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Old 24th July 2011, 09:16 AM
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Orlando foster - American Akita

(Figured I'd toss this up here!)

6 year old female American Akita needs somewhere to spend her last 4-6 years with NO other dogs.
For an adult household that isn't afraid of a big dog, she would be a wonderful, sweet, 'velcro' companion.

Teddy has shown herself to be untrustworthy around other dogs. She will usually play fine with our two submissive males, but she HATES our dominant male and she will not share food.

She hasn't shown a single ounce of aggression or guarding toward humans, even if she just met them, and is SO loving and happy for attention.

She is housebroken, doesn't chew, doesn't bark, doesn't dig, and is overall just a very good girl who just needs someone to lie on the floor next to.

This would be a good companion for a home without a large yard, as she doesn't really like to be outside, and a short walk so she can use the bathroom would be plenty.

Teddy was a rescue in an animal cruelty case.
Her previous owner left her without food or water, chained to a tree where she'd apparently been living (And she has the embedded chain scar to prove it.)
From her personality, though, you'd never know she'd been anything but a loved indoor dog. She doesn't show any signs of having been abused. She has no reservations toward humans, and loves everyone she meets.
Teddy has been vetted, treated for fleas, put on heartworm preventative, and is up to date on all of her shots.

Right now, she is living primarily in a crate, for the safety of our resident dogs and her.

She doesn't lunge for other dogs on a leash, and when she's muzzled she can have play time with our submissive dogs as long as there is nothing to guard, so there is the possibility that with time she could be considered dog friendly, but it would take an experienced handler and a lot of time and patience.

She is an extremely loving girl who has several good years ahead of her, she is SO low maintenance, and will return the slightest bit of love in spades.

Things to consider:
The Akita is a strong-willed, dominant breed. While Teddy is older and very passive, the breed in general is known to require an experienced owner. On the same hand, this is a proud breed that will not tolerate abusive treatment.
Teddy is 6 years old. She is more interested in lying on the kitchen floor than fetching a ball or running for miles. This is not a rowdy high-energy dog, so don't expect much boisterous playtime.
Teddy knows sit, lay down, and she knows not to jump up. She takes food gently, adores attention, and she loooooves to roll around in pillows and blankets.
It is hard to find housing that will allow an Akita.
It is hard to find home owner's insurance that will allow an Akita.
If you adopt this dog then get tired of her and turn her over to animal control, she will be euthanized. Akitas are on the aggressive breed list, and OCAS considers them "unadoptable".

Her only adoption cost is time. There is someone out there who is right for her, and for whom she is right, and that person or family will be willing to put in that time.

Here's her FaceBook page, for more info and pictures! Saving Teddy-Bear | Facebook
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Old 1st August 2011, 03:47 PM
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Are you referring to Orange County Animal Services? They consider ALL breeds of dog adoptable and the only special extra for breeds like Rotties and Pits is a home check, Akitas aren't even on the list. I do not condone taking any pet to the shelter but I wanted to clear that up. I hope Teddy gets a furever home soon
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