The story of nine-year-old Taka, a Shiba Inu who survived fire and was badly injured in a house fire in 2018, is just another proof of how important dogs are to humans. Despite the ordeal he went though and all the pain he suffered, he is now ready to offer his support to other burn victims.
The road to recovery was long and difficult, but Taka showed he was a warrior who would never stop fighting for his life. It was as though he knew his experience would serve a great purpose. He spent over six months at the Care More Animal Hospital in Martinez, Georgia and was under the care of doctors from the Joseph M. Still Burn Center as well.
Needless to say, during his stay at the hospital, everyone grew fond of sweet Taka. One of the vet techs, Crystal Lesley, knew Taka would need a loving home once he heals completely and she was more than happy to give it to him.
Taka is now missing fur on his face and down his back and has scars, but he loves himself the way he is because of his human mom and the rest of the people who assure him he’s special and very beautiful every single day. He’s a happy dog that pays forward what the doctors and the nurses have done for him.
Taka passed the AKC Canine Good Citizen training and is now working with a trainer to become a therapy dog for the burn center. That way, he will help many patients and will change the lives of many.
“To see that he could be an encouragement or at least a light at the end of the tunnel for a child or anybody that has gone through what he’s gone through is what all of this is about,” Lesley told WRDW.