Brave Dog Injured In A Fire Now Dedicates His Life To Helping And Supporting Burn Victims

Animals

August 16, 2019 18:03 By Fabiosa

Accidents happen, and in some cases, they can involve a fire. And while it may not always be easy, burn victims have been known to triumph over this setback and continue on with their lives.

Tough recovery

According to PhoenixSociety, one of the most difficult parts of recovering from a burn injury has to do with coping with being psychologically and physically overwhelmed.

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Nevertheless, victims can get a handle on their lives again as they regain their sense of safety and reclaim their personal power and control.

A dog helping others

In October 2018, a then 8-year-old Shiba Inu named Taka suffered major injuries in a house fire. According to WMGT, he spent months in rehabilitation at Care More Animal Hospital and they also provided him with loads of love.

The staff at the facility were determined to help Taka recover, and thankfully, they succeeded. In January 2019, Taka got to go to his forever home with a vet tech from the animal hospital Cyrstal Lesley.

Speaking to WJBF at the time, Crystal said she felt like Taka was "meant to be mine," adding;

I just can’t explain it.

Taka was able to find his feet thanks to the care and attention of many animal lovers and now he's looking to pay the kindness forward.

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According to reports, Taka, who still has severe scars from his burns, is already training to be a therapy dog at a burn center. His training means he will be able to offer support to people during their own time of need.

The 9-year-old began his training with the Canine Training Project and the company founder, Mandy Foster, said that Taka has been quite impressive. She explained that despite the dog's age, "he has flown through his training. He’s brilliant!"

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Taka continues to take this path very seriously as his training involves mastering basic commands and earning his American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen certification.

With such a noble goal in mind, we wish this courageous canine all the best.

Helping a person with a serious burn injury

Having a strong support system made up of loving family and friends is one of the factors for surviving a burn injury.

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PhoenixSociety explained that one of the most crucial things you can do for a burn victim is to make contact in one way or another. Hospital visits, frequent calling and checking in are ways you let them know they are on your mind.

This reminds the person that they are not alone. Like Taka is determined to do, offering comfort at someone's time of need is really important.