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Dakota gets his 3rd chance at age 9

Very bad day!


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First she hauled me into this tub. I refused to help so I made her break her back. Serves her right.

Here she is drying me off. I am very close to biting her. Can't you tell?

She put me on the floor and I tried to escape through the janitor stuff. There is a window there. See?

I refused to move. She had to brush me right there. Again...serves her right.

Back in the car. I hate the car, but I'll tell you it beats the tub. And no I do not smell like lemons or whatever I was supposed to smell like. I smell like wet dog! Hahahahahah!!! Serves her right!





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7 Comments to

“Very bad day!”

  1. March 19th, 2012 at 8:07 pm      Reply etgayle Says:

    yikes!!! it was monkeybutt baths day here in ET…must be something in the water…

    charon & spirit gayle

  2. March 19th, 2012 at 8:14 pm      Reply Codie Rae Says:

    Aaack! Dakota Dawg! You scared the c*#p out of us here in Oaktown with that post title! Glad it was just a bath dude! C’mon, you weren’t really gonna bite her, I know you weren’t. At least she didn’t go for the big blow dry. Hope you are enjoying your fluffiness now that its all over!

    Codie Rae

  3. March 19th, 2012 at 8:48 pm      Reply Judy Says:

    MB Giant Toby says ‘Hee hee hee hee hee’

  4. March 19th, 2012 at 9:01 pm      Reply anjl Says:

    I knew you were in trouble as soon as I saw the first picure…ya know the one where she had you tied onto the sink!

  5. March 19th, 2012 at 10:01 pm      Reply AngelAbbysMom Says:

    You need to find something stinky to roll in! Stat!

    MBBunny Rita

  6. March 25th, 2012 at 9:23 pm      Reply wyattraydawg Says:

    Hah! I thought you were gonna say your Momma vacuumed you up with that machine!

    Your hair looks so fluffy and purdy now. How bad can THAT be….you’re a chick magnet again!

  7. March 29th, 2012 at 6:02 pm      Reply kviz Says:

    YES…in total agreement with MBBunny Rita!!

    Proceed immediately to a remote corner of the yard….find a decaying pile of unknown “schmutz” … and ROLL IN IT!!

    Report back and tell us what you found.


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March 2012
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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.