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Dog faithfully awaits return of his master for past 11 years

Hachiko, an Akita dog in Japan, sets an example for loyalty by waiting patiently for its master’s return from work in a railway station. It did this routine for 11 years every day.

The Akita breed dog, Hachikō was born on November 10, 1923 and died March 8, 1935. It is known in Japanese as (chūken hachikō, lit. 'faithful dog Hachikō'). It is remembered fondly in Japan for its intense loyalty, waiting for its master for more than 11 years.
In 1924, Hachiko was brought to Tokyo by its master Hidesamuro Ueno, a professor in the agricultural department at the University of Tokyo. When Hachiko’s master went to work, it greeted him off at the front door, and when his master came back from work he usually went to the nearest railway station and waited for him there. It used to do this as a routine every day. However, his master died a year later in May 1925, but Hachiko kept this routine and waited for its master at the station for the next 11 years until its death in 1935.
Others at the station initially thought it was waiting for something else or roaming around but later realized it was waiting for its dead master. So the vendors there used to give some bits of food and water for its unwavering loyalty. But others doubted it and said the dog might have come because of the food the vendors gave for it. If so, then the dog could have come at other times also, but appeared only in the evening time, precisely when the train was due at the station.
One of the professor's students was able to document the reason for the dog coming to the station for its master. And the student returned several times over the years and saw the dog appear precisely when the train was due at the station in the evening. He published this fact in one of the Tokyo’s largest newspaper after which the dog became a national figure and everyone were impressed with the loyalty shown by the dog and used it as an example for their children and students to follow.
Soon after a well known artist did a sculpture of the dog which was erected at Shibuya Station and Hachikō himself was present at its unveiling. The statue had to be recycled later for World War II. However, they did the sculpture again, and the original artist’s son made the statue of the dog in 1948. This statue has become a popular meeting spot in Japan.

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#21
Debra Myers   Aug 18, 2007
I had to chose between 3, but this one looked me square in the eyes when I held him, as if he was saying: "Pick me!" So...I did! LOL!
#22
Laura Trowbridge   Aug 18, 2007
Awwwww, sky!!!! I am so happy for you & for Petey too!!!!!!
:)
Congrats on your new baby!!!
:)
#23
Bob Ewing   Aug 18, 2007
A very loyal dog, as a kid I had a dog named Scrappy, a mongrel who was very loyal to me, he was a great friend.
#24
Joie Maccarone   Aug 18, 2007
@Debra Myers
I had to chose between 3, but this one looked me square in the eyes when I held him, as if he was saying: "Pick me!" So...I did! LOL!
Yes, I found that most animals will pick you. Whenever I had to pick a dog from a litter, I always ended up with the one who moved away from his comfort zone and came over to greet me. It seemed to have been their own decision. And it made it much easier for me. LOL
#25
Debra Myers   Aug 18, 2007
Thanks, jag! He's a sweetie, that's for sure!
Permafrog...believe it or not, most of my dogs were mutts of one kind or another, and almost all of them were abandoned. I've found I've had better luck with dogs that are not of a specific pedigree...this one is the closest I've gotten: he's half Boston Terrier and Chihuahua.
#26
Debra Myers   Aug 18, 2007
divine...I almost went for the runt...but this little fellow was much cuter!
#27
Laura Trowbridge   Aug 18, 2007
sky, I've had several feline "mutts" & I must say they have such great personalities! We now have two pedigreed kitties & although they are beautiful they are really different from the sweet domestic cats. Our 3rd cat is a domestic & he's adorable. Also, as beautiful as my Bengal & Tonkinese are, my very first cat (a "free" cat John got from someone's shed) was the most beautiful cat I've ever seen. I always told him he was "feline perfection" - I think it went to his head as he could get the most arrogant look on his face!
LOL
#28
Debra Myers   Aug 18, 2007
We've had feline mutts too, some of which were abandoned, and animals are so funny because they do each have their own personalities! You wouldn't think they would...yet they very much do.
#29
Stevely   Aug 24, 2007
This is very similar to the Greyfriars Bobby story.
http://greyfriarsbobby.co.uk/home.html
#30
Chris V. Thangham   Aug 24, 2007
@Stevely
This is very similar to the Greyfriars Bobby story.
http://greyfriarsbobby.co.uk/home.html
Thanks Steve, that's a great story, we can learn a lot from these animals. It has a statue also, that's awesome.
Cheers.
#31
Stevely   Aug 24, 2007
Also came across this story about "Sinbad the Sailor Dog", that you might find interesting.
http://www.jacksjoint.com/sinbad2.htm
#32
Stevely   Aug 24, 2007
Then there's Bamse, mascot of the Free Norwegian Forces.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bamse_(St._Bernard)
#33
Chris V. Thangham   Aug 24, 2007
@Stevely
Then there's Bamse, mascot of the Free Norwegian Forces.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bamse_(St._Bernard)
Thanks Stevely, glad to see so many dogs doing amazing stuff for their masters. Cheers :)
#34
Niyanina   Apr 16, 2008
I agree that dogs are loyal as can be. I think Hachiko is an epitome of loyalty. I hope humans will learn more from our four-legged furry friends. I have 5 rescued dogs and one of them passed on just recently. He is the one in the picture. I miss him terribly and in this place where there is no law protecting animals, it is hard to be one.
#35
Chris V. Thangham   Apr 16, 2008
@Niyanina
I agree that dogs are loyal as can be. I think Hachiko is an epitome of loyalty. I hope humans will learn more from our four-legged furry friends. I have 5 rescued dogs and one of them passed on just recently. He is the one in the picture. I miss him terribly and in this place where there is no law protecting animals, it is hard to be one.
Keep up the good work, hopefully in the future they will improve laws there.
#36
Guner   Nov 3, 2008
@Joie Maccarone
I would like to believe in the romantic notion of this story however, although initially the dog may have waited for his master's return, it seems that the dog's reason for being there might have altered. Dogs do have an innate schedule therefore the dog appearing at the station at the precisely same time every day for eleven years was more likely due to the fact that his stomach was dictating that it was supper time. But cute story, nonetheless.
After his master dead, Hachiko had been sent to others for adopted but he was escaped in routine to go back to the railway station. Why he need to go back just for the supper instead he can have a fix meal in everyday from his new owner?? Please do some survey before you speak some foolish thing about Hachiko....
#37
Kathlyn Stone   Jun 19, 2009
Resurrected from the archives!
Not sure how this surfaced from 2007 but it is a nice story to wake up to.
#38
Michael Squires   Feb 10, 2010
I believe it. I have an Akita.
If you ever want to test their loyalty just lock your Akita and your husband/wife/partner in the trunk of your car for half an hour.
When you return, you tell me who is happy to see you.
#39
Cynthia Trowbridge   Feb 10, 2010
@Michael Squires
I believe it. I have an Akita.
If you ever want to test their loyalty just lock your Akita and your husband/wife/partner in the trunk of your car for half an hour.
When you return, you tell me who is happy to see you.
Too funny!!
The Akita will be so happy to see you it will try to lick you to death. The person locked in the truck with the dog WILL try to kill you. :)
#40
Leekwoman   May 2, 2014
Most dogs are very intelligent. I once had a Miniature poodle who would sit by the window at four p.m. and wait for me to come home from work.

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