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Sakura’s Diary

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This is Kiku-chan’s sister, Sakura-chan.
This time I’m going to post the information I got from the staff member taking care of her.

The person temporarily taking care of Sakura is actually a former staff member. So now Sakura is living with her, her husband, and their old Shih Tzu, Kana-chan.

Rate of pet sheet usage: 100%!
During Sakura’s walks, her demeanor is still a bit suspicious, and she only goes to the bathroom outside about once every 2 days. Clearly, she is suffering from stress due to a lack of exercise. At the moment, her favorite pastimes are chasing after Kana, pouncing on stuffed animals, and jumping about.

Sakura spends more or less the whole day with me, so I can confidently say that her hesitation and caution around me has almost completely disappeared. When I call her name, she comes. If I’m going to give her chicken or jerky as a snack, she does “Sit” and “Down” and even makes eye contact like a pro. She’s gotten so comfortable with me that she is almost too dependent.

Because of this, when we go outside, she’ll pant nervously for a while. Or at bedtime, when she’s left on the first floor to sleep, she’ll cry out when she realizes she’s alone. It’s not much fun for us in the early morning. It wouldn’t really matter to us if she slept on the second floor beside us, but the lonely barking might become a problem for her new family when she’s adopted, so we’re not sure what’s best exactly.


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“Look at you, all snug in your bed! It’s not so bad, is it?”

As for my husband, she shows pretty clear signs of nervousness when he comes home from work in the evening. She doesn’t panic and run around scared, but she does hide behind me to avoid getting in my husband’s way. I guess we can leave this issue alone for now, despite the frustration it causes my husband. When dinner is over, Sakura goes to the spot right at the foot of the bed close to where I sleep, and conks out. And when I go for a bath, she’s started to relax even though she is alone with my husband.

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On the fifth day of Sakura’s stay at our house, she found a new hiding place: our kotatsu table. We only have one kotatsu, but she really seems to feel safe in there, and even when we go out, she falls asleep under it. And when we come home...no reaction. Usually when we come home, Sakura yelps out a hello and wags her tail happily. But today, she was just quiet. Looks like she’s really grown fond of that kotatsu.

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On the sixth day of her stay, during our afternoon walk, Sakura was much more able to enjoy the surroundings than she had been the day before, and by the end of our walk, I actually still had some chicken treats left over that I hadn’t needed to coax her along! I also tried taking her for a longer walk than usual. By the end of the day, I was convinced that she no longer disliked being walked, but had actually become deeply interested.

It’s just a matter of time, I think, before Sakura gets used to being around people.

Come on over and adopt Sakura; she’s getting better by the day!

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Momo’s Diary

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This is Momo, Kiku’s sister.
In this post, I’m going to tell you about Momo’s stay at the home of one of our staff members.

Temporarily taking care of an animal at home while working at ARK is actually really tricky business. It’s worrisome because the working hours of the ARK staff are really long as it is, so that means the time the animal is left alone at home can be quite long, too. Plus, after arriving home after a long, hard day of work, there is more care and training to be done. I must really hand it to the young staff members who are working hard and doing great things for the animals. And despite all these difficulties, Momo waited at home patiently like a good girl. Let’s hope an adopter shows up soon.

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(↑A cell phone photo I got of Momo living at the staff member’s house. She’s playing with a toy!)

The first day Momo was left home alone, she barked all day, and went a bit bonkers inside her cage. But the following day, she was allowed to move about freely and she didn’t bark at all. She completely behaved herself while the staff member was out. It might have just been a matter of “I have to go to the bathroom + my cage is too small = unhappy puppy”.

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(↑Another cell phone snapshot. Just make yourself comfortable on that bed where other people are sleeping, Momo!)

Of Momo and her three sisters, Momo was the one that had the most trouble getting comfortable with people. Still she remains quite distant even from the staff member who took her in, but little by little we’ve seen her changing. When the staff member gets home, Momo doesn’t run away, but sometimes comes near and wags her tail a little. It seems now she’s even started to wait anxiously for people to come home to see her. It looks like separating her from the other dogs and leaving her home alone for a while is really doing some good!

Some words from the staff member who has been taking care of Momo:
“I think that, day by day, Momo has been getting used to being touched and is less afraid of coming up to people. She has started approaching me of her own free will, and if I pet her, starting near her collar and then moving to the rest of her body, she doesn’t try to get away and lets me stroke her. Maybe it’s nothing, but this morning while I was still in bed sleeping, Momo climbed in and lay down by my feet! Well, I guess it’s nothing, but it made me so happy. I really feel that Momo’s warming up to people by the minute!”

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Wild Blood

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This is Kiku-chan, who participated in the Green Dog Adoption Fair the other day.

Kiku-chan is one of four sisters born to a stray dog. I first wrote about them in the article about the foster system. No foster family was found for them, and they have continued their training at ARK. They have more or less gotten used to people, but I felt there was still a line they couldn't cross. I feel like at the bottom of their hearts, having been born to a stray dog, wariness toward humans remains like a permanent stain. There might be a danger that if they were rehomed, and by some chance their wild blood was reawakened and they panicked, they might bite someone.

For example, sensitive dogs tend to get attached to those who look after them most of the time and those who spend a lot of time with them, but it is hard for them to bond with families that are absent a lot due to work. (This is certainly not always the case, though!) Could you really adore a pet that bonds with other family members but doesn't bond with you? Could you wait patiently with perseverance until the pet opened its heart to you? Couldn't this become a source of friction in the family? It is extremely difficult to find people who will understand and accept this challenge.

They say it takes six months to a year to really bond.
Although these four dogs have wariness toward people in their hearts, this can gradually be replaced by trust over time as they live with the families who adopt them.

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We began to feel there was a limit to what we could do at ARK, so, following Tsuda-sensei's advice, we decided to take one dog at a time home for rehabilitation. Truthfully, I don't know what kind of change we will see, and I am not sure if I can do the job well. It's possible that in the end, we will conclude that they are unsuitable for rehoming. Even if they do improve, it might be hard to find an understanding adopter.

For these puppies, time flies by and they grow at 18 times the speed of a human. One human day is about 18 days for them. Decisions must be made cautiously, but there’s no time to stop and think.

Kiku-chan, who is staying at my house, does feel some uncertainty, but she can also be friendly toward anyone. However, sometimes she goes stiff with tension and her expression changes. When this happens, she has fallen into a state of panic, and questions like, “Is it okay to rehome her?” “Could she hurt an adopter or a bystander?” “Is it really happiness for Kiku-chan to live with humans?” cross my mind.

There are some things I try to be careful of when interacting with Kiku-chan. I don't show her feelings of pity or sympathy or feeling bad for her because those feelings are transmitted to dogs and can make them unstable. I want her to become a big-hearted and calm dog, so I try to display the same attitude when interacting with her. (Fortunately, all four sisters are basically cheerful and lively.)

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It’s important when people and dogs live together that both are happy. Can a dog who may not be able to build a trusting relationship with humans be rehomed and live happily with people? Can the adopter feel happiness? If neither can be happy, I can’t help but conclude it would be irresponsible of ARK to rehome them.

What paths lay before these four sisters at the time of their birth? One was to live on the brink of death as stray dogs in fear of starvation, cold, and the archenemy, humans. Another, to die of suffocation in the gas room at the pound. Another, to become someone's pet.

These four small lives have found their way to ARK. If we can, we want to help them become dogs who will be happy living with humans. Soon they will be five months old. Their milk teeth are falling out and being replaced by their permanent teeth.

But honestly, I don't know.
I don't know what happiness really is for these young dogs.


Information on the four sisters:
• They don't get carsick. They are well behaved in cars.
• They get along well with other dogs, so are well suited to households with many dogs.
• They love to play with people.
• They can use pet sheets as a toilet. (But sometimes they have accidents!)


Qualifications of an ideal home for the four sisters at this point:
• They are kept indoors.
• They need a quiet, relaxed family.
• No small children.
• People who can adjust to the dog's pace.
• People who can wait patiently for the dog to open her heart.
• People who won't force human circumstances and human pace on the dog.

Of course, it is not absolutely necessary for all these conditions to be met fully. I think we should be flexible with families' individual circumstances and needs, so anyone who is interested please contact ARK.

(I plan to feature more detailed information on Sakura, Ume, and Momo as soon as their caretakers provide it!)


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4/20 GREEN DOG Adoption Fair☆Report

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Here is a report on the adoption fair at Green Dog on Sunday, April 20th.

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The dogs Kenta, Ryoma, Kiku, Fizz, Sherbet, and the cat Plum attended the fair. Matey could not go because a stool test revealed he had a parasite. What bad luck – Matey, since you can’t come, you should reflect on how to improve your everyday behavior!

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Ryoma is calm and friendly to both humans and dogs. He is nice to puppies, too. He had been confined in a small place for four years since he was a puppy, but it’s hard to believe he had such a sad upbringing, given his sociable nature. He is amiable and lively, and I can confidently recommend him to families with little kids, or those who will be owning a dog for the first time.

Old Kenta is as cuddly and friendly as a young dog or puppy, and he’s great at soliciting treats. Let me say one thing. He ate all the dog food in the car while heading for Green Dog, and he kept asking people at the adoption fair for t
reats, as if he had not been fed that day!

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“Take it easy, Miss!”

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Kiku-chan was born to a stray mother, and the mother’s lessons that humans are dangerous and it’s best to stay away from them still stick in her mind. However, it looks like she started to feel that humans might be more trustworthy than she used to think. At the adoption fair, Kiku-chan summoned her courage and crawled toward people. Wriggling her body with her hips up and tail and ears down, she even showed her belly while edging up to people for a cuddle. Although she was still a little afraid, she looked like she was having a good time.

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“No, I can’t do this….”
Even though Plum was completely relaxed and gobbled down her food from day 1 at ARK, she was tense on adoption fair day. Joining an adoption fair gives the animals a big chance, but maybe it’s too stressful for cats.

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Covering the cage with a cloth made her feel a little better.

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Sherbet was able to do his business on a pet sheet. He made the most of the opportunity and demonstrated in front of everyone that he is potty trained.

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Ryoma cut in front of people who were looking for potential dogs or cats in the profile file. “You don’t need to look at that. Take me!”

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Fizz was tired of playing a lot, so he went over and leaned on Old Kenta for a nap. After playing and eating a lot of treats, he was happy and so was his belly!

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Sherbet is also tired of playing a lot with people. Puppies with their “batteries run out” are so cute!

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We couldn’t find any adopters that day, but there was a great turnout. Many people made donations and gave us food, and a lot of ARK goods were sold. There were also many people who were looking for potential dogs or cats. Some people brought their adopted pets to show us how happy they are now. There were also those who were interested in ARK in general and wondered what they could do to help us.

I reaffirmed that ARK’s activities are dependent on your help and support. With your goodwill, we will keep working to achieve our plan (not “dream!”) that one day, there will be no animals whose lives are made miserable because of humans’ selfishness, and that one day there will be no need for shelters like ARK!

We are so grateful for the help of all those who continue to support us!


☆☆☆Special Thanks☆☆☆
Our gratitude goes to those of you who sent warm messages, food, and rice to Mufasa. Until the day he finds an adopter, we will take best possible care of him, and try to reduce his stress and pay attention to his health.

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Facing up to euthanasia

“Surviving the Heartbreak of Choosing Death for Your Pet”
by Linda Mary Peterson
Publisher: Greentree Publishing
Translated into Japanese by Hitomi Ohta
Japanese Publisher: Julian Ltd.

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When a certain dog that had earlier been adopted from ARK fell into a critical condition, I went to the animal hospital to see the dog. At that time, the owner asked me, “I believe you are an experienced owner. What would you do in this case?” I answered, “There’s no such thing as the ‘same case’. This dog doesn’t belong to me, or to ARK. I think you should make the decision by yourself, because you may regret it if you don’t.”

I’ve dealt with many dogs and cats that have been put to sleep, but each case is different. Each animal had its own background and personality, and there were various hows and whys. All the staff members at ARK think together about what is best for the animal, and make the decisions that have to be made.

In my personal experience, I helped my dog who couldn’t eat by himself to stay alive by putting medicine blended with honey in his mouth. All because my family couldn’t make up our mind and couldn’t put him to sleep.

Of course, even though I’ve seen this many times, I’m not confident that I’d be able to make the decision without any hesitation if it were my own dog that I’d been living with in the critical condition.

I’m sure, I would be depressed, feel desperate, blame myself, vent my frustration on others, cry, regret and waver and waver...I would not be able to accept reality.


That’s why I read this book.

This book is about the situation in the U.S. so not everything in it applies to Japan, but nonetheless, we should be prepared for the farewell that will come we don’t know when. This is one of our duties as a pet owner.

I’ve talked with my husband about things as specific as, “If malignant tumor were found, what should we do?” and “If we did decide to put our dog to sleep, how long should we wait?”

We talk about this issue in our usual calm way to try to prepare ourselves to face the fact that our dog will not live forever. This will also prevent us from panicking when the time does come, forestall any relationship difficulties between my husband and I, and help to avoid causing our children any undue stress.

This issue is really painful just to think about, but we can’t avoid it. If we pet owners didn’t think about this, it would be an abdication of our responsibility.


“Euthanasia”.
This word is still a kind of taboo in Japan.
We sometimes suggest euthanasia to people who ask ARK to take a dog or cat in. It is also tough for us to discuss euthanasia with someone who has come to us as their last resort. Even for people, it causes great stress when the environment an elderly person is in changes suddenly. It’s the same for animals. They don’t understand our language, and that’s why some can’t understand the situation and end up getting sick due to stress. We owners have a responsibility towards our animals. You cannot put him to sleep because it’s too tough for you? Please think about his feelings. Should he suddenly be separated from his owner, forced to live with his loneliness and anxiety? Or die an agonizing death with unknown animals in a gas chamber at local government “health” center (hokenjyo)? If you avoid facing up to the issue of euthanasia, the animal that you’ve been living together with could die a tragic death. Please, owners, don’t abandon your responsibility. It’s hard to talk to people who are not calm enough to listen, and most of the time, they don’t understand even when the staff member politely explains the issue. It’s a big burden for us.

At shelters like ARK, we sometimes have aggressive dogs and dogs who can’t communicate with people well (such as former stray dogs). This happens a lot, but it’s still tough to handle. It is also tough for us to find a new family for a dog who has at one time bitten someone. Even if a new owner is found, the dog may bite somebody else at his new home. Can a dog live in peace at someone’s home if communication with people is stressful for him? But on the other hand, is it really any kind of happiness to live at ARK?

So with respect to euthanasia, we can’t find an answer even if we think about it all the time and discuss it endlessly. But we can’t avoid this issue either as long as we have animals.




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Call me Moo!

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Mufasa is an 8-year-old German Shepherd.
He came to ARK because his owner went bankrupt.

His weight at the time of his rescue was 46kg. However, in less than two months it has dropped to around 30 kg. The cause of his weight loss is not exactly clear, but we believe it has to do with stress. Moo (as we call him for short) is a sensitive and delicate boy, who is hypersensitive to his environment and so is always in a state of excitement. He is constantly exposed to the barking of the other dogs. If I could understand what the dogs were saying, I think it would be too painful for me to continue working at ARK. Some may be saying, “Who are you? Go away!”, “I’m so lonely”, or “Let me out!”. Others may be saying, “Please come here!”, “I sense danger.”, or “I’m scared.” Moo is probably listening to these cries from morning to night while he deals with the distress of being separated from his owner.

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Moo is a very loyal boy and responds well to commands. The only thing he lacks is a leader he can rely on. Without a strong figure that he can trust, his anxiety builds up and takes a toll on his nerves and health.

We have been trying different things with his diet in the hope that Moo will retain some weight, but because the problem isn’t the lack of calories in his diet, he still hasn’t been able to put on weight.

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Walking strong Moo was a two-person job in the beginning. He would become very excited whenever he saw another dog. However, he has settled into his routine now and doesn’t get as worked up, so even I can walk him by myself now (although it still requires concentration). It probably also has to do with him losing 15kg and not having as much energy as before.

Stress can also lead to other health issues. Moo is a large breed dog who is already 8 years old, and may not live a long life. It is incredibly sad for him to be living his golden years at ARK with all the anxiety he deals with. I want him to grow old with the warmth and comfort of a loving family.

Which is more important: the length of one’s life or the quality? What about the right of a dog to live out his or her life in comfort?

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We are going to find you the perfect foster parents, Moo. Just wait a little longer at ARK. We can do it!

※A little request from Moo
We are currently feeding Moo a diet of INNOVA EVO and white rice. It is a brand of food we don’t get very often through donations, so the staff have been purchasing it out of their own money. If you have a bag sitting at home because your pup didn’t like it, or if anyone could contribute in any way, it would be greatly appreciated. We give white rice to other dogs that are having tummy troubles as well. We realize this is a lot to ask for, but we truly appreciate your understanding and your contributions.


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GREEN DOG Adoption Fair ☆ Bulletin

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I’m Matey. And I’m still at ARK! Bummer...

The guys who’re gonna attend the adoption fair at GREEN DOG on April 20th have been decided, so I’m going tell you who they are. You think someone will finally show an interest in me?

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The brown puppy on the left there is Kiku.
Kiku’s the pup of a stray dog. She’s really nervous and afraid of stuff. But thanks to the socialization training we get from Tsuda-sensei, she’s learned to trust people a lot more.

In the middle is Kenta.
He always chills out in the office to greet the visitors that come by. He’s an old dude, but hey, spring is coming, and the ARK staff thinks he needs some fresh air, so he’s going to Kobe for the adoption fair too.

Last, the salt and pepper guy on the right, his name is Ryoma.
I feel a little bad for him, because he grew up kept inside a teensy enclosure with four of his siblings. So when ARK took him in, he was so afraid he couldn’t go for walks at all, and when he did start learning to walk, he would kind of go in circles and couldn’t walk straight. But now it looks like he loves going on walks and is really learning how to walk straight alongside the person walking him.

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We’ve got one cat going too, Plum.
One of our own staff members found Plum in front of a train station and rescued her. She’s already an adult, but loves people and comes right up to them. I can’t believe people just dump animals like this cat, so friendly and cuddly. Well, I heard that Bloom, the male cat rescued with Plum, had been neutered at least.

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Plum: My tail is so big! But don’t worry, that doesn’t mean I’m angry or anything.

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And of course, I, Matey the Mighty will be going too!
Anyone wanting to see my specialty, the vertical jump, come meet me at GREEN DOG, okay?
Until then, I’ll be at ARK...


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Too bad, Ga-ko.

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Ga-ko was being raised by a homeless person, but when that person was admitted into a facility, Ga-ko had to be taken in by ARK. Tetta, Neita (who participated in the Green Dog adoption fair), and Nana-chan all came from the same place.

The other day, the overseer of a certain park contacted us to say they’d be able to let Ga-ko live there, so two of our staff took Ga-ko on over. At this park, there is a pond where three domestic ducks and one wild duck live.

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The moment we let Ga-ko loose in the pond, the other ducks began a concentrated attack against her. Some people taking care of the ducks told us that when a new duck enters the pond, there’s a sort of compulsory baptism ritual that must occur. (Looking closely, we could see that the ducks that were already friends had bald spots on the back of their heads.) We were told that in the meantime, we might as well leave Ga-ko and let her get used to things. It seems that even the world of ducks can be pretty complicated.

But Ga-ko, who has sort of gotten used to people, rather than swimming around in the pond, would try to get around the fence and head out of the pond towards the area where pedestrians and bicyclists were passing by. So we were really worried that before getting accustomed to her new life with the other ducks, she would get into an accident, or leave the park completely. She might be attacked by a dog being taken for a walk, get hit by a passing car or bicycle, or run into some cruel person who thinks it’s fun to tease helpless animals.

So the staff who had gone to the park debated and debated what to do with Ga-ko. In the end, they decided to bring her back to ARK. It’s a real shame, despite the best intentions of the managers of the park. They told us that they’d be happy to have us come again in the future with another animal that might be able to live in the park.

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We hope to find a place for Ga-ko to live where she’s the only animal around, or if there are other ducks, somewhere that she can’t escape from. All of us are complete beginners when it comes to raising a duck. Ideally, we’ll find a duck lover with lots of experience to take in Ga-ko!


☆☆☆News☆☆☆
Totoro was rehomed!
The adopter is someone who came to the Green Dog adoption fair.
Totoro, good thing you came to adoption fair, wasn’t it!? Good luck with your new life!



Friday, April 25

Ga-ko died.
When one of our staff went over to the stream where Ga-ko always plays, they found her huddling in a cluster of bushes, covered in blood. She was on the verge of death. And after the staff member took Ga-ko into her arms, Ga-ko took her last breath.
We’re not sure, but we think perhaps there was an encounter with a fox or a weasel, or a stray animal of some sort. Since the days have been getting longer and we wanted Ga-ko to get time to play outside as much as possible, we had been letting her stay in the stream until evening. And since we didn’t hear anything unusual, or notice any of the dogs barking at anything, nobody realized what had happened.
It’s a sad, sad thing. Not seeing her swimming in the stream any more, not hearing her voice from the terrace she liked to sit at...everyone is feeling really blue.


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Matey, the Problem Child

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I will now reveal the true form of self-proclaimed “adorable puppy” Matey.
It is my role to let people know the truth.
You mustn't lie, Matey.

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The day he was taken in, he bit the staff member who tried to take care of him.
If he doesn't like something, he makes a big racket. He takes no half measures, he exaggerates to the max, screaming bloody murder. He also didn't know how to get along with other dogs. This 3 or 4-month old puppy was so dominant and aggressive, he earned the disgraceful reputation of “the puppy who will never, ever be obedient.”

If we left him like this, rehoming him would be the most impossible of dreams.
We had to do something pronto...so, we sent him to “the tiger's den,” KK's house.

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He is always excited and can't stay still. He was always looking for trouble to get into or following people around trying to make mischief. But in the first week since he came to my house, he has changed a lot. He has started to make friends and play with other dogs, and he’s no longer aggressive toward humans.

Regarding his aggression towards people, he was just unaccustomed to being touched. With frequent touching of a dog's weak points—stomach, paws, ears, tail, muzzle—he became used to it. Now he can relax and do as he is told. I'm glad we caught him in time, as the idea of his becoming an adult dog the way he was before is frightening.

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Matey's shouts echo across ARK. The job of teaching him canine social rules was given to my resident Head of Puppy Training, Koruri. Thanks to Koruri, he learned to play well with other dogs. Despite the difference in weight between 33 kg Koruri and 7 kg Matey, Koruri skillfully taught him how to play without getting hurt.

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They are playing too hard for the camera to focus, but they are actually holding back in their game. When Matey goes too far, Koruri gives him instructive guidance. Matey has gradually learned to hold back.

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Matey easily learned “sit,” “lie down,” and “wait,” and I taught him to sit and wait even by a busy road. He is really smart, so smart that he looks at someone and changes his attitude in an instant. (That's no good.)

Today I took Matey to work because on weekends, more potential adopters visit than on weekdays. I have a day off tomorrow, so I left Matey at ARK.

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When I left, I was worried about whether he was properly asleep in his doghouse or waiting for me outside, so I went to peek into his run. He was there, standing there by the fence in the dark.

Ahh, I shouldn't have looked.
Matey thought I had come to get him and happily barked, “Let me out, let me out!” But if he was at my house when potential adopters came, he would miss his chance, so I left him there. It's for his own good, but what is this? This guilt... I should have gone home without looking in on him. It just made it harder on him.
May there be good news for him tomorrow!!


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Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

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Hey there, my name is Matey.
On Sunday, March 31st, I participated in the Craft Market at Kobe Sunshine Wharf with K.K.!
After old Wreath was adopted and moved to Hokkaido, I’ve been staying over at K.K.’s house, but that’s a whole other story…

That bridge that you can see behind me, that’s the Hanshin Highway that runs across the ocean.

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Unfortunately there were only a third of the vendors because of the rain, and it was cold being by the ocean, but still many people came out to enjoy the shopping mall! There were all kinds of vendors at the Craft Market: people selling candy, accessories made out of driftwood, bags and clothes, leather goods, ceramics, products from Hokkaido, and a refreshment corner...it was really fun.

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There was even a live performance. I unintentionally started listening in. One of the performers played my favorite, Eric Clapton. Man, he was cool! I made sure to find out about his next gig.

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Hold on there, I didn’t go just to have a good time. I had a very important job, which was to promote ARK. I was selling ARK merchandise and displaying our posters. It wouldn’t’ve hurt to look for my foster parents at the same time, either!

There were lots of visitors of all ages so I think the promotion went well. People who didn’t have any particular interest in animal welfare, people who love dogs and cats but weren’t aware of the existence of shelters… just having them find out about ARK was a great success! To all the people who made donations and bought our merchandise thank you!

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Billy and Honey participated too.
That’s Billy.

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She’s Honey.
Honey is a very cautious kind of girl, and when she was found in the mountains of Nose and brought to the exotic city of Kobe, she was completely frozen up.

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But with warmth and encouragement from the staff, she’s slowly adjusted. See, she’s eating all her food now. I’ve heard she is usually a picky eater and won’t eat dry food by itself, but on that day she ate it all up! Feeling better now, eh?

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Hey, wait a minute; aren’t you relaxing a little too much there? Is this really the same girl that was frightened by everything on her walks at ARK, K.K.?

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I have to tell you about Billy, too.

He is odd-eyed, which means he has different colored eyes, and is very popular! Does he look a little intimidating? Don’t worry; he’s such a laid-back, happy kind of guy. I hear he loves getting affection from people. He was working the crowd on this day, too!

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Look at yourself Billy, just like Honey! Now you both are TOO relaxed!
Stop making me do all the work, I’m just a puppy!

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Honey: “Why you little rascal, I’ve been working very hard! Who’s the one that’s slacking off?”

Um, I’m just a puppy, I don’t understand…

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Candy, who was adopted from ARK, came out to support us.
K.K. didn’t recognize Candy right away because when she first came to ARK she was so skinny and her coat was in bad shape. She looked like a completely different dog! Wow, the love from foster parents can do amazing things. I hope I am adopted soon too…

What K.K., did you just say it’s a long shot?
I’ll have you know I am so handsome, I’ll find a home in no time!

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