USAToday.com: Happy ending for that Japanese dog who survived three weeks at sea on a roof after being swept away by the earthquake-generated tsunami. She and her owner were reunited today, according to news reports.
Of course what makes this reunion exciting was the way it happened:
The unidentified owner, a woman in her 50s, saw a TV news report about the Japan Coast Guard’s rescue Friday and went to the animal care center in Tomiya, Miyagi Prefecture,NHK TV says.
The 2-year-old dog, named Ban, greeted her owner “with joy, jumping and wagging her tail.”
This is certainly a heartwarming story, though it begs the question, why are we so infatuated with pet stories? Why was the retrieval and return of Ban a bigger story than the man who was rescued from the rubble after eight days? Are we to wonder that this is a feel good message being posited by the press in stark contrast to the horror stories coming out of Japan day after day?
Although we ought to be relieved that master and mutt have been brought together, should we be concerned on a deeper level that we are more relieved that a dog has been saved than an actual human being? Does this suggest a decline in compassion for the well-being of our fellow man, or is this just another feel-good story which happens to star a dog?