Canine Hero

When we first bought  the farm 15 years ago, there were many wild dogs hanging around the vegetable stand along the road near our place. I heard from our neighbor that one had attacked another neighbor’s dog and seriously injured him. I was afraid of these dogs and steered clear of them.

wild dog

wilddog2

One winter, Eri and I were woken by the high-pitched shriek of a wild deer. We went out to see that this young deer was being mauled by 3 wild dogs. He had taken refuge in a thicket and the dogs stood in a line waiting to get at him. The deer was badly injured. There was little to be done. Hiroo drove off the dogs but they only receded a distance and waited. Though the deer was eventually rescued, he had to be put down.

Wild dogs attacking a young deer

Wild dogs attacking a young deer

After this incident, I was even more afraid of these feral  dogs. So when we visited the Noro Dam Park (near Kurose in Hiroshima-ken) recently and saw a wild dog in the parking lot, I didn’t want to get too close. But a man doing volunteer clean-up told us about this dog. Local kids call him ChaCha. And these days many families leave food out for him.

ChaCha, a hero!

ChaCha, a hero!

You see, ChaCha is a hero! One day, he found an elderly man who was unconscious lying on the road. Cha Cha went to a nearby house and barked until someone came out, then led them to man on the road. ChaCha saved this man’s life so he is truly a canine hero!

Most days, if you visit Noro Dam Park, you will see ChaCha resting or hanging our near the parking area. He is skittish and not used to being close to people. I don’t think he wants to be petted. He looks rather mangy but he is a gentle and smart dog!

Amagaeru frog at NoroDam.

Amagaeru frog at Noro Dam.

Red Dragonfly at Noro Dam Park

Red Dragonfly at Noro Dam Park

In the warm months, Noro Dam Park is a great place to see insects, and butterflies. My grandson, Try, enjoy catching locust, dragonflies and crickets.

Try out to catch bugs!

Try out to catch bugs!

Try holding a grasshopper

Try holding a grasshopper

 

Noro Dam Park

Noro Dam Park

There is a picnic area and during Silver Week, some families camped there in tents. On weekdays,no one is around and it was very peaceful. In summer and early fall, it is a great place to visit if you are interested in butterflies and insects!

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