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There is quite the story with our Poopee. He was officially ours on Sept 11 2012. A couple from Parksville found him wondering the streets in Victoria, & were able to bring him back to the Parksville SPCA, malnourished and full of ear infections. He is Akita and Belgium Mallinois, and back then probably about 2 or 3 yrs old, full of beans and very terrified of the world. Because he is so large he can be intimidating & with so much energy and fear that needed to be released, he did mouth a bit out of excitement. He was then brought to the Port Alberni branch, so that they could work with him more. They originally named him Barney, but we soon named him Charlie, however he is our Poopee man. Luckily for us he loved us right away. What a personality he has!
The gang at the Pacific Rim Veterinary Clinic were amazing, and couldn't get over his progress over the years. His teeth were also in rough shape, most likely from grabbing onto a chain fence trying to get free. After several dental surgeries and getting his ears and weight up to par, it has added years and quality to his life. We don't know what he went through before us, and to try to explain his fears that he's overcome is beyond my words. He is still terrified of the hose. But we live on acreage, beside a river where he can run everyday, (it was a challenge to tucker him out!) He has friends including our cat, chickens, ducks, 'Chip' (the squirrel) and the ravens.
I laugh when I hear people say that Akitas, or Belgium Shepard's are aggressive, as we've watched countless times little dogs that have barked at him, where he cowers. In fact, when it comes to food, our Golden Retriever means more business! He loves his cuddles, where he has to be right in the middle of us. A gentle giant, however I know he would protect us whenever needed. As he is getting a bit older we notice that he is starting to slow down, his back end is starting to bother him, so his walks are getting more limited, he now uses a ramp to go for vehicle rides.
We have been blessed to have him.