For long years, Alison Forsyth had been looking for a rescued Samoyed to adopt. She was persuaded that the breed would be ideal for her lifestyle because they are hypoallergenic and extremely energetic, which would fit her hobbies of hiking, running, and swimming well. She had almost given up hope after being unable to find a Samoyed for adoption in her neighborhood near Seattle, Washington, for a long time – until she met Mochi.
Mochi was raised to be an assistance dog for his elderly owner, but she quickly realized she couldn’t keep up with the 8-month-old pup. In July, she decided to put an ad online to attempt to find him a new home, and when Forsyth read it, she knew Mochi was the dog she had been looking for.
Forsyth told The Dodo, “She was highly committed to him and certainly cared a lot.” “She spent a lot of time with him because she had several infirmities that limited her mobility and way of life. We asked a lot of questions and looked over all of her documents during our adoption process. I read the ad on Wednesday, we met him on Friday, and he arrived at our house on Sunday afternoon.”
Forsyth fell in love with Mochi the moment she met him. Mochi is exceptionally gentle, responsive, and sensitive to the needs of everyone around him because he was raised to be a service dog. He enjoys children and other dogs, but he’s still getting used to adults and the outside world because he grew up in a very quiet home and didn’t go outside very much Forsyth explained, “He was raised in a quiet apartment with one woman in a tiny town; now he lives with my partner and myself in a huge city.” “When a garbage truck or city bus comes by, he still freaks out.” It’s something we’re working on! He’s just been in his new home for five weeks, but he’s been a fantastic sport thus far.”
Mochi’s new owners could see he was an active dog, but he hadn’t had much opportunity to go outside and express that side of himself. They decided to take him on his first trek to Rattlesnake Ledge, about 45 minutes outside of Seattle, and Mochi was perfectly at ease from the moment they arrived. Mochi adored saying hello to every dog and person he saw as he and his new parents traveled up the mountain, and he explored every inch of the trail as they went. He’d never had the opportunity to truly see the world before, and he was savoring every moment.
“He loved it,” Forsyth recalled. “He continued dragging us along when we felt tired and was so, so, so thrilled at the top.” “It’s obvious in his facial expression. It was a completely new experience for him, and you could see him taking it all in.” While there are some aspects of his new life that he is adjusting to, Mochi is thriving in his new home for the most part. He enjoys going on trips with his parents and has even taken on the role of an unofficial mascot at his father’s boxing gym, where he works as a personal trainer.
Mochi could barely go for walks before, but now he can swim, hike, run, and be the lively, incredible dog he was born to be.