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Sunday, January 3, 2010

A true loyal friend

Hachiko!


As you could read in yesterdays post, humans are not always loyal to their pets. Whilst some might abandon their pets out of real sincere desperation (which I choose to believe yesterdays post is about) others might abandon them just because it's convenient.  Animals though seem to have an absolutely outstanding  loyalty to their owners... as this story so movingly demonstrates.

"Hachiko was brought to Tokyo in 1924 by his owner, a college professor named Hidesamuro Ueno. Each day, when Ueno left for work, Hachiko would stand by the door to watch him go. When the professor came home at 4 o’clock, Hachiko would go to the Shibuya Station to meet him.

Though this simple act alone shows a tremendous amount of loyalty, that’s not the end of it: The following year, Ueno died of a stroke while at the university. Hachiko didn’t realize that he was gone, and so the dog returned to the train station every single day to await his master. He became such a familiar presence there, in fact, that the station master set out food for the dog and gave him a bed in the station. Even so, Hachiko never shifted loyalties –every day at 4 o’clock, he hopefully waited by the tracks as the train pulled in, searching for his best friend’s face among the people getting off.

Hachiko died in 1935, after 10 long years of waiting for his master. But the dog would not be forgotten – a year before his death, Shibuya Station installed a bronze statue of the aging dog, to honor its mascot. Though the statue was melted down during World War II, a new version was created in 1948 by the son of the original artist. Go to the station now, and you’ll be able to see the bronze statue of Hachiko – still waiting, as ever, for his master to come home."

Story and picture form Gimundo.com
 

1 comment:

Anna E said...

Almost unbearable to read; Imagine-besides the faithfullness-the amount of hope and disappointment this dog must have felt! Just imagine if we waited for a friend, that never came and never left a message, for how long would our patience and devotion last..? The statue is a great recognition towards those "essences" in the world, that the dog truly upheld. Very moving indeed.