A Lesson in Loyalty: Japanese Dog Refuses to Leave Injured Friend Behind

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One of the latest news clips to emerge from Japan offers a moving example of ultimate dog loyalty, and clearly illustrates the challenges faced by animal victims of the earthquake and tsunami.

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    • I agree with you! Do something! or find someone that can help. I know there are people that need help desperatly but so do these animals, it is probably freezing! So sad.

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      • How can judge these poor people? I am a dog lover too, but when you have destruction all around you from an earthquake, complete towns and cities swept away in a tsunami and live in an area with the air saturated with radiation, and don’t have housing for yourself, can’t get water or food, have been in the same clothes for days, in WINTER, perhaps saving these dear animals isn’t even possible! Americans (and the world) can and should be learning from the Japanese. Though they are homeless, their loved ones drowned and missing, they remain HUMBLE, and honorable, putting others before themselves. We have a disaster here, and what do our citizens do? They loot business, hoard, complain, etc. I would hope before others comment about Japan saving this dog or any dog, to look at the entire picture, and ask yourself what you would do? Be THANKFUL you are warm, have shelter and food tonight and are able to care for your pets! geez!

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          • I agree help them their living beings as well. I know my babies would have to be ripped from my arms for me not to have them with me. they’d be my first priority. Its horrible what happened in Japan all need help!

        • I always put the lives of animals before humans. Dogs especially, love unconditionally, they are the most loyal. Not once have I seen these traits in humans. I come from an array of races. The Japanese arent the problem, its human kind.

          Of all the creatures ever made [man] is the most detestable. Of the entire brood, he is the only one… that possesses malice. He is the only creature that inflicts pain for sport, knowing it to be pain. ~Mark Twain

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          • I like dogs better than people too, but historically, when the shit hits the fan, we all pull together.I know our corrupt government has put us all in a very bad place, but I am tired of people putting all folks down for the actions of a few. If all of us are what you say, we wouldn’t have helped Katrina dogs or be organizing a World Vets deployment to Japan to save the animals. Wake up and smell the roses everybody!

        • Kim – Of course the world is looking at the entire picture!!! Of course the rest of us are thankful for what we have because at any moment, this could be US! And YES, Americans could learn from the Japanese culture, as they are a culture that helps each other and would not even think of looting or taking advantage of people in a bad situation. But what you aren’t remembering is that these people are grieving for the loss of their pets as well as their family members. Just because we see them on TV sobbing, do we automatically assume they are crying only for their human loved ones? Did we not learn from Katrina? When faced with such devastating and complete loss, often their pets are all they have left to cling to – their only connection to what once was. They aren’t any different from us – they grieve and bleed and die just like we do. And in a culture that places such importance on life, would you not think that the lives of their pets are important, too?

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        • My prayer for the Japanese people. I truly admire
          their patience, humbleness, discipline and strong family values. In the face of calamity that came
          into their lives they remain calm and hopeful inspite of so much pain and sadness.

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        • Finally a sensible person. However much you may love your pets, anybody saying that they’d save a dog rather than a person is just sick. Sort your priorities out! It’s easy to complain about other people’s “lack of loyalty” if you’d let them die in the first place just so that you could save a dog. Some of the posts here really are infuriating. These people have friends and family they need to care for, as well as neighbours and people they don’t even know. A person you don’t know is someone else’s loved one. If you just can’t be bothered, then don’t complain about human nature, because you clearly aren’t one of the best examples of humanity. Having said this, I’m glad the dogs were rescued.

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          • If people are worthy enough for a dog to risk their life saving, then something sure is wrong with somebody who says they love dogs so much that they would save a dog before saving a human life! If all humans felt that way, then we as the human race would not be worthy of the dog’s love or God’s love for that matter! Thank God we don’t all have that attitude and whoever posted that here should do some serious soul searching because we are made in God’s image and are a wonderful creation. That’s what MY DOGS think about me anyway!

          • Never forsaken, Are a wonderful creation? Us humans? LOL! What on earth have we ever done but destroy? We are cruel, vicious, we destroy the nature and pretty much everything else we touch. And I know this isn’t true for all people, but tbh for most people it is. But as for all the problems in this world, which one of them was caused by any other animal than human kind? Things like that is our own fault for destroying this world by cutting down the forests, using up the finite resources and ruining the ozone layer. Tbh the animals are the ones that should be saved, not humans.

          • i agree, but who said that we shall save dogs before humans, in my opinion both need to be saved but i think since dogs(animals) cant speak for themselves , they are just going by their kind nature, their loyal nature that us humans can follow, as we all can see, this dogs is VERY loyal..something all of us can learn from, we sit here and argue who s going to save who.. well we all need to help one another. Keep in mind,we shoujld know better, these are dogs, and they know better, their owners left them obviously…(not to be mean)

      • They said we should bring them with us. (knowing Japanese helps before you criticize them).

        Then again, you have to think how many animals must have been displaced. They are having trouble feeding the humans….and help can’t get to alot of the places the tsunami hit because the earthquake tore up the roads. It’s not as easy as “do something!” I’m sure alot of Japanese are worried about their pets. I’ve seen alot of videos with Japanese hanging onto their animals tightly. I’m sure some lost their animals and are very worried.

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        • i have believed that if these owners selfishly left their pets behind to die, they should be left behind too. Were able to get their family out, why not show love for your pets by taking them as well, they’re not important enough?. Whats the world coming to.

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    • Yes! I spent the whole time yelling, “Stop talking and *bleeping* HELP the dogs!!” Maybe they’re saying something about why they’re just standing there, but I don’t understand Japanese.

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      • They are saying that the reason they did not approach the dogs, is because they were not sure if the first dog was warning them away from the other dog in an attempt to protect it. They did not want to get attacked, otherwise they probably would have helped I think.

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        • Thank you, Maika. From their tone, I got the impression they were attempting to help. The video does not show them leaving and my guess is they put down the camera and probably did try to help. They have to approach with caution. If they were to be bitten at a time like this, where would they get help?

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        • Contrary to some of the Comments, I am glad the person who took this footage kept filming …. Now we have this to Share and bring attention to the plight of the animals that are also suffering in Japan. I don’t understand Japanese, but the voices expressed concern for what they were witnessing. Caution should be practiced at first, when coming across a big dog who is confused and distressed. The scene that unfolded is amazing: what they discovered, and the loyalty of the dog for its friend. We know that help was delivered to these two dogs – perhaps precisely because of the efforts of those filming.

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      • Girl, I SO AGREE. What the hell is the matter that they can’t show some hardcore compassion? What – cuz they’re “only animals?” This is damn heartbreaking! I’m actually sorry I even wacthed it.

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    • I wonder the same thing, Did anyone help them? Did they just leave them? I would have taken them both. I’m sending money right now! Hope everyone joins me.

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      • I think they’re both rescued and cared for. I really hope they’re not separated. Where can we find information about how they’re doing now? I would gladly adopt both

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  1. Amazing. Simply amazing. I’d love to know what happened to these two, if LWD is able to track the rest of this story down. I really hope someone got them help!

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  2. Dogs love unconditionally…no boundaries; no prejudice; no conditions…I pray for these as well as all the 4 legged victims of this horrible tragedy every day!

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  3. I think we all want to know what happened to those dogs. Did the video takers just admire their spirit then leave them to suffer?

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    • Exactly, thats what everyone wants to know. did the reporter just got his note n then left them suffering or did they at least help them. i think that when the dog first came to them it was like to let them know that THEY NEED HELP!!!

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  4. Amazing…what loyalty, No words can express the way I’m feeling now!!

    I just hope the people taking the video managed to help them..

    xx

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    • Please, please let us know that this animal and his companion was received help. I cried when I watched the clip. I just don’t want to know that it made somebody a good “tearjerker” clip, but that in the end, the animal received help. Food and water and medical assistance.

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        • According to a Facebook post both of these Brittany Spaniels have been rescued by the Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue & Support and are at a local animal shelter. Please send support funds for this Rescue Group, they are going to need help. As for the Rescue Workers who found these Dog People, if you listen to the voice in the video you can hear this person choking up with emotion just as we all have. You really don’t have to speak Japanese to hear the emotion. My heart goes out to every living being in Japan along with my prayers.

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  5. Moved to tears, hope these two make it. Such massive destruction, hard to even fathom what it must be like there.

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