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Monday, February 18, 2008

Happy 3rd Birthday, Dakota!

Dakotas 3rd Birthday Picture
Yes! Today is our Dakota's 3rd birthday. Just 3 years ago a small chocolate Lab pup named "Peaches" was born to two beautiful Labrador Retrievers. So small and so innocent.

Our breeds paired us up with Dakota after we filled out a family survey. At 7 weeks old, "Peaches" was assessed by the breeder and it seemed that our family was a sure fit to be the perfect home for this particular pup. Our breeder must have had angels whispering in her ear because she paired us up perfectly. "Peaches" fits this family like a glove.

At 8 weeks old, we drove 4 hours south to pick up our precious pup. She was adorable! She was a spitting image of her father; the Lab my husband fell in love with after seeing only a picture online. Even though she was small, you could tell by the size of her paws that she was going to be one big girl. That day we named her Dakota and welcomed her into our family.

I can't help but laugh because we always heard "get a load of this size of this pup's paws" while she was young and even today people still think she has some growing to do. Sure, she may be 3 years old but she is just an 82lb mushy puppy that sometimes thinks she is more human then dog. Alas, that is my husband's fault - or at least I would like to think it is his fault. *innocent smile*

So, tonight we celebrate Dakota's birthday and you all seem to think a new toy and trip to the dog park are the perfect way to celebrate. Alas, we are in the Midwest and have more snow, icy roads, and freezing temperatures today so the dog park will have to wait a bit more. Not to worry though - this Lab mommy will venture out into the cold tonight to get Dakota's birthday present. Want to know what it will be? Check back on Wednesday to see! *wink*

Dakota at 6 weeks oldDakota at 4 months oldDakota at 7 months oldDakota at 2 years old



Anonymous Joy said...

Happy Birthday Dakota! Hope she has a wonderful time. Best Birthday Wishes from me and my family.

February 18, 2008 3:55 PM  
Blogger Lacy said...

woofies, happy barkday hopies u gets lots of pressies and tweats...and it comes spring soon so u can git lots of hopies u has many, many more barkdays, u's r tooo cute...

b safe,

February 18, 2008 4:24 PM  
Anonymous Susan said...

Happy Birthday!!! I hope you get all the sniffs, licks, and treats a cutie like you deserves!

February 18, 2008 5:56 PM  
Blogger Thor said...

Happy Barkday, Dakota! You are so pretty!

Love and licks

February 18, 2008 7:39 PM  
Blogger JB's Big World said...

Hi Dakota,
I saw you over at Lacy's and wanted to come over and say "hi" and Happy Barkday to you! Hope you have a great day!
I like you like cats?

February 18, 2008 8:53 PM  
Blogger Girl Girl Hamster said...

Hello, I'm Lacy Lulu's friend. Happy Birthday to you Dakota.

~ Girl girl

February 19, 2008 2:04 AM  
Blogger Blue said...

I've come over via Lacylulu, as I thought Dakota looked such a lovely girl. And wasn't she a cute puppy too.
Belated Barkday Greetings to her.

Pats & pets

February 19, 2008 4:56 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

Happy Birthday Dakota!!

She is beautiful!

February 19, 2008 8:02 AM  
Blogger Amber-Mae said...

Happy 3rd Barkday Dakota!

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

February 19, 2008 9:53 AM  
Blogger Maggie & Mitch said...

Happy birthday, Dakota! We read about you at Lacylulu's blog! We're Maggie and Mitch the Airedales! We hope you get lots of treats and pressies for your special day!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

February 19, 2008 10:55 AM  
Blogger Moco said...

We heard about your barkday from lacylulu. Happy day to you and your hoomans. You are a beauty.

February 19, 2008 11:10 AM  
Blogger The Thuglets said...

Happy Barkday Dakota!

We hope you had a great day. Did you have a nice cake?

Big Nose Pokes
The Thuglets

February 19, 2008 1:08 PM  
Blogger Maya and Kena said...

Happy belated barkday Dakota!!
We saw you on Lacy Lulu's bloggie and after seeing your adorable face we just HAD TO come over and congratulate you!! You are such a cutie!!!
Hope you had a great time!
Wags and licks,
Maya and Kena

February 19, 2008 2:50 PM  
Blogger happy said...

Happy Barkday Dakota! Dropping in from Lacylulu's to say hi!

February 19, 2008 10:28 PM  
Blogger Jan said...

Happy Birthday, Dakota. We're a little late but we just learned about this on Lacylulu's blog.

jans funny farm

February 19, 2008 10:41 PM  
Anonymous Tim said...

Awwww, what a cute puppy she was. Sometimes I wish that you could just keep labs at the puppy stage.

Happy Birthday Dakota!!

February 21, 2008 5:04 AM  

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