Tear-Wrenching Story: Dog in Japan Stays by the Side of Her Ailing Friend in the Rubble

We all can agree that the tsunami that hit Japan last week was devastating. Besides the number of people and animals who died or were very injured, the damage to the Fukushima nuclear reactor, which is still in the forefront of the news, may have horrible affects for everyone in Japan and the nearby areas.

For the two dogs featured in this article, surviving the tsunami was a frightening event. The video featured here shows a frightened dog and her desire to approach a human for comfort and her desire to stay with her injured friend. Her devotion to her canine friend is so strong that she stays with her friend. It’s heart wrenching to watch the video and see how disoriented she seems to be, and, at the same time, how devoted she is towards her companion.

WARNING: More than likely, tears may flow as you watch this. Rest assured, however, that aid did come to these two pooches. According to Lookout, a Yahoo news blog, the dogs were rescued and are receiving veterinary care. The injured dog is at a clinic in the city of Mito. The protective spaniel-type dog is receiving care at a shelter in the same town.

Here is an English translation of the voiceover exchange between the two reporters in the clip (translation courtesy of Toshiyuki Kitamura):

We are in Arahama area. Looks like there is a dog. There is a dog. He looks tired and dirty. He must have been caught in the tsunami. He looks very dirty.

He has a collar. He must be someone’s pet. He has a silver collar. He is shaking. He seems very afraid.

Oh, there is another dog. I wonder if he is dead.


Right there. There is another dog right next to the one sitting down. He is not moving. I wonder. I wonder if he is alright.

The dog is protecting him.

Yes. He is protecting the dog. That is why he did not want us to approach them. He was trying to keep us at bay.

I can’t watch this. This is a very difficult to watch.

Oh. Look. He is moving. He is alive. I am so happy to see that he is alive.

Yes! Yes! He is alive.

He looks to be weakened. We need to them to be rescued soon. We really want them rescued soon.

Oh good. He’s getting up.

It is amazing how they survived the tremendous earthquake and tsunami. It’s just amazing that they survived through this all.

Life with Dogs will be updating photos of these dogs, as well as provide information whether the dogs were reunited with their family. This blog will attempt to keep the readers informed as well.

In case you are curious about how a tsunami strikes, just watch this video:

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