Ultimate Loyalty: Japanese Dog Stays With Friend

Submitted by: madest 6 years ago in

This dog, stranded in the Japanese Tsunami wreckage, refuses to leave injured friend behind. Heartbreaking.
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Female 39
The dogs were taken to the vet afterwards, it`s on several youtube descriptions of the video. They didn`t rescued them inmediatly cause the dog protecting his friend was aggresive, so they had to wait for the "Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support" team to pick them up. They were both taken to the vet and are ok, waiting for the owners :D
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Male 178
@nny156 (and anyone else who might have said the same thing): Put the damn camera down and HELP the poor things. Gee-zus!
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Male 182
stop filming it and get those dogs to a shelter and vet to hell with your aww of the day news story their suffering.
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Male 2,220
@gerry - and a human companion? How long did the Andes flight 571 survivors wait before they chowed down?
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Female 582
@topgun966

Haha, yeah, go do a Google search for "Sumo corruption"

All humans have good and evil. All human organizations have good and evil. All human societies have good and evil.

If you think that a video of a traumatized animal supports your belief that Japanese culture is better than American, you need some serious reeducation.
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Male 42
Americans dont seem to understand, Japan culture is much different than americans. They will NOT throw anyone or anything under the bus. They have a culture of honor.
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Male 626
I don`t get how you could leave your dog behind to die, when he would obviously stick with you until the end. Unless the owner is already dead.
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Female 1,172
@coedog: Are you kidding me? People are far less loyal than a dog. People will throw you under the bus the first chance they get if it benefits them.
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Male 8
That dog knows what it`s like to have a true companion.
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Male 256
Not to diminish this, but dog`s are not more loyal than people. Would I leave my friend behind to die in the mud? Would you? I wouldn`t even leave a complete stranger if I was able bodied to help him.
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Male 1,347
awesome. also, I`m a jackass but arabama made me laugh, for all the wrong reasons
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Male 39,913

Did you know when you die, cats will start eating your carcaus after 2 days. Dogs wait 4-5 days. Way more loyal!

Just a fun fact I thought you`d find interesting...or disturbing.
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Male 25,416
cool
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Male 242
According to Yahoo news: 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.
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Male 3,745
"Even the dogs are more loyal there than anyone here(germany)"

lemme fix that

Even the dogs are more loyal there than anyone here(anywhere)

fixd
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Male 2,033
Hey look, something suffering! *grabs camera*
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Male 6
@madest, osiri

First, you`re disagreeing over semantics. I also own multiple dogs. They are social animals and regard their family (human or not) as their "pack", even though they`re in a domestic environment and don`t hunt for food. For example, mine are protective of each other and their human family. Their kibble diet doesn`t change that.

Second, there are arguments for and against domesticated dogs` status as pack animals. It`s often argued that domestication has killed off a lot of the traits that make wolves pack animals. On the other hand, cases exist that indicate that over time, wild domesticated dog populations can form packs and hunt.

Individual dogs scavenging solo doesn`t mean much. You could just as easily argue that those scavenging near their homes post-Katrina were staying there because of their pack mentality. My interpretation is that some dogs can form packs by your definition if the need arises and given enough time.
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Male 158
..and then the dog ate the other...
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Female 235
...aaaaaaaaaaaaaand they eventually put the damn camera down and helped those two dogs, right?
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Female 82
Even the dogs are more loyal there than anyone here(germany)
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Female 62
a true friend
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Male 541
stupid news people, stop filming the hurt dog and help it lol
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Male 7,378
@osiri, Dictionary defines a "pack" animal as an animal that lives and hunts in packs. That`s not the life domesticated dogs lead. In fact in the wake of hurricane Katrina they found most dogs kept to themselves, close to home scavenging for food.
Wild dogs do hunt in packs. Domesticated and feral dogs do not.
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Male 382
Brittaney Spaniel. My favorite Dog!
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Male 474
wow...
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Female 1,148
NO PUPPY! NOOOO!!
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Male 39,913

This is how you survive this poo


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Male 2,372
The way things are going, they might end up as dog chow soon enough, if you know what I mean.
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Male 3,058
That last line should read:

Don`t rag on people for showing compassion.
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Male 3,058
BTW, @ Neoptolemos: Thank you for sharing that information. YouTube is not someplace I look for accurate vetting of information received elsewhere on the internet. Hopefully what you`ve reported here is true.

That being said, I would like to address your first point by saying that no one here would disagree that preserving HUMAN life is Japan`s first priority.

I take issue with the fact that you are annoyed by the fact that quite a few people (myself included) are heartbroken by the images depicted in the video, and concerned for the dog`s well-being. I would imagine many live with dogs themselves.

Both dogs in the video are well-fed, and wearing collars and tags. They belong to someone who is obviously missing, and quite possibly dead themselves.

You saw two dogs.

Many of us saw two members of a family separated from their loved ones, and are feeling all of the despair and grief that goes with it.

Don`t rag on people for showing co
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Female 1,743
@Neo
Everyone here realizes that there are humans to be saved as well-- that doesn`t mean people want animals to suffer too.

And it`s good that they both got medical attention, but here`s to hoping the really injured one pulls through.
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Male 605
Well UPDATE: the dogs have been rescued and are benig cared for. So don`t start blaming poor japanese for not helping them even though there are thousands of dead and missing people around them.
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Male 3,058
@ madest: Actually my brother, domestic dogs ARE pack animals. Lone dogs living with humans see those humans as their "pack". Persons like me who live with several dogs (we have four) are seen as pack members as well.

There is a definite hierarchy. My girlfriend and I are the Alphas, and the four dogs have worked out their own order, just as wolves do in the wild.

In areas that have noticeable or significant numbers of stray dogs they will invariably form into a pack with a distinct leader.
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Female 843
Poor puppies. I know helping people is more important over there right now, so I`m glad they got help.

After watching this video, I looked at my two dogs and wondered what they would do in that situation. I know my German Shepard mix would definitely stay by and help his sister, but my Boxer...I`m not so sure :\
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Female 55
Bravo to Neotolemos for doing more then just watching the video and sharing that info.
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Male 625
@All:
Instead of bitching almost instantly, do some reading:
Firstly, dogs are no priority in this area. There are 8,000 people dead and still 4,000 missing, remember?
Secondly, what I gathered from a crude translation in the Youtube comments: the man thinks the second dog is dead, and then realizes he`s not. He feels bad about this "Damn, I should`ve brought him some food", they immediately call for a vet.
Lastly, the dogs are rescued and given medical attention. The injured dog is still very weak, though.
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Male 868
can`t the guy with the camera help the dog - instead of just filming it? Like when they show the little starving kids on TV - the camera guy there with the $10,0000 can`t give the kid a sandwich?
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Male 79
Well for crap`s sake HELP THEM!!!!!!!!!!
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Male 158
Ohhhh man, I didnt think I`d get this upset over this :~;
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Female 1,743
I thought the dog was dead until I saw it struggle to move. I sincerely hope the poor pup can get better.
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Male 7,378
Wolves are pack animals. Dogs are not. Great 1st post.
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Male 11
So the dog is a pack animal and it wants to stay in a pack. Not that it ain`t hart warming, it`s just not that special.
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Male 103
@KingKrusha Is not realy sadness I think its a whole mix of emotions, Its heartwarming to see how loyal this dog is, but at the same time it is a sad thing to see, Like say the scene in Lion King when Simba is telling Mufasa "Dad wake up", It sad because the Dog wants to help but he cant. Also nice Display pic :p
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Male 1,312
Hmm, don`t put down the camera to help or anything. The reason that dog stayed is cuz they are BFFFs
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Female 4,039
@Micktrex - I`m no Ceasar Milan, but it almost seems like he`s trying to block the injured dog`s view of the people and try to get him up slowly as opposed to him being startled. Maybe I`m reading into it too much. OMG this video has me f-ed up six ways to Tuesday.
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Male 121
Even in the depths of dispair and disaster, there are little rays of strength and hope. This dog is awesome.
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Male 141
This is very touching and an uplifting sight in a disaster such as this one. But why does the dog choose to sit practically on the injured dog`s face before it moves?
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Male 1,122
Sometimes you should put down the camera and do something. That dog clearly begged for help for its companion.
It was heartbreaking to watch him approach the cameramen, then try and lead them back to his friend.
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Female 856
According to a Facebook post from Butch Japan president Kenn Sakurai, both dogs were found alive in Mito, Ibaraki by Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support, and are currently being cared for at a local shelter.
GracieM1968 41 minutes ago
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Male 96
why is everyone bitching about how sad this made them? this is a display of how much hope a creature is capable of exhibiting, even in times as hard as they are in Japan. i think its kinda nice... just saying
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Male 953
I was going to say F. YOU I.A.B. for posting poo like this..... then I finally saw the other dog move and was like :D he`s alive.
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Male 6,737
:(
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Male 452
that was prozac prescription worthy...thanks a lot.
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Male 7,378
Dogs best friend apparently too.
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Female 4,039
OMFG seriously - I f-ing hate you guys. Ooohhhh that is so sad I am going to throw up from sobbing. Oh my god oh my god oh my god oh my god.
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Male 3,058
From what I understand, the crew that shot the video thought that the dog that approached them was warning them to stay away.

This absolutely breaks my heart, because since I`ve lived with dogs my entire life I understand how they communicate. The apparently uninjured dog was clearly asking them to follow him and help his friend.

Any followup anyone here can provide would be greatly appreciated.
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Male 2,229
wow...
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Male 7,830
great, now im going to be sad all day.
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Male 3,058
Dammit madest...
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Male 8
:-(
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Female 8,051
Now I am howling, I read that both dogs are being cared for, I really hope that is true because I would quite like to stop sobbing today.
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Male 594
aww :( I hope they fed them at least ...
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Male 10,440
:-(
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Male 7,378
Link: Ultimate Loyalty: Japanese Dog Stays With Friend [Rate Link] - This dog, stranded in the Japanese Tsunami wreckage, refuses to leave injured friend behind. Heartbreaking.
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