rescue confessions: fezzik

Welp, almost two weeks into dog momhood and things are going well. I’ve never talked about poop so much in my life before getting our girl Rawlings. I’ll spare you the details, but it’s a constant topic of conversation between Chris and I. Anyways before I get too deep into all that fun, let’s focus on this week’s Rescue Confessions pup, Fezzik.

I’ve been oohing and ahhing over Fezzik’s pictures for months. He’s a beautiful boy with an extremely well curated Instagram. He’s absolutely gorgeous and definitely into the rescue scene. So enough chatting, let’s get to the good stuff!

Charley’s Turn:

Tell us about your rescue! Name, age, breed, species??

Fezzik, which is his given name and based upon the character in one of my favorite movies – The Princess Bride, is a 3 ½-year -old American, long-haired Akita. His favorite nicknames are Fez and Fezzie.

Where did you two first meet?

I guess you could say we were an online match.  With a preference for “Big” and “Fluffy”, Fezzik popped up in my internet search.  Our first date was at A Passion-For-Paws Akita Rescue, an Akita rescue outside of San Diego, CA.  Needless to say, it was love at first sight.

Why did you decide to pursue adoption?

I grew up with rescues and our late dog, Sam, was a rescue.  And he brought so much joy into our lives that another rescue was a no-brainer.  When we met Fezzik, we knew he would fit in perfectly in our home and with our lifestyle.

How did you know they were “the one” (or two, or three!)?

As noted above, “Big and Fluffy” was a must, and Fezzik is as Big and Fluffy as they come.  His nickname, Fez, appeared to be destiny, as my husband and I became engaged in Fez, Morocco.  Most importantly, our cat Mr. Snuggles, who is also a rescue, can tolerate him.

What advice do you have for someone who is deciding whether or not to adopt?

If you have already made up your mind to get a dog, don’t hesitate – ADOPT.  Not only will you give an in-need dog a home, a rescue will brighten your home more than you can imagine.  Also, if you are interested in a specific breed, there are so many breed-specific rescues that there is no reason to turn to a breeder.  Finally, older dogs often come potty trained.

Anything else you’d like to share (favorite dates/stories/lessons learned)?

In our case, with a lot of online searching, we were able to find Fezzik’s original humans and learn about his backstory (e.g. Service Dog Flunky).  So glad we did because his puppy pictures are priceless. My favorite quirk about Fezzik is he likes for my husband and me to walk him together and if he doesn’t think I am coming with him that day, he hides behind me.  We call it “Hide Behind Mama” and it is too cute.

Fezzik’s Turn:

Favorite toy: 

I’m always game for some tug-a-war with my rope toys.  And, I have a pretzel toy that gets my tail wagging.

Most impressive trick: 

Does looking handsome count?

Least impressive trick: 

None – we encourage only positive reinforcement in this household

I will do anything for:

Meat Mates or Stella and Chewy’s

Tennis balls or squirrels:

You can keep your tennis balls.  I never met a squirrel I didn’t have to have.  

Laser Pointer or Catnip:

It’s a toss-up!

My favorite place:

The beach

It drives my mother the craziest when…

I tease my cat-brother, Mr. Snuggles

Likes to dress up? (Prove it!)

No way!!!!  I am proud to rock the fluff I was born with.

Is Fezzik the floofest floof?! It would appear so! If you love this big guy as much as I do, be sure to follow him and his adventures on Instagram. Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!



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