Teddy was rescued from the streets of Trenton New Jersey by the Ewing Animal Shelter. He was running loose for six months before the shelter could catch him (he was terrified of people). The shelter staff brought him back from the brink of death--he was starving and had mange. When I adopted him, he had almost no hair, so I was very surprised to find to find that I now owned a rare long-haired Akita. He is so sweet and loving, and he adores his Akita brother and sister. I encourage everyone to consider adopting a dog by visiting your local animal shelter--all three of my dogs came from shelters, and each is a gem!