2 dogs and their owners spent 5 months lost at sea on a sailboat

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Valentine and Zeus, along with their human owners, were lost at sea for five months after their sailboat was disabled by a storm. Things looked increasingly grim for the canines — until they were all rescued by the U.S. Navy last week, drifting about 900 miles southeast off the coast of Japan.

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The boat was supposed to sail from Oahu, Hawaii to Tahiti in what was supposed to be a one-month long journey. The dogs, who kept their human counterparts calm during the storm, were wearing lifejackets at the time of the rescue. Over the past five months, there were times when Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiaba, both of Honolulu, Hawaii, thought it was all over.

Sharks circled the boat one night, and the women were losing hope.

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“I went downstairs with the boys and we basically laid huddled on the floor and I told them not to bark, because the sharks could hear us breathing. They could smell us,” Appel told NBC News.

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But, thankfully, after a coordinated effort among the Navy, a Taiwanese fishing vessel that first spotted them and the Coast Guard in Guam, the fearless foursome is finally safe.

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