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Dog Adrift On Floating Debris Rescued In Japan

A dog was found alive on top of a large debris field floating one mile off the northern shore of Japan - three weeks after that country's earthquake and tsunami. A helicopter crew spotted the dog who initially repeatedly ran away from rescuers before finally being caught several hours later.

After reading about Japan's mounting death toll and worries over radiation contamination, it's nice to come across a heartwarming story like this one. Watch the rescue, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. There is a simple way to find owners, and it is implemented in the EU. All vets are legally obliged to microchip any animal they treat. With that simple action, there is now a "EU Pet Passport" to facilitate continental travel with a minimum of hassle.

    In the US, this simple legislation would prevent the millions of animals abandoned every year. How much would it cost? ZERO - If the estate administrators of Leona Helmsley's fortune stop trying to divert the billions she left for the "betterment of dogs and animals"!

    What could a few billion dollars do?

    It could pay for lobbyists to get microchip legislation passed Federally and/or Statewide. It could subsidize the cost of microchipping. It could fund an enforcement group for animal welfare. The list goes on.

    Posted by: sean | Apr 2, 2011 1:57:44 PM

  2. This was great! Certainly nice to see some uplifting items like this.

    Posted by: Effie Ewe | Apr 2, 2011 3:48:47 PM

  3. Very sweet. I'd be interested to know how long the doggie was out there. I assume s/he was swept up in the tsunami and swam to the nearest surface afterward, though s/he seems to be in great shape despite so much (presumably) time at sea---a mile out! Obviously no mammal can live 3 weeks without water, so it's a curious tale.

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 2, 2011 4:49:31 PM

  4. I suspect it rained pretty often and he was able to lick up enough to survive. Humans rarely survive so long at sea because of exposure, either to the cold or to the sun. A fur coat comes in handy in both cases.

    Posted by: BobN | Apr 2, 2011 5:36:48 PM

  5. That got me hella teary eyed. Licks of thanks at the end! :' )

    Posted by: Robert | Apr 2, 2011 9:06:13 PM

  6. Same here Robert.
    I just got over the Irish anti-bullying video and BOOM, dogs licks face and I start crying again.

    Posted by: Michael | Apr 2, 2011 10:03:29 PM

  7. "WATCH: Dog rescued atop tsunami wreckage in Atlantic Ocean."

    Wow! How did he get all the way to the Atlantic Ocean that fast?

    Posted by: Ninong | Apr 3, 2011 5:29:51 PM

  8. 'Cuz OBVIOUSLY people in the U.S. don't have maps and, thus, most Asian countries are on the Atlantic.

    Posted by: Walter | Apr 3, 2011 8:01:04 PM

  9. Dogs rule! They're unconditional love, kindness and joy they give owners is a constant reminder how often animals can be more emotionally heightened and giving than many humans. Dog people are some of the most compassionate people I know! Thanks for posting this guys.

    Posted by: IonMusic | Apr 4, 2011 2:59:57 AM

  10. Sweeet!

    Posted by: rb | Apr 4, 2011 10:56:24 AM

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