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.


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 to 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.

A big thank you to Ann Fontaine for sending this video into me and to Alison for sending in the photograph below of another dog caught up in the Japanese earthquake.



  1. That is so sweet and I am so glad both dogs (and the one in the piccie too) were rescued and are being looked after.

  2. Tried to leave this on another post but it seemed to fail, so apologies if it comes through twice: please send up a prayer for my dog Ollie (black lab) – he snapped his cruciate ligament in his right knee last week and had to have an emergency op on Friday; I’m taking him for a check up this afternoon. He’s a very poorly three legged beastie at the moment, but we’re trying extra hard to make a fuss of him.

  3. Yes, Sam. And I bet, from some quarters, Ollie will get a lot more sympathy than you ever get when you are laid low. It’s unfair, us dumb animals should be treated equally.