Monday, July 11, 2011

dogs that bound

This is Reo, who was surrendered to us on the side of the road as we were chasing a stray dog. We were between scheduled pickups when we saw a dog in the road in Namie-machi, Fukushima. (Namie is part in part out of the exclusion/20 km. zone, but mostly in the evacuation zone, where it's not totally illegal to be but where they strongly advise everyone to GTFO.) We stopped the car to try and look at the dog in the road, but he ducked and dashed and messed around a bit before bolting into the woods. Meantime, we had stopped a couple of cars because we were all over the road, and one of us had gone over to the nearest house to inquire about the dog. The owner of the house didn't know the Shiba stray, but when she heard about what we were doing, she asked us to take her dog, Reo.
The one that got away. Photo by David Irek.
While we were filling out the papers, one of the people in one of the cars we had stopped got out, and when she found out what was happening, she also brought a dog out of the car that she wanted us to take care of. Suddenly, we had two extra dogs we weren't planning on, Reo and Samu.
Doing Reo's paperwork in the road. Photo by David Irek.
Reo is only a year old, and spends 50% of her time airborne. She doesn't walk, she leaps. She doesn't put her paws on your legs, she jumps up to your head. She cannot be constrained by gravity.
Getting Samu into the car. Photo by David Irek.
Later it turned out that Samu was a mom, so the team went back out to look for her puppies. Miraculously, they were found. More on that story here. The puppies, who we called Charlotte and Wilbur (name that book) and Clarence and Sophie, grew rapidly and it soon became clear they were going to be bigger than their mom. They have all recently been placed in their forever homes. (Thanks Nina, Caroline, and Miki!)
Here's a shot of Clarence, looking plump. Photo courtesy Sarah C.
I'd like to dedicate Reo, Samu, and the puppies to Janis, who sent me a donation, and my brother, who is looking after my Timothy while I'm up north.


  1. I am so touched when ever I see one of your posts. I wish I could donate but I did to JEARS back in April and money is tight now. Hope I can help in the future. If I can make a blog about what you are doing I'd be very happy to do that.

  2. Sweetness. Cage still here, was shocked then pissed at myself to realise that I hadn't sent it off. Tonnes of things left my apartment via the takkyubin. Digging out the addy in Fukushima. xxx

  3. Yep so what I meant is that I've been sending loads of things and thought it had gone. OUt of sight out of mind on the balcony. Ok, a tres bientot xxxx

  4. Thanks blukats! I would love it if you would blog about it. We're still up here.

    Jen, the packages were great. Love you.