The family dog is being credited with saving his seven year old master in India. As his father shouted the warning that the giant wave was
approaching, Dinakaran mother was faced with an impossible dilemma. She had three children and two arms. She grabbed the two youngest leaving
Dinakaran, who she felt had a better change on his own, and ran to higher ground. Dinakaran instead ran to the family home. However rushing into the
house, the family dog Selvakumar nipped and pushed the scared seven year old up the hill to safety.
CHINNAKALAPET, India - "Run away!" her husband screamed from a rooftop after he spotted the colossal waves.
The command was simple but it presented Sangeeta with a dilemma: She had three sons, and only two arms.
She grabbed the youngest two and ran — figuring the oldest, 7-year-old Dinakaran, had the best chance of outrunning the tsunami churning toward her
But Dinakaran didn't follow. He headed for the safest place he knew, the small family hut just 40 yards from the seashore.
Sangeeta thought she would never see him again. The family dog saw to it that she did.
While water lapped at Sangeeta's heels as she rushed up the hill, the scruffy yellow dog named Selvakumar ducked into the hut after Dinakaran.
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Given the sheer enormity of 150,000 deaths, it is nice to hear of these stories of hope. No doubt there are many stories such as this and they may or
may not get told. As a parent I cannot even begin to imagine the decisions that had to be made in this time of crisis. I felt that with the deluge of
bad reports coming from the disaster zone, a few uplifting ones would be nice.
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