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ARK’s Old Dog Club

These are dogs that were rescued by ARK when they were young, but have grown old without having found a home, and some are old dogs who have been separated from their owners. For various reasons, they have ended up spending their twilight years at ARK.


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Older dogs live either at home with Ms. Oliver or in a special enclosure for older dogs.
This picture is of the older dogs' kennel.
During the day, they bask in the sun in the covered area outside, and at night they sleep inside the gates.
Their kennel also has an air conditioner.



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For a change of pace and some light exercise, they go for walks, sniffing interesting smells and slowly strolling along.
Unlike younger dogs, they don't pull on the lead.



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Since it's below freezing every day at ARK in winter, they have to wear warm clothes for protection against the cold.

Izumi-san didn't like be touched. Trying to put clothes on her resulted in serious bites. It's taken some time, but she's finally come to trust us.

There are also dogs here that fought a lot when they were younger, but in their old age, they've become calmer and have taken to communal life.


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Here's a peek into their bedroom.
Oops! Sorry to wake you...


Although they're old dogs, they'd like to spend their final days with a home and family of their own, not as just one of the hundreds of dogs at ARK. But it's really rare for people to adopt older dogs. Most people are looking for a dog that is in good health and doesn't have any illnesses.


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I suppose older dogs do have chronic diseases and it will become a burden for their human families to nurse them. But still, sometimes they need visitors! Yes, just like we do.

The important thing, and this is also the case for humans, is not how long you live, but how you live, don't you think?

In comparison with puppies, the time you would spend with one of these dogs would probably be short. But if they spent their remaining years enjoying the warmth and love of a family, these dogs would surely pass from this world to the next expressing their eternal gratitude.





Kobe GREEN DOG Adoption Event
  Date: February 21 (Sunday) 12:00-16:00
  Place: GREEN DOG SQUARE
  The cats and dogs who will participate are currently being chosen!


ARK 20th Anniversary Photo Exhibition in Omotesando
  Date: February 9 (Tuesday) - February 14 (Sunday)
  Time: 12:00-19:00 (Last day is until 17:00)
  Place: Gallery80
  URL: www.gallery80.com (Japanese only)
  Tel: 03-3408-2982
  Free entry
  For more information, please contact: tokyoark@arkbark.net

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