Dog’s ‘Spidey Sense’ Leads to Amazing Tsunami Rescue

Nicole Fabian-Weber
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onion the shih tzu
My shih tzu. Not the bravest, definitely the cutest.
So far, it's shaping up to be a solid week for me. The sun is shining brightly today, last night was taco night at my house, and the Internet seems to be ablaze with stories of awesome dogs. Yep, everything's comin' up Nicole, if I do say so m'self.

Yesterday, my heart melted over Boo (Boo!) the toy spaniel and his magical healing powers. Now, there's Babu, the shih tzu who saved her owner from a tsunami. A shih tzu? I love shih tzus (I have a shih tzu)! Especially the ones who save people's lives. That dog deserves a cookie.

Here's how it all went down: Tami Akanuma was relaxing in her home when the earthquake struck. Shortly after, Babu started freaking out, but not earthquake freaking out, I-have-to-go-out freaking out. She was wagging her tail, scampering around the room, signaling it was potty time. It was earlier than her usual walk time, but Tami sensed she had to go, so she did what any good owner would do -- she took her out.

When they got outside, Babu darted in a different direction than their normal route. She was tugging at her leash (don't you love when your dog does that?), as if trying to take Tami somewhere. When Tami finally needed a break from the "hurry up, catch me" game, she turned around and saw that her home was consumed by a wall of muddy water. Babu! You dog!

There is no doubt in my mind that Babu knew something was brewing. I'm not saying she knew there was a tsunami coming, but she definitely sensed that something was amiss. My dog always knows there's a thunderstorm coming a solid 45 minutes before I do. And, of course, if I'm ever sad, he cuddles up into my lap (which is rare for my wild beast of a pet).

Perhaps the reason their "spidey sense" is more acute than ours is because dogs don't get involved in the petty day-to-day stuff we humans do. Or maybe they really do have magical powers. Who knows? Who cares?

It's just nice to hear a sweet, heartwarming story amidst all the horror and tragedy in Japan. Little doggie saves owner's life -- I mean, really, how great is that?

How much do you love Babu? Can your pet sense when things are awry?

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