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Dakota gets his 3rd chance at age 9

evvie and obie sittin in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g


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last year i sent my boyfren oberon a token of my infekshun affekshun. i sent him a lil red hart to wear on his coller. well gess what? at crismuss i got a present in the mail and it was from him! i think we are gaged now and maybe will get married!

isn’t this so bery citing? i am cited. are you? course you are! you all love me so much so you are cited for me!

everybody calls him obie but his reel name is oberon and that’s what i call him. his momma lady is momma karen who lived with spirit maggie the tripug. now momma karen lives with oberon and tani. and i am in love with oberon!

so here is what i got. i am such a bery lucky woman. a handsome boyfren and being in love. thank you oberon. you are so sweet.

the citing package!

the citing package!

see? from him to me!

see? from him to me!

aah! it is so dorable! this is the girl side.

aah! it is so dorable! this is the girl side.

here is the dorable boy side.

here is the dorable boy side.

and here is the best part!

and here is the best part!

i will be honest with you. it was too much citement so i needed to rest after. love is exhausting.

i will be honest with you. it was too much citement so i needed to rest after. love is exhausting.









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9 Comments to

“evvie and obie sittin in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g”

  1. January 11th, 2014 at 12:24 pm      Reply Michelle Says:

    Yay Evelyn & Obie. Congrats 🙂 you 2 make a cute couple

    Michelle & Angel Sassy

  2. January 11th, 2014 at 1:04 pm      Reply benny55 Says:

    Ohhhhhh I LOVE this post! G R I N N I N G!!

    Heck yeah your engaged!! A boy dog doesn’t send a fine gift like that to just any girl! No indeedy, Obie is intending to get married! And clearly you are the kind of girl he is proud to introduce to his momma!

    And Evvie, youhave THE CUTEST FACE OF EXHAUSTION on the whole planet…..NO… the whole Universe!!

    We wil get an invite to the wedding, right? Right?
    Oh, wait! Happy Hannah is making you a card…..let’s see what it is!

  3. January 11th, 2014 at 1:20 pm      Reply benny55 Says:

    Here’s her card…..we’ll be seeing it at the same time. She asked me not to peek… we go…

    • January 14th, 2014 at 9:03 am      Reply Dakota Dawg Says:

      When she’s old enough to get married, Hannah absolutely gets to be flower girl! She’s the social director around here anyway, so I imagine she’d be in charge of it all. Thank you for the lovely picture, Hannah. As always, you are a beautiful girl.

  4. January 11th, 2014 at 5:44 pm      Reply maximutt Says:

    Well, I’ve met Obie several times, and let me tell you Evelyn, you’ve chosen a great guy!! Don’t worry if he sticks his tongue out at you; that’s pretty standard for him. Congrats Evelyn!!

    • January 14th, 2014 at 9:00 am      Reply Dakota Dawg Says:

      I have no doubt that Obie is a great guy. I’m not sure that Evelyn is old enough to be receiving gifts from boys, though. She thinks she’s all grown up, but you know she’s only 5. As far as the tongue goes, I’d say that might indicate a match made in heaven.

  5. January 14th, 2014 at 8:27 am      Reply wyattraydawg Says:

    Evie’s got a BOYFRIEND Evie’s got a BOYFRIEND


    When’s the wedding?

    • January 14th, 2014 at 9:05 am      Reply Dakota Dawg Says:

      I think we’ll see how this long-distance romance plays out before planning the wedding, Wyatt. You know Evelyn. She might just decide to take a bite out of Obie!

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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.