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Hi Karena,

I hope this message finds you well. I check in with your website from time to time to see how the rescue is going and it seems that though you are still facing the challenges that all rescues have, things are moving along and that progress is continuing to be made in your admirable endeavor to help the breed and help the dogs most in need. I don't know that I've ever explicitly said "thank you" for your commitment and hard work, but I wanted start this note with a sincere thank you.

It's been a long time since I first visited your home and met your orphans. It was during a time of transition for me where shortly before my long-time girlfriend and I had recently parted ways, and our two beloved Akitas and our cat, who ruled the house and the dogs, left my home in Denver with her when she moved back to the east coast. Missing the time with and the experience of being around the amazing animals that Akitas are, I stumbled upon you and your rescue.

Shorty thereafter Niji came your way and knowing that his background would make for a difficult transition into the shelter environment you asked me if I would be interesting in fostering him. The rest, as the saying goes, is history and my foster of Niji soon became a permanent placement. We've had so many great experiences since that day, and true to the Akita breed you and I both love, he has loyally and faithfully been with me every step of the way. He's been my rock, my best friend, and my strength when I felt that I had none of my own. I want to thank you for all you do for the Akitas that come your way, thank you for introducing me to Niji, and thank you for providing me with such an exceptional companion. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Since that day in December of 2008 we have made our way from Denver to San Francisco to Los Angeles, where we live today. He's still my faithful sidekick and has taken all the changes in stride, never wavering from his steadfast desire to greet me and each day with a smile and a big wet Akita kiss.

And so, it's with great sadness that I also write to you today to let you know that Niji's health has deteriorated and the time is soon approaching for me to make a very difficult decision. He has his good days and his bad days, so far his good days are still more frequent than the bad ones. I've been an Akita "owner" since I was just a few months old but I've never been through the entire experience of being with one all the way through the ageing process and I must admit it's among the most difficult things I've ever experienced.

I hope that when that time comes he lets me know; I hope I have the clarity to be at peace with my decision. My mom has been through this before and she has been helpful as best as anyone can, knowing what lies ahead. I know that this is a decision that I must make alone but I also know that you have been there before, probably many times over. If you have any thoughts or insight, I'd greatly appreciate it.

I also wanted to share with you some photos of him over the years. He has an instagram page, though it hasn't been updated in several months as I've found it increasingly harder to document the later stages of his life.

You can find his page at:

Thank you again for all you do.

Warmest wishes,


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