Make This Puppy Lucky: Nottaburger the Japanese Tosa Inu

Rescued from a South Korean meat farm by Humane Society International, this lovable lug has come so far and deserves his own forever family.

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Nottaburger is a big, sweet goofball of a boy who would love a family all his own. Won’t you be his happily ever after?

Name: Nottaburger.

Age and sex: 19 month-old male.

Breed: Japanese Tosa Inu.

Size and weight: Giant and 130 pounds (and growing!).

Coat: Short and fawn.

Location: Benton-Franklin Humane Society.

Activity level: Medium.

Likes: Toys, food, and training.

Dislikes: New experiences and encounters can make him nervous, but once he gets the hang of things he’s so relieved!

Training: Nottaburger has been through an inmate dog training program at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center, where he learned socialization skills and basic training commands including sit, down, place, leave it, and look.

Yard requirements: Nottaburger requires a fenced-in yard, as dogs who are victims of cruelty can be prone to spooking and running off.

Kids: Loves them!

Dogs and cats: Likes dogs but is afraid of cats.

Health issues: When Nottaburger arrived at Benton-Franklin, he was in poor health, extremely underweight, and unable to stand upright due to living on wire flooring his entire life. However, now he’s doing great and is growing stronger every day!

His story: Nottaburger was rescued from a dog meat farm in South Korea by Humane Society International. To learn more, visit the HSI website..

His ideal forever home: Nottaburger would be happiest with a patient, giant-breed dog-savvy person or family with a confident “model dog” he can look up to. Although he may always be a little “special needs,” his forever people should be willing to work with him and appreciate how far he’s come considering his rough start in life.

Other details prospective adopters should know: Nottaburger needs to be crated at night, as when he wakes up he is often disorientated for a short time until he remembers where he is.

Contact info: Email Elaine Allison [email protected] or visit

Top photo: Courtesy of J. Devine Photography and Benton-Franklin Humane Society.

Lisa Plummer Savas

A devoted dog mom, journalist, and animal activist, Lisa uses her writing to spread awareness about animal welfare and cruelty issues. She lives in Atlanta with two spoiled German Shepherds, one entitled Pug, and a very understanding husband. Read more of her work at her blog and website, and follow her on Twitter.


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