The Adventures of Dakota: The Beginning

Our family just got a little bit bigger. Meet our fluffy teddy bear, Dakota! Dakota is a Goldendoodle and just turned 12 weeks old today. We've only had him for a few weeks but he has already stolen my heart. For such a little guy he has such a big personality. Dakota is such a sweet, loving, rambunctious little puppy and is always stealing kisses and snuggles. He just fills my heart without even trying! Like a typical boy he is quite adventurous. He’s always exploring and investigating everything. He loves being outside, running, and playing with all his toys.

Within these first few weeks, we have already started to train him, we gave him his first bath, had a trip to the veterinarian’s, and have had a lot of adventures. I can’t get over how content and smart this little guy is.  He already knows how to sit, lay down, and shake; and we can’t wait to teach him so much more!

From his cute morning yawns to his puppy hugs, Dakota has already brought us so much love and laughter. He truly is a part of our family. Dakota is such an amazing dog and I can’t wait to see him grow!

It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t give a shout out to Kareaway Kennels. As first time dog owner, we had no idea where to begin.  All we knew was that we wanted a Goldendoodle. After doing some research, we decided to check out Kareaway Kennels and that’s where our journey began.  We are so thankful we got to work with this breeder as she made the whole experience easy and enjoyable. Our first experience with Dawn (the breeder) was just an introduction. We just wanted to visit and start the process of looking for a puppy. I couldn’t believe how welcoming she was. We got to see the kennels, meet the puppy parents, and of course check out the litters. She was so helpful and knowledgeable that we knew we wanted to work with Kareaway Kennels. Up until the day we took Dakota home, Dawn had an open door policy and allowed us to come and visit Dakota as he grew. Not only was she welcoming but you could tell she was fully vested in the health and well-being of each and every one of her puppies. 

Kareaway Kennels is family owned and operated. They are totally committed to their puppies and dogs. I truly believe that they focus all of their energy on keeping these wonderful, playful puppies clean, healthy, and social. I can see all their hard work and devotion in our puppy every day and we could not be happier with our decision.

Be sure to check them out and like them on Facebook.

Also check out the Kareaway Kennels website and learn more about their business and puppies.


Just a few days after we got our sweet little teddy bear! 

Kareaway Kennels, Goldendoodle Puppy Photography, Greater Dayton Photographer, Centerville Ohio
Kareaway Kennels, Goldendoodle Puppy Photography, Greater Dayton Photographer, Centerville Ohio
Kareaway Kennels, Goldendoodle Puppy Photography, Greater Dayton Photographer, Centerville Ohio
Kareaway Kennels, Goldendoodle Puppy Photography, Greater Dayton Photographer, Centerville Ohio
Kareaway Kennels, Goldendoodle Puppy Photography, Greater Dayton Photographer, Centerville Ohio
Kareaway Kennels, Goldendoodle Puppy Photography, Greater Dayton Photographer, Centerville Ohio
Kareaway Kennels, Goldendoodle Puppy Photography, Greater Dayton Photographer, Centerville Ohio
Wasn't quite used to wearing a collar! Was always stopping to scratch at it. Did make for a great photo op though :-)

Wasn't quite used to wearing a collar! Was always stopping to scratch at it. Did make for a great photo op though :-)

Kareaway Kennels, Goldendoodle Puppy Photography, Greater Dayton Photographer, Centerville Ohio
First Family photo on Easter :-)

First Family photo on Easter :-)

A few shots from Dakota's first bath :-) Believe it or not but this little guy actually enjoyed it!

Couldn't believe how little he looked without his fluffy fur! I may be bias but he is the cutest wet dog ever!!

Kareaway Kennels, Goldendoodle Puppy Photography, Greater Dayton Photographer, Centerville Ohio
Kareaway Kennels, Goldendoodle Puppy Photography, Greater Dayton Photographer, Centerville Ohio
Kareaway Kennels, Goldendoodle Puppy Photography, Greater Dayton Photographer, Centerville Ohio
Kareaway Kennels, Goldendoodle Puppy Photography, Greater Dayton Photographer, Centerville Ohio
Doing what he loves best: lounging outside in the sun.  

Doing what he loves best: lounging outside in the sun.  

I over-estimated the size of Dakota with this toy. As you can see, it's literally the size of him. But it's his favorite! 

I over-estimated the size of Dakota with this toy. As you can see, it's literally the size of him. But it's his favorite! 

Kareaway Kennels, Goldendoodle Puppy Photography, Greater Dayton Photographer, Centerville Ohio
Kareaway Kennels, Goldendoodle Puppy Photography, Greater Dayton Photographer, Centerville Ohio
Kareaway Kennels, Goldendoodle Puppy Photography, Greater Dayton Photographer, Centerville Ohio
Kareaway Kennels, Goldendoodle Puppy Photography, Greater Dayton Photographer, Centerville Ohio
My favorite look! I love this puppy face!

My favorite look! I love this puppy face!

Kareaway Kennels, Goldendoodle Puppy Photography, Greater Dayton Photographer, Centerville Ohio
Dakota, the explorer!

Dakota, the explorer!

Kareaway Kennels, Goldendoodle Puppy Photography, Greater Dayton Photographer, Centerville Ohio
Kareaway Kennels, Goldendoodle Puppy Photography, Greater Dayton Photographer, Centerville Ohio
Kareaway Kennels, Goldendoodle Puppy Photography, Greater Dayton Photographer, Centerville Ohio
Kareaway Kennels, Goldendoodle Puppy Photography, Greater Dayton Photographer, Centerville Ohio
Kareaway Kennels, Goldendoodle Puppy Photography, Greater Dayton Photographer, Centerville Ohio
Kareaway Kennels, Goldendoodle Puppy Photography, Greater Dayton Photographer, Centerville Ohio

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