Hachikō – definition of dog loyalty
Are dogs loyal?
- dogs give their lives to protect us.
- dogs risk their lives to protect their friends
- dogs do yucky things to save us from ourselves
Could this be all just random events?
But what if there’s a dog that waited for his master’s return for over 10 YEARS?
In 1924, Hachikō was brought to Tokyo by his owner, Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo.
Everyday, Hachikō saw Professor Ueno off from the front door and greeted the professor at the end of the day at the nearby Shibuya train station.
The pair continued their daily routine until May 1925, when the professor didn’t return on the usual train one evening.
The professor had suffered a stroke at the university that day.
The professor died and never returned to the train station where Hachikō was waiting.
Hachikō was given away after the professor’s death, but Hachikō routinely escaped, showing up again and again at the professor’s old home.
After time, Hachikō apparently realized that the professor no longer lived at the same house.
So Hachikō went to look for the professor at the train station where Hachikō had accompanied the professor so many times before.
Each day, Hachikō waited for Professor Ueno to return.
And each day Hachikō didn’t see the professor among the commuters at the station.
The permanent fixture at the train station that was Hachikō attracted the attention of other commuters.
Many of the people who frequented the Shibuya train station had seen Hachikō and Professor Ueno together each day.
Realizing that Hachikō waited in vigil for his dead master, their hearts were touched.
They brought Hachikō treats and food to nourish him during his wait.
This continued for 10 years, with Hachikō appearing only in the evening time, precisely when the train was due at the station.
Wow. Talk about loyal. 10 YEARS of waiting!
If this doesn’t PROVE that dogs love their owners, I don’t know what does.
Hachiko touched the hearts of so many, including us.
There is a movie in Japan about Hachiko, and an American remake version called Hachi starring Richard Gere. (Apparently, he’s a dog lover as well.)
Here’s an extremely tear-jerker preview of the Japanese version:
Thank you Hachi.
You make us smile. Rest in peace in heaven with your master.
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