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Bathtub blues: a shiba named Ofurochan

A long soak in a bathtub can be very relaxing, but living your life in one for nearly three years is the stuff of horror stories. And that was Ofurochan’s entire life. It’s also the reason she is called “Little Bathtub One,” which is surely not the best of names, but it stuck after she was rescued. She’d been completely on her own for five days after her owner was hospitalized due to serious mental health issues. Rail thin and weighing only 4 kg when rescued, Ofurochan has been gaining weight in the caring and capable hands of a foster family. She will likely weigh about 8 kg when she is properly nourished. She’s a pretty dog, with classic shiba coloring. As could be expected, she absolutely loves walks and food. She also needs someone to help her shine, to bring out the happy, sunny side of her personality that is there, but still only peeking out from behind the clouds of a very lonely past.

If you are interested in adopting Ofurochan, email ARK at Tokyoark@arkbark.net 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 owners are requested to undergo a screening process.

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