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Taki-4 years later

 

October 2009 marks Taki's fourth year with us. She is an amazing dog. She had a stroke last February, which has made walking more and more difficult. Yet he spirit is as strong as ever. She goes to The Dog park with us now, and she has become on of The Pack leaders. When ever a new dog comes in to The Pack, she is the first one to get up and make sure the new dog poses no danger to the rest of The Pack.

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Taki at two years!

 

It's been two years since Taki found us. Look at that face! When she looks at us with those soft eyes she just melts our hearts. We feel very blessed since she came into our lives. She is still a bit weak in her back legs, but her spirit is as strong as could be.

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Taki-A year and a half later

 

We can't believe how the time has flown by since we got our new girl Taki. Her transformation is complete now,and we marvel at how stunning she is, in both looks and personality. She has become Kelly's guardian angel.

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A Christmas note from Taki

 

To All My Friends, I just wanted to thank everyone out their for all their love and support while I was getting better with my new Mom & Dad this last year. Your care and love meant so much to me and my new Family. You all have made everyday like Christmas for me!! With much love and many kisses, Taki

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Taki-1 year later

 

October 27th marked one year since Taki came into our lives. She has come so far! We are so proud of her. She is now 75 pounds, putting on a full 30 pounds. We bealive this is her perfect weight. All of her fur has grown back., and there has been no problems with her skin in months. She eats every day, and her digestive system seems to have returned to normal. The only physical health problems she has is a slightly weakened thyroid and a bit of weakness in her back legs.

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Taki- October, 2005

 

Our first days with Taki, 1 year ago. (To read her entire story scroll down to the bottom of this page)

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Taki at 9 months

 

Hard to believe that nine months have gone by since we first found Taki. She has really come into her own. She is the best watch dog we have ever had! With every knock on the door she springs to her feet ready to defend her home. She is a bit finicky when it comes to eating. She sheds like crazy, which is a miracle when you consider what she looked like when we found her. Her legs can still be a bit weak at times. She is the love of our lives! This picture is from last week, when she helped celebrate her brother Buddy's 12th birthday.

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Taki at 6 months

 

It's been 6 months since Taki came into our lives. She seems to have reached her proper weight at 68 pounds. She no longer gobbles her food, and in fact at times is a little finicky. (This is usually not a good thing with dogs, but in this case it proves that she is no longer starving, so it actually makes us a little happy when she does it!) She has become quite the good watchdog, as she makes sure no one gets close to the house with-out letting us know.

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Taki at 5 months

 

Five months in and Taki is doing great! She has put on almost 25 pounds, and has completely adjusted to life at home. Her back legs are still a bit weak, and may never be at full strengh due to such massive muscle atrophy when we found her. The big news is that she is now strong enough to go to the park with The Pack.

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Taki at three months

 

Taki is really starting to look good now. Three months have passed since we found her, and all of her fur has grown back. Her body is starting to take shape, and we believe she is a Belgian Shepard. She loves going for walks, and has fit into the family with remarkable ease. Here she poses with Ross and her brother Buddy and sister Sarah. This picture truly shows off her beauty and grace!
 

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Taki at two months

 

It's been two months since we found Taki. She is looking great! She has gained over 10 pounds, and has about 10 more to go. All of her fur has grown back!!! Her tail is filling out, which we did not think would happen. Her body has adjusted to getting real food. But the most important change is that she is now drinking out of the water bowl, which she refused to do for the first two months. It seems she was punished for using the water bowl before as she would cower when she was near it. We were very concerned that she was not getting enough water.

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Taki with The Pack

 

Taki had her second day at the park with The Pack this week, and she had a great time. She still is not sure how to play with dogs, but there is no doubt she enjoys their company.

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Taki- 1 month; second picture

 

She is still unable to raise her tail sometimes when she walks. This is because the muscles in her back were so atrophied that the tail hung low and got in the way of her back legs, causing her to hop when her tail hit her.

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Taki- 1 month; first picture

It's been 1 month since Taki came to us, and she is looking great! She had a bout of Colitis last week, but she is better now, and is back on her regular diet.

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Taki meets The Pack

 

Taki had her first day with The Pack last week. We have never seen her more happy. She smiled all day and had herself a great time. She has a bit of a prey drive, so we have to work on that.

 

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Taki- 1 week later

After one week Taki has made amazing progress. She has grown a lot of fur and is starting to put on weight. She is on a homemade all organic diet of oatmeal, cottage cheese, avocado, pumpkin, sweet potatoes and chicken combined with herbs and supplements. Her water contains electrolytes. She has mites in her ears and a skin infection.

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The Story of Taki

On October 27, 2005, Kelly was driving home through Franklin canyon when she saw what looked like a dog lying by the side of the road. Pulling over her heart broke when she saw the condition the dog was in. Dehydrated, more than half-starved, missing most of her fur, ears and skin infected, this was the worst case of abuse/neglect she had ever seen. She was so bad that a pack of coyotes had gathered not more than 20 few yards away waiting to attack and eat her once it got dark. If left there, there was no way the dog would survive the night. While her physical condition was grave, Kelly could see there was a special spirit and light in her eyes. It was instantly clear; if she could get the dog into her van and take it to the vet, and if she survived, this would be our new family dog.

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