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Akiha knows her name, responds to come, and sometimes sits for treats, which she takes very gently. She is unsure of stuffed toys, although she likes the chew bones and does fetch, well at least she brings the ball back and lets you pick it up. She rides well in a crate in the car, although she gets somewhat vocal when she realizes the car is being parked. Walking on lead is apparently a new experience for her.
Although she likes being petted, she is not needy and will lie down near you after a brief petting session. At a supper party, after greeting guests, she laid down near the table during dinner and never once bothered anyone. She was gentle in all her interactions with new people. She seems to be house broken, although she did have accidents on the second night; she has indicated when she needs to go out.
With all the good things to say about Akiha, it’s hard to realize that her short life has been hard previous to coming to Rescue. She has had at least two owners before being surrendered to SJ Animal Control. The people who had her last kept her a total of two weeks—all outside—before surrendering her because she was “too big.” They obviously didn’t recognize what a gem they had.
Except for some vocalizations when left alone, she is a good girl. Akiha is somewhat unsure of new situations, although she didn’t seem afraid of the vacuum cleaner when on the other side of the patio door or of plastic bags being flapped near her. Sometimes she seems fearful of coming inside or going from one room to another. She is also unsure of taking treats, as if she’s going to be corrected for doing so; putting the treat on the floor first and letting her sniff sometimes seems to help.
When surrendered to SJACC, she had some raw areas on both sides of her muzzle. The hair is growing back in, although dark brown instead of black. Her right eye has been injured some time in the past. The veterinary ophthalmologist said it was an old injury that doesn’t affect her vision in that eye and won’t get any worse.
Akiha is looking for an extra-special person who can help her blossom into a wonderful GSD. She’s almost there now.
Akiha is new to our program and is being fostered in San Jose. As we learn more about her, more will be published. At present, she is a level 2; reaction to cats is unknown.