Dakota (9-15-06 -12-28-16)
Dakota (Deke) was our first foster dog/foster failure that we adopted from Golden Bond Rescue of Oregon 10 years ago. When he came into our life he was just your typical 6-year-old goofy Golden Retriever that you just couldn’t help but fall in love with. He was a great foster brother to all the dogs we fostered, he taught them all the things they shouldn’t do. Like how to open the cupboard and get into the garbage, the fine art of counter surfing and how to open the pantry door to get to the good “people food”. The world was his playground and in his eyes anyone in it was a playmate. His antics would make you laugh until you cried. We had only had him a short time when one day while we were gone, he dug under the fence into our neighbor’s yard, they also had dogs but had taken them to the vet. He went through the doggie door into their house. When they returned home they found Dakota asleep on the couch with a half-eaten loaf of bread he had taken off the counter. He loved the beach and would run into the waves lay down and let them wash over him, he would chase a tennis ball in the surf for hours and if you quit throwing it he would take it to a stranger drop it at their feet begging them to throw it.
His health had been failing over the past few months and we truly believe he knew his sister Shiloh’s cancer had returned and was holding on until she passed so that she wouldn’t be the one left all alone. When she passed on 12-26-16 he then decided that “his work here was done”. He crossed the rainbow bridge a day and a half after Shiloh.
A donation was made in Dakota (9-15-06 -12-28-16)'s memory and the memorial was created on January 13, 2017.