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Renny and Muni

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Renny is a girl of about 8 months old.
She was abandoned in a cage in front of ARK with Rocky and Zag. She was in really bad shape when we found her and, as the result of a bad cold, she still has cloudy spots in both eyes.
Although she’s not completely blind, her vision is limited.


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Renny has a nicely coloured fur, is quiet, and has an aura about her that’s difficult to describe.
She’s a little weak and this worries the staff.


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Muni is a girl of about 6 months old.
She lost the sight in both her eyes in a car accident.


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Muni likes people and likes to play.
You wouldn’t know by looking at her that she’s blind.
She has no problems jumping up onto a shelf.


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Renny and Muni came to ARK for different reasons, but it appears that they get along well.
They’re always playing together.
Neither of them has any problems functioning as a normal cat, and they don’t need any special care. Of course they even know how to get to their toilet!

A while back we placed Twinkle, a blind cat, in a new home. She’s enjoying every day with her new family.
Even if a cat can’t see, there’s nothing to worry about.


We hope that Renny and Muni will find understanding and loving families soon.






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November 22nd (Sun) GREEN DOG Adoption Event Report

This is a report from one of our regular GREEN DOG Adoption Events held on November 22nd.
Despite the fact that it was raining, many people interested in ARK came to the event.


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This time, the event was held alongside the Photo Panel Exhibit of photographer Kyoko Harada.

In the lead-up to our 20th anniversary next year, ARK has been holding a nationwide tour exhibiting photographs taken by Kyoko Harada. The exhibit in GREEN DOG will be held until November 30th. Please visit the exhibit!

Well, how are the cats and dogs looking for a home doing…?


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Mittons was relaxed throughout the event despite the place being new to him. He meowed and ate lots of food. Since he was getting food from a kid he’d just met for the first time, it seems he can get along with anyone, even if they’ve never had a cat before, or it’s a family with kids.

It’s hard to tell from this picture, but the cage Mittons is in is the one donated at GREEN DOG’s November 1st Bow Wow Campaign. Thank you very much for your help with this.


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Sunny is a mixed-breed girl who looks like a small Labrador Retriever. We rescued her while she was wandering a residential street.
She’s calm, cheerful, and likes to be with people. I wonder what happened to this sweet girl. She won’t tell me. Her estimated age is about 8 years old.


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Lorelei (left) is cautious and usually barks at people who pass the dog enclosure. But deep inside, she likes to be hugged and petted. She barked when visitors came, but she went up to lots of people afterwards. She wasn’t afraid and was, in fact, relaxed. The ARK staff would like to recommend the small and friendly Lorelei!

Happeny (right) was afraid when men or anyone new to him tried to pet him, but he went close to whoever had a snack and sat up and begged next them. He seemed to enjoy it. It seems that he’s fully-grown but still looks like a puppy with cute paws and big ears. His sleepovers at KK’s home continued after the event and he’s getting better little by little; he’s almost perfectly toilet trained now.


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Spectaclehad been used as a breeding dog.
We treated tumors of the mammary gland and broken teeth at ARK.
I hope she’ll find a good owner and be happy.


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This time, the only animal who found a prospective new family was Florin. Since she’s afraid of lots of things, we asked the family to visit ARK again. I hope she will be adopted.

I wasn’t able to take a picture of the puppy called Nami. Many people liked her, hugged her and gave her snacks, and she seemed to enjoy it. Since she’d been a little bit shy recently, this seemed to be a good experience for her.

I wish that as many animals as possible will get adopted soon, because in winter it snows, the drinking water in the buckets freezes, and it gets very cold at ARK.


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To those who visited the event with dogs that they had adopted from ARK previously to tell us how the dogs are doing, we thank you very much!
We’re planning to hold a “reunion” for dogs adopted from ARK next spring. We’d like to meet the dogs and their families, so please come!

We appreciate that so many people visited the event even though none of the animals found a new home.
To those who brought items we need, bought calendars and other ARK goods, and the many people who visited the event, thank you very much.
Please keep supporting ARK and animals in need!

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Happeny’s Sleepover Training Camp

Here at ARK, we train our animals to be able to adjust to domestic situations and settings so that they can be adopted more easily and be taken into a home. We take them into crowds of people so that they get used to social settings. Those with disadvantages such as a shy personality or friendly personality but with health problems and/or filaria are taken to the homes of our staff members for sleepovers. By doing this, we try to expose them to regular household situations so that it’ll be easier for them to be adopted. Yes, here at ARK, our job does not end with business hours; we are all “ARK-ing” in private.


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I brought Happeny back to my house.

Happeny grew up in an apartment, so he was relaxed from the beginning at my (KK’s) home, sniffing around in the living room.
Even my turning on the TV didn’t even bother him a bit.


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When he met my dogs, their rather rough welcome made him hide in a corner.
But Happeny is always very good with other dogs at ARK, so he quickly made friends with them.


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Happeny is one hearty eater.
By the gate in the kitchen, he waits for his meal with such excitement.
But Happeny also has a shy side.
This was the first time he had met my husband, but he didn’t come over all shy when my husband was feeding him. He’d jump and beg him for his meal, and he would follow him around even if he didn’t have a treat.
But he was scared to be petted and didn’t want to be touched.


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Well, time for a walk, let’s see how it goes.
Our neighbourhood consists of closely built houses, schools, a kindergarten, busy streets, rice fields, and a riverbank.


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First, we brought my dogs along with him to create a bond between us and to reduce his anxiety. He sometimes got scared, but his fear was not directed at anything or anyone specific. However, he was so frightened by that “fellow” standing in the middle of the field that he couldn’t go forward during his walk at night. The next day when we walked by the “fellow”, he stared at him for a while and after that he was able to walk past him.

When we took him for a walk just by himself without the other dogs, he was more nervous than when he was with other dogs. But he didn’t panic over cars or bicycles, nor did he refuse to walk. In general, he seemed to like going for a walk.

The success rate with his toilet training was about 60%. When we lead him to the toilet spot, he’d smoothly do his business there, but when we weren’t paying full attention, he had some accidents. However, sometimes he was able to go to the toilet on his own. I think he’s capable of being fully toilet trained very quickly at his future home.


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One concern I have is that when my husband tried to wipe his paws after a walk, he panicked. When I wipe his paws, he’s fine. In the house, he follows my husband, lays next to him to relax, and begs for treats – but when he goes to pet him, he runs away and he wouldn’t let him touch him. I wonder if he is scared of strangers and men.
Well, it only has been a few days since we met so we ought to give him more time and be patient.


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His motion sickness in cars has been gradually improving. When other staff members took him on a field trip, he had a bad case of motion sickness. But this time, with me and my rather rough driving, he didn’t get that sick and only drooled a little. We also went for a drive to Nara not so long ago. As he experiences more drives, he’ll definitely get used to it. He didn’t give us any trouble in the car (to the point that we almost forgot that he was in the car with us) and he stays calm. It was very easy to take him for a ride in the car.



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     (Don’t worry, he’s chewing on a toy made out of an old pair of jean, not getting up to any mischief★)

This sleepover training camp was short-term, only for 3 nights.
I think our objective here was to let him be exposed to a lot of strangers and men so he could become more comfortable and get used to them.

Happeny is about 6-7 months old. He’s very easy to take care of because he’s calmer than a puppy with some puppy qualities left in him. Now is the perfect time to adopt him. Next Sunday he will be participating in an 、adoption event in Kobe.
I wish him the best of luck in finding his destined home!




To celebrate ARK’s 20th anniversary, GREEN DOG SUQARE in Kobe is holding a photo panel exhibition with pictures by Kyoko Harada. It will be open until November 30th. Please visit us to experience ARK through her lively photographs of the animals!

Kobe☆Adoption Event at Green Dog
November 22nd (Sun) 13:00 ~ 17:00 
In conjunction with the 20th anniversary photo panel exhibition! Participating
dogs and cats are currently being selected ☆

  

Minami Aoyama☆Tokyo ARK Adoption Event
November 28th (Sat) 11:00~14:00



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The 2010 Calendar is on Sale Now!

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Have you ordered the ARK 2010 calendar yet?
We truly appreciate everyone who supports us by buying the calendar every year.

We have our 20th anniversary next year, so the 2010 calendar features extra pages showing the history of ARK. (Only in the wall calendars.)
All the pictures are full color, and taken by Kyoko Harada, the same photographer who did the 2009 calendar. You can see the bright faces of the ARK animals in these wonderful pictures.


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     Did you guys save one for me?

Let’s see what your purchase of one wall calendar can do for the animals at ARK. (1000 yen each)

◆6 calendars can provide a blood exam and a basic health check for one animal.
◆15 calendars can provide 2 vaccinations.
◆25 calendars can pay for one neutering/spaying.
◆250 calendars can cover the annual expenses of one animal at ARK.

We are looking forward to using your support to make as many animals as possible happy.


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     Is that something yummy?

★☆★ARK Shopping/Calendar★☆★

[Price]
Wall calendar: 1,000 yen (including tax, postage separate)
Desk calendar: 700 yen (including tax, postage separate)

[How to Order]
Please include your name, postal code, address, telephone number, number and types of calendars you’d like and send the information to one of the following:
E-mail: calendar@arkbark.net
Fax: 072-737-1886
Or call 072-737-0712

[Payment]
We will enclose a bank-transfer invoice with the purchase and shipment price on it.


We’re looking forward to hearing from you!




To celebrate ARK’s 20th anniversary, GREEN DOG SUQARE in Kobe is holding a photo panel exhibition with pictures by Kyoko Harada. It will be open until November 30th. Please visit us to experience ARK through her lively photographs of the animals!

Kobe☆Adoption Event at Green Dog
November 22nd (Sun) 13:00 ~ 17:00 
In conjunction with the 20th anniversary photo panel exhibition! Participating
dogs and cats are currently being selected ☆

Minami Aoyama☆Tokyo ARK Adoption Event
November 28th (Sat) 11:00~14:00

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ARK 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner

On November 7th (Sat), our ARK 20th Anniversary Party was held at the Ramada Hotel Osaka to celebrate ARK’s upcoming 20th anniversary next year.
On the day, 103 people and 25 dogs attended.


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The party started with a march of the dogs from the entrance to the ballroom.
Ladies and gentlemen and their gentle dogs marched briskly down the red carpet.


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Many of the 25 gentle dogs gathered on that day have a sad past.

Some were used and abandoned by breeders, some were strays who were scared of people, some were almost killed at the Hokensho (public health center), and some were tied up and abandoned…It was quite a sight to see them all behaving calmly in the ballroom.

I wanted to say, “Look!” to people all over Japan.


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An auction was held to raise funds for the building of sanctuary facilities.

18 items were up for auction, such as an antique collection owned by Ms. Oliver, a cat doll from Ms. Fujiko Hemming, and the right to name a dog/cat rescued by ARK.


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The guests enjoyed a good meal and calming live music.

Ms. Tsuda, a dog trainer who trains the ARK dogs, played the flute! I didn’t know she had such a talent in addition to being a trainer! She gave a great performance.

We had a photo session held by photographer Ms. Kyoko Harada. I’m delighted the owners were able to take home wonderful memories via the pictures they had taken of them all dressed up with their dogs at their side.


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We had so much fun during the lottery for dinner vouchers at the Ramada Hotel and movie tickets to see “Inu-baka (Crazy About Dogs)”.

Of course, we also had toilets for 4-legged guests.


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The fun evening passed at lightning speed.
We truly appreciate everyone’s cooperation in supporting such a great party, although we apologize for any mishaps that occurred due to our lack of preparation. Thank you so much to the guests who attended the party.


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We also would like to thank the Ramada Hotel Osaka for their generous support in readily allowing dogs into the party venue. The Ramada Hotel was the only hotel in the Osaka area that accepted our party plan. Assistance dogs are still not common in Japan. However, the Ramada Hotel is a worldwide hotel chain that understands animal welfare.

As we approach our 20th anniversary, we have to say we still have a long way to go before the sanctuary will become a reality. We still have many financial hurdles even though specific plans for sanctuary are being completed. We hope to promote ARK’s activities and create a shelter or animal welfare system in Japan like those in England and Germany!!



To celebrate ARK’s 20th anniversary, GREEN DOG SUQARE in Kobe is holding a photo panel exhibition with pictures by Kyoko Harada. It will be open until November 30th. Please visit us to experience ARK through her lively photographs of the animals!

Kobe☆Adoption Event at Green Dog
November 22nd (Sun) 13:00 ~ 17:00 
In conjunction with the 20th anniversary photo panel exhibition! Participating
dogs and cats are currently being selected ☆

Minami Aoyama☆Tokyo ARK Adoption Event
November 28th (Sat) 11:00~14:00

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Is Ina-chan Really a Biter?

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As soon as Ina-chan was rescued by ARK, he was labeled a biter, and everyone was very careful when dealing with him.

We paid attention close attention so that he wouldn’t be forced into a situation where he felt he “had to” bite.

However, in reality, he hasn’t actually bitten anyone.

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One day, the staff taking care of Ina-chan asked me, “Can you try taking him for walk? He’s really not into biting.”

All the staff worked hard on the rehabilitation of Ina-chan.

They say that those close to Ina-chan can do anything with him.
He can be touched anywhere on his body.
He can be cuddled and can endure shots, medical treatment and grooming.

Since I started working in the office, I've had less chance to get directly involved with the animals.
This was pretty much my first time seeing Ina-chan in person.
I entered his cage alone.


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He was vigilant and barked loudly, but he didn’t really look like he was ready to attack me.

My purpose for going into his cage was to determine whether he’s eligible for rehoming.

So I purposefully ignored his “Don’t come near” message and approached him from the front, as many people do, while saying “Ina-chan, don’t be afraid, come!”

I tried to put a harness on him but he ran away from me and kept barking, refusing to come close.

He didn’t seem to want to be touched by me.
Then I showed him some dog food and he barked to demand that I give it to him.

He didn’t show any signs of wanting to attack.

I distracted him with dog food and put a harness on him, and then took him for a walk. Hey, you love walks!


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Why do you look so fearful? I won’t eat you!

Ina-chan jumped at me for food. I took a step forward and pushed him away. I gave him food if he didn’t jump at me.

He barked to try to get what he wanted, but I ignored him, and didn’t give him food until he stopped barking.

During the 20-minute walk, he completely stopped jumping and barking demandingly.


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We returned to the enclosure and I started stroking him while looking through the camera viewfinder so I could take a cute picture of him being stroked. He made a biting gesture. Oh, did you know my stroking was just an act?

I stopped taking pictures and petted him.
He looked so comfortable and asked me for more.

Then, one more time, I put on and removed the harness. Ina-chan was very obedient and allowed me to do it with no fuss.


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You’re a very smart girl. Yes, no one likes being approached suddenly and touched by a stranger. Even if I did many different things to you that you don’t like, you’d just gently nip me to let me know. You wouldn’t bite me hard.

Ina-chan is not an easy dog, but I’m sure he will find an adopter who understands his feelings. Let’s continue working together until the day you find a new family!


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The Doggy Incident

Wombat left Field Note with Jink’s adopter at the previous . As you have probably guessed, she was having a trial period. A few days later, we heard from the adopter by e-mail that Wombat was exploring and adjusting to the new environment pretty well for a “scaredy cat,” and we thought we’d have good news for this blog.

That’s when it happened: The incident.


Wombat escaped during a walk.
With the help of lots of different people, we searched desperately, but days went by without any news of the dog’s whereabouts.
On the evening of the fifth day, the sun had completely set; we had given up and were preparing to leave.
Then the dog was found safe!
She was a little panicky but was uninjured and in good health.

Since she was in the middle of a trial period, we had a discussion about what to do with Wom-chan.
The family realized they had let their guard down too much with the easily-frightened Wom-chan and regretted it deeply.
But I think the biggest cause was insufficient information on my part before starting the trial period. I wasn’t specific enough about how to handle easily-frightened dogs. There’s nothing better than to gain a little trust from a dog who’s frozen with fear, so it ‘s only natural to relax your guard. I don’t think there was any fault on the part of the adopters when the dog escaped. I caused Wom-chan to experience five difficult days of uncertainty by neglecting my duties as an employee of ARK, someone entrusted with the lives of animals. I also caused great inconvenience to the neighbors and other people involved.

This time, Wom-chan was found safely, but it was really only luck that she was. The probability of bad news was high. ARK handles a lot of animals and not all their stories have happy endings.

The result of the discussion was that Wom-chan would become Jink’s new sister and be a part of the family. When I saw Wom-chan safely back at Jink’s house, I thought, “She’s cute… she has a much more girlish-looking face than when I saw her at ARK.” Apparently, the other staff member who was also there thought the same thing. She came to ARK as a puppy and went four years without a chance at a home before finally reaching this day. I’m very grateful to the adopting family for not turning her down even after this incident.


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↓↓↓Here’s an excerpt from the adopting family’s update about Wom-chan↓↓↓

This morning, after she ate her own food, she and Jink ran around the table together several times, as though saying, “I want that bread too!”
I was startled.

Although she worried everyone a lot, I think she came back a little stronger.
Everyone laughs and says she must have come to realize that eating is important.
She isn’t set on edge so much these days by various noises when taking a walk.
(She eats well, so she poops twice a day in the morning and evening.)
But when the walk is over, she tries to go into the trees. (She’s mistaking her place to go home to…)

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(Before the incident, she was huddling in a corner of the room and not eating well…)


“Easily frightened,” “distrustful,” “shy,” “sensitive,” “bad with changes in environment,” “inexperienced.”
In some ways it’s more difficult to live with dogs with these qualities, but there are some happy feelings that only people who live with these dogs can experience.

I want all dogs to be happy.
I want to help them live in a warm house surrounded by love.
I pray that as many as possible of the dogs whose lives are turned upside down by humans will be saved.


Keeper and Zlotty, who participated in the Field Note adoption party, have also found happy new families!

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