Okowa the Chihuahua

Okowa the Chihuahua
Okowa the Chihuahua

We’ve got a newcomer yesterday! Meet our new foster dog, Okowa the Chihuahua! Okowa is a 14 years old female chihuahua who had to go to ARK shelter since her owner was hospitalized and can no longer take care of her.

It is very sad to think that she has been loved her whole life and then had to live in a shelter in her old days. Okawa has been staying in ARK Osaka shelter for a year before she was moved to Tokyo in hope to find an adopter. Despite her age, she has no medical issues except for being toothless. Her coat is soft and shiny, she is also housebroken and has no behavior problem whatsoever.

Small dogs usually get adopted very soon here, maybe because Japanese houses and apartments are quite small. So it is quite unusual that a small dog with no particular problem like Okowa doesn’t find a home for such a long time. It is just her age that make people worry to adopt her, I hope she will find a loving home soon and she can spend her old days happily.


Fuwawa was not particularly excited about Okowa though. Maybe because Okowa was not interested to play with her. She also took Fuwawa’s heated bed for herself and Fuwawa was too soft-hearted to take it back. She kept looking at me with questions in her eyes. Poor Fuwawa! I’ll make you a new bed later!


Okowa’s profile on ARK website. Posts about Okowa in ARK blog: 1, 2, 3.

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  • Christine

    I’m curious about the heated bed – did you make it? If I lived in Japan, I would consider adopting Okowa – I have a 9 yr old chi that I am looking for a companion. We fostered a dog recently in hopes of adopting, but wasn’t a good fit for my girl. Thank you and your family for taking care of Okowa.

    • The bed using electricity to heat and will automatically shut off when it reaches certain temperature. I think it might be similar to electric blanket. I bought it in pet supplies shop, there are many types of heating appliances for pets here.
      Okowa is such a delightful little dog! She has just been adopted by a young couple who already had two chihuahuas 🙂

  • Oh gosh! Okowa is so similar to our Puddin, a toothless, 18-year-old long-haired rescue chihuahua! If I could share the pictures here, i would. It’s crazy! Anyway, if anyone is on the fence about adopting this creature: trust me, it will probably be the best years of your life.

    Sara in Houston, Texas

  • I hope Okowa will find a new home soon.She looks nice and gentle. It’s nice of you to take care of her. Good idea with the heated bed, I should get one for my Chihuahua.

  • Kim

    Ahhh welcome Okowa! She looks super cute and really good too for being 14 years old.. The heated bed sounds like an amazing idea, I think Milo would really love it, I’d already been thinking about making something for him to snuggle in at night. So I’m going to see if I can get him one too, mustn’t be too hard, since we use them in our vet practice too..

  • Oh, she is so sweet! I’m so glad she’s got you to take care of her until she finds a new home. But– a heated bed?! I should get one for my dogs, although they might never get out of bed again if I do!

    • Haha I think I would want one too for myself! These two are quite old and get cold easily so the heated bed is a prized possession here 😛

  • Jennifer Hill

    Ah, what a great job you do! What a sweetie! I hope she finds a new home soon, but she’s lucky now to be in a loving home. If I could adopt an animal I think I’d go for the one that noone else wanted. Loved the undies post – what have you been sewing lately? Jen

  • Okowa has such a sad story for such a lovely dog. I hope she finds someone to love her as much as her owner did. She is so cute.

  • so adorable 🙂