"Akbash are not meant to be companion animals. The breed is supposed to be aloof and not that friendly,” Kail Marie, Pocket’s loyal human, told The Dodo. "They were bred as independent dogs that guard livestock without the intervention of people … We got her because she flunked her temperament testing."
Pocket came to live at a rather unusual kind of home: Tallgrass Parrot Sanctuary, a sanctuary for discarded pet parrots (and some other kinds of rescued animals) in Kansas that Marie founded.
"The breeder was searching for a home for her,” Marie said, and because the breeder knew that Marie was an animal lover and rescuer, the phone rang and Marie just couldn’t say no.
That was five years ago, and ever since then, Pocket has been a big personality in a household full of other big feathered personalities. She has bonded particularly with Marie’s other dog Mouse, as well as Bink the rescue pig and Nick the cat.