If you like the idea of a "pocket-size" dog — one that fits the size of a tiny apartment, a tight budget, or a dog that doesn't need lots of exercise — then the 5-year-old Shoronpo is the one for you. If you're saying, "Oh, anything but one of those skittish, yappy little Chihuahuas," then read on before you judge this book by his cover.

Shoronpo seems to have gotten the best of his breed and then some: handsome markings, a pleasant personality, good-natured confidence — and no apparent need to bark incessantly. He's described as being "happy without being hyper," neither "bossy nor needy," and very "self-contained."

Shoronpo is friendly with other dogs and doesn't seem to realize he's one of the little guys. He has even tried to join in a ball game with two golden retrievers! No whining here — this is one dog that is happy with his lot and simply big on life.

If you are interested in adopting Shoronpo, please email ARK at [email protected] or call 050-1557-2763 Monday to Saturday (bilingual) for more information. Tokyo ARK is a nonprofit organization founded by Briton Elizabeth Oliver. It is dedicated to rescuing and rehoming abandoned animals. All animals are vaccinated, neutered and microchipped. All prospective new owners are requested to undergo a screening process.