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This beautiful Japanese spitz is as charming and adorable as he looks. As if that weren’t enough, his name is Totoro, after the famous anime character, the friendly spirit of the forest.

This Totoro came to ARK last December when his elderly owner could no longer care for him. Though he came with one of his pups, only the pup was adopted. The sad truth behind Totoro’s being left behind is that people are turned off by his age. They hear he’s 10 years old and they run off. It’s tragic, because Totoro is a sweetheart and surely has many years to go.

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