Tuesday, April 1, 2008

The worlds second most loyal dog

Here is an interesting story about a very loyal dog. I think I am a little more loyal since I wait to eat until everyone else has started eating.
I feel sorry that that dog did not know that his owner was gone. A Shiba Inu is a smaller version of an Akita, also a Japanese breed.
credits: Original story by Kathryn Hawkins http://www.gimundo.com/Articles/Daily/914/27/03/2008/Hachiko:_The_Worlds_Most_Loyal_Dog 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's love for his master impressed many people who passed through the station, including one of Ueno's former students, who became fascinated by the Akita breed after seeing Hachiko.

He discovered that there were only 30 Akitas living in Japan, and began to write articles about Hachiko and his remarkable breed, turning the world's most loyal dog into a household name, and creating a resurgence in popularity for the Akita.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.


  1. poor Hachiko. i always greet my owner when she comes home from school from my bed.

    -Raven the Cat

  2. I've read that book... pretty sad but heart-touching.

  3. maybe for us,its just a dog but for them we are everything

  4. Horses and dogs are loyal animal. We can find so many stories about them in Asian acient history.

  5. I will tell you one more story, which will make you love the stars;)
    there once was a hunter named Orion. He was in love with a princess, whose father said he can marry her if he kills all the wild animals in the world. Mother Earth, Gaia, didn't want this, so she created the mighty Scorpion out of Earth to go sting Orion and save all animals. Orion was swimming across the sea, when Artemis who loved Orion killed the Scorpio with an arrow, but not before the Scorpio stung Orion, thereby saving all animals (FYI: you will rarely find a Scorpio who doesn't love animals) Well, Orion swam to the edge of the river, took a drink of water and fell into the well. His loyal dog, Myrrha, waited by the well 1000 days and 1000 nights, then jumped into well after Orion. God Zeus thought that was the most loyal show of devotion that he made the dog star the brightest star in the galaxy. It is twenty thousand times shinier than the sun!!
    - Filmfeline

  6. Hachiko was akita-ken. But Akita and Shiba are very Japanese breed.