While at the Colorado River, my beautiful Golden “Dakota” was so tired from swimming he crawled under the easy up and put his head on the sun hat and fell fast asleep. Dakota is our rescue dog, see story below:
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 has since been diagnosed with cancer, I thank God that I was able to rescue this sweet boy and give him the best that life has to offer until he crosses over the Rainbow Bridge! Until then his favorite place is the Colorado River – where we spend as much time as we can for him! As you can see he enjoys it to the fullest!