Saturday, August 15, 2009

A Special Saturday - Sad but Sweet Memories

About two years ago, we got the news we did not want to hear - our sweet girl Dakota had Cushing's Disease. At that time, the oncologist gave her about a year more of life IF the treatment worked. About three months later, the decision was made to stop the treatment because it wasn't working and it was just making her so sick. We were prepared for the worst. But our dreams of making it to her 11th birthday in August of 2008 came true and we were so happy. We wondered if it were possible to dream some more and make it to #12. We almost made it but the Siberian Heavens had other plans for our princess.

Dakota still lives in our hearts and so today, on what would have been her 12th birthday, we wanted to send her some birthday wishes.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY
TO OUR BEAUTIFUL SISTER DAKOTA!!!

Thanks to Zoolatry for the beautiful collage.

WE LOVE YOU AND WE REALLY MISS YOU.

Phantom and Dakota have been working hard to help keep the memory of Dakota alive for Mom and Dad. There are so many little things about Dakota that we all remember and miss. Here are a couple of flashback photos and the pack's current efforts to keep the past with us.

Flashback:


Today:


Flashback:


Today:





Woos and all our love to Dakota and all her new furiends across the Rainbow Bridge, Phantom and Thunder

Note from Mom: Phantom is lying in one of Dakota's favorite kitchen spots, by the wall with the pillar. He and Dakota always used to compete to see who could get the resting spot on the loveseat. Interestingly, Phantom has not been on the loveseat once since Dakota's passing. Thunder, on the other hand, has decided to keep her spot warm.

66 comments:

Tom, Tama-Chan and Sei-Chan said...

Even though she is no longer there with you in body, Dakota will always be there in spirit, and celebrating her birthday is a wonderful way of celebrating all the joy you shared with her. Happy Birthday Princess Dakota!

Your Friends,
Tommy, Tama-Chan and Sei-Chan

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I think Tommy and his sispurrrrs pawed it khwite well!

Happy Birthday Dakota!

I think Phantom and Thunder Dunder will enjoy having some khake and your favourite ice khream in your honour!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Jake of Florida said...

As you said, sad but sweet memories -- we know Dakota will always be with you in spirit and the memories will grow sweeter and help heal he sadness.

Happy Birthday over the Bridge, Dakota!!

Jake and Just Harry

The Army of Four said...

That's so sweet. A special post for a special day.
Dakota will always be with you!
Tail wags,
Storms

Cocorue said...

how sweet to celebrate her memory....don't be too sad as she's in a good place

Princess Dakota, i know you are happy playing on your birthday

chikisses,
coco

Kira The BeaWootiful said...

Wooos! A very special Birthday remembrance. We are touched, and so we wish you all well. You have be loved by an Angel and she is still with you each and every moment.
-Kira The BeaWootiful

Jan's Funny Farm said...

What a beautiful graphic of Dakota and a sweet post. We wish Dakota was here to celebrate her birthday. Thunder & Phantom, we hope you get to honor your sister with some doggy cake and ice cream!

Tank said...

Great collage of Dakota and the yellow flowers...

Mason Dixie said...

I can see the memory is still alive =) happy birthday Dakota

GoldenSamantha said...

Happy Barkday over the Rainbow Bridge, Dakota. Phantom and Thunder are certainly presenting beautiful memories of you today - I'm sure they will celebrate your very special day and spirit with ice cream? We think of you very often, dear Dakota and send hugs to your sibe sibs and family.
Huggers so
Sammie

Stella said...

It just proves you don't have to say Goodbye . . .the spirit of a good dog stays with you forever!

Kisses,
Stella

Raising Addie said...

Very sweet tribute!

The flashback photos brought tears to our eyes.

Have extra fun today with all your new friends at the bridge today Dakota!

Lots of Luv & Kisses
Addie, Lucie, and Hailey

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

That is so sweet that Phantom and Thunder are sharing Dakota's duties. Dakota was such a great pup, it takes two other pups to fill her paws.

Kat

Princess Eva and Brice said...

Princess Dakota will always be a very special girl. I'm sure the boys still chat with her especially when they're laying in her favorite spots.

We'll light a candle in her honor tonight.

Princess Eva & Brice

Clive said...

That was so lovely! It's important to remember and share the happy memories.

Happy Birthday Dakota!

Take care
Clive

Zoolatry said...

Beautiful... this is paraphrasing a poem I once read...

"the rose that grows beyond the garden wall is out of sight, yet it's fragrance lingers on"

Reese =^..^= said...

Dakota was precious. I know you miss her terribly. You gave her a wonderful life here on earth and you will be all together again someday.

Moondance Huskies said...

Happy Birthday North of the Rainbow Bridge, Dakota! Be sure to find my angel sister Moon...her birthday was August 12. She left us in 2005 and we still think of her & miss her. You will always live on in our memories.
Bea-wootiful pictures.

Love,
Skye, the Moondance Huskies,kitties and mom Joan

Martha Basset said...

Such a sweet post, Happy 12th birthday beautiful Princess Dakota.
She will always be part of your lives - how great that you had the extra time with her.
When Harry died my little nephew said that it would be lovely for Gran and Grandad to have Harry to take for walks in Heaven.
The young tend to be much less complicated than adults!
xxx

pughy said...

Sweet Dakota will be watching and sending down lots of love to you, just as she did when shen was here.I didn't know her long but long enough to know she was very special. Lovely post in rememberence.
Hugs GJ xx

Sam said...

Thank you for sharing. She was a very beautiful dog. I love your new banner - what a wonderful way to remember her!

Happy Birthday, Dakota!

Sam

www.howsamseesit.blogspot.com

Sue said...

She'll live forever in your heart. We lost Lucy to Cushings last year and now our Morgan has it.

Maggie and Mitch said...

What a beautiful post! Dakota will live on forever in all of our hearts!
Happy birthday, Dakota!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Scout 'n Freyja said...

The memories can be so bittersweet. I lost my GSD, Tony, one day shy of his 12th birthday to cancer. That was in 1997 and to this day, I can remember the loss as if it was yesterday. Some dogs leave such deep paw-prints that they can never be filled.

Sending soft purrs from my kitties and gentle nuzzles from the pooches to your heart.

Mollie Jo and Bobo said...

What a lovely post! When a dog becomes a part of the family they leave paw prints on your heart and will never be forgoton.

-Mollie and Bobo

Nancy Medina said...

Dakota is having angel food cake at the all you can eat buffet with our sister Winnie Wiggles today, and lounging on the softest cloud. Happy birthday beautiful angel! We have put your picture on our bloggy.
xxxxooo
pughugs from Texas...

Abby said...

Hi, You Guys...

What a Beautiful Birthday Post for Princess Dakota...

Happy Birthday, Sweet Girl...

Abby xxxooo

River said...

Happy Birthday to Dakota at the Bridge! We wish you could have had her here too for this birthday.

love & wags,
River

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Oh what a wonderful post. We know that Dakota is truly missed and is close to your heart... Remember the good times.. She surprised us all...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Lorenza said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Dakota!
Sure this is a special day!
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Mochi and Mommy said...

What a great post and a beautiful collage! Happy birthday sweet Dakota!

Mochi

Paco,Milo, Maya and mommy Simona said...

HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET PRINCESS DAKOTA!!!!
Awwwwwwww...what a sweet post dear friends..and the collage is wonderful!!
She was sooooooooooo beautiful....like a princess...
YES!!!A special post for a special day!!!!!
Dakota will always be with you!!!
Run free sweet girl!!!
WE LOVE YOU now and FUREVER!!!!

The Thundering Herd said...

Happy Birthday Dakota. We all miss you, but we are sure you are enlivening North of the Rainbow Bridge. Betting you and Nikita are the best of pals causing all sorts of mischief.

Stella said...

Note back to Mom:

I was looking at some new blogs and I found one about a woman who has several dogs but one is a Chow-Huskey mix. This dog only eats three times a week. She has taken him to the vet, he is in ripping good health and so she just feeds him high calorie food when he wants it and thats it. Everybody is happy. Perhaps you know this woman who has Portugese Water Dogs, lives in Missouri. You can probably find them on DWB. Cheers and hugs, Jo and Stella

Noah the Airedale said...

We're sending special birthday wishes to the rainbow bridge just for you Dakota.

Thinking of you
Noah Willow Tess Lucy

Sierra Rose said...

Keep those memories flowing. As well as photos, thoughts and smiles. These warm our hearts.

A really nice birthday tribute.

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Ruby and Penny said...

Happy Birthday Angel Princess Dakota. Have a great bash
up there with lots of yummy things to eat.
Love Ruby & Penny

Asta said...

Happy Biwfday in heaven angel Dakota..I hope my angel sissie and bwuvvew gave you smoochies fow me today. someday I'll do it in pawson
ouw heawts awe wif you and youw family
Sweet memowies
smoochie kisses
ASTA

Wild Dingo said...

Aweee...she was so purty!

Martine said...

Thanks for sharing. The photos are amazing. I'm glad you have the boys to keep you company and Dakota's memory alive.

xo martine

Dennis the Vizsla said...

Happy birthday, pretty girl.

Maxx said...

Happy Birthday Dakota! Dat's pawfully sweet of you to celebrate her memory, i'm pawsitive she's smiling and very very happy to know that she's always remembered and treasured! Me and mommy are getting teary eyed again..(sob)Have a great day and we're gonna have a piece of cake in honour of the Princess!!

Cheers,
Maxx & Mommy

Tweedles -- that's me... said...

What a beautiful Birthday Tribute to Dakota.
Her memory will never fade. It lives in your heart forever.
We know how you miss her.
Her legacy lives on.
love
tweedles

Poopsie aka Blue said...

A lovely tribute to a lovely girl.
Happy Barkday @ the Bridge Dakota!

Pats & pets
Blue

Summit the Super Mal said...

Woo there Boyz~
We're sending our woos to the North so Dakota will know she is thought of often. A beautiful, brave girl should have a song of her own for her birthday....
WOO -A- ROOO Dakota.
Your pal,
Summii

chicamom85 said...

Beautiful Dakota, what a nice tribute. She will always be in your heart. It is so nice to remember her in that special way.

Anne and Sasha

Mango said...

Happy birthday, sweet Dakota. I see that you passed along your favorite relaxation moves.

Slobbers,
Mango

Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

What wonderful memories you have of Dakota. I think blogging helps us keep those memories alive and we take pictures we probably would not have taken.

Happy Birthday Princess Dakota.

XOXO
Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

NORWOOD UNLEASHED said...

ROO ROOO Whoo to Dakota!
It's amazing how the memory is kept alive in little ways! NOrwood

Ozzie the OZmonster said...

2 paws and 4 hands in the air for Princess Dakota. The tears are still fresh for the loss of her, Sabo, and all the other lovely ones who made it across the bridge. I know they are playing together right now and that brings me a smile. Sabos birthday comes in Oct. Today we think of Dakota. Happy Birthday beewootiful.

Your friends the house of Oz,

Byron y Xinver said...

Of course, happy ever birthday for her...

Mack said...

She is definitely in a special part of heaven where only the best can live!

Alasandra said...

We are sure Dakota is having a wonderful party at the rainbow bridge and knows that you are thinking of her on her special day.

Happy Birthday Dakota! You live on here in our memories. ~S,S,C & F

Cyber-sibes said...

Happy Birthday Dakota dear!
Hope woo have khake and frosty paws to celebrate! is Sherman at the party too? He'll be the golden huskyboy waiting politely for seconds!


Woos & a-roos,
Star & Jack a-roo

Woodrow, Sweetie, MJ Campanella said...

what a wonderful tribute to such a sweet girl - we will light a candle for her birthday

Phantom and Thunder what great job helping your pawrents remember dakota and keeping her spots safe

Woodrow - Sweetie - Sherman

Brownie said...

Happy Birthday, Princess Angel Dakota!

Joe Stains said...

awe happy birthday to beautiful Princess Dakota.

Lara Harris said...

Sending happy thoughts your way...I know the heartache of losing a pup you love so much...we lost our 'Cassie' over 5 years ago and it still hurts...we went to see Marley and Me, and I got into the 'ugly cry' as Oprah would call it, the last 40 minutes of that movie...it was like reliving the whole experience over again...wish the BIG dogs lived as long as the little ones, but I do believe all dogs do go to Heaven...yeah, and I suppose the cats too...

Cheyenne -Millie said...

That is really sweet of Phantom and Thunder to celebrate Dakota's birthday! Dakota will always be there with you!

Twix said...

Happy Birthday to beautiful Dakota! Isn't it amazing how apparent it is that TD and Phantom miss her? I am sure they remind you of her daily by doing things she would have done.
Snuggles,
Twix

Anne-Kathrine said...

Happy Birthday Dakota!!! I bet you are having a total blast at the rainbow bridge. Love all the pics!

LUCKY LUKE said...

O... Happy Birfday Sweet Dakota!

I know you all miss her very very much, and what a wonderful way to honor her on this special occasion. I am misty, but I thank you so much for sharin these pitchers, memories... and the special ways Dakota is bein honored.

If I was there wif you, I would lean into you real good... on a counta that's the way I hug.

wif love from the Luke

Kayla said...

Happy birthday Dakota and big hugs to you all xx

Tiffany and the Munchkins said...

What a great way for you all to remember your sister. We are so sorry for your loss but are happy to see that you are keeping her memory alive. Dakota will always be with you in your hearts. She was a very lovely girl.

Chihuahua kisses,
Bentley & Lexus (& Mom too)

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...
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Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

Sorry we are late here, our human has not kept up that well on blogs this past few days.

Dakota was a very special girl and she will always be with you in spirit. We are sure she was with you for her birthday.


Holly & Zac...XX