It has been more than 2 weeks into the new year but it is still January so I guess saying ‘Happy New year!’ is still okay. Well, happy new year!
This handsome pup just came to our house three days ago. he was born five months ago in a temple on the mountains by a stray dog mother. All the six puppies were rescued by the age of two months, they were hairless because of mange (skin disease) at that time. They were all named after mushrooms. You can read the story about them in ARK blog.
This one is called Shiitake, this is his profile page. He is gorgeous, smart, but extremely shy. The ARK shelter was hoping that Shiitake will learn to socialize with people and other dogs while he is in foster care.
Because he was so shy and timid, Fuwawa is not as stressed out as she was with the previous foster dogs. I think it is a good way too for Fuwawa to learn living with other dogs.
Shiitake had never interacted with a child before so we were a bit anxious to see how he is with Sidra. It turned out that he immediately liked Sidra. Shiitake always flinched a bit when my husband or I pet him, but he didn’t seem wary when Sidra touched him.
He began to understand the daily routine during the first two days. In the afternoon he can’t wait to go to the living room to sit beside Sidra. He loves to play with Sidra’s feet, licking him and even putting his head on Sidra’s lap. Sidra goes to sleep earlier than my husband and I, and Shiitake goes with him. Here he is giving Sidra a goodnight kiss.
I think I began to get a bit too attached to Shiitake though. He is so sweet and absolutely easy to train. He doesn’t bark, doesn’t chew stuff other than his toys (how does he know what things are okay to chew??), he does his business outside, and he is very observant of things around him. With proper socialization, I think he is perfect for a family dog. Sidra said that he hoped Shiitake will get adopted as soon as possible, before they both get too atached to each other.
Fuwawa having a nap
In the sewing department of our home, I haven’t managed to get many things done other than the T-shirt that Shiitake is wearing. I tried to cut a pattern for a jacket yesterday when Fuwawa decided that it was a good time to nap….
Okowa has finally been adopted! It is such a wonderful news because Okowa had already spent one year in the ARK shelter in Osaka. A lot of people have doubt adopting her because of her age. But one month after she moved to Tokyo, she finally found a forever home. Her adopter is a lovely young couple who already has a couple of chihuahua. We are so happy for Okowa.
Okowa and Fuwawa
After Okowa left, we took care of Koten, a five tears old male Maltese-Poodle mix. He only spent one week in our house because someone is already got interested in him. Koten started his trial period a couple of days ago, I hope everything will be fine and they will fall in love with him. His time in our house didn’t go very well because he and Fuwawa didn’t get along.
Koten the Maltipoo
Koten has been passed around to different owners before so he always asked for attention. I think he feels insecure all the time. On the other hand, Fuwawa is easily stressed so Koten’s behavior got on her nerves. I had to separate them, otherwise Koten would bark at Fuwawa, and in turn she would start urinating out of fear.
This week was rather stressful for all of us so I was kinda relieved now that Koten is no longer here. I feel a bit guilty though for feeling that way, after all he was just a neglected dog who wants some love. I hope now he is getting all the love and attention that he deserves!
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.
We have a new family member! After spending one month with Fuwawa, we fell in love and decided to adopt her. I still can’t believe that we have our own dog now!
When a pet in ARK has found a forever home, the round pendant is exchanged with a star pendant. Here is Fuwawa with her new star pendant!
Sadly Fuwawa was debarked by her previous owner so she couldn’t make a proper bark. But each day she is looking happier and more comfortable. Every night she sleeps beside Sidra and enjoys being petted until both of them fall asleep.
In the morning she would wake my husband and me up by giving these little bites on the arms or shoulders or pawing my hair. Sometimes she would play with my hair or smell it but then my hair would get tangled up between her teeth. Then of course she would cough on my head -_-
She is the most playful in the morning. Her favorite game is ‘almost got hit by the sliding door’ where I would slide the door open and close, saying things like ‘ooohh you almost get hit! you almost get hit again!’ and she would get very excited, running from and back to the door, pretending to almost get hit. She only plays the game in the morning though and doesn’t play with toys or other things.
She used to sleep on her bed but when we got a new couch, she decided that it is her new bed. It is where she spends her days mostly now. Her post is by the window where she can look outside and silently bark at people.
We also have a part-time pet cat! One day a cat followed Sidra home, I gave the cat some cat food and milk (I always have spare cat food for the neighborhood cats). Since then she has been coming twice a day to join Fuwawa’s daily walk from start to finish. It is so funny, people always seems confused to see us walking a dog, followed by a cat. Fuwawa doesn’t seem to mind the cat although the cat sometimes slapped her. But the cat always has her claws retracted, so I think she just wants to give a warning. I plan to get the cat spayed as I have no intention of taking care a litter of kitten in the future.
We will still foster dogs in the future and now we have Fuwawa as my assistant!
I haven’t introduced you to our fourth foster pooch! Her name is Fuwawa, she’s a 7 years old Chinese Crested like Bashu and even came from the same closed down breeder. Here is her profile page at ARK.
She came to our house the day after we came back from the Izu holiday a week ago. Due to some circumstances, this poor baby has moved several foster homes in such a short time. So it is understandable that she was quite stressed out in her first few days here. Fuwawa also takes some daily medications for her slight heart murmur.
Fuwawa spent the first few days hiding in her crate, but these last couple of days she seemed more relaxed. She has started approaching us first, asking to be petted and loving her tummy scratched. She even started to run around the house happily, even for just a few seconds.
I noticed that Fuwawa never made a sound though. When she (tried) to bark, all that came out was some whispering cough-like sounds. She didn’t cry or whine like Bashu, but just made some coughing or breathing noise. I wonder if she can bark at all. But otherwise she seems fine and is looking happier than before. She’s also not too crazy about food nor toys so it might be a bit difficult to train her. She’s properly house-trained, just that she doesn’t understand some basic commands.
Fuwawa is crazy about attention though! She is such a sweet creature, her face lightens up when she sees me and she loves licking my fingers. Some dogs are not very comfortable with touch but she just loves to be held and hugged. Her favorite thing is when my husband, Sidra, and I are all sitting around her and petting her. I hope she feels comfortable now and can find a forever home soon!