Success Stories of Rescues is why we do what we do at Alaskan Klee Kai National Rescue. Our breed is not very well known, and many dogs enter shelter situations become recluse. Once out of a shelter and in a home environment they return to the dogs we know and love, with a little extra time and effort they are ready to be adopted to forever homes.
Kona - ADOPTED!
Kona is a two year old male owner surrender, who had lived in at least three different homes in his short couple of years of life before coming into AKKNR and settling into his foster home. There are approximately nine months of his history that is unknown, so this cutie could even have been passed around to more homes than the three we know of. His most current owner did the right thing and surrendered him to AKKNR to give him his best chance at the perfect forever home. Regional Coordinator Linda Yates took him in, and he was transferred to our Treasurer and volunteer, Hannah Snyder, for foster.
When he first went home with his foster family, he was afraid of everything. He loved his crate, which was his safe place. He preferred not to be around people. He did not want to eat. He did not want to drink. He turned his nose up at treats. Gradually, they started to keep the door closed on his crate during the day so that he could adjust to the house, but encouraged him to sleep in his crate at night. Kona now sleeps on the bed with his foster parents the entire night through, of his own accord.
Kona can be fearful of strangers and other dogs, but for the most part he gets along well with other dogs. While Kona seems more confident in his interactions with other dogs, he has not barked, and continues to be skittish of strangers. Kona is afraid of going in and out of doors. He has the same behavior coming in and out of his crate so his foster family leaves the door wide open to give him the space and security he needs. He is very covert about eating his food. The first month, he would only eat in his crate. Now he takes favored food his foster parents' hands. He is doing better with this and now occasionally drinks or eats from a bowl outside his crate, but it is not routine yet. He is not motivated by food, so creative training techniques are required.
Kona is alert and inquisitive. He walks well on a leash but still has moments of fear, for reasons we have yet to figure out. He likes to go for rides in the car (though somewhat nervous) and long walks by the lake and on the trails in the area. He has a favorite pillow that his foster parents move around to house to various locations, always against a wall, so he can participate in family living and get used to being a part of the pack. He has become attached to his foster momma, following her through the house and sometimes into the closet or the bathroom. He loves to come in bed at night and cuddle. His foster momma’s favorite moment is when Kona cuddles up with his head on her shoulder, nuzzles and and gives a big, long sigh. He sleeps the whole night through on his foster parents’ bed.
Kona has been adopted by his foster mom!
Chips - ADOPTED
Chips, as named by AKKNR volunteers, is about an 8 month old AKK puppy that was found in a Pasadena animal shelter with a badly broken leg. AKKNR spoke earnestly with the shelter, who graciously allowed us to take him from the shelter before his hold period had ended, so that we could get him the medical care he desperately needed. This poor puppy was seriously injured and in pain. No way did we want him waiting even one more day! We got him in to see an orthopedic surgeon as soon as possible. Two months later, Chips is doing great on the road to recovery. He still has a ways to go yet, but it looks like things are healing as well as can be expected. See several pictures and updates about Chips' story and progress on our Facebook page.
**Chips has been adopted by one of his wonderful foster families!!!**
Mika - ADOPTED
Hi, everyone! I'm Mika!
My foster parents say I'm the best foster they've ever had! However, that doesn't mean I'm easy-peasy. I'm up for anything, but I will need to be an active part of your pack. You'll see that my personality is so infectious, that I cannot be put aside!! I am polite and respectful; I stay off the furniture unless I'm invited up, and have great leash manners. And I'm super smart - I set a record in my foster home for learning how to use the dog door and "out of the kitchen". I love all sorts of playtime: tug-o-war, chase, wrestling, even a couple rounds of fetch! Car ride? Yippee! When I'm fired up I'm kinda talkative – my foster mom says they must have left all the weird husky vocal sounds in there when they bred the AKK. I have not been cat-tested, but get along well with dogs of all sizes/sexes and also goats! My foster mom has seen that I have very high prey drive with rabbits and mice, so cats may not be a good fit for me. I'm not afraid of anything: lawn mower, fireworks, thunder.
I need to get out & about every day on some sort of walk, slow bike ride or light run. And my foster family says I get the "zoomies" 2x/day for 5-15 minutes. Aside from that, I'm content to hang out inside or outside. When you're home, I'll let you know when I'd like a few pets or some extra attention.
When a new person approaches the gate or door, I can be protective of the house. My foster mom practiced by putting my leash on and introducing me to the new person and I settled down in just 2 minutes. She says she's confident that I'll quickly learn how to properly greet people just like I've learned all the other house rules. I love my crate, but prefer not to be locked in. I'll go there when I need a safe, quiet place to rest, but like to be free to come & go. If you need to lock me in, just explain it to me and I'll oblige pretty quickly. I can be shy with new people at first, but it usually only takes a few minutes – I warm up faster with women. Mostly I want to make sure I'm not going to get stepped on - people are so much bigger than me!
Mika found her way to us after first being given up by her original owner, and then her new owner after a year. Her original owner's children had grown and they decided they wanted to travel, so they rehomed both Mika and her daughter Cloudy with a young family in Colorado. Unfortunately, this family had never owned dogs before and they were unprepared for the strong personalities and quirkiness of AKK. Cloudy was brought into AKKNR last summer, and was adopted by the rescue coordinator and her husband. Mika stayed for another year, but the family finally decided that it was not a good fit so back we went to pick her up. She has been enjoying her time with her new foster family who can really appreciate Mika's personality.
**Mika has found her forever home!**
Kodi - ADOPTED!
Kodi is a 10-year-old, gray and white with brown eyes, large standard, male, owner surrender who is looking for his perfect forever home after a change in family circumstances. Kodi is great with adults, children, and other dogs after he has a little time to adjust to them, but does not do well with cats. He can be shy at first but warms up quickly. Despite his age, Kodi is a very curious, high energy and playful dog. Kodi has some separation anxiety issues, and would do best in a home where someone is home much of the time, and is able and willing to work with him.
**Kodi has found his forever home!!**
Koto - ADOPTED
Alaskan Klee Kai National Rescue recently took in a new rescue, Koto. New volunteers drove over 1,000 miles round trip to get him out of his current situation where he was with at least his 3rd family that weren't taking very good care of him. Koto is a large mini that is 5 years old.
At some point in his life, Koto suffered an injury to his right hind hip, but nothing was done to correct it. As Koto is getting more comfortable in his foster home, they are noticing more and more the trouble he is having and isn't using his leg to run or play. Koto's foster took him for a 2nd opinion with a specialist and the x-rays showed just how bad it is. Koto is being scheduled for surgery and then will have therapy. The surgery will cost approximately $1,800, but will be well worth it to give Koto a better quality of life. Koto will also need follow up care and therapy.
Koto's foster said that she's been around many AKK and has never met one with such a gentle soul ~ especially considering the life he has lived so far and the amount of pain he is constantly in. She said his personality is even more beautiful than his looks.
Koto's surgery has been postponed. As he was being shaved for surgery, it was discovered that he has a staph infection. This must be cleared up before he's cleared for surgery. Additionally, they were able to see just how underweight he is. Koto is also suffering from diarrhea they are working to diagnose and treat. At some point, his eyes had been matted shut for so long that they hair folicles started growing into his eyes. It was also determined that his horrible hip injury was likely due to a kick from a boot! This poor boy has suffered so much! Yet despite all the abuse and neglect, his foster home reports that he is such a wonderful dog. He is not fond of loud noises or quick movements, which is understandable. Given enough love, proper treatment, and time, he may overcome these fears.
We are SO grateful to volunteer Cathy Lingle for picking up and fostering this boy, and seeing to his medical and emotional needs. Koto is the reason we do what we do, and we are blessed to have the opportunity to give him a better life, and the loving, caring family that he deserves!!
**Koto has found his forever home*