Goodbye Shoronpo and Hello Shake!

Goodbye Shoronpo!

Goodbye Shoronpo!

A couple of weeks ago we said goodbye to Shoronpo as he has finally found a forever home! It is always a bittersweet moment when it happened. We are happy though to see him go and will always remember the time when he is in our home. Congratulations Shoronpo!


Shoronpo the Chihuahua

Shoronpo and Fuwawa

Shoronpo and Fuwawa

After Shoronpo left, we welcomed Shake, an 11 years old female dachshund. Her name means ‘salmon fish’ in Japanese and it is pronounced like ‘shock-eh’. When her previous owner had to move out of their home, for some reason they couldn’t take Shake with them so she was brought to the shelter. She actually came to the shelter with her son, but he got adopted sometime ago. Here is Shake’s profile page in ARK website.

Shake doesn’t act like an old dog at all! She is very sweet, confident, and playful. She’s toilet-trained with pee sheet and has never made mistake in our house. I found out that Shake also understand several commands like come, sit, stay, handshake, and down (in Japanese). Maybe she knows more commands that I haven’t found out!

Shake the Dachshund

Shake the Dachshund

Shake is so sweet and well-behaved, she must have had lots of love and attention from her previous wner. I feel sad thinking about them, they must be heartbroken to be in situation where they couldn’t keep Shake and her son anymore.

Shake is now already looking very comfortable around the house. She loves to jump on my husband’s or my lap and is not shy asking for attention. I often find her staring at me with her round, loving eyes. I’m almost falling in love with her! Too bad that she and Fuwawa doesnt get along very well. Fuwawa loves to sleep all day and she gets angry if Shake makes too much noise playing with her toys (-_-).

Shake the Dachshund

Shake the Dachshund

I’m not too worried though as long as they don’t find and just ignore each other. Fuwawa never gets along with any of the fosters anyway. Maybe if one day we find the one that Fuwawa really likes, we will think about adopting another. For now, we will love Shake for the time she is with us and hope that she find a loving home soon!

Coco cat top

Coco cat top Coco cat top

I found this knit fabric with wonderful cat print and had been trying to find the perfect sewing pattern for it. It must be a simple one because I want to be able to wear it daily. Then Tilly came with her  Coco pattern, just right for this fabric!

I cut size 2, the top version with long sleeves. The only alteration I made was shortening the bodice about 3 cm. True to the description, Coco is really simple to sew. The instructions are great and Tilly also has a complete step by step pictures in her blog. I made mine on my serger, and used sewing machine to finish the neckline and hem.

Coco cat top Coco cat top

I stabilized an interfacing strip around the neckline, finished the raw edge with overlocker, folded it and topstitched using wide stretch stitch on my sewing machine. I really like the result, the neckline is not stretched at all and there is no gape.

Coco cat top Coco cat top

Coco cat top Coco cat top

Sewing Indie Month

This month is also Sewing Indie Month! It’s an online party with 21 independent sewing pattern designers, including Tilly and the Buttons. Check out Mari Miller of Seamster Patterns’ post to see all the participating designers, posting calendars, and prizes!

Pattern is Coco by Tilly and the Buttons, size 2.

Goodbye Shiitake and Hello Shoronpo!

welcome banner

Welcome Shiitake and Ribbon – picture from ARK facebook page

Shiitake finally found his forever family after more than three months in foster care! I was beginning to worry that he wouldn’t get adopted because he was so shy of strangers.

Shiitake was fine at home with us, but at the adoption events he would hide in a corner so nobody would see him.He befriended another foster dog called Hara, where he met when he sometimes stayed in another foster family. She was about the same size and age as Shiitake, and just as shy as him too. At adoption events they would crumple together and hide.

Then a family came to adopt Shiitake after seeing his profile on ARK page. When they saw Shiitake and Hara together, they fell in love with Hara and decided to adopt her too! It was quite a rare incident that two big sized dogs could get adopted together! When the girls from the family saw Hara, she was wearing a ribbon, so they wanted to give her a new name: ‘Ribbon’. It was such a great news for both dogs. From now on, they will be together forever.

Shiitake and Ribbon were brought by ARK staff to their forever family last week. When they arrived, they were greeted with presents and a welcome banner. Isn’t that so sweet?


Ribbon and Shiitake – picture from ARK facebook page


Days with Shiitake


Shiitake the dog


Shiitake and Fuwawa

Although I missed Shiitake but I’m so happy for both of them! He found the best family, and got to go there with his best friend. Congratulations Shiitake, thank you for all the sweet memories! Wishing you a wonderful life with many parks to run in and birds to chase!

Family picture with Shiitake

Goodbye Shiitake!

Now that this chapter is closed, we moved on to the next one. This is Shoronpo the chihuahua! he is a 4-5 years old male chihuahua, found wandering in the park. Here is his profile page in ARK. You can see that he is very adorable!

His profile mentioned that he has some trust issues, but so far he hasn’t shown any problem. He’s very healthy, active, and curious. I think he will find a family soon!