It’s a universal truth that dogs, when paired with a good owner, will forever be loyal. To some, having a dog is even a kind of partnership that is unbreakable. Throughout the ages, many dogs in history have shown such loyalty in the face of danger and hard times.
One of the most well-known stories of dog and owner relationships is of a Japanese Akita dog who is remembered for his remarkable loyalty to his owner for whom he continued to wait for over nine years following his death. Yes, you probably know who this is. If you guessed Hachiko, then you’re correct!
There’s probably not one dog lover that does not know who this loyal dog is. There have been multiple adaptations and retellings of his heart-warming story, from books to cartoons to films and many more. You’ve probably even seen the dog film that featured Richard Gere. But, if you haven’t heard of Hachiko, we’ve got you covered.
Unlike most of the dogs in history, Hachiko wasn’t a stray. In 1923, at a farm near the city of Ōdate, Akita Prefecture, Hachiko was born. A year later, Hidesaburō Ueno, an agricultural professor at the Tokyo Imperial University, adopted him and brought Hachiko to Shibuya to be his new companion.
Prior to this, the professor had been looking for an Akita to adopt and it was through one of his students that he found out about this pup; the student encouraged him to adopt Hachiko and they were inseparable since then.
When Hachiko (or Hachi) grew older, he started walking to the station with Ueno when he went to work. The two basically fell into a daily routine: Ueno and Hachiko would walk together to the Shibuya train station, where Ueno would pet Hachiko goodbye before getting on the train to work.