Owner: Nikki Snell

Her name translates to Reason for Joy, and joy is what she brings to those who know her. It is a blessed individual who ends up with an Akita as remarkable as Yukiko. From a young age, there were a lot of expectations placed on this special girl and she's exceeded every one of them. Adopted as a Service Dog Prospect from rescue, she trained to be a Mobility Service Dog from the day she arrived. It quickly became evident that she loved to learn, and found purpose in working. Prior to her second birthday, Yukiko successfully completed courses in Puppy Kindergarten, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Obedience, Canine Good Citizen, Therapy and Service Dog training. She passed the ADA's Public Acces Test, Obedience levels I, II and III, and earned her CGC, fulfilling the requirements to become a Certified Service Dog with KSCEC. Reckognizing that I shouldn't keep such a special soul to myself, I share her while traveling to Schools and Libraries where she represents Love on a Leash, as a registered Therapy Dog. When she's not on duty, Yukiko enjoys Barn Hunt, Lure Coursing, Dog Scouts, Backpacking, Hiking, Swimming, watching Animal Planet and eating Ice Cream.