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(Some Guy)   The latest amazing story out of Japan: a Shih Tzu practically drags his 83-year-old owner away from the oncoming tsunami before it hit. This dog deserves steak   ( yomiuri.co.jp) divider line
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2011-03-28 11:27:16 PM  
The doggie was just making sure its post-disaster food supply was safe.

/good dog.
 
2011-03-29 12:23:50 AM  
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Here you go Mr. Dog with a stupid breed name.
 
2011-03-29 12:25:03 AM  
I've seen steaks bigger than that dog... Give him one of them.
 
2011-03-29 12:28:23 AM  
The dog at least deserves not to be eaten.
 
2011-03-29 12:32:46 AM  
Love stories like this!
 
2011-03-29 12:33:27 AM  
I don't know that dogs can sense tsunami waves.

But...

Dogs read our emotions very well. They can hear us at long distances.

If the dog ended up with the big crowd of humans at the evacuation center, I wonder if it simply noticed that all the humans in town were very frightened at that moment, and were all running in the same direction. Dog knows somethings up, and instinctively runs to the pack?

Just a guess.
 
2011-03-29 12:34:22 AM  
Steak?

If my dog just saved my live I'm giving him one of the cats.
 
2011-03-29 12:34:28 AM  
Came in to suggest Kobe Beef. Leaving satisfied. :)
 
2011-03-29 12:36:37 AM  
*cough*bullshih tzu*cough*
 
2011-03-29 12:40:06 AM  

Smallwoody: Here you go Mr. Dog with a stupid breed name.


Sirloin priced the same as tenderloin? 15,750/150g
 
2011-03-29 12:48:56 AM  
H mm, I'm not certain a shiatzu could do that. I have one and it cant carry or drag anything but her ball and my dirty socks.

Yes they have E.S.P (well l believe so).

/She does eat steak.
//Eats better than most people in poor countries do.
//Her name is Noodle.

//slashiatzu.
 
2011-03-29 12:49:06 AM  
Wow, what a brave dog... and it's a toy breed to boot. Maybe that pug I know isn't entirely worthless in case of emergency...
 
2011-03-29 12:51:36 AM  
"You call him shiat-Zu"
 
2011-03-29 12:56:21 AM  

studebaker hoch: I don't know that dogs can sense tsunami waves.

But...

Dogs read our emotions very well. They can hear us at long distances.

If the dog ended up with the big crowd of humans at the evacuation center, I wonder if it simply noticed that all the humans in town were very frightened at that moment, and were all running in the same direction. Dog knows somethings up, and instinctively runs to the pack?

Just a guess.


They can sense earthquakes
 
2011-03-29 01:00:22 AM  
ftfa : ""It's a bit early for a walk," Akanuma thought, but she put Babu on her leash anyway. While they were in the entrance to Akanuma's home, a warning that a huge tsunami was heading for the Pacific coast was broadcast over the town's community speaker system."

what did this dog do especially? did i miss the part where the owner is deaf and didnt hear this warning ON THE DOORSTEP ?
 
2011-03-29 01:05:53 AM  
A Shih Tzu adopted us. Like the doggie in the story, she does not seem to like exercise. "C'mon lets go outside." She hides under the table. Sensible.

On the other hand, she lives for danger. When she smells a raccoon in the backyard in the middle of the night she is relentless to get at them. Three times her weight, they flee her sound and fury.

My guess is the Shih Tzu in the story smelled the agitation and wanted to go be part of the action.
 
2011-03-29 01:09:22 AM  

studebaker hoch: I don't know that dogs can sense tsunami waves.

But...

Dogs read our emotions very well. They can hear us at long distances.

If the dog ended up with the big crowd of humans at the evacuation center, I wonder if it simply noticed that all the humans in town were very frightened at that moment, and were all running in the same direction. Dog knows somethings up, and instinctively runs to the pack?

Just a guess.


Goddamn, why overanalyze it? Dog saves elderly owner from horrible death. You don't need some logical explanation all the time.
 
2011-03-29 01:18:10 AM  
Shi tzus were bred to have excellent hearing and be alert to things out of the ordinary. Their job was to bark if they thought there was danger. They'd lead the bigger dogs to the threat and then stand back and watch the asskicking. You can't sneak by a shiatzu and you can't train them not to bark at a doorbell. It's just what they do.

/heartwarming story tho bro
 
2011-03-29 01:18:58 AM  
I think some stuff was lost in translation.
 
2011-03-29 01:21:54 AM  
I had a shiatzu when I was young, wonderful dog. Loving playful and leaped around happy as can be.

About the only thing she ever accurately predicted was dinner being ready and I think that's because my mom kicked her out of the kitchen when she started cooking.

They ARE temple dogs.


DID THE DOG HEAR THE TSUNAMI SIREN? If she did and had been walked to the shelter platform as part of a drill, it is an act of bravery and transcendental skill totally in line with my experience with the breed.
 
2011-03-29 01:22:45 AM  
and TOTALLY payback for being dragged there last time.
 
2011-03-29 01:25:43 AM  
schubie,shiatzus were bred to have excellent hearing and be alert to things out of the ordinary. Their job was to bark if they thought there was danger. They'd lead the bigger dogs to the threat and then stand back and watch the asskicking. You can't sneak by a shiatzu and you can't train them not to bark at a doorbell. It's just what they do.
/heartwarming story tho bro


I read a slightly different version of this bro.
That shih tzu's were companion dogs and footwarmers for chinese royals. They were the original companion dog, and all but killed off when the Chinese royal family fell.

Now they are allegedly the product of a Lapsa Apsa and a Peke or Pomranian. And the Lapsa was the noisy and concerned half of the guard dog team in Mongolia, or something like that.
 
2011-03-29 01:26:21 AM  

Delay: A Shih Tzu adopted us. Like the doggie in the story, she does not seem to like exercise. "C'mon lets go outside." She hides under the table. Sensible.

On the other hand, she lives for danger. When she smells a raccoon in the backyard in the middle of the night she is relentless to get at them. Three times her weight, they flee her sound and fury.

My guess is the Shih Tzu in the story smelled the agitation and wanted to go be part of the action.


If mine heard someone who wasn't us coming in the back door and they didn't call her by name she'd hit the door so hard they'd be knocked down. I could probably have taught her to bowl with her head.

For danger: yup, mine sniffed noses with a Buick and BY GOD the Buick was terrified.
 
2011-03-29 01:31:04 AM  

Gyrfalcon: Goddamn, why overanalyze it? Dog saves elderly owner from horrible death. You don't need some logical explanation all the time.


Well said. What's wrong with accepting life's miracles with quite amazement and leaving it at that? I doubt we'll ever understand why stories like these pop up so often following catastrophic events. To me, it's every bit as mysterious and wonderful as why we never seem to hear about the dogs that let their owners die. Don't even try to make sense of it. It defies all logic.

I'll take my steak now.
 
2011-03-29 01:31:37 AM  
Awww. Good Babu.
 
2011-03-29 01:32:24 AM  
FTA: "It's a bit early for a walk," Akanuma thought, but she put Babu on her leash anyway.

Middle/late afternoon is early? What, is this lady a stripper and in the habit of sleeping until five p.m.?

What a Babu may look like:
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2011-03-29 01:36:40 AM  
Feral_and_Preposterous,
FTA: "It's a bit early for a walk," Akanuma thought, but she put Babu on her leash anyway.
Middle/late afternoon is early? What, is this lady a stripper and in the habit of sleeping until five p.m.?


Old ladies and their Shih Tzus may bond and have routines as if the dog could read a freaking clock.
 
2011-03-29 01:39:45 AM  
Dogs, what can't they do?
 
2011-03-29 01:52:11 AM  

Marcintosh: Dogs, what can't they do?


Sweat.
 
2011-03-29 02:36:00 AM  
So would it still have waited for her if she hadn't had it on a leash?
 
2011-03-29 03:05:58 AM  
Dog should get a nice plank of sashimi-grade ahi, lightly seared. Leave the yellowfin for me.
 
2011-03-29 03:24:31 AM  

Marcintosh: Dogs, what can't they do?


See color
 
2011-03-29 03:29:16 AM  
Ask some of the survivors how many lost their dogs that day.

"But oh! They can sense earthquakes and perhaps tsunamis I know this because this one dog did!"

Good story... but treat it for what it is, happiness in a sad time. Not farking evidence. Seriously.
 
2011-03-29 03:30:30 AM  

gito: Marcintosh: Dogs, what can't they do?

See color


Are trying to say color is better than contrast?

/notsurewhatkindaantianimalisticthatis
 
2011-03-29 06:16:57 AM  
TFA: The dog headed for a hill, instead of their usual route, and she decided to follow.

I don't wish to harsh anyone's good time buzz, but it looks very much like the dog was just acting out of preservation instinct and the old girl was smart enough to follow him. I love animals and it's still a cool story. They both made it through something terrible.
 
2011-03-29 07:53:44 AM  

gito: Marcintosh: Dogs, what can't they do?

See color


Spell Colour!
 
2011-03-29 08:23:43 AM  

Marcintosh: Dogs, what can't they do?


talk.

no, barking is not talking.
 
2011-03-29 08:28:07 AM  

studebaker hoch: I don't know that dogs can sense tsunami waves.

But...

Dogs read our emotions very well. They can hear us at long distances.

If the dog ended up with the big crowd of humans at the evacuation center, I wonder if it simply noticed that all the humans in town were very frightened at that moment, and were all running in the same direction. Dog knows somethings up, and instinctively runs to the pack?

Just a guess.


A lot of animals will clear the fark off the coast line whenever they feel an earthquake. That's how a lot of people survived in India and Indonesia during the that tsunami. They saw basically every animal get the fark out and so the local did the same. I doubt they can detect a tsunami but they have some instinct to get away from the ocean when they feel a tremor in the earth.

NatoGeo Article on It: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/01/0104_050104_tsunami_an​imals.html
 
2011-03-29 09:24:51 AM  

Marcintosh: Dogs, what can't they do?


Anything that requires opposable thumbs.
 
2011-03-29 09:30:38 AM  
The real story here is that an 83 year-old woman was physically able to climb a hill.

Glad she and her pal survived.
 
2011-03-29 10:15:25 AM  

Marcintosh: Dogs, what can't they do?


Whistle.
 
2011-03-29 10:28:01 AM  

LeilaK: The real story here is that an 83 year-old woman was physically able to climb a hill.

Glad she and her pal survived.


We're not talking about an American here.
 
2011-03-29 10:31:53 AM  
who's a good boy!??!?!!?! You are...yes you are. Such a good boy..
 
2011-03-29 10:38:43 AM  
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Shih Tzu
Shih Tzu
Shih Tzu
 
2011-03-29 10:42:45 AM  

libranoelrose: I think some stuff was lost in translation.


...and TFA contents don't actually line up with what's implied in TFH. TFA sez that when they walked out of the house, the tsunami alarms were going off, so I think that may have helped little Snooki-oshi's initiative. Not that it's not a great dog, etc.
 
2011-03-29 10:55:59 AM  
TFA: "Babu turned 12 Wednesday. She seemed quite pleased to celebrate the event in her favorite pink outfit, which had been freshly washed for the big day."

Pink? Cute.

And now we have a nominee for the non-sequitur award...and HACK journo.
 
2011-03-29 11:10:34 AM  
When asked for a response to his heroics Babu simply stated:(while waving a paw slowly back and forth) "It was a bad wave, very bad wave"
 
2011-03-29 11:23:25 AM  
Honestly, I think the little rat at the end of a string was just trying to save it's own hide and dragged an old person with it. Nothing more complicated than that.
 
2011-03-29 11:31:57 AM  
I normally hate little dogs (my neighbors have FOUR chihuahuas), but I'll make an exception for this one.

/Good job Babu
//I will suppress my urge to punt you
///YAPYAPYAPYAPYAPYAP
 
2011-03-29 11:50:51 AM  

Tainted1: LeilaK: The real story here is that an 83 year-old woman was physically able to climb a hill.

Glad she and her pal survived.

We're not talking about an American here.


Elderly Japanese are tough. They'll carry 40lbs of rice over ther back up a hill...bot ways...during a tsunami!
 
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