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Shih Tzu Saves Owner From Deadly Tsunami

Tami Akanuma plays with her dog, Babu, at an evacuation center in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture

Toru Asami / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer/ The Daily Yomiuri MIYAKO, Iwate, Mar. 28, 2011 Babu does not normally like going for walks, but when the 12-year-old shih tzu insisted on going for one soon after the March 11 earthquake, her owner, Tami Akanuma, suspected something was amiss. And when Babu stubbornly headed for a nearby hill rather than taking their usual route in the coastal city of Miyako, Akanuma decided to follow along. Doing so may have saved Akanuma's life: Minutes after climbing the hill, a devastating tsunami slammed into the town, flattening the district of Taro-Kawamukai where they lived about 200 meters from the coast. Read the rest of this entry »