2017/2/22 Update: Momoe has been adopted!
Tokyo ARK uses a message board for communication between staff, volunteers, foster families and adoptive families. This is Momoe's welcome announcement. (For those in the USA, the name is pronounced mo-mo-ay, and it doesn't "mean" anything - it is a feminine Japanese given name).
We started fostering Momoe when she came from the Osaka shelter one week ago. She is 8 years old, 5.5kg, well-behaved in the home, and a super snuggler. She hated being in the carrier on the train, but she got a treat and a nice long walk as soon as we got out of the station, so she took to us quickly.
I was able to get her to “sit” using English and a hand signal, but she seems to prefer Japanese commands. Osuwari (sit), ote (paw) and fuse (lay down) all work very well. And it seems she can stay, but I think I might be using the wrong command (matte?), and when I use my hand signal for "stay" she usually wants to give a little high five! So that's a work in progress.
She gets very anxious when she is alone, so we spent the first 24 hours coddling her while she got used to the new surroundings, and we have spent the rest of the week positively and gently establishing a schedule and clear boundaries to help her relax: Potty in the garden before we go on a walk three times a day, Stay on the rug in the living room when I am in the kitchen, No sitting with us on the couch until she can relax by herself on the floor, Etc.
We take care to keep her off the stairs, and it only took an afternoon for her to learn that she should hop into the soft carrier if she wants us to carry her upstairs and down. All in all, she is a delightful and happy little dog, and eager to please. I will post her photos on instagram with hashtag #momoethedachshund