Taka survived a house fire back in October 2018 and was badly burned. He spent months receiving rehabilitative care at Care More Animal Hospital in Martinez, Georgia.
According to WJBF, the vet staff at the hospital were assisted by doctors from the Joseph M. Still Burn Center, who volunteered their time to help the canine heal properly.
In January, a newly recovered Taka moved into his forever home with Care More Animal Hospital vet tech Crystal Lesley.
“He’s mine and I just feel like he was meant to be mine and I don’t know. I just can’t explain it,” Lesley told WJBF in January.
After accepting the help of so many animal lovers, Taka wants his turn to help others.
Taka is now training to be a support animal at a burn center in Georgia. Now that he’s recovered from his injuries, Taka’s owner Crystal Lesley and trainer hope to have him certified as a canine good citizen. He’ll need this training and his therapy dog status in order to work at the Burn Center.
The 9-year-old dog is being trained by Canine Training Project, and the company’s founder, Mandy Foster, is sure they can teach an older dog new tricks.
“Sometimes it takes a little bit longer, but in Taka’s case he’s nine years old and he has flown through his training. He’s brilliant,” Foster told WRDW.
Taka is currently working on mastering his basic commands, distraction training and earning his American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen certification.
Once he is a certified AKC Canine Good Citizen, Taka will begin working on the more specialized training required for a therapy dog certification.