Dog leads Elder to safety before Tsunami


 

Amazing story of a woman saved by her dog in Japan during the Tsunami!

http://www.dogheirs.com/tamara/posts/700-shih-tzu-saves-elderly-woman-from-tsunami

as they stepped outside she pulled her owner towards a nearby hill, the opposite direction they usually walk. The two made their way up a pathway at a fast pace, Babu racing ahead. When Akanuma’s lagged behind, Babu would look back, seemingly urging her owner to walk faster. When Akanuma caught up, Babu would bound ahead again, pulling at her leash.

The two continued their push-and-pull until the pair had climbed the hill, a kilometer away from her home, and close to where the evacuation center is located. Just minutes after walking uphill, the tsunami hit the town, torrents of water flattening districts. When Akanuma turned around she could barely believe her eyes. Most of the path she and Babu had walked had been swallowed up by the tsunami and her home, which was located 200 meters (219 yards) away from the sea had been consumed by the wall of muddy water.

 

the positive effects that dogs have on their senior owners can best be described here in this blog…


http://eldercareabcblog.com/amazing-benefits-of-therapy-dogs-in-eldercare/

a great link to an article that explains…

  • Calming presence.  We know that petting dogs consistently lowers our blood pressure and calms our heart rates.  If a person is angry, afraid or distressed, a therapy dog can be the best medicine.
  • Pain relief.  Stroking dogs has been shown to release endorphins that have the potential to block pain!
  • Morale booster. Therapy dogs can help patients let go of their problems for a while, make assisted living facilities feel more like home, and bring back happy memories.
  • Eldercare appropriate social stimulation.  Therapy dogs and their handlers are attention grabbers in the moment, plus they offer something special to talk about later in the day.
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