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8/15/97 – 6/24/09
Frankly, when we began blogging the activities of The Herd, we thought it would be a fun hobby. It truly is.
What we did not expect was that we would form incredible friendships without actually meeting the other people and dogs in “real life.” So, we never had the opportunity to meet Dakota “in the fur.” But because of the connections of Cushings with our own sweet Nikita, we became intrigued with the story of Dakota and her family.
And then we discovered that Qannik, who is about 9 years younger, not only looks like Dakota, but he has many of the same mannerisms and sounds. We joked how they were long lost twins born a decade apart.
And that made the last few weeks of blog posts and emails particularly difficult.
Tonight, we thank Dakota’s family for giving her the most powerful gift that we dog owners are asked to give. It is terribly cruel that dogs give to us their entire lives and only ask for our help at the end.
We are looking toward the northern sky at a shining new star and know that Dakota is North of the Rainbow Bridge and being greeted by a youthful and happy Nikita. The two young dogs are playing and running, free of the pain brought by Cushings and age.
To Dakota’s family, you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Qannik misses his “twin sister”
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