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Pin-up girl: Pickles the pointer mix

Pickles, an 8-year-old pointer mix, was taken in when she was found wandering the streets alone. Pickles is a looker and a lover. Her pretty spotted coat made her the model of ARK’s T-shirts, and she is now pegged to appear in next year’s ARK calendar. The adoration in her eyes as she gazes at a staff member speaks of the love shared by many at the shelter. With her big floppy ears, Pickles may look a bit goofy to some, but she is all the more endearing for it and seems to wear a constant smile on her face. About the size of a border collie at just over 18 kg, her size causes many to overlook her, but Pickles is a gem. Exuberance is her middle name, and when she bounces around, she exudes pure joy. She’s the kind of dog that seeks a real partnership with people she trusts. Once you get to know her, she is, as one volunteer put it, “like an addiction.”

If you are interested in adopting Pickles, 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 re-homing abandoned animals. All animals are vaccinated, neutered and microchipped. Prospective owners are requested to undergo a screening process.