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A family affair: Dog Glaccolo finds a home

Glaccolo (center front), a papillon first featured here in October, was being fostered by the Seshiyama family, which in itself bode auspicious. Charmer that she is, the little dog soon worked her way into the heart and home of Michiko Ota, mother of Reiko Seshiyama.

“She seemed to be saying, ‘Please stay with me,’ which I found irresistibly cute,” says Michiko (pictured with Glaccolo). “I’m not young, so I discussed the issue of age with my family and we decided an adult dog would be preferable to a puppy.”

The Otas also have another dog, Olaf, but the extra family member is no burden.

“With another dog to walk, I’m busier than I was, but it’s the most enjoyable busyness I can think of,” says Michiko. “I think I’m a little fitter than I was before she came.”

And Glaccolo is enormously happy.

“She loves the other dogs and our grandchildren and is delighted when the family comes home each day. She races to greet them.”

The adoption is truly a family affair, one filled with loving people, dogs and cats. Pictured here from front left are Hiroshi and Michiko Ota with Glaccolo, Yosuke and Reiko Seshiyama. At back are Ryota Seshiyama with Shizuku and Shelley (also adopted), and Yui Seshiyama with Olaf. And, despite the numbers, Glaccolo knows her most loyal fan.

“If I scold her, she immediately goes to my husband, (Hiroshi), for a cuddle,” says Michiko. “She certainly knows whom to ask for what — a smart dog indeed!” And a very, very lucky one.”

Many other cats and dogs are available for adoption. Email ARK at or call 050-1557-2763 Monday to Saturday (bilingual) for further 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 owners are requested to undergo a screening process.

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