Dakota, a nine-year-old Doberman-Labrador-Rottweiler mix, was adopted from BARCS in January 2004 by Barb Nelms and Charles Turesko of Ellicott City.
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, they believe he'd spent most of his life outdoors.
Nine years later he weights 95 pounds, and looks athletic and trim.