Toru Asami / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer/ The Daily Yomiuri
Tami Akanuma plays with her dog, Babu, at an evacuation center in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture
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 »