It's hard to see the devastation and think, "what good can I take from this horror?" I can honestly say that I can not answer that. It seems there is nothing good to glean from it at all. What we can do, is focus on hope. Hope for survivors. Hope for no further eruptions. Hope for help. Hope for assistance for the pets who have been lost or hurt as a result of this to be found and reunited with their families.
So many of us have been touched by the incredible video of one lost dog, who caught the attention of a cameraman to lead him over to another dog, apparently injured or worse at first glance. The first dog refused to leave this dog's side. These two dogs symbolize hope in the very face of destruction. As one report says, you do not need to speak Japanese to understand what is happening in the video. One must watch it all the way to almost the end to understand the true depth of loyalty and caring the one dog, now called a "hero dog" has for the other dog that he consoles by placing his paw around the other's neck, offering hope in the wake of disaster.
For a video and info on the rescue in Japan, please visit the Saturday Blog Hop's hosts, Two Little Cavaliers, and Life with Dogs, and also visit Confessions of the Plume!
Paws of Hope go out to Japan, its people, their pets, and all the rescuers.