Ariel is a devoted labrador. Named after the title character in Disney's "The Little Mermaid," Ariel can’t get enough of her user, 37-year-old Kanako Suzuki. Ariel rolls on her back, begging to be petted, and when Suzuki joins her on the floor, the animal jumps onto her lap — all 24 kilograms of her.
The 3-year-old labrador looks a little lost when her user leaves the room for a minute, but becomes animated again when Suzuki reappears.
However, Ariel's demeanor changes as soon as Suzuki moves toward the entrance. The animal's face takes on a serious disposition and she stands as if at attention while waiting for her owner to put on her harness.