Sky, ground, smells, gophers. These are what Dakota loves about Point Isabel. She is a former puppy-mill dog who was locked up in a warehouse without access to daylight, walks, and most importantly, human affection. But that is the past and this is the present. Now she is a prima sunbather and does her happy freedom belly-rub dance every day. And she loves her humans deeply.
I volunteer at a local shelter and met Dakota there. There was no reason for her to trust me, but she did. When I sat on the concrete floor of her kennel, she coyly crept into my lap and, as lightly as a butterfly, rested her paws on my chest. Of course I took her home. I am currently fostering her through the rescue group, Power of Chi.
If you are looking for an affectionate goofball and devoted companion, a rescue like Dakota is your girl. But not on the first day or even first week. Given their pasts, it will take time for a rescue dog to warm up to new people. Be patient, though, and soon they will smother you with kisses and be your true BFF.
With your own Dakota by your side at Pt. Isabel, you will experience the glory of wide open spaces and ocean breezes, and you will know the joy of helping a dog in need.
If you are interested in adopting your own Dakota (Chihuahua/Basenji), contact Power of Chi at