A Birthday Letter to My “Boy”

Dear Dakota,

Today is your birthday. YOU ARE NOW SIX YEARS OLD! 

dakota birthday 6


It is hard for me to wrap my head around that  number.

This is the first of your birthdays that I am sad.  I am trying with all of my might to be in a celebratory mood, and I will accomplish that, I just can’t at this moment.

Where has the time gone?

this was the first photo we were given of Dakota from his breeder, Shelia Ellis, before we had met him

this was the first photo we were given of Dakota from his breeder, Shelia Ellis, before we had met him


It seems as if it was only yesterday that after an INTENSE and most DEDICATED search by your Dad to fulfill a childhood wish of  mine of presenting me with a Sheltie for my birthday, that SIX YEARS HAVE PASSED.

caren dakota and lenny best yom kippur 2012edited


When you joined our family you were only 8 months old. A mere pup. I remember when we had picked you up and were bringing you “home”, sitting with you in the back seat of the car, you were in your crate, I was next to you petting you and talking to you because we were told that you and cars did NOT get along. I did my best to  soothe and reassure you.

You instantly became friends with your kitty brother, a huge blessing for your Dad and I.


My biggest frustration in those early days was that I thought you would NEVER be housebroken!! I remember a relentless parade of going up and down 12 stairs with you, you were housebroken in your previous home,  you just had to learn the lay of the land with us.

It is hard for me to believe that the first two weeks that you lived with us you were QUIET! I honestly thought you did NOT know how to bark! To think, that ever worried me with the multitude of times every day that you show us that YES INDEED YOU CAN BARK,  and  quite well I might add!

I often feel guilty that you live on the second floor of a condo. I often feel that we are doing you a disservice. I see other dogs with fenced yards that are able to romp freely during the day, you? I think you are part cat, or maybe it is because you live with a cat, you don’t enjoy walks and prefer to stay inside.  I never was one to force you to do what you don’t wish to do, so maybe our situation isn’t that bad after all.

Dakota me and my shadow


You never cease to amaze me. You hated obedience classes but are an apt pupil for learning EVERYTHING that we DON’T want you to learn! You seem to have a grasp of language far better than many humans that I know. You know just what you want and let us know, you know just what your Dad and I need, and give it to us unselfishly.

dakota books

Your Dad and I survived indoor “accidents”, chewed cell phones, CD’s, paper, and enough wood to light a fire, it is a miracle you are still with us!

This was particularly delicious. The green color gave it a "Minty Fresh" taste. I was stopped from my fine dining experience before I could get to the delicious licorice flavored battery

This was particularly delicious. The green color gave it a “Minty Fresh” taste. I was stopped from my fine dining experience before I could get to the delicious licorice flavored battery

But, with the blessings of God, you ARE still with us! Your sixth birthday has made me face the brutal fact that you are no longer a pup, even though you still act like one, you are approaching your gasp, Senior years. I am having trouble accepting this.

Dearest Dakota, you have brought so much laughter, joy, love, craziness, and devotion to your Dad’s and my world that I cannot even fathom what life would be like without you.

dakota northern lights caren lenny

So, rather than be melancholy and reflective, I am going to switch to celebratory mode.

I celebrate your birth, I celebrate our good fortune when your human sister told us about you, I celebrate your smile, your warm and lavish fur, I celebrate your loving licks, your gentle eyes, they way you hold my hand with your paw when you lick me, the way you pick up your red, white and blue ball when your Dad and I return home, even if we were gone for only 5 seconds.

"Hooray for the red, white & blue!!!"

“Hooray for the red, white & blue!!!”

YES, I even celebrate your BARKING (remind me please that I said this)

My precious Sheltie boy, I vow to make your remaining years with us, and I hope there are MANY, ones full of continued learning, NEW adventures, MORE walks, tons of snuggles, oodles of  kisses, tasty food and  never-ending love.

YOU, Dakota, were the answer to my childhood dream of one day having a Sheltie of my own.

Happy, Happy Birthday my silly and sensitive boy,

me holding dakota


I love you more than all of your cherished bones being piled to the “moon and back”



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  1. Aha, that’s why Dakota had such a big grin on his face! Thanks so much for sharing those moments with us. You wonder how you ever lived without your pet and you worry about ever having to do so again, but I’m with you in that we should follow our pets’ lead and live and love in the moment. Happy birthday Dakota!

    • Yep that was why!! Thank you so much Will…”live and love in the moment” so beautifully said! Hey did you know that Chicago made Care2’s top 10 list for most pet friendly places? Thought of you the second I saw it! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and “Mom”

  2. Happy Birthday Dakota!!! And to your mom, That brought tears to my eyes! So thoughtful and beautiful, I hope you have many years left with your beautiful Dakota, sounds like each day becomes a good memory (even with the chewing and barking) LOL!
    To me 6 yrs is still a puppy (to me they really never grow up!)

    So here is to many more birthdays!


    • Thank you so much!!! Oh Alice thank you for your beautiful comment…that so touched me!! I agree that they “never really grow up” lol!! Love, “Mom” and Dakota too!


    We hope you have a WONDERFUL day & year to come!

    LOTS of licks & love,
    Wally & Sammy (and Mom)

    • Thank you so much Wally, Sammy and your Mom!!!!!!!!!!!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota


    • Thank you so much!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  5. Dakota Happy Birthday you are such a handsome boy and I hope you have a wonderful day. I know when Lexie turned six in December I had all the feelings your Mom is feeling. But she is happy and loves to play and her walks that’s the wonderful things to have in my life. Much love for the best day:-)

    • Hi Tyler! Thank you so much! I showed my Mom your comment and she wants to DEEPLY THANK YOU!! It made her feel good to know that she wasn’t alone in her feelings. I am happy that Lexie and I are the same age! Thank you so much for making my Mom feel better and for my birthday wishes! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Mom

  6. Happy Birthday Dakota…have a wonderful day! (and eat lots of goodies 😉 ) 🙂

    • Thank you so much!! I get to have Frosty Paws later and Mom is baking me doggie cakes! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  7. Happy birthday Dakota – we’re the same age 😀

    • Thank you Zena!!! YAY for being SIX! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  8. Happy BIRTHDAY Dakota!!!! Hope you have many, many, many more. Great job keeping your human happy- yes, I know it’s work- trust me I know- a thousand bones to you! RUFF!!!! RUFF!!!! Noah

    • Thank you sooooooooooooo much!!! A THOUSAND BONES???!!! YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS…..Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  9. Happy Happy Birthday Sweet Dakota
    Have a fabulous day !
    Lots of love from me

    • Puddy! That was so nice of you to stop by!!! Thank you!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  10. Caren, What a loving “poem” to your boy Dakota. For the longest time I thought of you as more of a cat lady, due to your successful relationships with the kittehs in your life. I see Dakota has made his own indelible impressions on your family. I’m sure there are many more still in store for the three of you, fun happy memories. Happy happy birthday to the birthday boy. He is such a good looking furbaby.

    AdoptedMom and ChazzTheDog

    • Hi AdoptedMom….thank you!! I am a “cat lady” too…….I am a “pet lady” Truth be told I think I understand cats better than I do dogs. That is because I had a cat for 18 years (before Cody)……the only dog I had ever lived with before Dakota, was a boxer named Brandy when I was between 2 and around 7. She was a fabulous dog…..I actually LOVED dogs BEFORE my love of cats began, I just feel that my personality is more “cat like” than “dog like” but I adore them both! Love, “Mom”

  11. Happy Birthday, sweet Dakota!

    • Thank you so much for stopping by and for the birthday wishes!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  12. Happy Birthday Dakota. So glad you landed up in such a wonderful home. I also had a dog I adopted that didn’t bark, or make any noise of any sorts, for the first 3 months. I hate to think what happens to them before they get to us that gets them into that type of state. However, I’m glad to hear that Dakota has found her voice and fear not, there are many years ahead of love and happiness.

    • Thank you soooo much! I think Dakota was just checking out the lay of the land before barking. Now he doesn’t stop! Love, “Mom”

  13. Happy Birthday Dakota!
    I hope you all have a lovely day together. Your mom’s letter to you gave my biped leaky eyes. You’re a lucky doggy because you are loved so much.

    • Oh No! My Mom made your biped’s eyes leak! Mom better stop that!!! Yes I am loved quite a bit, just like you are!!! Thank you for the birthday wishes! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  14. That is the most beautiful letter that we’ve ever read, Dakota!!! My mom’s eyes are blurry now and I love how your mom described you. You’re a true sheltie and I’m so glad that your mom loves your barks too.

    Happy Birthday Dakota!!!

    Be pampered and spoilt as you deserve it! Hope you have a lot of treats, toys and a lot of kisses and hugs too. Enjoy your birthday Dakota!


    • Uh Oh Eva….you are gonna make my Mom cry again!!!!!!! My mom is sorry she made your Mom’s eyes blurry 😦 Mom loved that your Mom said I am a “true sheltie”….

      We wish you could be here to celebrate with me today! Thank you beautiful Eva for your birthday wishes!!

      Barks and licks and all of my love always, Dakota

  15. Sweet, sweet tribute to a beautiful birthday boy! Where does the time go? Jeffie will soon be 7. Impossible. Happy Birthday, Dakota!

    • Sue thank you so much!! I don’t know…but I know you and I tend to think the same. Can’t believe that Jeffie will soon be 7!!!! Sending you virtual (((((HUGS)))) Love, “Mom”

  16. Happy Birthday Dakota. We are so glad we are able to celebrate today with you. ~Fenris, Tuiren, Socks, Scylla, Mister & Alasandra

    • Thank you!!!!!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  17. Awwww, you’re making me cry. Dakota is loved, that’s for sure. Lucky dog, lucky humans.

    Happy 6th Birthday to Dakota! Here’s to many more years.

    • Sara, every time I visit your blog (WHICH I LOVE!!) I feel sooooooo guilty! You do soooo much with your Shelties and it makes me feel so guilty that I am not adept at training like you are! Dakota is definitely loved but he should have a place to romp like your boys do. Thank you for your friendship, we love you, Oreo and Chewy!! Love, Mom and Dakota

    Furry lovely post your mom-person made for you ❤

    • Thank you so much!!!!!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Mom

  19. What a beautiful letter to Dakota on the occasion of his sixth birthday! There’s so much love in it and I know Dakota feels every ounce of it every single day. Our “kids” are the start of the day with a smile and the end of a day with a sigh……Sammy and I hope Dakota has a very special day with his very special family!

    Hugs, Pam and Sam

    • Pam and Sam that was beautiful and THANK YOU! Love, “Mom” and Dakota

  20. Happy Birthday, Dakota! I hope you have a wonderful day. I’m sure there will be many more.

    • thank you! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  21. Happy Birthday Dakota and many more to come, that was lovely going back 🙂 Hope you get loads of treats and toys xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

    • Thank you Mollie and Alfie! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  22. What a lovely letter and wonderful pictures! Happy Birthday Dakota!

    He sure did a number on that cell phone…lol. (Bet it wasn’t funny at the time.)

    We had a Sheltie growing up and he lived to age 20. 6 was just finishing up puppy-hood for him! 🙂

    • Thank you! It most certainly WASN’T funny at the time….it was a brand new, uninsured phone which cost me $300 to replace 🙂 I now carry insurance on cell phones and urge others to do so! Age 20 is amazing and so rare! You were truly blessed!

  23. Happy, happy birthday!!! I am six too, and trust me, there is still plenty of fun at 6! I understand your mom’s sadness too as she wonders where all the time went too but she is more sad since my sister will be 11 this summer. Humans have to live more like dogs in the moment and not worry so much about what happened in the past and what will happen in the future! Hope your day is filled with fun, love, snacks and gifts!

    • Thank you Emma!! I showed this comment to my Mom and she couldn’t agree with you more!!!!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  24. What a beautiful, loving post.

    Happy birthday, Dakota! May you have a wonderful day, and may you celebrate many more birthdays to come!

    • We BOTH thank you and THANK YOU for visiting! It’s nice to see kitty lovers here too!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and “Mom”

  25. Aww….Happy Birthday, Dakota! What a wonderful, special letter your Mom wrote for you. She and your Dad have certainly given you a wonderful life, with hopefully many, many more years to come. Puppies are fun, but older dogs are more fun because they don’t do stuff like try to eat cell phones (been there, done that). 🙂

    • lol Jan good point!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for your wishes!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and “Mom”

  26. Beautiful! Such a lovely letter to Dakota! We join you in celebrating this very special day, and thank you for sharing your boy – and the special and loving relationship you share – with all of us. Happy Birthday, Dakota! We love you, and wish you many, many more happy days and years ahead.

    • We both thank you and THANK YOU for stopping by to share your wishes! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and “Mom”

  27. Happy Birthday Dakota. May your day be filled with treats and love! Lee and Phod

    • Thank you so much! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  28. Happy Birthday sweet Dakota. I love this letter ~ I love that you love Dakota so much. Thank you.
    Jan (Milo and Alfie’s mom) xxx

    • Thank you……you made me teary-eyed……Love, “Mom”

  29. Awwwww happy happy happy birthday sweet Dakota!! Your mum’s letter is so lovely – you really bring so much joy to her and dad!! Yay! Take care

    • Thank you so much Old Kitty and thank you for stopping by! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and “Mom”

  30. Aw, what a loving tribute.
    Happy dance! Happy, Happy Birthday, Dakota!!

    CindyLu et al xx

    • Thank you!!!!!!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and “Mom”

  31. Happy Birthday Dakota!!! Have a wonderful day …we need a lot of paper tissues while reading. What a wonderful way to say I LOVE YOU – thanks to your mom for sharing this post with all of us. I’m glad you didn’t swallowed the phone it’s annoying if something inside you rings …and imagine the feeling on vibration alert ;o)

    • Thank you Easy!!! Mom said she is sorry she made you cry 😦 Thank you sooooooo much!! OMG now Mom is laughing her head off about the phone ringing INSIDE OF HER!!! and the VIBRATION ALERT!!! OMG WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!! xoxoxo

  32. What a lovely post for a beautiful birthday boy! So glad you found each other! Happy birthday, Dakota!!!

    • thank you so much Jackie!! Barks and licks and love Dakota and Mom

  33. Such a sweet letter. It really reminds of when we brought our Jenny home for the first time! Here’s to many more wonderful years and memories Dakota – Happy Birthday!

    • thank you so much Ann. it was kind of hard for me to write and is loaded with mistakes. I was making myself cry lol. Thanks so much! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Mom

  34. Happy Birthday, Dakota from your facebook friend, bud (and his human, Sid)

    • Sid and Bud!!!!!!!!!!!! You are so sweet to stop by!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That was the nicest surprise! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Mom

  35. Oh Caren, that was so sweet! What an awesome dog Dakota is, and you are all so lucky to have each other. And cheer up, he’s only middle aged, I’m sure he has many more years to be with you.

    • thank you so much!! “Middle aged” love it!! Love you!!!!!!!!!!!!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Mom

  36. Happy Birthday, Dakota! Having such a loving family means you have a wonderful gift all year round.

    I feel like I know Dakota better than ever after reading about his early days with you. The love comes through in every line.

    • Thank you soooooo much!!! Your comment was so sweet…thank you!!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Mom

  37. Oh…. such a sweet and loving post… you brought me to tears to my eyes and I understand your bittersweet letter as I watch my furry gang age before me as well.

    Happy Birthday darling Dakota. What a special boy you are and so loved by your human and feline family!


    • Hi Deb!! It was sooooo sweet of you to stop by! Thank you!!!!!!!! We love you guys!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota, Cody and Mom!

  38. Dearest Caren and Dakota and Daddy and Cody
    Yous sure is a great family! And letting us share is so much fun!
    Dakota, yous one lucky dog! Mes is now going to sings yous the BIRTHDAY SONG!
    Happy Birthday to you ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*
    ¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday to you ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥
    ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday Dear Dakota!!!!!!!! ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥
    ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Happy Birthday to you! ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥

    • Oh Nellie!!!!!!!!!! What an AMAZING GREETING!! And from a kitty!!! THANK YOU!!!!!! I loved your meowvelous song!!! you sing beautifully!!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota, Cody, Mom and Dad

  39. Happy Happy Birthday Dakota!!! It certainly is celebration time. May you have many many more years to go (and make mischief). 🙂

    • Thank you Dawn!!! That is a beautiful wish! Thank you!!! Barks and licks and love (and mischief!) Dakota

  40. Happy Birthday Dakota! We hope you have a very special day with lots of good treats and toys! Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you!!!!!!

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

  41. Woof! Woof! Happy Happy 6th Barkday! Great age. Enjoy your day, full of happy celebration. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

    • Thank you Sugar! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  42. What an exciting day! Happy Birthday big boy!
    Benny & Lily

    • Thank you Benny & Lily! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  43. What a beautiful tribute to a great dog, We all get a little weepy-eyed on our dog’s birthdays knowing that each one brings us a little bit closer to that final sad day…But you’ve done it right…celebrate what you have now and each and every day you have together…Love them for who they are and the joy they bring…Happy 6th Barkday Dakota…I just know it’ll be something special

    • Gizmo THANK YOU!! You understand completely 🙂 Thank you for your wonderful wishes! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Mom

  44. wow, did your mom and dad go all out or what? when Momma opened your mom’s site, I thought Jax and I were being bombarded with hundreds of shelties!
    whew! oh, yes…happy birthday from Jax and me,
    Ting Ting

    • BOL! U must not have ever visited before lol. Glad you stopped by today though! That was so nice of you! Thank you!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  45. Happy Birthday, Dakota!! I hope you have a wonderful day and many, many more happy birthdays to come 🙂

    • Thank you so much!! I am getting special treats at dinner tonight! YAY!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  46. Happy Birthday Dakota! Have a wonderful day! Woof!

    • thank you! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  47. Happy barkday Dakota! Hope you get spoilt rotten:-)

    • Thank you Misaki! I am spoiled EVERY DAY!! BOL! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  48. Again a big Happy Birthday to Dakota! What a wonderful post 🙂 Lots of love.

    Oink oink,
    Katie and Coccolino the mini pig

    • thank you soooo much!!! Barks and licks and “lots of love” back at ya! Dakota and Mom

  49. Happy B’Day! Have a great day!

    • thanks so much! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  50. Happy Birthday Dakota! Caren, that was a very beautiful letter! 😀

    • Edna thanks so much!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Mom

  51. Caren, what a beautiful post. I totally get where you are coming from! Last year Sampson, my sweet, beautiful heart dog turned eight and I turned into a puddle. I cried almost the entire day. 😦

    It is wise of you to focus on the good, I’m hoping you have many more wonderful years to celebrate with your precious boy.

    Happy Birthday Dakota!

    • Thank you Jodi! You also completely “get it” and I thank you for your support and caring!! Thanks so much! Love, “Mom” and Dakota

  52. Awe! What a wonderful letter to Dakota Caren!!!
    I did the same thing with Sherman this year, I got sad because he was turning 6, but then I decided to try and focus on the good like you!!!

    We are wishing DAKOTA a BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

    • Thanks much Jen! Yep that is what I have to do!! Thanks so much! Love, “Mom”

  53. Happiest of Birthdays, Dakota! I am so happy that you found the perfect home! Mom was a. Little in denial when I turned six in November, too, but I don’t feel like I’m slowing down any, and Mom hasn’t noticed it happening any. Anyway, I hope that you have the best sort of day a dog can have and that you enjoy your big day in style!


    • Thank you so much!!! That is wonderful news!!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  54. Happy Birthday Dakota. You are one beloved Sheltie.

    You know its funny Mama never lies about her age. She even corrected Dad the other day when he said she was younger than she was by a year. While flattered, he was filling out paperwork and he had to get it right.

    However, she’s always trying to knock a few years off Katy and my ages. She refuse to acknowledge I’ll be entering the double digits next month. She still sees me as that little pup she brought home from rescue. It’s confusing for Katy, because she’s frozen at an age that is older than me and she’s much younger.

    Enjoy your day, have lots of fun with Mom. You guys make a great family together with Cody.

    • Hi Bailey! Thank you!! Your comment soooo touched my Mom and I (((((hugs)))) and Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  55. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAKOTA!!! Joker, and I send you lots of hugs, and virtual doggie treats!!!!! XOXOX

    • thank you soooo much! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  56. Love your post…What a great family…Dakota is so very blessed!!!! Trev and I send big Birthday Wishes your way!!!!

    • thank you so much! That was incredibly sweet. Love, “Mom”

  57. Happy Barkday Dakota. I hope you had a great day.


    • thank you so much Sheba! I did! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  58. Happy Birthday Dakota! We hope you are having a wonderful day.

    • thank you so much Eric and Flynn! That was so nice of you to stop by!!! Thank you! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  59. Good thing you met your human and your feline friend! Here’s to six more years and more than that!

    • thank you Bernadette! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  60. Happy birthday Dakota! woo woo woo!

    • Thanks Rumpy! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  61. Happy 6th Birthday Dakota!!!! You are so pawsome! Can you believe I (Lassie) didn’t bark either as a puppy my first few weeks at home either. Now I just can’t get enough barking! Great Sheltie minds think alike!!!! Happy Happy Birthday to you!!!

    • Awww thank you! I am thrilled to hear that I am not the only one who didn’t bark!! You are right, “great sheltie minds DO think alike!” Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  62. Oh dear dawg, Dakota…Ma was away and I missed your birthday. *looks embarrassed* Happy Belated Birthday!!! You are such a lucky doggie to have such a loving mom and dad!!!
    *Cairn cuddles*

    • that’s ok Oz!!! You were busy with your own life!!! Thank you soooo much for stopping by! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  63. Happy Birthday Dakota! Katie is 6 too! She turned 6 Dec 15! You guys are just about the same age! 🙂

    • Thanks so much! Yay for Katie!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  64. Awww, what a wonderful letter! Happy belated birthday Dakota! 🙂

    • Thank you! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  65. Hey Dakota,

    This is just the sweetest birthday message from your Mum ever!! Happy Birthday my great buddy!! Sorry I’m late, you’ll see why in my next post….

    I love that we’ve become friends cos you’re awesome and make me smile too!!

    I hope you had a wonderful day,

    Big hugs ‘n’ wags,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

    • Hi Snoopy Pal!! Thanks so much for stopping by!! Mom says THANK YOU!! THANK YOU for my birthday wishes too! I am glad that we have become friends as well! You were one of my first buddies! Hope you have a great weekend! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  66. Happy belated Birthday, Dakota!
    (Psst: I think you chose your humans well, they seem to love you lots and lots 😉
    Many purrs!

    • Awww thank you Texas!! They sure do!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  67. Happy Belated Birthday Dakota! It’s great to see how happy you make your Mom & Dad. 🙂

    • thank you sooooooo much! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  68. Happy BIrthday Dakota! Hope you all had a great day! And aren’t you lucky to have a cat-sib who sends you birthday letters! Finn only gets hisses and waps form his kitty-sibs!

    • Thanks so much! Yep I sure am! We love each other 🙂 Barks and licks and love, Dakota

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  70. Happy Birthday Dakota!!
    So sorry I have been so busy and very late to wish you all the best on your Birthday.

    And Caren…this is one lovely and beautiful post 🙂 your love toward Dakota can be felt by all of us.

    • That’s ok Novroz! We all get busy! don’t feel bad and thank you sooooooooooo much!!! Love you!

  71. Happy Belated Birthday!

    Stop on by for a visit

    • Thanks! Have a great day! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

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