Best Tricks: Give Paw. She has really caught on to this one, to the point of her just pawing at you at random.
Arrival Story: I believe she is a pure bred Akita. Kita was found abandoned near the river in Richmond. It is my suspicion that whoever had her previous bred her, sold the puppies and dumped her. She was accepted into AARF www.aarf.org and I am her current Foster mama. If you want to email me for more information about Kita, you can do so via dogster or at Ashley_Nollen@yahoo.com
I would encourage anyone who is considering adopting Kita to read the articles about Akitas found on the Mid-Alantic Akita Rescue Site http://akitarescue.rescuegroups.or g These wonderful people have been very helpful in giving advice and information about the Akita breed. Kita is a very submissive dog but still requires a responsible, well informed owner because she does not like other dogs. She is a wonderful dog and I hope you take the time to meet Kita-boo at the adoption stand (Petsmart, Libbie and Broad Street- Richmond VA, Every Saturday from 11am-3pm) and consider giving her a forever home.
Bio: Kita is such a sweet dog. She is what I call a "Bouncy Dog". Any time she is excited to see you BOUNCE, BOUNCE, BOUNCE all around the house. It's wonderful because she is so large and awkward (weighs 85 pounds). She's not entirely use to her adult height so she does a lot of silly things like trying to get into spaces she's too big for. She is also rather clumsy, she has been known to trip on her own feet. I'm sure in a year or so she'll be less awkward but right now its so darn adorable. I am recommending she go to a home without small children. Her personality is great for kids, but she's just too clumsy. She loves all the people she meets. She even loved going to see the vet, and met him with a very happy wagging tail.
She's housebroken and not really a chewer in the house. She's a pretty typical Akita- doesn't bark unless there is a good reason to. She mumbles and "talks" to you. She isn't good with other dogs as is typical for the breed. But she is good at sitting on laps- see the photo of her with her Foster Daddy, she's a total love bug!
She walks really well on a gentle leader. I am hoping to find a true Akita Lover for her.
Kita is an AARF dog, the official website is www.aarf.org. AARF is an all breed rescue located in Richmond, VA. Most of our dogs are in foster homes as we do not own a kennel.
Kita's adoption fee is $150.00 (all dogs and puppies adopted from AARF are a $150.00 adoption fee)
The adoption process is pretty standard for rescue groups. You meet the dog and fill out an application. The application includes a vet check and personal references. During the week there is a phone interview with one of our volunteers. It takes us about one week to process an application (please understand we all have day jobs, just like you, and we do this on our "free" time, we do try to process them as fast as possible). If approved, we deliever the dog to your house, do a home check, and then you sign an adoption contract and pay the fee then.
You must live in the state of VA to adopt Kita
Kita is GREAT with kids, but she should be in a home of kids 5 years old and up. Her size and klutzy nature is a bit too much for babies and toodlers.
As always you can pmail or email me at Ashley_nollen@yahoo.com :)
I have received several emails from people interested in Kita. That's great! But I want to take a moment to stress a few key points
1) Kita is NOT a dog park dog, she will NEVER be a dog park dog, no matter how much you "socialize" her with other dogs. She does NOT like them, and CANNOT be around other dogs. This is a genetic trait that is in SOME (not all) of the Akita lines.
2)Kita can NOT live with other dogs, even if it is another akita that is opposite gender (male). Many akitas can live happily with another dog, and it is more likely to happen with the same size opposite gender dog- this is NOT the case for Kita.
3) Kita requires a very responsible owner who will NOT put her in AT RISK situations.
I am willing to discuss Kita's needs and the home she requires. I want both Kita and her adopter to be happy and well matched.
Also if you are really interested in meeting Kita please be sure to email me at Ashley_Nollen@yahoo.com so I can be sure Kita will be at the dog stand you wish to attend- as crazy as it sounds, sometimes us foster parents have life's outside of rescue (gasp!) I know, its crazy.
If you really want a dog park dog, a dog that will be friendly with another dog in the house, a dog that you can have with your "brother's" dog or your "friend's" dog when you dog sit- Kita is NOT the dog for you.
If you are a one dog person, who wants the bestest best dog in the whole wide world- THAT would be Kita. She is so amazing every other dog pales in comparison (I can brag because I'm her foster mamma)
However, if Kita is not the dog for you, AARF has MANY wonderful dogs that love to play with other dogs !!! So please do visit our dog adoption stands every Saturday from 11am-3pm in front of the Petsmart at Libbie and Broad st.
We always noticed that Kita's reactions to cats were different than her reaction to dogs. We finally decided to "Cat Test" Kita and I wish we had done so sooner. We used the greyhound method- http://www.tlcgreyhoundadoption.com/cattest.html
Kita passed her cat test! She likes to smell them, but mostly she ignores them and is waaaay more interested in dogy toys than the kitties. If the cats run she will chase them but doesn't do anything once they stop running. She also takes getting smacked in the face by them without getting upset. She's curious but overall not too interested in the cats. Tested her with 4 different cats in two different houses. She did excellent.
We will continue to work with her with cats so she has some "cat manners" (ie no chase kitty if kitty runs) but she is hereby deemed CAT FRIENDLY!