Rescue in Japan - providing a home to the homeless
Kansai Animal Refuge in Osaka: http://www.arkbark.net/?q=en/node/1
The refuge was started by Ms Oliver: The British woman braving Fukushima radiation zone to save abandoned quake dogs
In April 2014, I visited Japan again and had the opportunity to spend part of an afternoon with Ms. Oliver and make a donation to the new facility.
***Truly, one of the hardest working individuals devoted to the plight of animals I have ever met.***
She was awarded an MBE Medal from Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth, Queen of England, for animal welfare and civility in Japan n year 2012. Well deserved!
Learn more about the situation in Japan from this dated but still relevant piece
Links related to Chu and her Kishu Breed
This poorly named site does a good job of explaining a little more about her special heritage: http://www.cutepuppiesforsale.net/kishu-dog-breed/
Wiki Info http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kishu
INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED RARE BREED http://www.kishuken-nel.com/kishu.html
A list serve forum on the Kishu breed http://www.nihonken.org/forum/index.php?p=/discussion/445/kishu-inus/p1
Kobo Daishi and Shingon Buddhism
Kobo Daishi - from a online book on Japanese Religions: http://books.google.co.jp/books?id=Ak66_6Dm6HgC&pg=PA106&dq=Kobo+Daishi&hl=ja&sa=X&ei=TJhST-OIOsG1tweSwfS2DQ&ved=0CEEQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=Kobo%20Daishi&f=false
A touching story of man and dog and closely resembles my story with Chu