Salmon and its roe.

Hi, my name is Ikura (means “salmon roe” in Japanese).
As you may guess, my mom’s name is Shake (means “salmon”). We are from Hokkaido, which is a region famous for the production of salmon.
Now my mom and I, who had been together even before I was born, live separately at ARK.
Let me explain the reason why.

My mom is on the left.

Frankly, I do LOVE people so much that I absolutely hate seeing other dogs being petted by people.
When I see such a scene, I can’t stop myself from barking at them just because I want people to love the two of us.
As I told you, I love people so I won’t go against you. I won’t bite you, either.
I am a big eater but I can sit and wait. Also, you will not be annoyed by me when it comes to toilet time.
I can do “gimme that”, too!

My mom told me time to time that I must listen to people and must not go against them.
She taught me a lot!
Since we are dachshund, it is our work to bark together at once. So, my mom told me that I should bark when she barks! Even when we were walking outside together, I always barked when my mom started barking!
After joining ARK, there was a lot of stranger-dogs here so we were pretty busy barking! I needed to bark when my mom said “Now!”!!
We behave as long as no other dogs are with us.

Looking at us barking together, the staff decided to separate us.
I thought I would miss my mom but surprisingly I can stay alone without any problem. I can sleep quietly and I don’t have to share people’s attentions when they come to pet me.

At ARK, people won’t come to me all the time, so I always try to get their affection as hard as possible!
I get so happy and try very hard to welcome them that they sometimes cannot clean my room smoothly.
However, I can stop making a fuss when they tell me not to do it.
If you sit down on the floor, I will come up on your lap; If you cuddle me, I will be enchanted with the warmth of your arms.
I wish this would last forever…

Now a week or so has passed since we started living separately.
I heard that my mom is doing well with other small-sized dogs.
Also, they say that she can walk quietly (without barking!) without me.
She is now 10 years old but a beautiful dog like her definitely will find her new and forever home, won’t she?
Of course, my mom loves people, too!

As you may have guessed, my barking behavior during walks has improved quite a lot now because I’m not with my mom telling me to bark “now!”.
I want to listen to people who take me for a walk because I love them.
It would be a bit difficult for me to live with another dog(s), but I do listen to people.
Would you give me a home please?

I really want my own home…

Additional note on May 4, 2014:

Ikura found his own home!
Thank you very much for your support, and good for you, Ikura!!

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