I Know I Can Make You Smile by Carol Barona


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This photo of Dakota is for a challenge in Playful Photogenic Pets…“How has your pet made a difference in your life”. This was taken in my backyard in front of my waterfall.

My Gorgeous White Retriever


I didn’t want another dog, why would I, I already have two Goldens – one blonde and one red, and a small zoo of other animals at home but when I heard Dakota’s story and how he was living his life, we went to see him. Dakota had some issues that kept him from being sold) so a crate until he was 18 months old (he had to be this age to be put in the run with the breeding males) was his future. When I met Dakota he was timid and scared of everything. I couldn’t resist the look in his eyes that begged me to take him home. When I brought Dakota home I had to drag him in my house (he had never been in a house let alone hear a tv set) and he immediately ran to the bathroom and hid. He slept in the bathroom for three months before he ventured out and started to sleep next to me on the floor. Each day was a new challenge for him and for me but because of Dakota I stopped working so many hours at work and at home and started taking more time to appreciate my surroundings and of course started thinking what new adventure we were going to take each weekend – I want Dakota to experience everything. Dakota has made such a difference in my life by showing me that a little love and patience has many wonderous returns. He now sleeps next to me on the bed and as you can see by this adorable face, he makes me Smile from the minute I wake up in the morning to the minute I go to bed. I thank God everyday to have been blessed with such a magnificent friend that has stepped into my life and heart and slowed me down enough to stop and appreciate the many wonderful things around me.

Dakota was 7 months old when he came home with me, he is now 1 year old!

Nikon D80
Lens 50-200mm
This photo was taken in my backyard


white, dog, love, golden, patience, difference

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  • Carol Barona
    Carol Baronaabout 5 years ago

  • Margaret  Shark
    Margaret Sharkabout 5 years ago

    Yes, you can!
    I can see why this fellow stole your heart. Wonderful image.

  • Isn’t he the most beautiful boy! He did steal my heart……every day! Thank you so much!

    – Carol Barona

  • LjMaxx
    LjMaxxabout 5 years ago

    Yes you did too.. :)))) Beautiful photography and gorgeous dog Carol~

  • Thank you so much LJ – isn’t he gorgeous! He makes me smile everytime I look at him!

    – Carol Barona

  • Jeff Palm Photography
    Jeff Palm Phot...about 5 years ago

    You sure can!! Adorable as always!

  • Awww, Hi Jeff! Nice to see you! Thank you so much! Isn’t he just the cutest!

    – Carol Barona

  • Anne-Marie Bokslag
    Anne-Marie Bok...about 5 years ago

    I can imagine that this look on his face is irresistible! He’s a beauty Carol!

  • Isn’t he! No matter what he does – he always has this happy look on his face – makes me smile all the time! Thank you so much Anne!

    – Carol Barona

    PICMARTabout 5 years ago

    Aw gorgeous shot!

  • Thanks so much! He makes gorgeous easy!

    – Carol Barona

  • mindym306
    mindym306about 5 years ago

    Great capture, what a beautiful dog!

  • Thank you so much Mindy!

    – Carol Barona

  • DottieDees
    DottieDeesabout 5 years ago

    What an amazing story Carol!! I am so proud you found him but more importantly I am glad he has you!!!!!!! Excuse I have to get a tissue!!

  • You are so sweet. I get a tissue everytime I read it…I love him so much and am so happy I have him! Thank you so much

    – Carol Barona

  • DottieDees
    DottieDeesabout 5 years ago

    Oh, now I can see to type…lol! He is gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • lol, you are too funny – isn’t he so gorgeous! I keep looking at this happy face and it just makes me smile…he was so sad before! Thank you!

    – Carol Barona

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...about 5 years ago

    lol, yes he did. Fantastic capture

  • I am so glad! He makes me smile every day! Thank you!

    – Carol Barona

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