Monday, January 31, 2011

Hachiko: The dog who faithfully waited for 11years for his masters return

Hachiko, born on November 1923 was an Akita dog born on a farm near the city of Odate. He is rememberes for his loyalty to his owner, even after many years after his owner's death.

In 1924, Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo took in Hachikō as a pet. During his owner's life Hachikō greeted him at the end of the day at the nearby Shibuya Station. The pair continued their daily routine until May 1925, when Professor Ueno did not return. The professor had suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage and died, never returning to the train station where Hachikō was waiting. Every day for the next nine years the golden brown Akita waited at Shibuya station.

Hachikō was given away after his master's death, but he routinely escaped, returning again and again to his old home. Eventually, Hachikō apparently realized that Professor Ueno no longer lived at the house. So he went to look for his master at the train station where he had accompanied him so many times before. Each day, Hachikō waited for the return of his owner.
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. They brought Hachikō treats and food to nourish him during his wait.
This continued for nine years with Hachikō appearing precisely when the train was due at the station.

One of Ueno's student who become an amateur expert on Akita breed saw the dog at the station and followed him. He eventually came to know the story of Hachiko. Greatly impressed by story of loyalty of Hachiko, he came frequently to visit the dog over the years and published several articles abot Hachiko's remarkable loyalty.
In 1932 one of these articles, published in Tokyo Asahi Shimbun, threw the dog into the national spotlight. Hachikō became a national sensation. His faithfulness to his master's memory impressed the people of Japan as a spirit of family loyalty all should strive to achieve. Teachers and parents used Hachikō's vigil as an example for children to follow. A well-known Japanese artist rendered a sculpture of the dog, and throughout the country a new awareness of the Akita breed grew.

Eventually, Hachiko's legendary faithfulness became a national symbol of loyalty.


Vijayanker Manocha said...

yeah i knew that story before,,,.. there is another story about a simila dog.. so touching.!

eduardabogomarques said...

Hachi's story is very exciting!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful story !!

bond007 said...

really it was a heart touching story.....i have seen this movie too....the love and affection shown by the dog was adorable ......i wish everyone in this world show such love and affection to everyone ,then this world would be heaven,but things are not like that.,they are opposite in this world one cares about anyone and this hurts me too..then i feel how this world is like ...leave it yaar..

Anonymous said...

wonderful story and powerful the love and devotion of a dog to the human - never
the dog is truly man's best FRIEND -something which is hard to fine in our fellow man.

Natalie Akita said...

Great story of loyalty. I hope the dog's loyalty inspires people too. If dogs can be loyal and faithful, the more that humans can.

Anonymous said...

Great story, the movie is so nice it made me cry!

Anonymous said...

Yeah, The movie made me cry too.Sad that the owner and the dog (Hachiko) died. :.(

Anonymous said...

Oh God... Thats incradible :'( He waits 10 years for his master who was death.. Thats a very good example!:/
He's defently my little Hero!! :(

Anonymous said...

Thx for posting that.. Very touching story

Saad Manzoor said...

Its not 11 years that he waited, its nine years. His total life span was 11 years. Born on 1923, Lost his master in 1925, and he (Hachiko) died in 1934 after waiting for nine years.


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