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Dakota gets his 3rd chance at age 9

how to be a PITA, by me evelyn


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my momma lady and i wuz talkin. well, she did all the talkin. i am a bery good lissner. i don’t do what she sez but i lissen. i am not a bery good doer. there is a diffrence. i am digressing.

momma lady sed hey evelyn you are such a good pain in the ass you should give lessons. and i thawt that wuz a grate idea! i can give any tripawds lessons on how to be the bery best pain in the ass! what do you think?

here is my rezume vitay sperience qualifikashuns how come:


i sniffed the grandpup all the time and violated her privacy.


i sniffed her pants a lot cuz they wuz nice.


when my pop would go pee i would get in his warm spot and then i would pretend i could not hear him say move over.

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i did it a lot.


i also took up too much room on the couch. my momma lady sed i oozed into her territory.


i did not respect the peeple boundries.

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i made the sad eyes when the dishwasher was open cuz i hoped they would let me lick the plates. i wuz in the way all the dam time. that is what my momma lady sed.

so there you go! call me if you want lessons. i give them for free and i am vailable all the time!

love, evelyn




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“how to be a PITA, by me evelyn”

  1. December 29th, 2013 at 2:39 pm      Reply benny55 Says:

    Happy Hannah wants to sign up! She’s thinking you might be nto something smelling baby’s dirty diapers…after all, she loves deer poop!! Seven degrees of separation?

    But Evelyn, yo MUST give classes on how to take THE cutest pictures in the land!! I don’t kowif you can even teach that level of perfection!! there are just some things one is born with!!

    It’s really nice ofyourpop to warm up YOUR bed for you! Hoe he doesn’t get too cold sleeping on the floor!

    Did Dakota Dawg teach yoj all these great tricks? ‘Thinking henhad a “paw” in this!

    Thanks for the great smiles!! Yo are ne special chunk of laughs!

    Lots of love!

    Sally and Happy Hannah

  2. December 29th, 2013 at 3:17 pm      Reply chilidawg Says:

    Oh Evelyn you are so AWESOME! You must give Buster lessons on how to keep my side of the bed warm when I get up in the night, I would appreciate getting back into bed with a warm area and he would leave because he gets hot.

  3. December 29th, 2013 at 3:29 pm      Reply benny55 Says:

    And Evelyn, even though this is YOUR post, I’m gonna hijack it to tell Shari that I know the holiday eason is still bittersweet becauseyou miss Dakota. And December is the month he “crossed over”

    He will never be forgotten here. Heros like that shine their light of love eternally.

    Love and light,

    Sally and Happy Hannah

  4. December 29th, 2013 at 6:16 pm      Reply lorimomofasaint Says:

    I…love. .her..face. lol ty for sharing!

  5. December 30th, 2013 at 9:06 am      Reply Michelle Says:

    Hmmm I wonder if those lessons rubbed off on a couple of puppies cause sometimes they are a little ornery. Love the lessons. And you are great Evelyn

    Michelle & Angel Sassy

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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.