Towa, a two-year-old Sheltie and Melody, a one-year-old Golden Retriever were left tied to a shed as the owners raced to save their own lives moments before the tsunami 30 foot wave swept the island. The dogs broke the ropes and raced upstairs to a second floor where they survived the destruction all around them.
Ms. Kikuchi, her face still red with excitement, said she was so happy to see the dogs, a bit of good news in an otherwise tragic event. "When my father told me they were alive, I was so excited," she said. "It's been so stressful. It's so good to see them"
Mr. Kikuchi and his daughter said they will come back every day to look after the dogs, but they are not going to bring the dogs to the shelter.
"There are lots of people dead and it's too much to ask to bring the dogs," said Mr. Kikuchi. "It would be inconsiderate to other people's sadness."