The moving Comet

Comet joined ARK last year in September.
She was found in a shack down a hiking trail, extremely thin and taking care of five pups.
Even though it had been impossible to catch her without using traps, she turned out to be a very peaceful and friendly girl once with us.

Comet raising her pups, and always tired.

Her kids are also growing very healthily, neutering and spaying went very smoothly, and next on the schedule is the spaying of the mother. Being such a nice family we thought they would find new parents pretty easily, but for whatever reason they never get chosen even though we have introduced them again and again.
They are clean, the don’t pull on their leach during walks, they never bark, they are probably among the easiest dogs to have... but unfortunately, everyone seems to get the impressions that they have no spirit.

Even though her pups have grown, she still has those tired eyes.

Well for sure, their mother is always like that, very soft.


But when she gets to it, she can also turn into this!


She would be the perfect match for someone who wants to enjoy a drink in the sun! Dogs like her are very rare... Hopefully spring will bring her luck!

There are many other animals waiting for a new home!

For people who might be interested in adopting some of our boys and girls:


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Fosters News “Little Pea, Koimo”

Lacking a regular shelter in Tokyo, we usually rely on fosters to help us, and in Osaka we occasionally ask for their help with boys and girls who need special socializing, being scared or for many other reasons.
At the moment, the 7-month-old Koimo is learning in one of our foster’s home.


Her mother having spent most of her life wandering, Koimo has learnt to be cautious, and lacking any kind of aggressivity, she usually ran and hid in her kennel as soon as she saw someone walking around.
Let’s take a look at her after two months with her foster family.


In December of last year, Koimo entered the house, crouching, making herself as small as possible and shaking all around.
After two weeks, the only time when communication with Koimo was possible was when giving her food.
Even though she was picking food from people’s hand, every day was spent worrying, looking at her and hoping she would get used to her new surroundings, hoping she would open one day.
Physically close, but far at the same time, it slowly became possible to pet Koimo, she slowly understood how good it was to be petted, and started to progress on her way to socialization.


The biggest change happened during the New-Year holiday, when relatives came with their dog.
It was an older dog who did not try to play or anything, but maybe because of his presence, Koimo was able to relax among strangers, was nicely petted by everyone, and even though everybody was worried for her at first, she was able to spend a nice New-Year holiday with family and relatives.

Since then, she only comes inside the house to sleep.
She got used to her new environment and started to change more quickly. Maybe she recalled what she had been taught at ARK and started to sit down and wait before getting her food, and even showed pleasure and affection by licking faces when people came back home.
It feels really great to see such changes when we remember how she was two months ago.

At home, she gathers her toys in front of the window.

Sitting and patiently waiting when food time is getting closer.

She really loves going for walks.
But for the cowardly Koimo, even the entrance of the park was a tough challenge.
That too, is slowly getting overcome.

Like every puppy, the first thing she wants to do is run like crazy!

Being scared of everything, she needs to get used to walk with people, and so spends most of her days learning from them.

A very gallant young lady.


Such a cutie
It can take some time to get used to a new environment for boys and girls who get easily scared, but once it’s done, they get strongly attached to their family and will be extremely affectionate.
Still, even though she turned 7 months old, she still weighs less than 10 kilos, and being in the “little pea” size range, she would perfectly fit life in an apartment building with size restrictions. She is very docile and is even able to use pet-sheets as toilet if necessary.
Moreover, she really, really loves other dogs! ♪

Koimo is now taking part in our monthly foster family event at Kobe Green Dog.
Next time on the 22nd of February will be Koimo’s third time.
It will be one of Japan’s Cats Days, so please come visit Koimo with her two other canine and ten feline friends!
You can find all of the information here→ http://www.arkbark.net/?q=ja/node/5882

That’s the face she will be making while waiting for you

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The gentleman Astro


Astro joined ARK in March 2009, almost 6 years ago. Probably abandoned, someone who had seen him walk around the streets heard he had been taken by the public health center. This someone went all the way to the health center to pick him up, and took him to ARK instead.
At that time, Astro was still very small and very friendly with people, and we thought he would be adopted quickly.
Astro at his arrival at ARK. He was very thin and still had his puppy face.

He loves people, but can still be a little scared, and he is so happy when people step in his kennel that he will jump, softly play-bite, pull (and sometimes tear...) your clothes... Such a daily life-style turned him into a beautiful and muscular middle-aged dog.

Astro is a “good guy”.
Even after many introductions to new parents, he still remains without a new home.
Is it because of his horse face? Is it because of his fox eyes??

A walk-lover, he always cries in a surprisingly cute voice when he sees the volunteers getting ready to walk dogs around, and patiently waits for his turn.
And of course, when his turn comes he is so happy that he pulls like crazy, but will pay serious attention to you and walk more nicely if there are some treats.

He is also a very talented entertainer.
Of course he will sit, lie down, give you his paw and wait for you, but also turn around in circles.

His special technique, the “Chin”

He is a very good partner, and will perform for you as long as there are treats waiting.
Have fun watching this video of Astro performing for you.

※Please don’t pay attention to the middle-aged human talking in the middle of the performance...

Astro has been in charge of young puppies countless times before, and it would be nice if he was able to have a good time with his current Shiba Inu roommate Mizuki... but in fact, Mizuki is a very capricious young lady. Our gentleman Astro will never complain when Mizuki keeps the toys all for herself.
They use the same bed, but still keep their distance.

We understand he is always restraining himself for her, but when we see him able to use all of the bed for himself alone, it makes us wish he could do the same in his own new home as early as possible.

He may not be the most handsome, but he is very gentle and a very “nice guy”.
The heart matters more than the looks when you are looking for a partner for life.
Maybe you could start with his “Chin”?

Bonus Video!!
This will help you understand what we mean by “capricious” Mizuki and “gentleman” Astro. :)


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Another side of ... (Part2) "The Handsome Wen"

The impact after Colone’s part one was …minimal…
It would have been nice to hear from potential families, but I guess it is already a great thing if people get to see these boys’ and girls’ great personalities.

Without transition, let’s introduce you to our handsome Wenceslas!
“That’s me!”

Wen is one of the members of the “34 mountain dog team” we have talked about numerous times before.
A year and a half later, out of the 34 dogs, 15 have found a new home, but 19 are still left with us.
When we think about the time when they just got here, we can see how hard they have fought to get used to people, and feel really thankful for all the families who have taken some of them home.

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These are pictures of the first three who found new homes, Ancus Marcius, Birendra and Canute. It helped us believe that all of them would get used to people again, when we saw these photos after their rehoming.

When we ask their new parents, they all say “We were a little worried at first, but what can you do when you see such cuteness?!”
They are shy and easily scared, but become extremely affectionate once they got used to their caretaker. Seeing such a change on a daily basis is also a very lovely thing to witness.

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Pish Tush when he was still a puppy, and the most flexible ladies we had,Aja and Pooka. Pish Tush was temporarily adopted, but then stayed there forever. Nice strategy there Pish!

The ones who got used to people more quickly all went to their new home first, but Wen was probably one of the shiest in the lot.
He got into fights with other dogs in the shared space immediately, and had to go to the vet several times for injuries to his ears… That would scare anyone for sure…
Every time someone walked near his kernel, he would just hide in the narrow spaces, looking like such a pitiful thing.
Even in these situations, these dogs will never bite, and that is probably their biggest strength.


Wen started opening little by little, and the once scared dog is now dashing through the walking course around ARK.
When getting back in his private space, he will always look at you with a grin, showing how hard he has worked in the past, and that again is one of his charms.


Wen might be shy, but he really loves people, and when you get back to his kennel and give him some treats, he will always show you his favorite tricks. He might even give you both of his paws if he is at his best! That is probably his cutest pose, and that’s why we decided to make a short clip about it.
This is Wen, who sometimes pays too much attention to the camera and his audience.
(This video is four and a half minutes long, we first thought of cutting it, but as the relation between these two is so intimate, we decided to upload it in its integrity. Please watch it till the end when you have the time!)


When you forget his shy side, Wen is really easy to take care of.
He will work harder and harder toward socialization and getting rehomed!
Please come see Wen and relax a bit while playing with him!

Lots of cuties are waiting for new home!

Adoption process :

Rehomed buddies of OYM34(34 mountain dog team)
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Tamora, Franz and Leonidas with three legs

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Zainab, Mercilla, Anushka and Ixion.

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Movies of an old dog, Kisaburo: Part II.

There were good news and bad news at ARK after the previous post.
Good news: A family who watched the movie we posted the other day brought their own dog and visited Kisaburo!

Bad news: Unfortunately Kisaburo is a dog clearly having likes and dislikes and seemed that the dog wasn’t his type so he turned to the wall…
We still are figuring “his type” out but Kisaburo didn’t like the dog possibly because the dog approached Kisaburo quite actively.
He may rather feel comfortable to make a move first toward a dog which is not interested in him. He may be a guy loves to follow instead of being followed.

Now, please let us show you a movie of Kisaburo welcoming the staff in the morning.

Part I:Kisaburo bouncing in the morning.


Part II:Kisaburo bit tired but still bouncing happily.

Don’t miss his smile at the last moment.

Please go through the following page if you want him as a new member of your family!

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