Why the Akita today? I don't know. Just in the mood, I guess. Today there are 821 Akitas available on Petfinder.
The Akita is a large breed dog that originated in Japan. According to Wikipedia: "Recent DNA analysis found that the Akita was among the most ancient dog breeds" Akitas in America are different than those in Japan as breeders have been encouraging different traits. Check out the link to ancient dog breeds - it's a pretty interesting little read.
This is Cody. He is 4 years old, 120 lbs, and reportedly a "victim of the economy". I would assume that means that the previous owners lost their jobs so can't afford to feed him anymore.