Friday, March 23, 2007


It is with a broken heart I am posting to tell our friends that our dear baby boy Dakota had a heart attack and passed away at about 5:30 this morning. I'm thankful that he did not suffer, but the emptiness left behind is just devastating.

I will post more later - thank you to everyone that has been so supportive through his health issues and our new friends we have made through this blog.



Sitka and Tia's BLAWG! said...

oh.. I am so saddened to hear of this. He is now free from pain and I am sure will wear his silver harness with pride and joy. Mom and I will light a candle in his honor and memory tonight and will say a prayer for him and all of you.
Sitka and mom, Shelli

Tadpole said...

Oh, I am sitting here sobbing for you.... I am so sorry. I don't know what to say. I'll be thinking and praying for you all as you work through this terribly difficult time.

*licks and loves*

Peanut said...

We are so sorry.

Suki said...

NO! Oh my gosh, I am so sorry. I am crying my eyes out because I feel like I lost a member of my own condolences to your family. We will always remember Dakota.

Katy & Suki

Duke & Gidget said...

We are so sorry to hear of Dakota's passing. We hope you will take comfort in the fact that he had a wonderful life with a family who truly loved him. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Liberty Doo Dah said...

This is such sad news and there are tears in my eyes right now! This helped mum when her previous baby passed:
If you bury him in this spot, he will come to you when you call - come to you over the grim, dim frontiers of death, and down well-remembered paths, and to your side again. And though you call a dozen living dogs to heel, they shall not growl at him, nor resent his coming, for he belongs there. People may scoff at you, who see no lightest blade of grass bent by his footfall, who hear no whimper, people who may never really have had a dog. Smile at them, for you shall know something that is hidden for them, and which is well worth the knowing. The one best place to bury a dog is in the heart of the master.

From the Portland Oregonian, Sept 11, 1925
By Ben Hur Lampman

My Condolences!
Liberty & mum

Sparky said...

Rest in peace dear will be missed. I'm sending all of the Brat Pack puppy hugs and kisses.

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

We're sorry to hear about Dakota. We will be thinking about the rest of the pack and wishing you the best in this sad time.

Steve & Kat

Lisa said...

Oh no, I am so sorry! Dakota, God bless your poor broken heart. You've left many broken hearts behind. Rest in peace.

Avery said...

Oh Maryann and Brat Pack, I am so sorry to hear of Dakota's passing. It is hard for Mom to type through all the tears. We will be thinking of you and sending you our love.

Avery and his mom

Lady Kaos said...

Mom and I read your posts on DWB and cried and then came to the blog and cried some more. I'm sending lots of hugs to you and the Brat Pack.

FleasGang said...

We are sad to hear this news. We'll keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

I read on the bone zone what happened.

I know we may not know you, but mommy and I send our condolences and love.

You will be in our prayers. Bless you!

Maggie said...

My heart is breaking for you. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Sue (Maggie and Mitch's mom)

Opy - the Original GruffPuppy said...

So sorry to hear this very sad news. RIP dear Dakota - may you run free always.
Thinking of you in this awful time...


Jasper said...

OOOhhhhh I am so sorry....Poor Dakota....I know he will be Momma is crying...and I am too. I am so very sorry!
Rest in peace Dakota...we love you all!!

Jody said...

I am so so sorry to hear about Dakota. I know what a special bear Dakota "is", not was, because he will always live in so many hearts. I know the pain, and I wish I could make it better. Maybe he's met Astro by now. Running, very happy, and watching over you.

I hope the rest of the pack are ok and his absence isn't affecting them too badly.

I know it's cliche, but time helps. But he'll always be in our hearts.

BIG BIG hugs,
and the two insane whippets (the ones that used to love to chase Dakota as they all slid and crashed on the hardwood floors :) )

Rocco's Mom said...

Indeed, this is sad news but what a happy & loved life Dakota had.

You'll be in my prayers tonight.

Nanook The Newfoundland said...

*crying* This is awful! I just signed in to check all my favorite Brats out...I can't believe Dakota is gone. Have you ever heard of the Rainbow Bridge?

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Holly said...

Oh Maryann, I am so very sorry for your loss!!! I cannot even tell you how sad it makes me that you are suffering. I understand your pain, as have experienced it myself just recently at the loss of my 17 year old kitty, and my 16 year old Siberian a year ago. My heart aches for you. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Sending hugs your way,
Holly and her mom Jan

Goofy said...

oh..we are so sorry to hear this..mommy and i send our deepest condolence here...

Boo said...

i'm so sorry to hear about dakota.

please take care.

wet wet licks


Butchy & Snickers said...

We are so very sorry for your loss of Dakota. We will be praying for you.
Luv & Wirey Hugs!
Butchy & Snickers

macgoogle said...

Arooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Arooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! We are all howling sad howls for you all. You must miss Dakota soooo much! Mum is crying and Dad is looking really upset. If there is anything we can do for you just drop us a line, ok? We love you still Dakota! Our love and cuddles are with you the Brat Pack!

Love and Cuddles and Licks and Kisses and Everything,
Texas (and his humans).

Melissa-Jane said...

Oh no! I'm so very sorry to hear this. This is so sudden. May he rest in peace in heaven. We'll pray for him.

Our condolences & hugs to Dakota & family!

Tasha & Eva said...

All in our pack are sorry for Dakota's passing. We know what its like. We lost Tia at 5 years old to cancer. I saw that Nanook commented about the Rainbow Bridge, which always makes me cry but feel better at the same time. I'm sure that he knew he was loved and cherished and now he is at peace.
Doug (Tasha & Eva's dad)

Ronin_The_Pug said...

Oh! I'm so, so, so sorry! I just found out about your tragic loss from Suki's blog. There are no words... We send you lots of hugs!

wally said...

Hey guys, So sorry to hear about your loss. I hope you find some comfort in the fact he had a very happy life with you.

Lots of love,

wally & ethel

Sophie Brador said...

Maryann, We are new friends, but no less sad for your loss. I'm sure everyone at your house feels so sad. It's so nice that you have great photos and stories to remember him with. Sophie sends cuddles and licks to the whole gang. I'm so glad you all have each other to help you get through this.

Cheers to Dakota! He had a great and happy life with you.

Dachsies Rule said...

Dakota's heart was so full of love for his family, it overflowed. We wish all dogs could have that much love.

Roxie, Sammy & Andy

Gus said...

We've been lurking for a while, but wanted to add our condolences to the rest of our DWB buddies

Gus, Teka and Muzzer

Stoodleville said...

sad wags in Stoodleville

peace, love and bones,

the lads

Macie-Malechai said...

We are sorry to hear about Dakota, hopefully you can find comfort in knowing that he waits for you over the Raindow Bridge, doesn't help much with the emptiness right now. we know.
Kind Licks, M&M

...sweet saidie... said...

We're thinking of you Dakota right now and your journey over the rainbow bridge.

I hope that your mom is doing okay.

♥ Saidie

Cats ~ Goats ~ Quotes said...

I'm so very sorry to read about Dakota. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

maggie said...

hi , sooooo sorry to hear about the bad news , at least he didnt suffer . you dont know me , im lickie/maggie/liberty friend . i also have a blog ( )ill keep your famly in my paw prayers .....
luv maggie #2

Marvin The Dog said...

oh we have only just found your blog thru checking out Suki!

and just so so so so so sorry to hear such sad news about Dakota. Even though we only just found you, we are so so sorry. love and sad licks Marvin and Jeannie xxxxxx

Marvin The Dog said...

Big sad hugs to you all.

Wimsey said...

In honor of Dakota, I lift my head in arooooooo, to honor his passing and in gratitude for having known him through here. May he have long runs and be content waiting at the Bridge.


Gerri said...

So So Sorry for your loss. He will still be with you. You'll feel his spirit when you need him.
You did all you could and you know he loved you. I lost my Cubby, a Mal/Shep 2 years ago and it does take time, and honestly, it is very hard, so it's okay to feel sad. I will keep you in our prayers.
Gerri, Maya(husky) and
Missy (shepherd)

Ike's life said...

We are so sorry.
Ike and his kitties

Bella said...

We are incredibly sadened to hear that Dakota is no longer with his pack in body our hearts go out to you. He will always be with you & his pack though in spirit and in your heart & loving memories.
Wishing you all much love & comfort.

Shmoo said...

My deepest condolences go out to you and your family for your loss.

Rest in peace Dakota, sweet pup

Meeshka, Sam, Loki, and the humans

Verdi el perro said...

Rest in peace dear will be missed.

IndyPindy said...

Oh my goodness! I can't believe this! Lots of hugs to you all and your humans. We are thinking of you.

IndyPindy said...

Oh my goodness! How sad! Lots of hugs to you and your humans. We are thinking of you.