Growing up...DakotaB

11 weeks old - February 29, 2008 - The day we bought our little bear home. Look at those legs....he is going to be a BIG boy!!!!


12 weeks old - Chilling in the backyard

13 weeks old - Catch him if you can

14 weeks old - Soooo serious...does he not look like little Lord Fauntleroy?

4 months old - One ear up..the other down. The story of his life.

4 1/2 months old - How cool is he to ride in Mamie's Mustang

5 months old - The day has come!!! His ears are standing up (well, with a little help). He is a German Shepherd dog after all!

6 months old - What a handsome boy he has become

6 1/2 months old - Growing, growing, growing...

7 months old - 65 pounds...and as handsome as ever!

8 months old - 72 pounds and happy as can be

8 1/2 months old - What a magnificent face!

On the left 13 weeks old - On the right 10 months old
What a dog!!!

Wow...Look At Him!!!! Our wonderful boy turned one year on December 13, 2008.

...and how proud can we be!

1 Year 1 Month - And off we go into his second year of life...

...and what a busy life it is!

14 Months - Lounging in Mamies's bed...

15 Months - ...doing the jumps in Agility...

17 Months - ...herding the old sheep,

17 Months - ...watching out for the Shepherd's stick,

18 Months - ...playing with his favorite ball,

18 Months - ...doing obedience with his favorite human,

19 Months - ...relaxing in the back yard,

19 Months - ...going shopping for his favorite treats,

20 Months - ...waiting for the sassy kitty from next door,

21 Months ...playing with house guest Chissy,

22 Months ...going on autumn walks and dashing through the falling leaves,

23 Months ...posing so fine for Mamie in Howard Park,

23 Months ...hoping she gets it right without cutting off the ears,

23 Months ...and being the gorgeous super model that he is.

24 Months ...So the year 2009 ends and the BOY turns 2.

24 Months What he great dog he has become!

2 years 1 Month - And off we go into his third year of life...

25 Months - Oh my, we did it. HE IS FIXED!!!!

25 Months - A new companion has arrived! Our girl Sierra!

26 Months - Oh how great it is to have a "Sister"...

26 Months - ...who chases one so fine!

27 Months - can never have enough especially if they have to pose and suffer with ya.

28 Months - Time to have my beautiful head photographed again.

Head Shot

29 Month - Obedience is getting serious. Practice Practice Practice....


30 Months - ...but we sill have to have fun. Just wish we could chase that goat!


31 Months - Our first match! I was more exited than the boy.


32 Months - Finally, our first show and first leg! How proud can we be????


32 Months - ...but life is not just work. We also have fun visiting Jack London State Park,


33 Months - ...checking out San Francisco Pier 49,


33 Months - ...or even having a portrait done by a not so gifted artist.

SF 2

35 Months - or hanging out with sister Kimmy at our favorite restaurant.


35 Months - ..and at the end getting our first Obedience CD. Just look at us. What a team!!!


35 Months - Not to forget that the boy came in second for one leg.

Leg 2


36 Months - Our boy is now 3 years old and it is celebrated with a song!

XBday 3

3 years 1 Month - And off we go into his fourth year of life...

37 Months - ...chasing and running with sister Sierra in a lush back yard.


38 Months - and being just a happy dog chasing his beloved ball at the beach!

Get set....


...kick the ball...

Beach 3

...and get is anyway you can, my precious boy!!!!

Beach 4

38 Months - What a georgous dog he is!

Beach 5

39 Months - As life so often hits us with bad things, our precious boy almost died. Fortunately, the vet was able to save his life and all is left is a scar that hopefully will soon be forgotten.

(Due an infection, his intestines turned and had to be surgically put back in place. A dark day in our life.)


...but life goes on, and we are thankful that he is still with us!!!!

40 Months - So we continue to see him catch that frisbee again....

Dakota Frisbee

41 Months - with sister Sierra in the near by tennnis courts.

Sunday Walk

42 Months - his mommy taking pictures in the back yard (AGAIN)


43 Months - ...hang out at the beach with old and new friends


44 Months - What goes up, must come down....eventually!


45 Months - I bet it was the Frisbee...


46 Months - Posing yet again at that beautiful Howards Park


47 Months - What would that boy do without his beloved frisbee?


51 Months - Just watch him go over that hurdle.


52 Months - Here is that precious face again


53 Months - I just cannot get enough of that beautiful face...What a dog!!!


Today, October 12, 2012 at 6:50 pm, our wonderful boy Dakota died in my arms. After 2 long weeks of suffering, we finally had to let him go. We will miss you Big Beautiful Brave Boy....He was only 4 years and 10 month old. Rest in Peace my boy...I will see you at Rainbow Bridge!!!

Good Bye My Boy

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn's rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die...