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Sen. Conrad's dog Dakota in remission

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- North Dakota Sen. Kent Conrad's popular dog, Dakota, is in remission after a four-month battle with cancer.

Dakota, a bichon frise, was diagnosed with lymphoma in early September and has been undergoing medical treatments since, Conrad said.

The odds of Dakota seeing a complete cure from the cancer are slim, about 1 in 7 chance, he said, but the disease is treatable and Conrad and his wife, Lucy, remain hopeful about Dakota's recovery.

"He's lost a lot of his hair, so he has little sweatshirts and sweaters that he wears, but he's really done very well," Conrad said. "We're keeping our fingers crossed."

True to the dog's renowned friendly nature, Dakota is popular with the medical staff treating him, Conrad said.

Dakota also continues to join Conrad at work, he said, where the dog has become quite a celebrity on Capitol Hill.

Daum is a reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, which is owned by

Forum Communications Co.