Dakota’s 7th Gotcha Day-B&W Sunday

It is hard to believe that seven years ago today, our precious Dakota was “gotted!!” He was a birthday gift for me, (my birthday is tomorrow!), from my husband, fulfilling a life-long dream that I had, to have a Sheltie of my own!

Dakota is a clown, thief, a brilliantly fast-learner, an affectionate, playful and sometimes-annoying brother to our cat, a “perfect gentleman at the vet and at grooming” (a direct quote from our Veterinarian and groomer, Dakota will sit, “smiling”, calmly awaiting his turn), and one of the most incredibly loving dogs I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. He is cat-like in his discrimination of just WHOM he will show his love and devotion to. Many who don’t know him well, consider him to be “skittish”, “quirky”, “reticent” with strangers. Guess what? I’ll take that ANY DAY, that just shows that he is highly intelligent and carefully scrutinizes people and situations FIRST.  That is a common trait in most Shetland Sheepdogs who are true to their lineage.  This is a dog who will NOT jump on people who come into our home, (unless he loves them and has accepted them into his “pack, and even then, he isn’t the type of dog who jumps on everyone in sight.)

To those who find the above traits to be  undesirable in a dog, my advice to you is, then don’t come around.  This is Dakota’s home where he is intensely loved, cherished and accepted, NOT YOURS. My husband and I wouldn’t have him be any other way!!!

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An Overview of the Sheltie from Dogtime:

The small, active Shetland Sheepdog (nicknamed the Sheltie) was once a Scottish farmer’s best friend: sounding the alarm when anyone approached the property, barking at birds and other animals to shoo them from the garden, and later, with crosses to Scottish herding dogs, keeping the sheep flocks in line. While at first glance they look like a smaller version of the Rough Collie, the two are distinctly different breeds.

Shelties are loving companions for all members of the family, including the kids, but they can be reserved or even shy around strangers. Because of their protective nature, they’re quick to bark if they sense that anything’s amiss in their territory. On the upside, they make excellent watchdogs. You just have to teach them some discrimination.

Ask any Sheltie owner, and they’ll probably tell you how smart their dog is. According to Dr. Stanley Coren, an animal intelligence expert, that’s more than pride of ownership talking. In his studies of the intelligence of 132 different dog breeds, Shelties ranked sixth in intelligence by being able to understand a new command after being told it fewer than five times on average, and obeying commands the first time they were given at least 95 percent of the time.

In fact, Shelties have a reputation for being a little too smart for their own good. 

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Happy 7th Gotcha Day

to my most handsome boy

Dad, Cody and I

love you to “the moon and back!!!”

Black and White Sunday is hosted by Sugar the Golden Retriever and Dachshund Nola


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  1. Happy Gotcha Day Dakota!
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  2. Athena says:

    Happy Gotcha Day, Dakota!

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie
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    • Dakota says:

      Thank you sooo much! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  3. Happy Gotcha Day, beautiful Dakota! 😀
    Purrs, Roxy & Tigerlino <3

    • Dakota says:

      Thank you soooooooo much! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  4. Happy Gottcha Day Dakota! Hope the day is fun-filled and an early Happy Birthday to your Mom!
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    • Dakota says:

      Thank you sooooooooo much my furiend!!!!!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  5. Emma says:

    Congratulations on your lucky 7 Gotcha Day! What a great story. You Shelties are human pleasers, so no surprise how well behaved you are. My sisters and I are more the independent types and pleasing our human is not a top priority, but she is stubborn herself, so it works. Enjoy your special day!
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    • Dakota says:

      Ohhhhhh I am STUBBORN AS HELL!!!! BOL!! Just ask Mom!!! BOL! But I get quite upset if I know she is displeased with me and I lick her til she is happy with me again;) Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  6. Happy day to the whole family!
    ~xo~Stella & family
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  7. Happy Birthday to your special mom Dakota and how blessed you all are to have each other! Hope your “Gotcha Day” is wonderful!
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    • Dakota says:

      Thanks so much and yes we are!!!!! Mom’s birthday is tomorrow!!!!! Thank you! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  8. Happy Gotcha Day!!! What a fun way to celebrate you! I think you are a very loved pup!
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    • Dakota says:

      Thanks sooo much!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  9. Brian says:

    Happy Gotcha Day Dakota!!! You sure a a special one!
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  10. Jan K says:

    Happy Gotcha Day, Dakota!! This is such a happy day for your whole family….you sound like the perfect boy to me!
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  11. Happy Gotcha Day Dakota!!!!!!
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  12. Mary says:

    Horray.. Happy Gotcha day and Happy Happy Birthday to you!!!
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  13. PAWsome!!! Happy Happy 7th!!! Woofs to your 7th Gotcha celebration. Sending you lots of Golden Woofs n LOVE.
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  14. Happy Gotcha Day Dakota! And happy birthday to your mom! You two are a great pair and I can tell that you both love each other a lot! Love Dolly
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  15. Happy Gotcha Day to the beautiful Dakota!!!
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  16. sara, oreo and chewy says:

    Happy Gotcha Day to the fabulous Dakota! We love you just the way you are!

  17. Happy Birthday Caren and smartie pup Dakota 🙂

  18. Happy Gotcha day Dakota – we know you were the bet present ever and Happy Birthday to your Mom too
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  19. Happy Gotcha Day Dakota! ♥ ♥ Happy 29th Birthday to you Caren! I hope that you both have fabulous days with tons of loving, presents, and CAKE!!! ☺
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  20. Debbie says:

    Happy Gotcha Day, Dakota!
    Love, Ellie, Audrey, and Charlie

  21. Amy says:

    Happy Gotcha Day! Great pictures – the best part of the description was “a little too smart for their own good…” Naw, no such thing, right Dakota? Your pal, Toby
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  22. Tina says:

    Happy Gotcha Day, Dakota! Also, Happy Birthday to your person, too!
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  23. Carrie says:

    Aww Happy Gotcha day to you Dakota and aaall your loving family! I share mummy’s philosophy, if people don’t like my pups? They can stay the hell away too!
    Hugs, Carrie and Pups x
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  24. Happy Gotcha Day and Happy Birthday!
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  25. Happy Gocha Day sweet, handsome Dakota!!! We wish you many more Gocha Days to celebrate. Hugs and nose kisses

  26. Happy Gotcha Day Dakota!!!
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  27. Happy Gotcha Day, Dakota!! I’m sure you’re getting spoiled on your special day! Be sure to spoil Mom tomorrow on her birthday!
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  28. We’re so happy for all of you, Caren and Dakota! We wish Dakota all the best on his Gotcha Day. We love Shelties, and Terry had some super experiences with some.

    All our love,

    Terry, Livvie, Kessie and Twinkle Toes, from MatildasJourney.com
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  29. Happy Gotcha Day, Dakota! We love you, pal, and are so glad you were gotted by such a loving, wonderful family! 🙂
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  30. Happy Gotcha Day Dakota your Mom is very lucky to have such a beautiful, loving Sheltie. Any you to have such a loving home. Happy Birthday to Mom hope she has a terrific day 🙂
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  31. Clowie says:

    Happy Gotcha Day, Dakota! Happy birthday, Dakota’s mom!
    I hope you all have a fantastic time celebrating!
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  32. Happy Gotcha Day, Dakota…a bit belatedly…and a furry Happy Birthday to your Mom!

    Growlmy says she wishes I would be half as well behaved as you are, esp about the jumping on peeps part. She has to remind pawppy to turn away until I sit befur I can have some attenshuns, and she has to tell visitors to ignore me so that I will get bored and ignore them! BOL!
    And the barking…yikes…but then I am a JRT…and lots of peeps tell growlmy that they haven’t seen such a good boy as I…whatevfur!
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  33. Misaki says:

    Happy belated gotcha day!!
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  34. Happy Gotcha Day!
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  35. Lovely photos handsome, happy gotcha day
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  36. HAPPY HAPPY Gotcha Day , Dakota !!


  37. How sweet! Happy Gotcha Day!

  38. Happy belated Gotcha Day, Dakota! And Happy Birthday Caren!
    Hope there were lots of sheltie snuggles involved!
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  39. Happy Gotcha Day! We totally agree that us Shelties are smart! Sometimes we can charm 2 treats out of our Mommy! Now that takes smarts!

  40. You’re a handsome boy, Dakota and we love every bit of you! Happy Gotcha Day, Dakota!
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