(VIDEO) Japan: Loyal Tsunami Dog Won’t Abandon Injured Friend

(VIDEO) You don’t have to speak Japanese to understand the sympathetic tones of the two reporters observing these dogs  – and the loyal dog who led them to an injured friend, then refused to leave his friend’s side. There is so much we don’t understand about the emotional lives of animals. But we know they can suffer tremendously, and we know they care for each other.

We wish all the people and animals of Japan heartfelt concern during this incomprehensibly difficult time. We know that the people of Japan will respond like these two friends, sticking together in this time of need.  Ganbatte kudasai! (“Don’t give up!”) – Global Animal


How To Help & Donate To Japan’s Lost and Injured Pets


For updates on this loyal dog and injured friend


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Two Katrina Survivors Teach Love Is Blind

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25 Responses to (VIDEO) Japan: Loyal Tsunami Dog Won’t Abandon Injured Friend

  1. Anna Bakaj November 24, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    There is so much we don’t understand about the emotional lives of animals. But we know they can suffer tremendously, and we know they care for each other.

  2. Jaba March 23, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    This story has truly touched my heart. I would like to know if there was any update with the two dogs.

    I pray for the recovery and strength for the people and animals of japan.

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    Peggy Toyooka March 22, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

    I just did a donation. It’s easy and fast.Please ask all your friends to donate to them. They really need us to help. Please someone update these 2 poor dogs ,everybody is waiting their good news.

  4. Tori March 21, 2011 at 9:12 am #

    I feel so bad for the people and dogs :( I hope they will be ok

  5. Japan "Buddy" Dogs left to die March 21, 2011 at 3:05 am #

    As of March 21, 2011- The dogs have NOT been RESCUED.

    UPDATE: Kenn Sakurai has NOT RESCUED these TWO DOGS. Apparently, nobody has and they have NOT BEEN SEEN OR HEARD FROM SINCE THE INITIAL FIRST VIDEO of them. A man named Kenn Sakurai has claimed credit for their rescue and the MSM took his Facebook page posting and ran with it. Many people who initially cared about the well-being of the dogs found relief in his posting and have since become newly appointed, loyal, Kool-Aid drinking disciples despite the fact that he has no proof and refuses to give any information on the dogs current situation.

    • Debika March 21, 2011 at 6:19 am #

      Is any other group looking for them? Poor little souls.

    • TCB March 21, 2011 at 2:37 pm #

      it’s such ruthless greedy pathetic world to not help these dogs. i understand there are people that need help too and this is not underestimating that. but these dogs could have been saved. they were found and should have been helped. HEARTLESS people.

  6. george March 19, 2011 at 9:10 am #

    Any news on the pooches??????

    • lot March 19, 2011 at 10:26 pm #

      any updates with the dogs?can u provides photos of these dogs if they have been saved?

  7. Japan "Buddy" Dogs left to die March 19, 2011 at 5:26 am #

    The dogs have NOT been RESCUED.

    They were left there without aid and their FATE is UNKNOWN. The media has taken the word of a possible scammer named Kenn Sakurai who claims to have rescued them but refuses to provide any proof, photos or information on their current condition. However, he is begging for donations on his Facebook page. Many people have already sent this man money that could have been sent to legitimate rescue charities. The news media or a reporter needs to investigate this and provide a truthful update.

    Also, it was reported that the Fuji News team that stumbled upon the dogs did not have food or water with them and had to leave them as they had no way to transport them although they did supposedly call a rescue group to advise them. The rescue group, JEARS, has claimed they tried to find the dogs but could not. THEY HAVE NOT BEEN SEEN SINCE THE ORIGINAL FIRST VIDEO.

    • OLGA March 19, 2011 at 8:41 am #

      I hope that you are wrong.

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        Global Animal March 19, 2011 at 12:17 pm #

        Hello Ochibi3,

        Today’s NPR article is citing’s story and updates dating back to March 15, 2011. Unfortunately, the rescue and health status of both of these dogs remains unconfirmed. Global Animal spoke at length to Kenn Sakurai today (March 19, 2011) and we have requested photos to verify that the dogs are indeed rescued and alive.

        It is heartening to see the outpouring of compassion for these two dear dogs. Let us all hope for good news soon.

        - Global Animal