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Dog keeps vigil amid tsunami’s devastation

We don’t know the story behind these two dogs — other than they are obvious victims of the tsunami in Japan.

We don’t know the outcome — whether they’ve been rescued or not.

We don’t know what the commentator is saying.

But we do know this: It’s going to make you cry.

The video was brought to our attention by Karen, an American living in Yokohama, Japan.

“I’ve been a fan of your blog for some time, and today I want to bring your attention to a news footage uploaded on YouTube about two dogs surviving in the ruins of a city destroyed by the tsunami.

“It was filmed by a TV crew of Fuji Television, who mistakenly attributed the dog’s behavior as ‘stay away’ when in fact it was probably seeking help for the second dog, which the reporter assumed was dead.

“The dogs apparently were just left there, and there is no update as to whether they were subsequently rescued (I doubt they were). People have been writing to Fuji Television asking that they disclose the whereabouts of the dogs and assist in their rescue.

“I hope you can write about this the dog that stayed behind to take care of its friend, and ask your readers to pray for the dogs’ safety.”

UPDATE:  An unconfirmed report states the two dogs have been rescued. Kenn Sakurai, whose Facebook page describes him as the president of a Japanese pet food company who is helping with the rescue of animals, reports on Facebook that the two dogs have been rescued:

“We have already got these dog … Both dogs brought to Mito, Ibaraki. One is staying at the vet clinic and the brown and white one is at the shelter,” he wrote.


Comment from Diane McCornack
Time March 15, 2011 at 2:26 pm

You are right that is heart breaking to watch. As the nightmare for Japan has unfolded in my mind I knew there were stories like this going on but had tried to put the thought from my mind. The lady who wrote was 100% correct it is obvious that poor dog was looking for help for his friend. When they didn’t “speak his language” he simply went back to be there for him. Simply heartbreaking. Sending prayers and thoughts for these two and for the multitude out there just like them I’m sure. The forgotten vicitms.

Comment from sfernandez
Time March 15, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Do you or your friend know at least in which town this was? I can’t understand why they did not help them!!

Comment from Clarice
Time March 15, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support posted on their FB page today:

In late afternoon today we got a tip where they may be and went directly to there, It was hit extremely hard as it’s quite near the ocean. We tried to search for them and did for about an hour, but it was getting dark and far too… dangerous considering the condition of the roads (power lines down, houses completely destroyed, fallen, trees everywhere). We had to head back to a safer and lit area. But we will keep trying to locate them.

Comment from Nancy
Time March 15, 2011 at 2:59 pm


Comment from Laura Hudson
Time March 15, 2011 at 3:20 pm

They look like they were confused!! Somebody should have offered them some food or shelter? Take them to a safe place and get them out of there.

Comment from Elaine
Time March 15, 2011 at 5:23 pm

They have been rescued!!!! I searched and searched till I found an answer. A man on Facebook is rescuing lots of animals. You can follow him at: https://www.facebook.com/kenn.sakurai1?sk=wall#!/kenn.sakurai1?sk=wall. You can also follow Japanese Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support on Facebook, and send donations.

Comment from Clarice
Time March 15, 2011 at 9:32 pm

One of Mr. Sakurai’s favorite athletes is Michael Vick???? I will wait for a posting by Japanese Animal Rescue ansd Support to believe these dogs were rescued.

Comment from Amy
Time March 15, 2011 at 11:00 pm

YES. Same as the above post and you can donate here: http://japanearthquakeanimalrelief.chipin.com/japan-earthquake-animal-rescue-and-support

Comment from Amy
Time March 15, 2011 at 11:06 pm

The post from Clarice above is accurate about the Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support group, but we’ve been following this story all day and trying to determine whether or not these dogs were in fact rescued and this is the most recent update we’ve heard from Kenn Sakurai on FB “This is what it’s like when we could find the dogs at the actual disaster area. The white has gotten weak but the brown one is not allowing to get closer. The TV crew shot this. We have already got these dog. But it too two hours to take them to the closest shelter. The guys who had done that had the bigger plastic cage on the back of the bike. Having such weight on the back is risky for going the way with no road.” and “Both dogs brought to Mito, Ibaraki. One is staying at the vet clinic and the brown and white one is at the shelter.”

Comment from Amy
Time March 15, 2011 at 11:10 pm

Just got confirmed as a friend to Kenn Sakurai on FB and this is directly from him “Those two dogs are rescued. The one which came close to the camera is in the better condition. The other White, Gray and Black was weak. So it is in the vet clinic in Ibaraki Prefectre. The other dog is in the shelter of the same area.
But please know that those two are just the tip of the iceberg. There are more and we need help.”

Comment from Dorcas Sefton
Time March 15, 2011 at 11:17 pm

except that there are THREE dogs in the video and only two were rescued so far. No one noticed the third??

Comment from Amy
Time March 16, 2011 at 3:36 am

Yeah we noticed that too and passed our concern along asking about the 3rd dog but haven’t got any update or confirmation about its rescue 🙁

Comment from Michelle
Time March 16, 2011 at 8:04 am

According to CNN this morning both dogs were rescued. It took about 2 hours before the dog standing guard would calm down enough to let rescuers approach them. The healthier dog? was taken to an animal shelter and the injured dog was taken to? a vet clinic for treatment.

Comment from JR
Time March 16, 2011 at 11:14 am

I’m sick about the dogs in the video. Did CNN provide proof (photos) in their story that dogs were rescued? I’m trying to CONFIRM these dogs were rescued. Below is the response to a fb message from the guy in Japan claiming to have rescued the dogs when I asked him if he could upload photos of the dogs at the shelter and vet clinic. Note the comment re the “helpless dog” I believe he’s referring to the 3rd dog in the video I questioned about:

“If we could have time and don’t forget about it, maybe we would. But please understand that there are more of them waiting to be saved in the back mountains. That footage you have seen is the area we are prohibited to get in. The other dog was helpless and there were only two guys. Repeat, those two are not the only ones and people are working more than 100%.
Thank you for your understandings, “

Comment from JR
Time March 16, 2011 at 11:31 am

Just got transcript from CNN. It aired on American Morning and the host says re the video “I believe they were able to finallly get to those dogs.” STILL NO PROOF. How can we confirm, visually, those dogs were rescued?

Comment from Magda
Time March 16, 2011 at 11:02 pm

Hi, to You, and your Commentors,
I too have been wondering how the Dogs have fared with so much tragedy happening for Japan and all its Inhabitants…
you may like to visit –
where I found information and photo.
Very much like this site… thanks for caring.
With appreciation from Magda (Australia)

Comment from Magda
Time March 16, 2011 at 11:19 pm

Hi, have returned with further information for you….
it is a veterinary site with the dogs’ story and rescue.. and other interesting information…
The information there coincides with the ‘live journal’ site.
I hope I have been of assistance…
Magda (Australia)

Comment from Magda (M Peeters)
Time March 16, 2011 at 11:49 pm

Apologies for returning again, I Follow the following site and discovered heaps of information…
If you go there and click on “Japan Earthquake Animal and Rescue Support” mentioned in the introduction before the UTube Video Story of the dogs, you’ll discover I’m sure, sufficient information to satiate the need to know…
Best wishes to you all from Magda (Australia)

Comment from holli
Time March 17, 2011 at 12:10 am

I will save those dogs and fly them to us how to do this

Comment from Diane
Time March 17, 2011 at 2:57 am

They are both rescued-the sick one in a vets care and the protector in a shelter.
It is Heatwarming and we could all take a big lesson from that kind of loyalty. Here’s the traslation of the video!
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.

Comment from Kim Wiley
Time March 17, 2011 at 4:05 am

I heard on the news this morning, that the dogs have been rescued. One was found keeping guard over a smaller injured dog. Just looking after their own.

Comment from Eva
Time March 17, 2011 at 4:51 am

Kenn Sakurai is a small business owner who imports and sells “Butch” dog food in Japan. After the earthquake he began a grass roots effort to help the local shelters and save some of the loose dogs in the streets after the Tsunami struck. He’s already went through Japanese red tape and applied for permission to conduct business as an animal rescue organization and receive donations. He is now trying to organize people to go out and help the animals and shelters as needed. He is paying for the motorcyclist delivery boys to go out and search and rescue such dogs out of his own pocket and is trying to raise funds. READ his posts. This is a GOOD guy. A HERO. From his FB page: “Those two dogs are rescued. The one which came close to the camera is in the better condition. The other White, Gray and Black was weak. So it is in the vet clinic in Ibaraki Prefectre. The other dog is in the shelter of the same area.
But please know that those two are just the tip of the iceberg. There are more and we need help.
Both dogs brought to Mito, Ibaraki. One is staying at the vet clinic and the brown and white one is at the shelter.”

Comment from ayen
Time March 17, 2011 at 7:31 am

I am an animal lover and I cant help but cried when I watch the video… thank you rescuing them… God bless you..

Comment from Karen
Time March 17, 2011 at 11:17 pm

Can everyone who has read this just donate $2.00 in whatever currency? This will make a HUGE difference to all our ‘talking’ about rescue, this guy can really help.
Let’s all hope for a better world for animals.

Comment from pauline
Time March 18, 2011 at 6:40 am

help the dog please…i just read from global animal that news about the dogs that have been rescued is not confirmed.

I feel terribly sad after reading this. one of the guy who found them could have stayed back for the dogs while his friend was looking for help. :((

Comment from patricia sexton
Time March 19, 2011 at 8:30 am

i love all animals and i am very concerned did the dogs get rescued and given medical treatment i would like to know how they are doing and we all will pray for every one in japan and god bless you all yal are in our prayers we would like a up date on the two dogs if possible thanks and have a blessed day chey

Comment from mlaiuppa
Time March 19, 2011 at 2:53 pm

The dogs are NOT rescued.

Kenn Sakuari is a liar. He will NOT confirm their rescue with post rescue photos or video, can NOT provide name of vet or address of clinic where the ill dog is being treated or the name and address of the rescue that has the hero dog.

He is rude and immediately unfriends and blocks anyone on Facebook that asks for confirmation of dogs’ rescue.

If there’s no video/pictures it didn’t happen.

Kenn Sakurai is a LIAR.

Make him prove otherwise.


Comment from malgorzata korpelainen
Time March 20, 2011 at 8:15 am

yes, we are waiting for the proof from Kenn Sakurai!!!!…
We would like to see some videos, pictures, to get some information that can be checked.
It should not be difficult to do if that what he says is truth…

Comment from Anonymous
Time April 3, 2011 at 10:16 pm

They have been rescued. This topic was also posted in a yahoo news article.