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Dakota gets his 3rd chance at age 9

CARE package from the Oaktown Pack!


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Recently I wasn’t feeling quite right. I don’t know why, but I was tired and not very interested in my food or in doing much. My Woman wrote about it here. She said I didn’t want to stand up to eat and I hadn’t eaten but a few bites in several days. Well guess what? I got a CARE package to help me want to eat again! It came from the Oaktown Pack! And I’m not even a German Shepherd. That is so cool!

The CARE package was made at the Paw Patch Pastry shop and it was full of the prettiest, cutest, tastiest bacon cookies you can imagine. Travis Ray said they are doggie crack, and I have no idea what that means but he is absolutely right! I am so cracked about these cookies! Thank you, thank you, thank you Travis, Austin, Codie,  and even Smokey! And the Man and Woman, Ralph and Martha. You guys are pawesome!

Love, Dakota

My note from the Oaktown Pack

That pretty cookie basket.

Bunch of bacon beauties!

This one is mine.

And a bacon cupcake for dessert.

Cookie coma


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20 Comments to

“CARE package from the Oaktown Pack!”

  1. February 13th, 2012 at 10:33 am      Reply AngelAbbysMom Says:

    Wow, Dakota – what an awesome present! And no less than a gorgeous boy like you deserve!

    (Hope you don’t have to share with Evelyn…)
    Angel Abby

  2. February 13th, 2012 at 12:03 pm      Reply admin Says:

    The Oaktown Pack rules!

    Wyatt suggests anyone who wonders who this pawesome pack is should watch this video from when Codie Rae and company visited Jerry’s Acres last summer.

    • February 13th, 2012 at 4:01 pm      Reply Dakota Dawg Says:

      Oh man, we watched it again and I sang again! I wonder what part of my pedigree of Irish Setter-Airedale-Golden-Bull Terrier-Scotty makes me sing like a hound dog. Anyway, you are right. The OP rules!

      Love, Dakota

  3. February 13th, 2012 at 12:04 pm      Reply etgayle Says:

    wow – that’s better than a trifecta!!!! you really scored bigtime (but then you are totally worth it…)

    charon & spirit gayle

    • February 13th, 2012 at 4:02 pm      Reply Dakota Dawg Says:

      I have never had a trifecta. Are they good? Maybe after the bacon cookies. Oh wait, never mind. Thank you for the compliment. I think I’m worth it but my ego is not terribly small.

      Love, Dakota

  4. February 13th, 2012 at 12:37 pm      Reply rumblesmom Says:

    Cookie Coma cracked me up. 🙂

  5. February 13th, 2012 at 3:03 pm      Reply riosmom Says:

    Yummmmm!!! But now the Monkey girls are threatening to boycott their meals until they get some bacon cookies. So thanks, D-Dawg!

    • February 13th, 2012 at 4:04 pm      Reply Dakota Dawg Says:

      Those monkeybutts can miss a few meals no problem. Tosca is a big girl. I know, I know. She’s not fat, just big-boned. Maybe a bribe of bacon cookies would get Zephyr to behave. Bwahahahaha!!! Oh boy, that’s a good one!

      Love, Dakota

  6. February 13th, 2012 at 3:19 pm      Reply chilidawg Says:

    Nice! The Oaktown pack rules! Hope you are out of your non-eating funk, Dakota.

    • February 13th, 2012 at 4:05 pm      Reply Dakota Dawg Says:

      Crack and canned food! I’m better, thank you. I still won’t eat much unless every piece of kibble has something tasty coating it. And I mean every single piece.

      Love, Dakota

  7. February 13th, 2012 at 3:28 pm      Reply Carla O Says:

    Dear Dakota!
    We are so happy to hear that you are eating again! You do have pawesome friends! Its fur-buddies like you and the Oaktown Pack and many others is why we do what we do! Anytime you are feeling under the weather again just tell your women or man to give us a call. We have no problem spoiling our fur-buddies! Take care Dakota and a high paw to you!

    • February 13th, 2012 at 4:07 pm      Reply Dakota Dawg Says:

      Dear Carla,

      If you made the crack cookies, then I owe you a huge shout-out! I still don’t know what the heck that means but Travis was so right. Earlier today my Boy took my worst roommate ever for a walk and I didn’t get to go. But guess what I got? It’s ok to stay behind. Thank you again for the yummies.

      Love, Dakota

  8. February 13th, 2012 at 5:54 pm      Reply Judy Says:

    Baby is sooo jeolous… but happy that it got you eating. The vet’s always telling her to loose weight. At least she lost the weight of one leg ; ) . Looking so svelte! You keep on eating Dakota. Eating is gooooooood!

    Judy and Baby

  9. February 13th, 2012 at 6:10 pm      Reply kviz Says:

    Oh My Sweet Double D!!! Glad the appetite is back…us Girlies need to keep up our strength. Don’t forget….Tripawds (and bacon0 RULE!!!!!!!!!!

  10. February 13th, 2012 at 8:30 pm      Reply anjl Says:

    OMD! Those cookies look 2 pretty to eat! Bet the sniffer couldn’t resist, then the licker…then the chomper! Pawsome Oaktown pack…you guys are awesome!

  11. February 13th, 2012 at 8:53 pm      Reply FeartheEars Says:

    Carla is the chef who produces the bacon (crack) cookies. Travis met her at the Morris Walk in Los Gatos last October. Love at first bite! Paw Patch Pastries are the first Oaktown Pack endorsed product, outside of everything Tripawds! Somebody was so smitten Travis is now on the Paw Patch website in the Hall of Fame. Travis did not seem to care what flavor Carla was handing him, although the bacon seems to be the favorite of the Pack.


  12. February 13th, 2012 at 9:21 pm      Reply doggiemomma9 Says:

    Wow Dakota! You are a special pooch! I’ll bet you needed a nap after all those delicious cookies!

  13. February 13th, 2012 at 9:39 pm      Reply krun15 Says:

    The Oaktown pack represents!
    That’s my middle aged white woman attempt at cool.
    Oh well.
    Nothing like bacon cookies to stimulate the appatite!

    We get to see parts of the O-T pack once in awhile – they rock in person too!

    Karen and the pugapalooza

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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.