A glimmer of hope amidst utter devastation (updated)

Some believe that people are at their best when things take a turn for the worse. I don’t think that way.

I do know that animals often put us humans to shame  in many aspects, such as  loyalty and faithfulness. This video from Japan of a dog protecting another is a great and moving example.


Both dogs are reportedly receiving veterinary care after being rescued.
A nod goes to a friend of the blog who is auctioning a print to benefit relief efforts in Japan, please take time to check out his photo stream here.

UPDATE: the island of Tashirojima appears to be safe for the time being. Its small human and very large feline populations have so far managed to escape major harm but are running low on food…


From wiki: fixed-net fishing was popular on the island after the Edo Period and fishermen from other areas would come and stay on the island overnight. The cats would go to the inns where the fishermen were staying and beg for scraps. Over time, the fishermen developed a fondness for the cats and would observe the cats closely, interpreting their actions as predictions of the weather and fish patterns. One day, when the fishermen were collecting rocks to use with the fixed-nets, a stray rock fell and killed one of the cats. The fishermen, feeling sorry for the loss of the cat, buried it and enshrined it at this location on the island.

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