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A different level of faithfulness!

How long would you wait if your loved one didn’t come back one day?

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.

Just a reason why I love dogs!

Note: The original can be found here

And there is a link in Wikipedia too…

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  1. eye-in-sty-in
    July 10, 2009 at 13:59

    I'll b getting a lot more than that this weekend 😛 But i will keep ur suggestion in mind 😉

  2. Ann Dee
    July 10, 2009 at 13:57

    Go stand before the mirror, pet yourself and give yourself a big chew bone…You'll not want to do anything else over the weekend.

  3. eye-in-sty-in
    July 10, 2009 at 13:52

    I see THIS cat has her talons out 😉
    Scarlett, pls take her to the vet … and make sure she gets a big injection 😛

  4. Ann Dee
    July 10, 2009 at 13:50

    Ooooo..ugh….Sorry for interrupting!

    Scarlett, I didn't know you've a cat!

  5. eye-in-sty-in
    July 10, 2009 at 11:53

    I was talking about her…. 😐
    Now read my above comment with that info in mind! 😛

  6. Ann Dee
    July 10, 2009 at 11:51

    Boomer's momma can't be a cat right? Want me to send you back to school again?

  7. eye-in-sty-in
    July 10, 2009 at 11:47

    Scarlett doesn't pay attention to her cat kya? Bad Scarlett!

  8. Ann Dee
    July 10, 2009 at 11:45

    What use will be talons if they're trimmed?

    And she has never EVER been to the vet.

  9. eye-in-sty-in
    July 10, 2009 at 11:27

    Bites I can handle (give him treats and pet him)…. claws? now that is something I had not anticipated…. are the talons manicured? and has the tetanus shot been taken? does she go to the vet regularly?

  10. Ann Dee
    July 10, 2009 at 09:11


    Eyeing Boom? Dont. He bites and his momma claws.

  11. eye-in-sty-in
    July 10, 2009 at 05:24

    Chalo koi nahi.. I'll just look at me in the mirror and pet my own head…. after all, the name Spike should have its advantages!!!

  12. Scarlett O'Hara
    July 10, 2009 at 05:00

    No please… I think Boom has enough people in his life already, and both myself and Ann Dee wouldn't want to share him with anyone else now!
    What say, girl?

    And thanks for the warm welcome!

  13. eye-in-sty-in
    July 9, 2009 at 17:45

    Hey Scarlett,

    Welcome to my blog! Did I make you his GF? I asked if u were, I didn't conclude it 😉

    And after ur clarification, I now know what exactly is going on, and boom's relation to u and to ND.

    Yes, its no secret, I think dogs are great! Unconditional love and faithfulness. Ranks high up in my list 🙂

    There have been threatening discussions over getting a dog, so dont know when and how that'll happen… till that time, ND and you might have to share boom with me too 😛

    keep visiting and don't be a stranger 🙂

  14. Scarlett O'Hara
    July 9, 2009 at 17:29

    Arey no man.. if you know that the dog might not adjust to the apartment, then rather not get him/her.
    Atleast labs are very energetic dogs, and they need a lot of exercise.
    Ask Ann Dee, how we literally have to tire out Boomer so that he will sleep! 🙂

  15. Scarlett O'Hara
    July 9, 2009 at 17:26

    OMG! I read a beautiful post, and drop by to comment and I see that you made me Boom's GF?? He is my sonny boy, but Ann Dee's son!

    And now to the post! Oh man! This one really got me tears! 😦
    I read something similar sometime back, but reading stuff like this always makes me cry. The image of a dog waiting for its(I generally never call a dog – it) master is heartening!
    No wonder people love dogs.

    And nice.. you are also a dog-lover !

    All this dog-talk is making me miss Boom!
    Ann Dee, I am coming over to meet Boom baby! 🙂

  16. eye-in-sty-in
    July 3, 2009 at 03:50

    Hi Aparna,
    lol… thanks… but I thought u were too old for it 😛

    Hi Andee!
    chalo teekh hai… is baar biryani ko baksh diya jata hai!

    Hi Smita,
    thanks. better late than never… i'm busy so dont get time to write too many posts.

  17. Smita
    July 2, 2009 at 13:39

    Here I come quite quite late 🙂

    I am scared of Dogs!!! No reason for it but am plain scared!!!! But my Mom has tales about her Doggie and ur post gave ne a lovely idea.

    Since my parents are staying alone I suggested her to get a pet as that might keep her occupied, but alas! she shot down my idea, too much maintenance she Says!!!

    Nice post!!!

    Pssstt Why don't u post more often???

  18. Ann Dee
    July 2, 2009 at 11:39

    Not again……….

  19. Aparna
    July 2, 2009 at 10:50

    Why haven't you posted for a while?Never thought I would tell you this but kinda miss your whackiness.

  20. eye-in-sty-in
    July 1, 2009 at 06:58

    will the shrink shrink my brain to increase the relative level of intelligence? or will it teach the ol' dog some new tricks? Pls share ur experience…

  21. Ann Dee
    July 1, 2009 at 06:54

    Go see a shrink or get yourself admitted in a pre-school. You need tuitions on basic English.

    [something for you at spikeace]

  22. eye-in-sty-in
    July 1, 2009 at 06:34

    Ab yeh Scarlett boomer ki GF hai kya? Picture khatam home ke baad bhi characters add ho rahe hain!!

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