Happy Birthday Dakota!! Our “Perfect 10”

Oh, this is a rough one. A terribly rough one. Where have the years gone? It seems like yesterday that my precious Sheltie boy was 8 months old. Now, today, he turns 10. TEN…so hard to believe, even harder for me to process.

We would like to thank Pipo, Minko and Mr.Jack Freckles thoughtful Mama for this incredible card that she made for Dakota. Click on the photo to visit their blog

When thinking about what I was going to do to acknowledge Dakota’s momentous birthday on his blog,  I kept becoming more and more sad.

I don’t want to be sad and I don’t want to make any of YOU sad, so I am going to do my best to keep this post light-hearted!

10 Things I Love About Our Perfect 10

  • You are my favorite boy to eat popcorn with!
  • You greet me EVERY TIME I walk through the door as if I have been gone for a zillion years, even if I am only gone for one minute.
  • You are incredibly sensitive and intuitive.
  • You lick (kiss) my hand like there is no tomorrow…(just because)
  • You are silly, playful and love to “dance” with me.
  • You “guard” me when I work on the computer, I just have to look to my right or left and you are there.
  • You are the BEST laundry supervisor!
  • You have a smile that makes ME and all who encounter it, smile too.
  • Your eyes are the proverbial “windows” to your soul
  • You are mine, (OURS or Daddy will get upset), we could not have asked for a more loving, devoted, intelligent, clever, silly, hilarious and wonderful dog.

Dad, Cody and I love you to pieces. Thank you for all of the love and joy you have brought to our lives, I cherish you my special boy!!!! There is a nice, juicy home-made burger in your future!!

Love, “Mom”







  1. Phoebe says:

    Such a sweet post! Many big birthday hugs to Dakota from Samantha and me!! 💙 💙

  2. Happy Happy Birthday to YOU, Dakota!!

    Its an honor to be ten!
    You’re ‘king’ of your den!
    Here’s a bone to chew…
    And some cake too.
    You’re loved from nose to tail,
    How it waves like a sail!
    You love back with much passion,
    And bark in a loud fashion.
    Because you have much to say…
    About all the doings this day…
    Hip Hip Hooray!
    Birthday Ten is today!

    Happy Birthday, Dakota!

    Enjoy that burger you lucky dude, you!! I nevfur have had one of those on any of my birthdays…I shall have to have a discussion with the petcretary!
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  3. Wishing you a wonderful birthday, Dakota and many, many more!!
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  4. Clowie says:

    Wishing you a very happy birthday, Dakota! Have a wonderful day.
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  5. Happy birthday Dakota! May you celebrate many more birthdays and enjoy some spoiling today!

  6. Happy Birthday to you!!!! you are not only the pawfect ten your are a whole 100!!! and in my book the n°1!
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  7. We would have to say
    on your most special day:
    T … ten is Terrific!
    E … and ten is Exciting to be!
    N … and ten is you ~ Nice (sometimes a bit notty, maybe?) – and Nothing but perfect, special, awesome
    and amazingly wonderful in every way pawsible!
    We love DAKOTA … Happy Birthday, Handsome Boy!
    With love from Dougie Dog and Zoey.
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  8. Happy Birthday, Dakota! You are still a puppy at heart! 😸

  9. Happy Birthday Dakota. We are so happy you and Cody have each other – you are very fortunate. Love you pal.
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    My Tommy is coming up to that birthday next summer, so I suspect I really know how you feel.
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  11. Patricia says:

    Happy big ten and may you have many more. From the Three Amigos in Texas

  12. Astro says:

    Happy Birthday Dakota!
    It is an honour to have you as a friend.
    Just yesterday Christmas at Paw Province
    was asking for ideas to make blogville a better place.
    I think we need a Birthday List so we can wish
    our friends or send cards to celebrate special occasions.
    I hope you have a Special Day and a juicy burger too.
    xo Astro
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  13. Kismet says:

    Happy birthday. For longevity, you need to morph into a parrot.
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  14. Rachel says:

    A very big happy birthday to you, Dakota! Your mom put together a lovely list about you.

  15. Emma says:

    Happy 10, Dakota, and welcome to the double digit world! It isn’t as bad as the humans think! Enjoy your day!
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  16. Happy Birthday Dakota!!! XO
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  17. Happy Birthday, Dakota! We hope you get lots of treats today.

  18. Daisy says:

    Happy birthday beautiful boy!

  19. Happy birfday Dakota! Double digits mean double treats!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  20. Happy Happy Birthday Dakota!!! I hope your day is full of treats and popcorn!
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  21. ♪♪Happy Birthday to you,♪♪
    ♪♪Happy Birthday to you,♪♪
    ♪♪Happy Birthday Dear Dakota,♪♪
    ♪♪Happy Birthday to you.♪♪
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  22. Happy birthday sweetie! Love Dolly
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  23. Ten is a great age!!! Happy Birthday, Dakota – you truly are a very handsome boy, and your friends gave you a beautiful card. Many wishes for many more celebrations to come.

    Woos – Lightning and Misty

  24. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAKOTA!!! Here’s to many more birthdays!
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel
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  25. Jan K says:

    Happy, Happy Birthday, Dakota! We are glad your Mom decided to keep it lighthearted and focus on the good things. Don’t let her be sad – you are still just a spring chicken!! 🙂
    ♥ from all of us!!
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  26. Happy birthday you handsome boy! I know Mom and Dad are spoiling you rotten. 🎂🎉

  27. Happy Happy Barkday Dakota.
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  28. happy, happy birthday sweet dakota!!! congratulations on hitting the double digits. you are officially a big boy now.
    xoxo, bailey unleashed
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  29. Happy Birthday Dakota!! I didn’t know we were so close in age. Do you like older ladies?
    I turned 11 in January. Too bad we don’t live close to each other because we could party like
    big dogs.
    Hope you have a woofable day!
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  30. Time does fly!! Happy birthday Dakota! I hope it’s full of love and goodies – well I know it will be – so have a wonderful day!
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  31. Happy Birthday, Dakota!!!

    I know how your Mum feels, Beckett will be 8 this June. He is already my oldest bi-black, I lost my first two bi-blacks in their 7th year, so this year we have been especially vigilant and a little worried about everything.
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  32. Happy birthday, Dakota!!!
    Cammie and Mags

  33. Happy Birthday Dakota!!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo
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  34. Happy Birthday from Titan and Zue!
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  35. Happy birthday Dakota! 10 is not so bad! I hope that hamburger was tasty! Teddy and Luna say happy birthday too!
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  36. Kevin says:

    Happy Birthday, Dakota!

    10 is not so bad! Harley entered that club earlier this year. Though it was a bit of a tough realization for Mom and Dad, he is feeling great and wiser than ever!
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  37. Happy birthday to you, Dakota! We love you, and hope your celebration was as special as you! We are so thankful you were born on this day, sweet pal.
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  38. Sand spring Chesapeakes says:

    Happy belated birthday! Handsome photo!! And great advice!

  39. Will says:

    10!? Wow! Happy birthday to your forever puppy with the big smile.
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  40. Happy Blessed Birthday, Dakota! We wish you a vey happy barkday and hope you get lots of treats and toys !
    Have a PURRFECT 10rh celebration! We’re celebrating with you thousands of miles away but we feel that you’re just right beside us!

    Lots of love
    Eva, Mika n the Phangs!

  41. Elliot and Cricket says:

    Happy Birthday beautiful boy! 💕🎂🎉🎈😘
    Hope you have a wonderful day.
    We couldn’t even believe it when we read 10 – we thought you were about 4, you certainly don’t look your age Dakota.
    Much love and birthday kisses from Elliot, Cricket and Lynne xxx

  42. Happy Birthday sweet Dakota!! What a wonderful Birthday Tribute! We know it was every bit as special as you are.

  43. Happy albeit belated birthday greetings for dear sweet Dakota! You are one adorable sheltie! *♪ღ♪Happy★Birthday sweet boy♪ღ♪*
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  44. sara, oreo & chewy says:

    Happy Birthday Dakota! I know you had a great day!

    Chewy turns 6 tomorrow, and I’m having a meltdown about that…so don’t feel bad about having a hard time with Dakota’s ten.

  45. What a beautiful post, and a lovely tribute to your boy! It is scary when they become “senior” dogs and start getting up in years. My girls are 7 and 8 now and I just can’t believe it. Let’s hope all our fur babies get many more years with us!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them
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  46. Dawn says:

    Happy birthday sweetie!

  47. Happy birthday Dakota. I was thinking that your birthday was coming up because Thunder’s is coming up too. Tell your mama that you are just hitting your stride. :).
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  48. A most happy birthday to you!!!
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  49. Happy Birthday, Dakota! I hope you had a wonderful day!
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  50. Dakota, we’re so sorry we missed this post before! We want to wish you the happiest, smiliest, funnest, most treat-filled 10th birthday ever! Wags to you!
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  51. Happy Birthday Dakota!! We cannot believe that Chloe and LadyBug are 13 and 12! Where on earth does the time go?? Hope you have a beautiful day with lots of treats!!

  52. Linda says:

    Awwww….sweet post and I love the image! Happy Birthday! Hugs. 🙂

  53. A belated Happy Birthday to you Dakota, from Lexington, Topper and Bobcat…and their mommy, Pamela, aka Cat Lady in the Canyon! Cheers!
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  54. Happy 10th birthday plus 1 week, adorable Dakota! Hope all your wishes came true!

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