April 4th, 2017:
It is with great sadness that we have to inform GRRoW that Dakota #12-032 passed away on March 6, 2017 at the age of 10 years, 4 months. He had Lupus for two years and, sadly, about half of all dogs die within the first year after diagnosis of Lupus. Fortunately for him and us, he had wonderful veterinary care which extended his life an additional year. However, early in 2017, he developed tumors on his liver which were cancerous and, with the next medical crisis, we needed to do what was best for him and let him go.
Dakota (AKA: Kota or Koty for ease of "recalling" him) was a joy to have as a companion. He was a happy dog who loved chasing balls and frisbees above everything else. He especially loved Kong balls since they had squeakers in them which he loved to squeak to the point of driving us nuts.
Koty was a beautiful golden retriever with the softest coat of any dog around. People who petted him at GRRoW events always commented on how soft his fur was. Many returned to pet him more than once because it was such a pleasure to run ones hands over his fur. Of course, he loved the attention. He was a "people" dog who firmly believed anyone coming to the door was there to see him and only him. He was on the large end of the golden retriever spectrum and he looked a lot like the dogs that we'd see on T.V. advertising pet food. In other words, he was beautiful!
Koty was our first "foster failure." Over the years, he shared his home with several other fosters including Shane, a 12-year old when he came to us. Shane, our second "foster failure," was his buddy for 2 years. We lost Shane a year ago. So, our house is pretty quiet these days. They were two special dogs whom we miss everyday. However hard it is to lose our beloved doggie companions, the alternative of not having had them in our lives is not acceptable to either one of us. In time, we will again consider fostering--particularly seniors as they need homes, too. We love you, Koty, and will always remember you. Rest in peace, sweet boy.