2009年05月 | ARCHIVE-SELECT | 2009年07月


Our Uniforms are Ready

It’s been pointed out to us that it’s hard to tell who’s a staff member and who’s a volunteer.

                                          ”I’m Zelinda★”
Numerous people come in and out of ARK, not only staff members, but also volunteers, students, vendors, etc.
Visitors have difficulty figuring out who’s a staff member, which causes some inconvenience and confusion.

                                            ”I’m Kaito★”
To solve this problem, various ideas were considered from making name tags to wearing arm bands, but it was decided that these solutions could interfere with the safety and convenience of staff members and maintenance staff (carpenters) who work outdoors. However, making uniforms could be cost-prohibitive because we would need uniforms for the 30+ staff members, and we’d need windbreakers for the cold winter months.

                                        ”I’m Moon Bear★”
Although everyone had different ideas and we couldn’t find common ground at first, we finally decided to make the uniforms!
(Well, a certain major retailer had a sale on polo shirts.)

Now we have a “kinder, gentler environment” for all of our visitors.

Perhaps a sense of teamwork and solidarity will be cultivated among our staff members?!


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Sunday, June 21st Green Dog Adoption Event☆Update

Here’s an update on the Green Dog Adoption Event held in Kobe on Sunday, June 21.
Thankfully, there was a good turnout for the event.
Even though it had been raining in the morning and was extremely hot and muggy outside, Green Dog was nice and cool. Having events like this indoors is great because the weather never affects the event itself or health of the animals, especially during the hot season. We really appreciate being able to hold events at Green Dog!

Karin, who was adopted at our adoption event in March, came for a visit! She’s grown, but we still recognized her as the dog we know and love. She’s undergoing treatment for mange (a skin condition caused by mites) and looked a little itchy, but hopefully she’ll make a full recovery!

Boss and Cherry came as well! Their owner was saying “Cherry can’t do this” and “Maybe we should wait outside” but in the end it was just us humans worrying too much. At one point they barked a little after Moomin gave a yelp, but they were in their element when they met Paddy and Sasuke with tails wagging. It was amazing to see Cherry, who didn’t socialize well with other dogs while at ARK, interacting with the other animals in a happy-go-lucky way.

Yu joined in the event as the ‘small dog representative’. Romi was supposed to come but her stomach was giving her trouble, so we called in a last minute substitute. She looks pretty young, although she’s a 9 year-old senior dog. Yu was energetic, friendly, and seemed to be having fun being sweet to all the visitors.

This was the first time Moomin had participated in an adoption event, even though it’s been 3 years since he came to ARK. He was rescued at the same time as Chibika and Momotaro. He comes highly recommended because he’s small, loves physical contact and is very sweet. We were worried that he’d be frightened visiting somewhere new as he only knows where he grew up and ARK, but he was very relaxed and had fun with the other dogs that joined in the event. He wasn’t even scared of any of the visitors. He was crying a little in the car to and from the event, but gradually calmed down and didn’t get carsick at all. We’re glad that we brought him because it gave us a chance to learn so many things about him!

Micky usually loves to be around people but shows no interest in dogs and barks at them. Today he was communicating with the other dogs a lot, running and playing together with them. He seems to especially like Moomin and Chicchi, and followed them everywhere to lick their mouths. Moomin even got angry at him when Micky mounted him too much, but they didn’t fight and right after that, Micky followed Moomin to give him a love attack by licking his mouth. Moomin is a male, the same size as Micky, and Chicchi is a female, bigger than Mickey. He was also curious about Yu the dachshund. There was no major trouble with the chemistry among the dogs. Micky, you are a people...dog person!

Micky also never stopped protecting his ball. He loves balls, and wouldn’t stop barking loudly at one point, so we think it would be the best to find an adoptive family who can train him well and show leadership. He was playing with kids all right, but families with small children would not be a good idea because he is so protective of his toys. We’re being cautious about choosing an adopter because he already came back once from his previous adopter.

By the way, Paddy was super excited before people started coming in! He climbed up to the cat table and was bubbling over with excitement around the other dogs…However, when the visitors came in, he hid under the table and didn’t want to go indoors. That said, he looked like he was envious to see other dogs playing. He did play with children outside without any problems, and after a while he snuck indoors without anyone noticing, so he must have gotten used to the environment. He might have had some kind of internal struggle.

Sasuke is usually a little chicken at ARK because of how he grew up, but he was energetic and funny at the event. It seemed like he had good time.
And what’s more? Someone wanted to adopt him☆. The case is under consideration at ARK.

Chicchi had an adoption offer too! They said they would come to ARK to see her again. It might be difficult for Chicchi to live with cats as she was obsessed with the cats at the event. (The family that wants Chicchi doesn’t have a cat.) All the dogs that participated today live in different enclosures back at ARK. It was a complicated and challenging combination for the staff, as Paddy and Micky are not good with other dogs and so on. However, we were content just seeing all of them getting along with each other and having fun.
It also made us realize that the environment they are in, a shelter that holds 200 dogs, is very stressful.

We also had two offers from former adopters. They said they would like to adopt a dog that has little chance of being adopted due to some sort of sickness, because their old dog had passed away.

One of them had adopted a dog with a disability. When the former owner showed us a picture of their dog when he was alive, it looked like he was as happy as any dog without a disadvantage. We appreciate the owner telling us his story. We know it was hard for him because he was close to tears

The other person, while breaking into tears, said that adopting a dog is something that he can do as a kindness to the world.

Moomin (the white cat) and Snufkin complained the whole time they were in the car going to and from the event. They were saying “Let us out!” “We don’t want to be in here!” and “Take us somewhere else!” Unlike the dogs, the cats were really noisy!
At the event the dogs got overexcited and were peeking into the cats’ cage. Paddy jumped up on a table and cowered, but then started to play with the toys after a little while, and also ate some food and went looking for cuddles.

 ★A Little Something Extra★

Sakura’s adopters came to the event and said they wanted to purchase the ARK bandanas that the dogs wear at the events. They saw the bandanas on Field Note’s diary and decided they really wanted one.
These bandanas are actually made by hand by a female staff member. They’re made for the dogs who are going to participate in an adoption event and the ARK logo is hand-dyed on each bandana. What a good job she does!


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The Kittens are Growing Well!!

The kittens that were abandoned in a cardboard box are growing well!
They commute to ARK every day with the staff members, who are like their mommies.
The staff are kept busy feeding them and checking their weight in-between doing other tasks.
However, now their feeding times have been decreased to every five hours, and the kittens can even pee by themselves in their litter box.

To all the staff who are playing the role of kittens’ mother, thank you for your support and great efforts!!
Even though they’re young women at the age when they want to go out and enjoy their own lives,
they still make the time to care for the kittens.
I hesitate to praise someone from my age group… but I really think they deserve it.

She was only 109 grams when she was rescued. Now she is 402 grams. She drinks a lot of milk and she is the biggest kitten of all the brothers and sisters. We can see her truly cat-like gestures.

She is still clumsy when she drinks milk, and she’s such a baby.

Are you still sleepy, Anzu-chan? She toddles around after the staff, but actually she can run fast!!

Jin-kun was the weakest when he was rescued. Now he drinks a lot. He’s really energetic!!
He’s so full of beans it seems that he could climb up and push the top off of his cage.
Phew… We were really worried about you. Now we’re really happy that you have you grown so well.

Anzu and Jin are smaller than Karin and Ume. Their growth rates vary even though they’re brothers and sisters.
Kittens, please grow healthily at your own pace.

Sorry about the delay in cat-related updates again… As you may realize, we have a lot of cats coming to us.

Sorry about the delay in cat-related updates again… As you may realize, we have a lot of cats coming to us.

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Cat Enclosure Completed!

new barn
The new cat enclosure that has been under construction is finished!
To all the cats who have been waiting to move into the new enclosure, thank you for your patience.
The enclosure has 2 rooms and a loft.

new barn1
This is the inside of one of the rooms.
Do you like it?
Two families of cats will be living in this room: a mother, her child and three sister cats.

new barn2
Hey, isn’t that Aurora relaxing on the steps to the loft?

new barn ariel
Ariel seems to like the valley breeze coming in through the trees.

new barn bell
“There are so many windows, which makes the room really bright. There’s a nice breeze and the smell of trees is calming.”

We at the ARK builder’s office feel honored to hear such heartfelt words from Bell.

new barn angela
Angela has become much livelier and happier since moving into the new enclosure.

new barn kaera
”I’m Angela’s daughter Kaera. It’s boring for me to spend time only with my mom, so why don’t you come and play with me? I’m not just being polite; I really do want you to come and play! Please bring some toys for me!”

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Whimsical Gigi

One charming characteristic of cats in general, and Gigi in particular, is their whimsical nature.

When you come home, they might come and rub up against you as though saying, “I’ve been waiting for you”, but then when you call their name they walk off as if you weren’t even there. The canned food that they loved yesterday, they won’t even look at today…

Cats are strong-minded, aloof, give calculating upward glances and drawn out meows.
Gigi seems aware that she’s a beautiful tricolor cat (but she doesn’t seem aware that her belly has gotten bigger since coming to ARK).

If she’s not in the mood to play with a toy, she ignores it, and when we’re busy she comes to us for attention…
When we pet her, sometimes she throws strong cat punches and then hides in her inner sanctuary.

If you don’t see it coming it’s scary!

But she does realize and doesn’t want to hurt us.
When she throws her great cat punches, she draws in her claws, and when she bites, she doesn’t let her teeth sink in.

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2009年05月 | ARCHIVE-SELECT | 2009年07月