2008年07月 | ARCHIVE-SELECT | 2008年09月


We’ll come back for you.

”Please wait. We’ll come back for you.”
These are the words owners tell their pets when they leave them at ARK.
But we know that they won’t keep their promise.


Yesterday, Bokuzen was rehomed.
Bokuzen came to ARK about two and a half years ago. As a stray puppy, he was named “Bokuzen” and taken care of by some people. But they could not have a pet in the place where they were living. One day, Bokuzen was captured by the hokensho. His caretakers got him out of the hokensho, but because they couldn’t take care of Bokuzen they brought him from far-off Hiroshima to ARK in Osaka.


At ARK, we continued to call Bokuzen by the name that his caretakers had given him. Many times his caretakers came from far away to visit Bokuzen and we could tell that he was very close to them. But suddenly his caretakers stopped coming. The staff got into the habit of saying, “His caretakers have stopped coming, haven’t they…” Because this happens often we just gave up on his caretakers. However, Bokuzen is an extremely wary dog so we had trouble recommending him to families looking to adopt. We realized that Bokuzen would probably not be rehomed and he would have to spend the rest of his life at ARK.


”Please wait. We’ll come back for you.”
After two and a half years, yesterday that promise was kept. His caretakers had moved into a place that allows animals and had come from far-off Hiroshima to pick him up. Slowly the expression on Bokuzen’s faced softened, and the blank in time that he spent at ARK was soon forgotten.
(Unfortunately he’s scared of cameras so we couldn’t get any good pictures…)


”Please wait. We’ll come back for you.”
Although they can’t understand the words, animals understand through feelings, and wait with the belief that their owners will be back.
I think that you shouldn’t make promises that you can’t keep, and you shouldn’t back out of your promises.
People are surrounded by various circumstances and there are many times when things just don’t go well no matter how hard we try. I don’t mean to blame the people who under overwhelming circumstances must part with their pets. But I stand on the side of the animals that are left behind so in all cases I see things from their side.

The anxious eyes of the animals that are left in an unfamiliar place without knowing why; the animals that are reunited with their former owners during a visit and who try to relay their joy and love using their entire bodies; and the shutting out of feelings in the hunched backs of the animals whose owners have left them once again.


Some owners come to visit many times. Some never come again.
Some of the animals become overexcited and then extremely sad after a visit from their owner that they get sick. In such cases I would like to tell those people not to come. Of course some of the animals appreciate repeated visits and look forward to them.


Bokuzen, you are hope for animals at ARK.
With more cases like you, we can have hope for the future.
We can learn about strength, hope and unchanging love from the promise that your caretakers made to you. No, we can’t call them your caretakers anymore. They are now your mother and father.

Ms. Tsuda, who trains dogs at ARK, lost her beloved dog, Dobby, at the young age of two to acute kidney failure. Dobby originally came from ARK and he assisted Ms. Tsuda with dog socialization training at ARK, as well as many other services. His hard work will always be remembered. His hospitalization diary will be of help to those involved with animals. Please click the link below to read more.


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8/17 GREENDOG Adoption Fair☆Report (Part 2)

This is the continuation of my report on the GREENDOG Adoption Fair of Sunday, August 17.


“Here are the eco-bags. Oh, postcards are 100 yen each.”
Bino-kun is the oldest member here. He was our salesboy. From greeting customers to making sales, he worked very hard.

We were worried he would mark his territory, but after pooping once as soon as he came into the room, and lifting his leg against the desk once (good thing he had on a diaper!) he would go out into the yard when he wanted to relieve himself and come back in afterward.

Even though we haven’t formally taught him anything at all, he really gets it. A few days before the fair, he stayed the night at one of our staff member’s houses and was fine without wearing any diaper.


This is Machamacha-kun, who was rehomed by ARK eight years ago at about six months old. He came to visit.

Yes, he’s lived about the same time as Bino-kun, so adopters see the blog and ask us if they aren’t brothers. They aren’t, but Macha-kun, who was rehomed at about the same time, seems very happy and loved by his kind father and mother. He demonstrated his special skill at catching a ball mid-air, and got a big show of applause. Macha-kun, you were so cool!


This is Uu-chan. At ARK we called her Panda.

Her adopter came to the Green Dog fair in April, then visited ARK soon after and had the encounter with Uu-chan that decided her new future.

When she came into the room, silly me, I didn’t realize she was Panda, and I looked at her adopter, going, “Huh…? Is that Panda?!” After all, her fur and her expression had completely changed. They all become so peaceful after they are rehomed that they are hard to recognize. It’s all thanks to the love they receive from their adopters. It’s wonderful!


Uu-chan was one of several dogs being raised by a homeless person. She had never lived indoors with a human until she was adopted. Nevertheless, after only two months she was able to stay home alone and use pet sheets as a toilet. This day she was in a place she had never been before, but she effortlessly peed on the pet sheets and did her poop in the yard. What a good girl! Young dogs and old dogs, dogs who have never been trained, they really can learn it!


In addition to Macha-kun and Uu-chan, previous adopters and other people who have regularly been supporting ARK came to see us. Riki-kun and his father and mother, who always come running to our aid, Boss-kun’s mother, Karin-chan’s mom and dad. Totoro’s mom and dad, who became adopters here, and the family who adopted the kittens Popo and Kuromi at ARK in Nose and surprised us by coming all the way here from Hiroshima. And many others, too many for me to mention them all.


When I meet them at places like this, I can feel the quiet, warm passion that people have in their hearts for ARK and for animals who are at the mercy of humans. If this circle of love and passion expands, I think it’s not an impossible dream that we could someday have a society in which animals’ lives are not used for money-making or looked down on by humans.

Oh, that’s right.

Nobody got officially adopted, but there were many promising meetings. Let’s keep trying hard!

---------------------Today at ARK-----------------------

Morning and evening the weather was cool. The heat in the middle of the day was not as bad as before. It was a great day to walk dogs in a tunnel of green. Now is a great time for volunteers to come!

I am relieved that it is cooling off, because many animals had gotten sick due to the continued severe heat. We’ll have to be careful now that nobody gets sick from the difference in temperature between day and night.

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8/17 GREENDOG Adoption Fair☆Report (Part 1)

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On Sunday, August 17 we held an adoption fair at Green Dog in Kobe.
Although it was at the end of the Obon vacation, many people came. We want to express our sincere gratitude to Green Dog, which supports ARK in many different ways.

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The cats who participated were Onyx (left) and Takeru (right).

Lately Takeru’s become a bit mischievous and started to tease adult cats, but he’s really laid-back. I thought that when he first came to the fair he would be scared and freeze up, but from the beginning he was lively, moving around, playing, meowing, and relaxing. I bet he will adjust to an adopter’s house very quickly.

Sweet and gentle Onyx froze up at the beginning, but she gradually became more responsive and had fun playing with the guests.

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The two kittens were satisfied after playing with many different guests. In between, they would take a nap, and then play again. Kittens have so much energy! I wonder if everyone who came noticed how great they are?

Hm? What about Gin-chan, you ask? A few days before the event, he fell from a shelf and broke his shoulder, and is now in the hospital…
(Gin-chan is so unlucky… Gin, you fool! This was your chance!)

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This is Momo-chan.
Momo-chan was very reliable that day. Although there were many guests and a lot of children, she seemed to have a great time walking freely around the room. She can now eat the delicious jerky given to her by strangers, and by the end, she was enthusiastically eating dog food from the hands of children, even though she sometimes doesn’t finish it in her bowl.

Momo-chan, what happened to you? Did something snap in your brain?

When I saw Momo-chan having fun and relaxing in a new place surrounded by strangers, I felt that I could adopt her out without worries. Momo-chan was the most weak-willed and scared of the four sisters; I wonder when she became so confident? I am about to cry from happiness just seeing her relaxed and enjoying herself.

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Is that Sakura?

When Sakura arrived at the scene, she took a walk outside, and wandered around as we were getting ready. She was a little uncertain, but her tail was up and she seemed to be having a good time. “Oh, that’s pretty good…” I thought, almost reassured, but when the guests started to arrive, Sakura was nowhere to be seen. She curled up in a corner of the room and spent the whole day quietly deepening her relationship with the wall.

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The guests kindly watched over Sakura, who stayed frozen in the corner. Momo and Beano also went to check on her now and then. Sakura was quietly checking out the party in her own way, through scent and sound and atmosphere. “At Sakura’s own pace, as much as possible…” I thought, and left her alone, but not quite enough, because I thought that, given an opportunity, she might show some change. Later, I kind of regretted this. I’m sorry, Sakura…

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In the dog enclosures at ARK, Sakura barks at guests through the fence. But when dogs who are always barking at ARK are rehomed, I often hear of them, “I’ve never heard her bark.” We’ve trained her to be a good canine citizen from a young age, and at any of the staff members’ houses she soon adjusts and relaxes, but it is a problem that it’s difficult for adopters to see how great Sakura is.

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Beano-kun, a.k.a. Diaper Man, wears a happy expression while surrounded by a family with children. He showed off all his tricks – Sit, Shake hands, Other Hand, Lie Down, and Wait – and begged for treats; Beano did an excellent job as Welcome Boy.

There are still many things I’d like to tell you about. But this report is getting too long, so I’ll continue in Part 2…

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An adoption fair announcement


Hi, Beano here! It’s awfully warm out...but thanks to everyone’s warm support, I’m living pretty well here at ARK. I even made a few friends.

This weekend, on Saturday 8/17, it has been decided that I will be able to participate in the adoption fair at Green Dog. It’s Obon, so there might not be many people who show up, but it’s indoors so it’ll be cool – plus I love an excuse to get out of my kennel!

Oh, wait a sec, Ms. K. If I get too excited, I might have an accident and wee indoors. You’d better prepare a diaper for me, huh.

I know it’s hot out, but I’m doing my best at ARK, so I hope to see a lot of loving faces at the fair!

For details, check here☆

OK then, see you at Green Dog!!

※Animals participating in the adoption fair are subject to change without notice due to the physical condition of the animals or other circumstances. Thank you for understanding.

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Yesterday, finally “the day” came. Ume-chan was rehomed! An adopter came to ARK to take Ume-chan home.


We all saw her off. Ume-chan was surrounded by many people, every one of them excited and filled with joy. The atmosphere was different from usual, but she was not scared at all, and instead seemed happy and proud. All the staff members felt such happiness.


Ume-chan, take care of yourself, and be happy. Don’t do anything naughty.

We received a happy letter from the adopter of Kiku-chan, who was the first of the 4 sisters to be rehomed. Okay, Sakura, Momo, we have to try harder!
Sakura: one of the staff members took her home and did some training with her to prepare her for living at home, and took her on a field trip. She has been trained and is trying hard to be rehomed.
Momo: she has become good at communicating with other dogs and the distance between her and people is narrowing. She is just waiting for the family she is destined for.

Past articles about Ume-chan
Foster care system (Do you know who’s who?)
Wild Blood
Ume's Diary
Ume's Diary, Part II
Field Note Adoption Fair☆Report

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Does Larry have a chance, too?


Zeros, who could not find a new home easily because of constipation problems, is now enjoying a new lease on life with his new adopter who loves him. And he gets to live with his good friend Oto-chan! The adopter is taking good care of the two, especially looking after Zeros’ belly while consulting with a vet.

So, maybe, there is a ray of hope for Larry too?!


Larry came to ARK about 9 years ago. I tried to find out the details of how he wound up here, but could not. The photo of him as a kitten was so cute! I could not help feeling “Wow, there was a time Larry looked like this?!”.


It was about four years ago when I started to work at ARK. Larry was suffering from very serious constipation. I was told that his pelvis was narrow near the rectum. My co-workers showed me how to give a massage on his belly to stimulate a bowel movement, but I couldn’t do it very well. I couldn’t tell whether or not his stool was blocked up, which made me feel sorry and depressed.


Frequently, it was necessary to use an enema because Larry could not defecate, despite his best efforts. But these days, he can go to the bathroom comfortably almost every day. Among many cats who only defecate every two or three days, this is a great improvement. Larry must be feeling pretty good, too. 


Larry takes liquid paraffin every day for his constipation. Liquid paraffin is used as a food additive, and as a lubricant in medicine for stimulating defecation. Anyone can give liquid paraffin to Larry because he can take it with no problem. His future adopter will find it easy, too. There are supplements with liquid paraffin as a major component, and maybe someday, he can stop taking it and change to more natural method.


We used think re-homing Larry was just a dream, but these days, we feel he might be able to become happy with a family.

She is a calm, cuddly, very good girl who loves to play with people. And she is not overly clingy. No matter what she has to endure (like enemas), she never shows aggressiveness. She is touchingly patient. Cats of this kind are relatively less popular among potential adopters, but I hope we can draw people’s attention to her good qualities and character so that she can live at home with her family peacefully, forever.

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2008年07月 | ARCHIVE-SELECT | 2008年09月