ASAKURA, Fukuoka — A family dog was pulled alive from the rubble here on July 13 after spending eight days stranded in the home of his owner destroyed by torrential rains.
The dog is a small Pomeranian named Gunso, and while he was emaciated from not eating or drinking while trapped in the debris, he is starting to make a recovery after being reunited with his family.
“Gunso is a member of the family,” said the dog’s 56-year-old owner Katsuaki Kikuchi, who also owns a persimmon orchard in Asakura. “I am hoping he makes a fast recovery.”
On July 5 when the area was inundated by heavy rains, Kikuchi’s home along the Naragaya River was suddenly filled with water above the knee. Kikuchi …