Sunday, February 28, 2021

Happy Heavenly Birthday To Our Precious Dakota

 Dear Dakota, today, you would have been 14 years old. It is the first birthday in 14 years that you are not here with us. The photo below was taken a few days before your 13th birthday.....I never dreamed it would be your last on this Earth.



I thought that I could do a proper tribute for your birthday. You deserve that and so much more. As it turns out, I can't. I'm trying with all of my might to write and to search old photos of you, but the tears keep flowing.

There isn't a day that goes by that your Daddy and I don't think of you, there isn't a day that goes by that we don't mention your name, there isn't a day that goes by that we don't miss you, there isn't a day that goes by where we don't still love you. We will NEVER stop loving you. .

Our precious Dakota, we miss that incredible smile




 and your Sheltie kisses. 







Daddy gave you this sign on your 9th birthday
It was perfect and I love it maybe even more now




 You were our FIRST Sheltie, you gave us 13 incredible years......you loved us til your last breath with all of your heart.

I should be making you your traditional hamburger for your birthday. You loved those traditional birthday burgers so much, and I loved watching you enjoy them.

There are so many signs that you are still around me. When I was at the doctor this past Thursday, the receptionist pulled out the holiday card I had sent them two years ago with you and Cody on it. She used to have Shelties and saved that card. She knew you had passed and I was deeply touched that she kept that card for two years. She told me she will never throw it away. When she showed it to me I gasped. The hurt came flooding back. I know it was your way of communicating with me to let me know that you are ok. I pray that you truly ARE. 


Please never forget how much Daddy and I miss you
 and how much we still love you.

Happy Birthday in Heaven our precious Sheltie Boy.......



Never, ever forget how much Daddy and I miss you and love you. Happy Birthday precious Dakota,   love from Mommy and Daddy forever..........








31 comments:

  1. Awww...what a special tribute and yes, it is extremely hard to write like you just did...and wow, that lady saved a card?? Dakota knew it was time for her to show it to you!

    Sending huge hugs and lots of love to you as you remember your precious Angel Dakota in Heaven...and a Happy Heavenly Birthday to him!

    ((( ♥ )))

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  2. Lots of purrs to you as you remember Dakota today. I know you've never stopped missing him.

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  3. What a beautiful tribute to your precious boy♥ Happy Birthday in Heaven, Dakota. We so understand the waves of grief. Hugs to your mom and dad♥

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  4. Oh, my goodness...no, oh, YOUR goodness in that lovely, sweet, smiling Sheltie. You must have had the best 14 years you have ever had, all together and that smile in the middle. I cried when I read your daddy's poem. What a beautiful, beautiful poem for all treasured animals. Thank you for that poem

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  5. A most precious post honoring darling Dakota's Angel Birthday. I know the pain and heartache and feel it every single day - even Teddy's crazy little self doesn't erase the love I will always have for my Sammy. Sending you and Lenny hugs on this sad birthday - but then again how incredibly lucky you were to have Dakota in your lives! That's what we must remember when sadness threatens to overcome us - that JOY of having known them at all.

    Love, Pam

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  6. Oh, Caren, this is such a beautiful post; I'm crying. Sending lots of hugs, and purrs from Derry, as you remember angel Cody's birthday. ❤️

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  7. It is so very sad and all the first without him will be the worst. Mom still can't do much with anything Emma without crying, like now even reading this post. Dakota is with you and his love will be with you forever. GBGV hugs.

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  8. Always and forever, that's how much we love our beloved animals. And Dakota was a very special dog indeed. May the beautiful memories you have of him bring you comfort today, as you celebrate the joyous times you shared in the past. Love to you all.
    Happy Heavenly Birthday sweet boy.
    Love Jan, Milo and Alfie xxx

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  9. Happy Heavenly Birthday, Dakota. What a beautiful tribute to your precious boy.

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  10. Happy Birthday Angel Dakota! Your Mom sure did a beautiful tribute to you and you'll always have such a special and huge place in her heart.

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  11. What a beautiful post to your beloved Angel Dakota. He will always live in your hearts, and you will see him again one day, Caren. XO

    Happy birthday in Heaven, sweet Dakota.

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  12. Happy Birthday to your beautiful Dakota, Caren. I miss so many who are at the Rainbow Bridge so I know that the love stays with you, always. Purrs from us.

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  13. Happy Birthday to Angel Dakota! What a lovely tribute.

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  14. Hugs to you as you remember your precious boy. These anniversaries are hard.

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  15. That was a very beautiful tribute. More than proper, loving and heartfelt. ♥xxoo♥

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  16. Dakota was one of a kind. What a lovely tribute for him Caren. I always enjoyed his blog and his antics with Cody. Birthdays of those who are over the bridge are always so hard. Thank YOU for sharing him with us. Sending you virtual hugs. ♥Love♥ Barb

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  17. Beautiful tribute to Dakota. Sending you hugs and love as you remember your sweet boy. XO

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  18. What a beautiful birthday tribute to beloved Dakota. We never stop missing them, and the love continues. Wishing Dakota a wonderful heavenly birthday.

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  19. Happy birthday in Heaven, dear Dakota. Hugs for you an Lenny, Caren.

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  20. Beautiful birthday tribute, what a beautiful pup.

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  21. What a lovely birthday tribute for Dakota. Happy 14th in your heart. They live on in us forever. Sending hugs to you and hubby.

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  22. You're missed by so many, Dakota. Love and purrs to your wonderful family on this difficult day.

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  23. Purrs to you as you remember your beautiful boy today.

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  24. What a beautiful tribute. Many hugs to you.

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  25. This is such a beautiful tribute,

    Sending purrs, love and hugs to you as you remember your sweet boy xx

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  26. Your pup was an obviously happy and cute boy! Losing them is so hard.

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    1. Thank you so much! He sure was and it sure is. We miss him every day. While we LOVE our "GIANT!!" Sheltie puppy lol, we miss our sweet and loving Dakota more than I have the words for. I KNOW you understand!!!

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