Six-year-old dachshund Cabanas is a delicate shade of brown known as brown piebald. Delicate and dainty are words that well describe this sweet-faced pixie, who loves to dance about like a tiny ballerina.

Sadly, she came from a home where the owners suffered from depression, severe enough that they had to give up their dogs. Perhaps she wanted desperately to help, as Cabanas has a habit of looking directly into your eyes, as if searching for the secrets of your soul.

She is not melancholy herself, however. Though a bit timid with people at first, she will soon come around, and then loves to fling herself down begging for a belly rub.

Cabanas has a maternal streak to her and is fine with other dogs and people, including children, and would probably get along well with cats as well. In any case, she's sure to bring an ample measure of sweetness into your life.

If you are interested in adopting Cabanas, 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.