Loyal dog refuses to leave injured friend at quake site

JAPAN - A touching example of loyalty was discovered in the quake aftermath.

Two reporters discovered a dishevelled-looking dog in Arahama, Sendai.

They saw the dog sit next to the body of another dog, keeping watch over it.

At first, the reporters thought the second dog was dead, then they saw it stirring. The healthier dog was also seen gently putting its paws on its wounded friend.



Both dogs were rescued and have received veterinary care. The more seriously injured dog was sent to a vet in the city of Mito, Ibaraki, while its protective friend is at a shelter in the same town.

Kenn Sakurai, the head of an animal shelter in Japan says that many more pets have been displaced because of the disaster. He has rescued 62 animals so far.


Here is a translation of the exchange between the two reporters in the video.

"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.

"We need them to be 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."