Happy 10th Gotcha Day Dakota!!

To my precious “Sheltie-Boy”,

It is so hard to believe that ten years ago today you joined our family. The years have flown by. There are so many moments that I wish I could have captured and treasured longer, but thankfully through the blog and photos, many of them have been preserved.

Dakota there are times you drove me insane when you were under two years old. You Chewed furniture, chewed door panels, destroyed toys, you chewed up my brand new cell phone, and when I had to house-train you  I thought I would never make it through!  But I did, and so did you! 

You have grown into the most loving, sensitive, hilariously funny, compassionate and brilliant dog that I could have ever hoped for. 

When my Angel Bobo passed and we adopted Cody first, while Cody helped to heal my aching heart, and while I adore Cody, it is YOU dear boy who is more like my Angel Bobo. I didn’t realize that til this year. Angel Bobo would kiss me if I cried, you do the same. Angel Bobo would never leave my side, you do the same. In the past year it seems that our bond has grown even deeper. You show a love and sensitivity for me and all of my moods that I would never have thought to be possible. Your beautiful jelly bean eyes speak volumes. You have matured into my “heart-dog.”

I want to thank you dear boy for the countless doggy kisses that you give me EVERY DAY, for the laughs, yes, even when you are on one of your crazy Sheltie barking jags, (and I wish you would stop), you ALWAYS make me smile. Thank you dearest Dakota for all you have contributed to our family in the past ten years, thank you  for loving me even when I am not feeling lovable. Thank you  for sharing your life with us. I pray we have many more years together.

Happy, Happy 10th Gotcha Day my precious “Dakota Boda”, my “heart-dog.” You are the Sheltie I waited my entire life for. I love you more than you could ever imagine…..today, tomorrow and forever………”Mom”




  1. Happy 10th Gotcha Day Dakota,wishing you many more,xx Speedy
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  2. Happy Gotcha Day Dakota!!! that was a wonderful post… and a super sweet way to say I love you!!! well done ;o)
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  3. Zena says:

    How Beautiful

  4. Debbie says:

    Happy Gotcha Day, Dakota! 💟💟💟
    Debbie, Audrey, and Charlie

  5. What a sweet, loving tribute to your dear boy! May you both enjoy many more happy years together!

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  6. Happy Barkday Dakota
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  7. What a beautiful post♥ Happy Gotcha Day, Dakota!
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  8. Ten Times Happy! For you, dear Dakota ~ having found your forever home. And for Mom, having found YOU! Sending lots of love and good wishes to you both …
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  9. Daisy says:

    Happy Gotcha Day Dakota!!

  10. Happy Gotcha Day to our dearest handsome Dakota! Can’t believe you’re TEN as you’re always like a puppy in our hearts! Lots of love and kisses from Eva!

    • Dakota says:

      My Mom feels the same, don’t get her started, she is gonna cry. Thank you my precious Eva!!!!! Love you always and send our love to your furmily!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota
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  11. Happy Gotcha Day Dakota!
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  12. Theresa Spaid says:

    Happy Gotcha Day Dakota! Enjoy your special day!

  13. Barbara Strunin says:

    Happy Gotcha Day Dakota. Hugs to you and your whole fambly!!!

  14. Condogulations Dakota on your special gotcha day!

  15. Astro says:

    Happy Gotcha Day Dakota.
    May you celebrate with some doggie cake.
    Thank you for being our friend too!
    xo Astro and Linda

    • Dakota says:

      No doggie cake but I think I might be getting a hamburger!!!! You are so sweet, thank YOU for being our furiends!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota
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  16. Happy Gotcha Day!! Have the best, best day ever!!
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  17. Kismet says:

    The ones who should feel guilty are those whose dogs wind up in shelters.
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  18. Happy Gotcha Day, Dakota. We think your Mom loves you:)

    Woos – Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  19. Happy Gotcha Day, Dakota!


    We sent you an email!
    Have a wonderfur day!

    • Dakota says:

      Thanks sooo much! Mom responded! Thank you!!! We are not ourselves right now because we had a cousin pass away yesterday….lots going on and we won’t be around much the next few days 🙁 Barks and licks and love, Dakota
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  20. Cody wrote you a nice poem but your mom really knows how to write a heart post. Happy Gotcha Day, Dakota! We hope the three of you have many more years together.

  21. Lilly says:

    Happy gotcha day Dakota!! 🎊🎉
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  22. Oh my goodness … what a loving tribute! I teared up reading it. Anyone who loves their dog like a child can tell how much you love this precious guy. Happy Gotcha Day, Dakota!
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  23. Happy Gotcha Day cutie!
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  24. Happy Gotcha Day, Dakota. From your pals Beckett and Keltic and der Mums!

  25. Happy Gotcha Day Dakota!!
    Jakey, Arty & Rosy
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  26. sara, oreo & chewy says:

    Happy Gotcha Day Dakota! I’m glad you all found each other <3

  27. Jan K says:

    What a sweet, sweet post! Your Mom loves you so much, and we’re so glad your bond has only grown stronger over the years, Dakota. Happy Gotcha Day!
    Your Mom is right, it doesn’t matter where you came from, you deserve all the love, and are obviously getting it!
    Love from all of us at Wag ‘n Woof Pets xxxxoooo
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  28. What a wonderful post! Happy Gotcha day Dakota!
    Hazel & Mabel
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  29. Happy 10th Gotta Day Dakota!!!
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  30. MeOW Dakota, Happy 10th Gotchaday gawjus. We’re so happy you got gotted and to be your furiends. Give Cody a nose bump from us. Big hugs fur all.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena
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  31. Happy Gotcha Day, Dakota!!! Here’s to many many many many many many many many many more!!
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  32. Much love on your big anniversary! I’m a pure-bred Siberian Husky, bred by an unknown (likely irresponsible breeder) and given up because a was “too much of a husky” for the previous owners. 100% agree, all dogs deserve love and we all have our reasons for getting the dog we did.
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    • Dakota says:

      perfectly stated and I LOVE that comment, THANK YOU SO MUCH!! We send much love right back to you!!!! We couldn’t agree more! So happy you have a wonderful home too!!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  33. Melissa Clinton says:

    Happy Gotcha Day, handsome! I hope you have many many more! ❤️

  34. We’re sorry we’re late, Dakota, but we want to wish you a Happy Gotcha Day! You and your mom are so blessed to have found each other.
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  35. Awwww! Happy 10th Gotcha Day Dakota!!! You are PAWESOME!
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  36. Emma says:

    Happy Gotcha Day, my friend! I posted on your kitty’s page yesterday and your email go lost, but my congratulations are still huge for you!
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  37. Sorry I’m so late to the ‘pawty’ but had to send birthday greetings (even if late) from all of us. Hope your 10th birthday was as sweet as you, Dakota.
    Your fur-iends,
    Monika, Sam & Elsa🐾
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  38. i’m sorry i haven’t been around in a while but i’m more sorry i missed your gotcha day, sweet dakota. what a sweet post your mamma wrote for you. she loves you big time! hope your day was as special as you are.
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