An article from Kahoku News on July 31, 2011
There is a dog that was found after 2 & a half months the Tsunami struck the area of Otsuka in Higashi Matsushima City. This area is in Miyagi prefecture and suffered tremendous damages . In one of the houses that was washed away, there was a dog together with her owners. The 4-member family is dead/still missing because of the Tsunami and the dog has been now adopted by the relative of the family.
This dog is a mixed-breed and her name is Maruko. Mr. Sasaki who owned a sake store and his family took her in as a puppy 7 years ago that was rescued out of Hokenjo, where abandoned or unwanted dogs are euthanized after some period of time, by Ms. Misako Sasaki (although they have the same last name, they are not related).
“Because the dog was so fat, she was given the name Maruko (literally translated ‘Round kid’). They were taking care of the dog as if she was their own daughter.”
When the mega Tsunami hit the area on March 11, Mr. Sasaki’s mother Taeko (age: 87), his wife Hiroko (64), his son (22), Maruko and himself were taking refuge on the second floor of the house, but the house was washed away.
Around the end of May, Ms. Misako Sasaki received a call from someone who used to live close to where Mr. Sasaki lived. “Maruko is alive’. As surprised Ms. Misako Sasaki hurried to the ground where the house once stood, there was indeed skinny and muddy Maruko. According to Ms. Misako Sasaki, every time a car passed by, Maruko jumped up to look inside the car, ‘as if she was waiting for the whole family to return.’
Mr. Sasaki’s relative who lives in Kanto took in Maruko. There was a time she refused to eat food and the lady(relative) said compassionately ‘she probably can’t forget about her family.’
“She survived in the rubbles for 2 & a half months. I feel terribly sorry for the family of Mr. Sasaki, but I hope Maruko lives for a long time to live up for the loss of their lives.”