A Tribute to Dakota


Dakota Zales RIP March 9th, 2001 - February 25th, 2011
Dakota went to the Rainbow Bridge on February 25, 2011 after bravely battling hemangiosarcoma for two months.  In honor of what would be his 10th birthday, on March 9, 2011, his mom asked to post a special tribute to her sweet boy, and we were happy to oblige.

When you are sorrowful
look into your heart
and you shall see that
......you are weeping
for that which has been
your delight

~ Kahlil Gibran

Grieve not,
nor speak of me with tears,
but laugh and talk of me
as if I were beside you.....
I loved you so --
'twas Heaven here with you.'

~ Ilsa Paschal Richardson

December 27th our world as we knew it came to an end when our beloved lab Dakota was rushed to the vet hospital after he had labored breathing.  We were told he was in pericardial effusion and would need his heart tapped to release the blood from his pericardium sack resulting from his blood vessels bleeding out. 

He was diagnosed with visceral hemangiosarcoma and his echocardiogram showed a 3cm (1.2 in) heart tumor. We took him home and overhauled everything, revamped his diet, supplements, and immune modulation therapy. After a round of chemo we took him to 3 alternative vets, then a started him on natural cancer treatment called Neoplasene, a blood root extract, for 8 weeks, yunnan paiyo to stop bleeding, fractionated pectin powder to prevent mestastisis, cottage cheese mixed with flaxseed oil (budwig therapy), etc. etc.  He seemed to be thriving. 

But during the second week in February, his rear leg and front paw kept giving way while he was walking. I initially thought this was his arthritis acting up but now attribute it to probably him having another bleedout. But, his body then adjusted and he seemed fine.  I took off of work February 22nd - 25th to regroup and spend some quality time with him since it has been such a difficult and cold winter.  He chased the mail truck two days in a row, and the evening before he went to the Bridge I had him outside and was chatting with the neighbors about how great he was doing. 

The next morning at 7am he walked into my daugther Nichole's bedroom, breathing funny again.  We rushed him to the animal hospital and within an hour his vitals plummeted, we were told he was in cardiac tamponade and his tumor had grown from 3cm - 7cm (which is approximately 2 3/4 inches) and he seemed uncomfortable and might not have the strength to survive another heart tap. 

With heavy hearts we bid farewell, kissed his wet nose, rubbed his ears and told him how much we loved him and what a good boy he was over and over again as he crossed over to the Rainbow Bridge. 

Today we wanted to acknowledge his 10th birthday and how gratefull we are for all the years of unconditional love and great memories we were blessed with.  


Lorraine's daughter Nichole wrote the poem that follows:

Dakota's Poem

He loved to swim and fetch his ball,
and always came when his name we called.
Squeaking his favorite toy duck with joy and delight,
while listening to Mommy's bedtime wishes of goodnight.
He was loving, fur soft, and made our hearts grow,
never growing tired as his Mom's shadow.
Missing him greatly our hearts slowly mend,
while knowing one day we'll be together again.

Godspeed Dakota, you will be forever loved and missed.

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