A More Faithful Friend Cannot be Found
This video from Japan is a touching reminder of why we honor and love our cherished and loyal canine companions. In this video, a lost doggie refuses to leave his wounded companion in the aftermath of Friday’s earthquake.
But not to worry, according to a Facebook post from Butch Japan president Kenn Sakurai, both dogs were found alive in Mito, Ibaraki by Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support, and are currently being cared for at a local shelter.
Pet Parents in Japan Refuse to Abandon Their Fur Babies.
Touching stories of devotion and tearful reunions between pet parents and their fur babies amidst the horror that is Japan is a loving reminder of how devoted we are to them as well.
A displaced woman cuddles her cat at an evacuation center in Kawamatamachi, Fukushima Prefecture, two days after a massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake devastated northeastern Japan.
A man and his little muddy dog (rescued by a fireman) reunite.
A man holding a dog walks on a street in Kesennuma city after a tsunami devastated a swath of northeast Japan.
This woman refused to be separated from her beloved dog when rescuers told her she was not allowed to take him with her into the shelter.
A nervous doggie looks on as he is checked by rescue workers for radiation exposure.
A woman quarantined for radiation exposure talks to her dog through the plate-glass window, while her dog waits for her return to the outside world.
Amid Tsunami Destruction, Two Dogs Are Rescued
The massive tsunami destroyed most of the neighborhood in Sendai where Kayo Kikuchi and her father live. But somehow their two dogs, Towa and Melody, survived. Click on this link to view the amazing video of two dogs that survived the tsunami in the WSJ.
Source: Wall Street Journal by Daisuke Wakabayashi and Lam Thuy Vo.
Show the Love
There are numerous organizations in Japan worthy of our support who are working tirelessly in their effort to ease the suffering of lost and injured pets and the anguish of their pet parents, one of which I think is worth mentioning here:
Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support
They are a coalition of three groups; HEART-Tokushima, Animal Friends Niigata and Japan Cat Network which combined forces to focus information, rescue and support for animals in crisis due to the March 11 Earthquake and Tsunami in northern Japan. To keep abreast of their tremendous efforts, please view their work on their Facebook page. And be sure to check out their home pages to see what they do on a daily basis in Japan.
An Essential Lesson
Events like this remind us of the fragility of life and the power of nature. As these tragic events usually do, they bring to mind all that we have to be thankful for. So tonight, and for all the nights to come that I am blessed to have my kitties with me, I will give them extra special snuggly squeezes, big sloppy kisses and thank the Almighty Ceiling Cat that we are all safe and sound and that we have a roof over our heads. Sweet dreams.
tomorrow: Rescue dogs arrive in Japan from all over the world! And the story of Cat Island in Japan.
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