Most dogs are known for their incredible loyalty, but the story of Hachiko the Akita from Japan famously raises the bar when it comes to doggy devotion. During the best of days, the pup would patiently wait for his owner to arrive at the Shibuya Station after work. Every day, they would walk home together.
Sadly, unknown to Hachiko, his owner suffered a cerebral hemorrhage at work one day and passed away. But that didn”t stop Hachiko from continuing to wait for his return every day at the same time, for the next nine years.
In celebration of the pair”s passing – Hachiko died 80 years ago, while his owner died 90 years ago – the pair are being remembered in the sweetest of ways.
Professor Hidesaburo Ueno taught at the University of Toyko and was mid-lecture when he was struck by the fatal ailment.
The statue on the left was previously installed outside Shibuya Station, showing Hachiko”s unwavering faithfulness and patience.
But now, the statue on the right celebrates the amazing bond that existed between the two before Ueno”s tragic death.
The duo now stand forever reunited in the agriculture department on the University of Toyko”s campus.
The amazing story has touched hearts and inspired several homages over the last 80 years, but none quite as endearing as the pure happiness captured in this wonderful tribute.