Harry is a formidable dog and he was indeed named after the British prince.

Your royal reward: Harry the dog is a big dog looking for the respect he deserves. | YOUKA NAGASE
Your royal reward: Harry the dog is a big dog looking for the respect he deserves. | YOUKA NAGASE

Shortly after coming to ARK — around the time of Prince Harry’s royal nuptials to Meghan Markle, in fact — he was to be fostered at the British Embassy in Tokyo and was christened Harry. This princely pooch is 7 years old, about 43 kilograms and thus, to sum it up, he’s a whole lot of dog.

Harry has been through his share of ordeals as well, such as being caged nearly round the clock while his former owner was either out or asleep. This quiet form of abuse left its emotional scars, though he still “has a super lovable side.” When he came to ARK, Harry was all nerves. Thanks to some very special foster parents, that strain of his past has begun to fade and Harry has gradually learned to be “very good around people.”

Still, Harry has been made to go in and out of homes, through no fault of his own, and that has led him to want a little bit of stability in his life. He needs someone who will adore him for simply being himself, which, according to the staff at ARK, is “stubborn as a mule, playful as a puppy, and completely incapable of getting along with other dogs.”

The people who work best with Harry — and, yes, they do exist — are those who truly love dogs and are capable of following his lead. Those wishing to bark orders, or those naively believing “meaning well” translates to “going well” need not apply.

Harry is super affectionate, playful, sweet, smart and incredibly stubborn. He is too smart to put up with belligerence. He demands a sensitive form of respect. That’s not too much to ask when you’re dealing with royalty, is it?


If you are interested in adopting Harry, 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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