Dakota, a nine-year-old Doberman-Labrador-Rottweiler mix, was adopted from BARCS by Barb Nelms and Charles Turesko of Ellicott City. Dakota was adopted from BARC (in Baltimore) in January 2004. At the age of 12 months, his first family decided he was too big, and too much work, as they prepared for the holidays. He was skin and bones at 51 pounds with chronic intestinal upset. Unfamiliar with how to navigate stairs or the sounds of a washing machine or dishwasher, I believe he'd spent most of his life outdoors. We became inseparable, literally. If something prevented him from being able to see me, like a door swinging closed, he lost control of his bowels. Almost 9 years later he now weights 95 pounds, and looks athletic and trim. Multiple food and environmental allergies have been identified and are under control. Dakota enjoys stretching out on my king size bed to sleep at night. My husband knows that if it gets too crowded, he's welcome to move to the bed in the spare bedroom. Just do it quietly, so he doesn't disturb Dakota.
Christopher T. Assaf, Baltimore Sun
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