Dakota Bear

Dakota Blount aka Bear, of Phoenix, Md., peacefully crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, in the arms of her Mom. 

Born of AKC german shepherd parents on October 31, 2006 in Boyers, Pennsylvania. Dakota was a surprise present to her Mom for Christmas 2006, arriving wearing a festive red and green bow in a big box. She was adorable and so funny with her flopping puppy ears. 

Dakota Bear is survived by loving family members —  Pamela Blount, devoted Dad Steve Bond, Natasha Blount, Frank Blount III, Kady Blount, Zoe Blount, Fergie Blount, Gramps, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She was predeceased by her Grandpa Frank, and 3 canine sisters Kayla, Roxy, Lily and Puddy, a feline sister. All, except Puddy…(moody), greeted her with “wiggle butt” at the bridge.  

Dakota Bear was a wise, beautiful, sweet, kind, gentle girl who sniffed the good in all humans and creatures.  She loved — giving kisses, taking naps, liver treats, car rides with windows down, shopping at Petsmart and Pet Expo, Dogfest, visiting family and friends,  dining at sidewalk cafes, trail hikes, bird watching, chasing squirrels and deer, catching snowballs and bubbles, wagon pulls, water sprinklers, playing the “find it” game and toy favorites…oinking “Pig” and squeaky “Monster”. She loved life. 

It was remarkable to see the trust our 2 tiny chihuahuas and 2 Yorkies had in her at 120 lbs. They all sat close and often snoozed together. She was gentle. It was a fun home on 4 acres to run and play… where shedded hair was a condiment,  dogs wore clothes and Halloween costumes— at Christmas, matching red stockings embroidered with their names hung from the fireplace mantle. 

She was a devoted companion with expressive and deep soulful eyes. She rescued her Mom on the darkest of days…by her side through loss and grief, heartaches, moves, and illness. Once, she even saved a helpless injured duck from a fox attack at 3 am. She was noble. She was majestic.  She was brave. She was respected. She was loved. 

Dakota was lost to Degenerative Myelopathy, a progressive incurable canine disease of the spinal cord. Similar to “Lou Gehrigs Disease”, also called: ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. She courageously fought a long hard battle. 

“We will miss you everyday. We will miss your kisses. We will always remember your unconditional love and gentleness. Now go run free girl…run free…run, run, run!” – Momma

In lieu of flowers, in her memory, the family asks that you take your furbaby for a long walk or a car ride and give an extra treat and belly rub in her memory.


10/31/2006 – 3/10/2021

Submitted by Pamela Blount 


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