Pet of the Week: Independent Nick waiting for companionable owner

Nick, a 5-year-old Akita mix, enjoys some sun outside the Frederick County Esther Boyd Animal Shelter. Rachel Mahoney/Daily

WINCHESTER – Since coming to the Frederick County Esther Boyd Animal Shelter as a stray in November, 5-year-old Akita mix Nick has been patient in waiting for his ideal owner to come along.

Animal caretaker Kamryn Dixon said shelter visitors tend to pass over mellow Nick for other more vocal and active dogs. She said she wouldn’t recommend Nick to a household with young children, but that he would get along fine with older children who know when to give him space.

“He’s been here for a while, it’s just finding that right family for him,” Dixon said.

She said that while Nick tends to be independent, he would enjoy walks and car rides with his future owner.

While alert and curious to new sights and sounds, Nick sticks close to people when on walks and responds well to basic commands. Dixon said that something might grab his attention, but he won’t strain at the leash to try and give chase.

She said he’s been a little on the chubby side since being neutered and could probably do with a bit of activity alongside his owner. Even though Nick has plenty of energy, Dixon said he’s perfectly fine entertaining himself.

“When he gets out there in the morning, he kind of does a little gallop and smelling around,” she said.

Nick appreciates affection on his own terms, which Dixon said tends to be typical of the more aloof Akita breed. He’ll sniff strangers in a courteous hello and stick around for a quick head scratch, but Dixon said he won’t lounge all over someone.

“He gets along with people fine, but to me he’s like a cat,” she said. “He’ll come to you when he wants attention and love but he’s fine just kind of meandering around.”

Having lived at the shelter for the better part of eight months, Dixon said Nick might relax and warm up a little once he’s adjusted to a new home with an attentive and attuned owner.

“He likes people, but he just doesn’t need to be around them all the time,” she said.

Nick is neutered, microchipped and up-to-date on his shots. Adopting him from the shelter would cost his owner $30. Contact the shelter for more details by calling 540-667-9192.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com