We are K3 dogs★


“Hello everyone. I’m Katou and I’m Rikinosuke.
Today’s article features our area, K3!
K3 stands for “Kennel 3”, which is located a short distance away from the office and other kennels you see when you visit ARK.
In K3, there are dogs which are extremely shy around people, and they will be under stress when visitors come. K3 also houses dogs that have their own home in Fukushima but temporarily live here.
We usually have few opportunities to meet people so please let us introduce some of the K3 dogs!"

This old gentleman is Han.
You may know him because he is included in this year’s ARK Calendar.

“How do you do? I am Han. Thirteen years have passed since I came here with my sister, Kyou. We were two years old when we arrived. My beloved sister was so lucky that she was re-homed 3 years ago when she was 12.”

This is a picture of us when we were young.
I heard that Kyou passed away last year.

“I have been living with a tiny one named Momotaro since Kyou was adopted. Momotaro doesn’t want to share blankets or towels with me even though I love them very much.
However, as an adult dog, I have and will never be mean to him for such behavior.
The staff always calls me a “gentleman” and praises me for my kind behavior.
Yes, I am a gentleman – except when I go for a walk; I am the one who chooses the direction to take. This might be troublesome for the people who walk with me though they are so kind that they let me choose.”


“After 13 years at ARK I am quite old now. I want to spend the final years of my life at something called “home” where I can stay warm in winter and cool in summer…”

Thank you, Han!
In Nose, where ARK is located, the temperature goes sub-zero in winter and close to 40 degrees Celsius in summer so it must be hard for old dogs.
However, it will be all right. When the Sanctuary in Sasayama is built, you can live more comfortably there!

The next dog is Otsuru!

“Hi, all! I do love to eat and to walk!
I spend most of the day sleeping but it doesn’t mean that I don’t like to walk. Actually, I am always so excited to go for a walk that I keep jumping till they take me out!
Oh, yeah! I really love to walk!”

“Before every meal, you can see me sticking my nose in the fence like this. I can’t help myself. I do this once I smell food! The staff always laughs at me every time. It’s ok to laugh but you should feed me NOW instead of taking pictures!”

“I’ve been at ARK since I was a puppy and living at ARK is not as bad as some of you may think.
However, it would be great to live with “my own family” like my sisters, Chimaki and Mocchi do.
Believe it or not, I feel so stressed when strangers look in my kennel that I start licking my body. It will be ok once we know each other because I love people…
The staff always tells me how wonderful it will be when I find my own home.
I am going to turn 10 around the end of this year. Would you bring me home please?”

Dear Otsuru, we are not giving up! That’s why we are introducing you in this article!

Then, the last one for this article is me, Rikinosuke.
I once was at a pet shop and I am a mix of Australian Cattle Dog and Norwegian Elkhound.

A quick Internet search will show that both of those breeds are working breeds. That means I am smart and I feel joy through working. I feel stressed if I don’t have a job to do. Sadly, my first owner knew nothing of my breed and that’s the reason I came to ARK when I was 1.5 years old.
As for my personality, I do love people and I am very good at remembering people who’ve meet me.
I also love to go for a walk and I always enjoy it.

What I am not good at is dealing with other dogs. I didn’t have any chance to play with other dogs when I was young, so I have no idea how to behave around them.
That will explain the reason why I bark at dogs when they pass by my kennel.
Once a dog trainer adopted me but the barking, which is sort of my instinct, could not be fixed by training and I returned to ARK.

One more thing about me – I am so afraid of thunder that I can’t eat at all. I wish I could have someone stay by my side when it thunders…
I am going to be 7 very soon and now I am calmer than I was when I first came to ARK. Is now my time to be rehomed? What do you think?

We will be very happy if you consider these K3 dogs including me!
Please come to see Katou, too★

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