Dog of the Day: Kieko the Akita

Today we have a venerable pup: a 13-year-old Akita. (Akita life expectancy is generally considered to be 10 to 12 years.) She seemed like she was moving a little slower than she used to, but she was still alert, happy, and had a fair bit of stamina… when I saw her, she was on her way back from at least a mile walk along the beach, and she still had plenty of pep left. Also plenty of curiosity: she spent a fair bit of time investigating me.

She was a lovely girl, and obviously well-loved. I hope to see her out on Ocean Beach many more times to come.

Another couple pics after the break.

Look at that happy face. Kieko is such a sweetie.

Look at that happy face. Kieko is such a sweetie.

I think she's looking at a snowy plover in this shot. Not trying to chase, though, she's too well-behaved for that.

I think she's looking at a snowy plover in this shot. Not trying to chase, though, she's too well-behaved for that.

I never really noticed before, but akitas are some of the wolfier dogs around.

I never really noticed before, but akitas are some of the wolfier dogs around.

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