Taka is a Shiba Inu dog who has survived a terrible house fire. He has been through so much including being surrendered by his family who couldn’t care for his medical needs. Now, Taka is helping to comfort other burned patients.
Taka almost died in a house fire on October 2018. He was sleeping on the porch when his family’s house began to be engulfed in flames. The family got out in time, but they left Taka behind.
Taka was able to get out of the enclosed porch somehow. He escaped and ran down the street. A neighbor took him to the Care More Animal Hospital in Martinez, Georgia where he received burn treatment. Taka suffered from burns on his eyes, mouth, ears, and belly. And sadly, Taka also went blind.
Taka’s family visited him at the hospital. But they decided that they could not care for his wounds. So they surrendered him to the hospital. That could have been the end of Taka’s life with no one to care for him. But thankfully the kind vets at the hospital fell in love with him and took him in. One of the veterinarians named Emily Martin took Taka home with her in the evenings.
Taka Loves To Be Shown Affection
“He likes his belly rubs, and he loves food, so he’s a little piggy,” Emily said. “He also likes to cuddle.” Soon Taka was recovered enough to go to a foster home. But instead, one of the vet techs at the clinic, Chrystal Lesley helped him join in a Canine Training Program. The program helps to train dogs of all ages.
“[Older dogs] can be trained just like any other dog,” Mandy Foster, the CTP founder explained. “Sometimes it takes a little bit longer, but in Taka’s case, he’s nine years old and he has flown through his training. He’s brilliant,” she said.
“He’s got the right temperament for it,” Foster said.
“Of course he has the scars to show for it and he can relate to a lot of the people there so I think it’s going to benefit both him and the patients there.”
Taka passed the Canine Good Citizen test on July 26, 2019. That means that he is now able to work with burned patients as a therapy dog.
Taka’s story truly is a miraculous one. Thank you to all who cared for this amazing dog.