Shake is an 11-year-old dachshund that shows no signs of slowing down. She came to ARK earlier this year because, unfortunately, her elderly owner became too frail to care for her. Although Shake's name is actually pronounced "shah-kay," it could just as well have been "shake," as in "shake, rattle and roll."

She's a spry girl, able to leap to waist height. When airborne, her hind legs can reach knee height — no small feat for a dachs. She has been likened to a "jumping crocodile" because of her acrobatic ability and seemingly "permanent smile."

The similarities end there, though, because Shake is a sweetheart and not at all likely to snap. She likes dogs, people, even kids, and is indifferent toward cats. Her only "fault," if it can be called that, is her wish to always be around people. Shake would do best in a home where she has lots of companionship.

She would be there, a constant source of comfort and affection, quietly rockin' around the clock.

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