From the day he was born, Pocket the dog has always been a rebel. Pocket is an Akbash, a breed prized for its intelligence and independence. These qualities make the breed a great guard dog, and when pocket’s breeder tried to sell her for that purpose it didn’t go so well. Pocket did not want to be a working dog, she much preferred to lay around and take naps. Kail Marie, who owns Pocket, says the Akbash breed is not intended to be a companion animal. They are known to be not very friendly and even quite aloof. They are meant to be independent and guard livestock. But Pocket failed all of her temperament testing and that’s how she ended up with Kail.
Pockets lives with Kail at the Tallgrass Parrot Sanctuary, a sanctuary founded by Kail to rescue pet parrots and other animals. Kail took in Pockets when her breeder couldn’t sell her, and the dog has thrived at the sanctuary. She loves her fellow dog Mouse, a cat named Nick, and a rescue pig named Bink. These days, Pocket doesn’t protect livestock, she much prefers to nap on the couch inside. She failed her testing because she just loves people too much—which is certainly not a bad thing. Recently, Pocket was stung by something on her nose and needed to take a trip to the vet, which brought out her rebellious personality.
The veterinarian looked over Pocket’s nose and prescribed some medication to help with the bite. Afterwards, the vet offered a treat to Pocket. She refused to take it, and even hid behind Kail when the vet tried to get closer to her. She thought she was being tricked, apparently. Once the doctor left the room, however, Pocket took matters into her own paws and jumped on the counter to get the treat she had refused to eat earlier. The good news is Pocket got her treat and her nose is going to be just fine.