Most of us have dogs as pets, and they probably love us as much as we do. However, not many dogs would go to the extent of showing the same level of loyalty to us with close to a decade of separation. This is a story of incomparable loyalty and faithfulness.
In 1924, Professor Hidesaburō Ueno, a lecturer at the University of Tokyo came across an abandoned Akita dog, took him in and named him Hachikō. For close to a year, the professor would go to work, and every evening, the dog would wait for the professor to alight from the train at Shibuya Station. It would run to greet him each and every day.
Hachiko Waited 9 Years for His Master
This routine went on for a while, until one day in May 1925 when the professor did not return as he normally did. He had died of cerebral hemorrhage. You would expect the dog to continue with the same routine for a couple of days, at most three months, then forget that the professor even existed. The contrary happened.
Hachikō went religiously to the train station every evening to wait for the professor to return, not for one or two but 9 years. Every single day for a whole nine years! In fact, the commuters grew accustomed to the dog, and started feeding it at the station.
This ultimate loyalty inspired one of the professor’s students to write a story about the dog. A bronze statue of Hachikō was even erected at Shibuya Train station. The dog’s royalty goes unmatched. On the 8th day of April each year, dog-lovers converge at the station to honor the dog’s loyalty.