The recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan that has taken countless lives is causing pets and other animals to remain homeless and orphaned across the nation. The news headlines have only given the world a glimpse of what the victims are experiencing, as well as how the pets are dealing with the tragedy. This tear-inducing video, courtesy of the website Jezebel, depicts how one dog extends his loyalty further than the age old adage; dogs are man’s best friend. While dogs are known to be loyal to their owners, this dog managed to save the life of his dog companion by alerting rescuers that their assistance was needed. The video is shown in Japanese, however the English translation is provided in this article.
CNN and the UK Telegraph have both reported that the dogs have been rescued since the footage aired, and are both receiving veterinary care; the more seriously wounded dog is at a clinic in the city of Mito, while the protective spaniel-type dog is receiving care at a shelter in the same town.
Here is the 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 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.
There are likely to be thousands of pets that are now homeless or involuntarily abandoned due to the massive earthquake and tsunami. If you want to help these pets by donating, here are three links where you can do so: