This lovable mutt came to ARK last summer along with a number of other dogs. They were all named after the former owner, who had died, and then had numbers added on. Thus, “Pondi Two” was born.

Not content with his being a number, the staff at ARK nicknamed him “Hyotan,” which is a type of gourd — though, there’s nothing gourd-like about him. Hyotan weighs about 14 kilograms and is 11 years old. When he came in, he and the other dogs were all fearful and timid, though there were moments where they were quite friendly.

Hyotan in particular was initially very frightened of people, but he has since learned that not all humans are scary. He’s become much braver and even jumps for joy when he knows he’s going for a walk. When he’s not out in the big wide world, Hyotan likes finding a quiet spot where he can just chill out and feel secure. If he could, I’m sure he’d love to lie like a pumpkin under the fallen autumn leaves in a pumpkin patch. Gourds and pumpkins aside, Hyotan is a true find. Please come and pick him.

If you are interested in adopting Hyotan or any other pet, 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. Web: www.arkbark.net

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