YOKOSUKA, Kanagawa Pref. — “Love me, love my dog,” say many pet owners. But for Satoshi Kabaya, it’s the other way around.

He says Jiro, his 11-year-old shiba, has charmed thousands of strangers into donating more than 5 million yen during the pair’s 100,000-km-plus pilgrimage on a 50cc motorcycle to collect aid for people in disaster-stricken areas.

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