It was 1994, and Mike Lingenfelter expected his life to end soon. Two serious heart attacks and open-heart surgery had stripped away most of the pleasure he had in his life. His doctors still held out hope for him, however. Their vision was that an energetic dog on a leash might motivate Mike to get out of the house and exercise. And so it was that a golden retriever named Dakota, who had been rescued from death himself, came to live with Mike and help him with his rehabilitative therapy. Dakota became Mike's protector and his best friend, saving Mike's life many times after somehow learning how to forewarn him of oncoming heart crises. Dakota gave Mike back his dignity, his pride, and his life. It eventually became clear to Mike that Dakota was a spirit guide, and it was Mike's duty to share him and the power of the human-animal bond with the world. So, as these two special individuals journeyed through their life together, they often paused along the way to touch others. Dakota continually helped make miracles happen-but ultimately, as part of that journey, one more miracle was needed, as Dakota fought a courageous and dignified battle for his own life....Lingenfelter, Mike is the author of 'Angel by My Side The True Story of a Dog Who Saved a Manand a Man Who Saved a Dog' with ISBN 9781401900588 and ISBN 1401900585.