Ken, the Shiba Inu who looked over the roast sweet potato store in Sapporo, Hokkaido, passed away at 6 years old.
Ken passed away on June 6 at around 12:50 p.m., according to his owner’s Instagram post, Mothership
reported. The owner said Ken returned to his “favorite (sweet potato) shop” and thanked all those who supported the Shiba Inu.
- Ken’s owner said the pooch was feeling a little sick on a May 31 post. The update also said Ken will do his “best” as he receives medical treatment.
- However, Ken returned home on June 5 with an “oxygen house” and was not in good condition.
Ken started working at Inu no Yakiimoyasan at the age of 2, their website
- His owner said he never intended to open a sweet potato stand, but the decision came to him one day while roasting sweet potatoes outside and the smell caught the attention of his neighbors.
- He initially opened up the store for free but decided to go into business when the demand started to rise.
- The owner opened the self-service stand where customers paid for what they wanted and took their purchase while Ken watched over them.
- Since 2019, the owner donated parts of the proceeds from their sales to animal welfare organizations and raised over 80,000 yen ($730), according to Mainichi when it reported in February 2020.