A puppy was found in a pet shop yearning to be free, trapped in a cage too small and injured, how could this be?
A chance encounter by kind-hearted souls purchased this pup, as saving dogs was their goal.
Takoda, he was named, and he loved to have fun.
His Native American name meaning: friend to everyone.
But he had a tough time swallowing and keeping food down, luckily ending up at Dalmatian Rescue – no longer lost but not yet found.
Takoda needed lots of medical care from Pati and Mark thereafter.
Their goal was to get him healthy and ultimately find his “happily ever after.”
All the while loved and adored by so many, including his friends at the vet,
his soulful eyes melting the hearts of everyone, even the ones he hadn’t met.
There was something very special about Takoda; perhaps it was his will to live?
To be a healthy dog with so much love to give. But God had other plans for this angel as Takoda grew weaker – pneumonia, keeping food down, and weight loss, his recovery looked bleaker.
A miracle was needed, and a village was called upon to get Takoda from Miami to Missouri with the help of Lynn, Doug, and Ivonne.
A double rainbow was seen before his long trip, a good sign from God for Takoda’s devoted fellowship?
Takoda was a fighter, a trooper, and made it to Missouri with ease while hundreds of people were praying, “save this poor boy, God, Please!”
Takoda did well after his surgery, which made all of his followers elated, as his prognosis was favorable, as his doctor had stated.
Melissa took him home, and great care was given to this brave little soldier until he could be driven.
To meet up with his Mom, Pati, who planned to fly them both back home to Miami as they said goodbye.
But as I said before, God had other plans. It was time for this puppy to return as HE reached out HIS HANDS.
God took Takoda suddenly and without any forewarning, as the double rainbow now symbolized a bridge that Takoda would cross in the morning.
Pati and Mark lost their boy and Titus, his very best friend, and many people wept when they heard this was the end.
For Takoda was special, loved, and adored and inspired so many to volunteer and do more.
We never got to meet you but loved you just the same, as we hoped and prayed to adopt you, but that time never came.
Instead, we’ll all be at the Rainbow Bridge and call out to you one day and see a healthy pup come running and be so eager to play.🌈
If love and prayers could have saved you, you would have lived forever…
R.I.P. our dear, sweet Takoda – everyone’s favorite forever angel puppy 👼🐶
Sincerely and with much love,💔
John Dylla and Karl Corino
Lynn Cary Cundiff:
“He slept on the bed with me, and I had my hand on him all night, holding his foot or just placed on his back. He slept very well, considering how sick he was. And then, before we left our house, my husband just held his head and talked to him while I was loading everything up. My friend drove us to meet you (Ivonne and Doug), so I could sit in the back seat with him and touch him, see him and talk to him. That little boy was loved on well his last few days.”
“He touched our lives even in the small time that we knew him/cared for him. How very sweet he was, even though very sick and weak. From the 1st minute I saw him, his tail was wagging, at me – at the driver before me – and at the prospect of good things to come. And then, when we had to say goodbye, for him to begin what we hoped was the long journey necessary to save his life, he wagged again. Thanks – maybe? But for sure a farewell to a comforting friend and safe place, “on to the next adventure.” Life was a better place for him in those last few precious months, at DRSF with Mark and Pati, at his foster home and with my husband and I(and others) on his trip of a lifetime that last week. I am so very happy he had that time, and that we got to be a small part of it. Godspeed Takoda! We love you ❤
Even though he was sick, please know that the last night with Doug and me in Missouri he played with the other babies in the hotel room, and he got to sleep with me in bed getting lots of loving… he was a happy puppy💕🐾🐕💖
“Such a special little angel…I believe there is a purpose in everything in life, and he was to be born to unite a lot of great strangers and have them become friends to further better the efforts in rescue not just for his breed and not just for animals but also for humankind.”
“So very sad. I was really hopeful that he would make it. I’m so blessed to have met him. Run free little man.”
“He was just a loving, playful puppy, I had tons of toys for him, and all he wanted was to chew on my hand brace. He had such a strong spirit; I wish I could have spent more time with him. When I would do his feedings, I’d sit him in my lap laying against my chest soaking up the attention.”
“I met the little guy and will never forget him. Even though he had this condition, he was energetic and a sweetie. It’s incredible how little creatures can have such an impact on us.”🐾❤🐾
Patricia Tolman Mitchell:
“Takoda had the most soulful eyes; please take a moment to look at what they were saying to each of us.”🐾💙🐾
“That’s exactly what I noticed the first time I looked at him, and his beautiful eyes whispered love directly to my heart.”
“R.I.P Takoda, may you now run free on the bridge to your new family awaiting you.”