Buruta found a loving new home❤️

Buruta Buruta Buruta...

As many of you may be aware, this lovable pooch with his infamous underbite, arrived to Tokyo ARK
roughly a year ago.


Within such a short time, he gained fame for not only his unique appearance but his shy, yet affectionate
disposition. ARK staff, volunteers, supporters and his own foster family worked their hardest to socialize
this timid pooch and help bring him out of his shell.

When he was in the shelter…

We must admit, the adoption fairs were a bit of a struggle with Buruta, as he simply did not want to be
seen! He was thaaaaat shy.


"oops, you found my hiding spot...."

As you can see, poor Buruta was not a fan of people he didn't really know at first (although he did have a
little peek here and there...)

What was going on?! According to Buruta's foster family in Tokyo, he was a COMPLETELY different dog
when he was at home and surrounded by his foster family. Just take a look at the evidence below.

with one of the foster family's dogs!

It became clear, he was just incredibly shy. He needed time to become familiar with his surroundings, he
craved a lot of gentle encouragement, patience and most importantly love.

During the past year we held onto the hope that someone would see Buruta and fall in love with him. We
knew he had the potential to be a wonderful member of the family, but he just needed some time to come
round. However, days soon became weeks....weeks became months....a year passed and then suddenly....

"Buruta! You're going to your new home buddy!"

"wait, what did you just say home?"

Yes, Buruta! You've been adopted!!!

A volunteer who actually came to help out at one of our adoption fairs spotted Buruta and knew there was something special about him. Over time and several visits to see Buruta, the volunteer mentioned her
parents would be interested in adopting him! Her parents actually had two rescue dogs already, which was great news for Buruta. It would do him a lot of good to have a friend around and someone to keep him
company. They also have a nice garden for the dogs to run around in and burn some energy! Dogs are
generally happier with other pack members around after all!

However, sad news was delivered that one of the rescue dogs passed away after suffering from health
problems. After grieving and coming to terms with their loss, the parents then knew it was indeed fate that brought Buruta into their lives. Thus, it was made official Buruta was to be adopted by this lovely family!

However, the story doesn't quite end here....

"When do you think Buruta will be going to his new home?" We ask the volunteer.

"Well, the packing is going pretty well, so shouldn't be too long now."


That's right. As you read this, Buruta is currently packing his bags, getting his passport ready....oh, and
applying some sun-screen because he is moving to CALIFORNIA!

Who would have thought?? My goodness Buruta, all your hard work has most certainly paid off and we
could not be happier for you!

Thank you to Buruta's foster family, friends, volunteers and all the supporters out there who helped dear
Buruta all these months. Your kindness and encouragement has given Buruta all the courage he needed.

picture with figurine which his new family made for him! Be proud and show of those pearly whites!


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DNA Testing

What exactly is a mutt? Well, that’s a question that often gets asked at ARK. Let’s get the negative
connotation out of the way first. Unfortunately, in the past, people used to associate the word mutt as
something negative. After all, the original meaning of the word ‘mutt’ meant an inferior dog.

Fortunately in this day and age, the term “mutt” can correctly be described as a dog that is mixed with
various recognized dog breeds- so much so, that it’s hard to even know what kind of mix the dog is! People are now starting to see the beauty and intelligence in Mutts (or Zasshu as they are known in Japanese).
What does this mean? This means that a mutt has all the wonderful physical, mental, habitual
characteristics of various breeds...all rolled into one adorable pup!

Zasshu like me are one of a kind!

Yes, as pet owners, we cannot help but be curious about the genetic backgrounds of our dogs. We often
find ourselves asking questions such as “My dog loves the water...could he be part Spaniel?” or “My little
dog enjoys digging so much so, I wonder if she has terrier blood in her?” Perhaps it is more physical. Does your dog has a curved tail like a pug? Or pointy ears like a Shepard? Maybe it has a black tongue like a
Chow! We can’t help but wonder.

This is where DNA testing can come in handy!

Already in many animal shelters throughout the west, DNA tests are often used to determine a dog’s breed history. By shedding light to their background and history, potential adopters can learn in more detail about these shelter dogs and thus boost adoption rates. Shelters overseas have noticed an influx of adoptions
thanks to the use of these tests, after all DNA tests can explain the dog’s:

- Unique physical features (such as how big they will become when fully grown)
- Behavior patterns (Are they the herding type and perhaps need more exercise? Or the type that can benefit from more mental stimulation?)
- Illnesses they may be prone to (such as a tendency to hip dysplasia in larger dogs, breathing difficulties in flat-nosed dogs).
- Wellness and Training Needs. Are they a match for you and your family? (Are they the athletic type? Will
they do well in an apartment, are they independent, good with kids, so on). Of course, each dog is different, however knowing the background of a dog can determine what type of lifestyle will suit that dog.

Learning about the genetic makeup of Man's best friend has many benefits

Recently, a kind individual in the UK generously donated some Wisdom Panel 2.0 DNA kits to us at ARK to
try to learn a bit more about our temporary residents. We got straight to work! The Wisdom Panel Swab
Tests are harmless to the dogs. A simple mouth swab is all that is required. The best part? It’s EASY! All you must do is, take two mouth swabs and mail them to the lab for testing, and in just two or three weeks, the
results are emailed to you. These kits can detect a total of 185 plus recognized breeds and what is great is a family tree is also included. How amazing is that?

First up we have the lovely Thumbelina
DNA test
Thumbelina is ready for action!

It appears Thumbelina is a mix of Chinese Shar-Pei, Shiba Inu, Akita, and American Eskimo Dog!

Please click the photo!

Well, it does explain her love of ice!

The results of DNA tests may startle you. For instance, a dog may clearly NOT show any resemblance to a
Yorkshire Terrier, yet the results show it is a Yorkie. What does this mean? It could be that the genetic
markings of the dog are so like that of a Yorkie, that the closest breed that the DNA test picks up is in fact a Yorkie. In Thumbelina’s case, she clearly has similar features to that of a Shiba, but where are those
famous Shar Pei wrinkles? It could be that Thumbelina carries a Shar Pei personality trait instead.

Overall, our experience with DNA testing has been a very positive, interesting, and enlightening experience. As much as we know and care for our temporary residents, we now feel we know them just that little bit
better and can tailor a wellness plan to meet their various needs.

At the end of the day, we believe each and every dog is special, regardless of breed or genetics. Their
character, their quirks, their eagerness to please, their loyalty and their devotion, is what makes a dog a
man’s best friend.


Please have a look at the following DNA results for

DNA test_Wen
Are you ready to find out your roots, Wen…?

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Snow’s everywhere at ARK☆

I guess it’s snowing across Japan today.
As you may guess, ARK is covered by snow today. Due to milder winters, we haven’t had much snow in recent years.

Oh, your paws are really cold, Sette.

Dan and Oboro enjoyed sitting in the snow…

Eringi and Enoki, the brown mushroom puppies, enjoyed the snow a lot.

The dog eating snow is Soraya and the other one looking at her is Phaedra. They always look white but against the white snow I remember they are really beige dogs.

Look at her! She is Gacchan. She will be 14 years old this year and is so happy in the snow!

The duck couple swim as usual even if it snows.

Although it snowed heavily across the country, 2 animals left ARK for their forever homes.
We do appreciate people who came all this way to ARK on a day like this.
February is the month when we see the fewest visitors. However, it rarely snows here in Nose and on most days we drive to/from ARK in February without any problem.
So, thank you very much for visiting us!

2014 ARK calendar is available at the half the price now☆

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Various updates


Sorry for not updating ARK Tails in a long time!
How are you doing in this holiday season?
We have a lot of good news. First off, future adopters have increased now that spring is here.

Do you remember Mashiro from a previous blog post? He was rehomed and Meadow from Fukushima also found his forever home.
We planned to introduce a Miniature Pinscher named Oak on the blog, but she found her new family already. And Pinky and Ring rescued from the animal control center left ARK for their forever homes as well.

Among the brown puppies, Poco, Dorce and Tempo were adopted. Alto in Tokyo, and Shar Pei-like Primo in Osaka are all still looking for their own family!
We received their pictures from a previous foster parent. She fostered them during their infant period.

They already look so adorable
Alto will join the adoption event on 28th Apr. We hope he can find his future adopter that day!

We report our daily news on Twitter and Facebook.
If you have not seen ARK’s Twitter or Facebook yet, please check them and follow us!

ARK Twitter : http://twitter.com/arkbark2010

ARK Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/animalrefugekansaiARK

Finally, we would like to introduce the memorial for ARK animals. This was also shared on Facebook. It reads:

 In memory of friends
  who asked for little
   but gave so much


Spring is a farewell season in Japan, but also a time for new beginnings.
Please come to ARK or visit one of ARK’s events!

On Apr.28th , Adoption event at DOG SIGN in Jingumae, Tokyo☆

On Apr.29th , Adoption event at MAGATAMA in Tamatsukuri☆

On May 11th , Adoption event at GREEN DOG Kobe☆

On May 11th , Adoption event at DOG LIFE DESIGN in Komazawa☆

Looking for long-term foster family for Duff the Dachshund.

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Foster’s diary [calico rabbit, Patty]

There is no shelter for Tokyo ARK. Rescued animals stay with foster families.
Today’s report is from the foster family of a calico rabbit, Patty. She was taken into Tokyo ARK in December last year. Her first owner couldn’t take her when leaving Japan and the second owner had an allergy.

★December 18th “Patty”
A female rabbit, Patty (3 years old), will stay with me from today.
Her body is beige and her face is mix of white and beige. Her back has some bits of black fur. Her eyes are blue. Just after she arrived at my house, she started eating some grass…
She could lie down, stretch her legs, close her eyes and sleep… from the first day.
When I rubbed her forehead, she closed her eyes and let me keep on rubbing her.
Even though she looks relaxed, she must be still nervous. I will give her some time.


I love being rubbed.

This is her right side… how does her left side look?☆

★December 29th “The left part of Patty”
She has been doing well since the first day.
Her left side is… a mix of white, beige and black. Just like a calico cat☆

The left

From above…

★December 31st “when being rubbed…”
Patty did not eat much at first but she ate a bit more the past couple of days.
I hope she will eat more and put some weight back on.
She is such a cheeky girl. Once the door of her cage was open and she jumped out and ran around. When she got tired, she just stopped. She can sleep by my side already and enjoys being rubbed.

She is okay with eye drops and can drink liquid medicine. Well, she snorted to express her “dislike” for liquid meds, but no aggressiveness at all.
I was wondering if she did not want to be touched after taking liquid meds, but she was completely fine. She came to me to get attention.

I hope you will get your own family next year.

When being rubbed..


And she does not care about being stared at by other rabbits.

★January 6th “Putting on some weight & fake sleeping?”
Patty has been eating so well and has almost returned to her normal weight.
I took her to a vet for suture removal after she was spayed. The vet was surprised at her weight gain! Even so, she is still under 2 kilos. She can still put on some more weight.

Later that day, I opened the door of her cage for play-time. But she did not come out…
I knew she was eating, but suddenly she stopped and closed her eyes. As if to say, “Do not disturb me. I’m sleeping.” Maybe she thought she had to go back to the vet again. I let her be alone for a while. Later she came out and asked to be rubbed as usual.

“Pretending to sleep…”

★January 14th
It’s been 4 weeks since I started fostering Patty.
She has been friendly but still a bit nervous. I keep being patient to let her adjust to life here.
You may not be able to see from the pictures, but she has gorgeous blue eyes.

While sleeping, her face is so adorable, like a… rice cake..

Ah, you are taking a picture of me?…

★January 17th
Her long ears and round tail are really adorable.
I think when I was in elementary school my teacher told me herbivores can see 360-degrees… Does Patty know I am taking her picture from behind???

Yum yum…

★February 11th
A few days ago, when Patty was playing in her cage, my rabbit Lapin stuck her head into her empty bowl and made some noise with her rear leg.
It is said that a rabbit does this behavior when they warn “danger” or “anger”.
It seems Lapin wanted to complain about her recent food; her food includes more pasture grass than food as she seems a bit fat. She is on a diet.
BUT, Patty seemed to take it as complaint against her. Lapin might be saying “don’t mess up my territory!” Patty ran back to her cage and did not come out as often since then.

But again, from yesterday, Patty came out from her cage to play.
It seems that she sees and thinks before she moves. She has never been interested in other rabbits after greetings. She likes people more than rabbits. Whenever she feels like it, she comes to me and touches my hand to get rubbed. When I get tired of rubbing her and I stop, she licks my knee. Then, she asks me to rub anther part, like “next, on my forehead, please”. One hour can pass quickly like this!
She is such a cutie when being rubbed.

Licking my knee, saying“next,on the forehead!☆”

★February 18th
She is now eating better than before. She still has no interest in other rabbits and keeps coming to me to say, “rub me---“

Looks serious while trying to break a “hay sofa”…

”Okay, I’m ready!” She lies down to get rubbed…

Patty was outside and super skinny when she was rescued.
We really thank her foster parent. She is not skinny anymore. Such a beauty!
Patty is looking for her new family♪

Would you like to start “『Fostering』?

From 2nd Mar to 28th Apr.: ARK photo exhibit at Harmonic house in Hirakata Kagu Danchi☆

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