A Heroic Pup and a Lesson in Friendship

March 17, 2011 at 3:38 pm , by

This week, we’re taking a break from our regular  Can This Marriage Be Saved? posts to bring you a little something about relationships of the animal kind. I have been somewhat-obsessively watching video after video of the events in Japan, but this show of loyalty and tenderness between two animals got to me more than any other clip. (Maybe that’s weird.) I’ll let the video speak for itself, but a word of caution: When the brown dog puts his paw lovingly on the injured dog’s head around 2:03, prepare to sob. Maybe we could all learn a lesson from this little brown guy about devotion in the face of horrible tragedy.

I’m sure you’re wondering, as I did, about the fate of these pups: They’re okay! If you’re moved to help the animal victims of the crisis in Japan, or any other, you can donate to the American Humane Association. (See a list of other ways to help from editor Amanda here.)

Tell us about your love for your pets! How have they helped you when you were down on your luck? Does this video surprise you? On a related but much less serious note, check out our Can This Marriage Be Saved? video, “She Loves the Dog More Than Me.”

Do Good: How To Help Japan

March 14, 2011 at 9:31 am , by

pict_grid7The videos, images and stories of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan are devastating, and it seems like every hour there’s more bad news: aftershocks, nuclear explosions. It’s easy to feel a sense of utter helplessness as we watch in shock, halfway around the world. But there are ways we can help:

The American Red Cross already has medical relief teams on the ground in Japan. To donate $10, text REDCROSS to 90999 or visit their site to donate any amount.

Save the Children, which has operated in Japan for the last 25 years, is also mobilizing to help children and families affected by the disaster. They’ve set up a special fund for Japan, and you can donate online or text JAPAN to 20222 to donate $10.

MeryCorps is working with its partner in Japan, Peace Winds, which is helicoptering in tents and supplies for homeless victims today. Click here to donate online.

Global Giving has a special fund set up for earthquake relief and is working with other organizations on the ground, like the International Medical Corps and Save the Children, to bring aid to victims.

If you have loved ones living in Japan, Google set up a 2011 earthquake people finder to help you connect. CNN also has a big list of additional ways to help the relief effort.

Image via GlobalGiving.

Cheat Sheet: 4 Things You Maybe Missed This Week

March 11, 2011 at 11:20 am , by

1. Earthquake and Tsunami Hit Japan
An 8.9-magnitude earthquake, the most powerful in at least 100 years, hit Japan on Thursday. Shortly after a tsunami hit the Eastern coast and then continued on to Hawaii and the West Coast of the U.S. Hundreds are said to have died in Japan. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone there.

2. Up-Inspired Floating House
Some people over at National Geographic Channel staged a real-life house launch using 300 8-foot colored weather balloons. The house reached an altitude of over 10,000 feet, and flew for about an hour. More pictures here.

Photo via My Modern Metropolis

3. Back to the Future Photos
This is a fun project from photographer Irina Werning where she recreates photos from people’s childhood. She’s got an almost obsessive eye for detail, so the results are really impressive.

Photo via irinawerning.com

4. Animal Round-Up
And finally, a quick summary of what’s going on in the animal kingdom this week.