2011年3月26日土曜日

Wanted to share with you

With my deepest condolence to dear people
who lost their family & homes due to the vast devastation
wrought by massive earthquake and Tsunami that hit
Japan on March 11th, 2011.

このたびの東日本大震災で被災された皆様に心より
お見舞い申し上げます。また、亡くなられた方々の
ご冥福をお祈り申し上げます。


I was reading Yomiuri Online News and
found a great story. I wanted to share with you, so
I translated to English. Hope you like it.
This is the story about an elderly lady and her dog
at the devastation.

今日の読売新聞を読んでいて被災地のワンちゃんと
飼い主さんの素敵な絆のお話を見つけました。
ぜひみなさんと一緒に読みたくてここに載せます。










Bub the Shih Tzu dog & Tami Akanuma

“Bub” the dog saved her master’s life from the massive earthquake and devastating Tsunami.They had only 30 minutes before the Tsunami hit the area, Bub was pulling her master, Tami Akanuma (83 yrs old) steadily on a hill in an excited state, which led them to safe haven.

Tami & Bub (Female, Shih Tzu) were living in Kawamukai City where located only 200 meters away from the coast that called Tarou Kawa Mukai. When that area was hit by massive earthquake, Tami & Bub were just relaxing in their living room. Right after room light went out, Bub started sniffing & running around then alerted Tami with wagging tail and making noises. Tami thought it was unusual for her and it was not yet time for her regular walk either. She wondered but put Bub on leash anyways. At the same time, Tami noticed there was Tsunami warning on the radio.

Tami had similar experience of an earthquake in 1933, more than 900 people were killed or missing in Tarou area. “We have to evacuate right now…..” She quickly opened front door then Bub jumped out. Bub started pulling Tami to top of the hill which is opposite to her usual walks. Tami tried to continue walk faster, but needed take a break. Bub stopped & looked back at her master, Tami then showed a gesture to encourage her. Tami started to walk again, Bub also started to pull her,

While repeating this “walk & pull” for about one kilometer, Tami realized that the Tsunami swallowed her own home and the road they had just walked was washed away….Bub is not a dog that loves walking, but this time, she was very strong and pulling her master to top of the hill and saved her life. She must sense something unusual, such as…Tsunami is coming! Run!!!

Tami and Bub is staying with about 60 others in shelter.. Bub showed a joyful gesture when Tami washed Bub’s favorite Pink closing & put it on for her 12th birthday which was the 23rd of March.

By Toru Asami (Yomiuri Online News Paper)

March 26 2011

東日本巨大地震による大津波で壊滅的な被害を受けた岩手県宮古市で、愛犬に命を助けられた女性がいる。


津波襲来までの30分間、愛犬は興奮した様子で女性を高台にぐんぐん引っ張り、安全な避難所に導いた。

女性は、海岸から約200メートルの同市田老川向(たろうかわむかい)に住んでいた赤沼タミさん(83)。メスのシーズー犬「バブ」と自宅の居間でくつろいでいるときに地震に襲われた。蛍光灯が消えると、バブはせわしなく走り回り、尾を強く振って鼻をクンクン鳴らしたという。

赤沼さんが「散歩の時間にはまだ早いのに」と思いながら、玄関先で首にリードをつけていると、防災無線が大津波警報の発令を知らせていた。

田老地区で900人以上の死者・行方不明者が出た1933年の昭和三陸地震を体験した赤沼さんが「避難しなきゃ」と玄関を開けると、バブも勢いよく飛び出し、いつもの散歩コースと逆の高台へ向かった。

赤沼さんの歩みが緩むと、バブは振り返って歩みを促すようなしぐさを見せ、追いつくと勢いよく前へ出た。それを繰り返すうちに、自宅から約1キロ離れた避難所への急坂を一気に上りきっていた。

振り返ると、歩いてきた道は津波にのみこまれ、自宅も濁流の中に。普段は散歩も嫌がるバブの行動に、赤沼さんは「津波を予知してたのかも」と不思議がる。

バブは今、近隣地区の集会場で赤沼さんら住民約60人と避難生活を送る。12歳の誕生日にあたる23日には、お気に入りのピンクの服を洗ってもらい、うれしそうなしぐさを見せたという。(浅見徹)

最終更新:3月26日(土)13時57分

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2011年3月10日木曜日

Wow!! Sure, time flies!
It's been great & fun 8years since
I came to Vancouver.

We celebrated my 9th Birthday
and here are some pics from
my collection^^ Enjoy!