eyes swollen shut, ragged ears, and just as calm as could be.