Hi Kathy, and thank you!
I'm adopting him from WAG (Washington Akita Group), and I have confidence in them to do all of the necessary screenings. I have visited him, and spent some time with him and his foster. I didn't want to agree to adopt him before I had met him, and the meeting went well. He doesn't walk in heel position, so I worked with him on that for a short time while I was there. He will definitely work for food, and I can back that off gradually. His foster told me about his reactions to kids, dogs, cars, etc., so I do have some good information. I used the "mom voice" a couple of times, and he accepted it from me. ("Off!" when he jumped up.) I also tested to see whether he'd let me touch his tail and feet. He was a little uncomfortable with the tail, and didn't like having his feet touched - but he allowed it, without grumbling. I want to be his bather and groomer, including toenails, so that's important. I know that it will take time for us to trust each other.
I guess I'm just not feeling entirely confident because this is new for me. I have never brought an adult Akita into my life and home. Thank you for the invitation to the Rescue Adopters list - I will join.
P.S. How do I post a picture here? I did put his picture in my profile, but I don't know how to put it in a posting.