Happy Tails – Pokie

Today’s Happy Tails feature is Pokie. I interviewed her mom to find out everything about this adorable girl who like Dolly, is also from Thailand.

Please introduce readers to your dog. What is their name, breed (or best guess) and age?

Pocahontas is a Thai Street Dog who is most likely a chow/Sharpei/Asian Dog according to one of her pups DNA tests. She’s guessed to be around almost 7 now although a lot of people assume she’s a puppy on our walks.

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Pretty girl!

When did you adopt Pokie?

I adopted her back in March 2017 although we both remained at the shelter until November 2017 but she was living with me the whole time.

Where did you adopt Pokie from?

She’s from the dog project at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiangmai, Thailand.

Why did you choose to adopt?

I don’t think she really gave me a choice honestly. She was this super shy dog that bonded incredibly quick to me and became my little shadow. She was bullied by other members of the pack o there was the worry that if I left she’d end up back downstairs and hiding in a hole all day again. Plus she’s pretty cute!

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Sweet girl and her momma.

What was the biggest challenge you faced after you adopted Pokie?

All the fear. People. Dogs. Traffic. Bikes. Kids. If I had anything in my hand when approaching her. At the start she would seem to forget I was on the other end of the leash and suddenly scare herself; everything was pretty scary in that first month especially.

Does Pokie have any funny nick names?

Generally anything off her name like Pokeroo, Pocaroni, Poker Face but Piddle Pants was the number one in Thailand since she used to pee on my bed pretty much every other day.

What is Pokie’s favourite toy?

She’s not a massive fan of toys really but throwing a blanket/towel/tshirt over her normally starts her zoomies and she’ll grab them and run around.

What is Pokie’s favourite treat? 

Anything 100% meat whether it’s boiled chicken or dehydrated liver/pizzle.

Where does Pokie sleep at night?

On my bed as if there was ever any other option!

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Sleeping beauty.

What’s been the best part of adopting Pokie?

Seeing her come out of her shell more and more. From her dinner dance to her screaming when I’d get home. She’s definitely my shadow and I wouldn’t change it.

Please share any funny stories about Pokie.
Thai dogs are known for pretty high prey drives. She was off leash at a local lake and we came across a massive flock of about 40 geese which people were taking photos of. Normally Pokie doesn’t bother much with birds, especially geese if there was more than one. Of course, she charged at them and they scattered. She even tried to jump and catch one; she failed but succeeded in ruining all those people’s photos….
What would you tell someone who is thinking of adopting an animal?

I know it gets said a lot but don’t overlook the shy dogs. There’s something about winning their affection and making those small steps of progress that can make you feel on top of the world.

Do you have a social media account that people can follow?
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Happy family.