Former senator's beloved dog, Dakota, dies

“He improved people’s days,” he said to Inforum. “He certainly improved mine.”

Conrad told us late last year that he and his wife were shuttling their faithful four-legged friend to the University of Texas’s M.D. Anderson Cancer Center for T-cell treatment as part of a research project. Dakota, who Conrad estimates was about 10 years old, had been in remission from cancer three times. According to the ex-lawmaker, scientists had called the T-cell research very promising for humans.

But Conrad says he was told the rescue dog only had a few days to live after his cancer returned last week.

“He was such a jaunty, confident and happy little dog,” Conrad said. “And he was cute — he just put a smile on people’s faces. And so that’s how I’ll remember him.”

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