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Friday, February 10, 2012

Dakota's Rainbow Bridge

Dog is man's best friend. There is no doubt about it. There is just something about the unconditional love they give you. When you're having a bad day, your dog can always cheer you up. They will be there for you no matter what.

Our ten year old Australian Shepherd, Dakota, passed away this morning. My mom found her sleeping in the her dog house. I wasn't as close to her as my mom was- Dakota was her dog. We used to call her "Koda-Bear," or "Koda-Baby," and even on occasion "Squeeker" because she always used to whine and make squeeking noises when you weren't paying enough attention to her. She loved to get her butt scratched and would walk up to you at an awkward angle shaking it at you. She had no tail to wag, but her whole body shook when she was excited. She had no pups of her own, but was mother to many animals out on the farm- goats, kittens, sheep, pigs, and she even helped out when Annabelle had her puppies. Her heart was always open and she always had a smile on her face.

I'm going to miss her so much. Just the other day I was talking about her to a woman at the S.P.C.A. Talking about her little quirks, and how much I loved her- even her squeekiness. I'm just glad she's in a better place now, where she can chase all the squirrels she wants and not be held back by arthritis. She's with her brother Scamper now and I'm sure they're having a good old time.

I love you.

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Rest In Peace Dakota...
2002 - 2/10/2012

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

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