Hachiko of later years.

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Hachiko is based on a true story from 1924. A professor from the University of Tokyo took Hachiko in as a stray. The two soon became inseparable and Hachiko began following the professor to the train station every day, and returning at night to walk the professor home. This ritual lasted until the professor suddenly died of a cerebral hemorrhage while teaching one of his classes.  The professor never returned to the train station…

However Hachiko did…he returned every day for the next nine years waiting for the professor.  He went unnoticed at first, some train passengers assumed he was nothing but another stray dog looking for a morsel. However, others realized he returned at exactly the same time every day and waited devotedly until every passenger unloaded. After realizing the professor was not on the train, he simply left to return again the next day. I can’t even begin to imagine what nine years felt like to a devoted companion like Hachiko.  What it must have felt like to never give up hope that he would one day be re-united with the professor. Nothing else seemed to matter to him. His home became a makeshift bed underneath an abandoned train car, waiting for the sound of the train whistle so he could once again wait for the professors return.

As their protectors we fight them, abuse them, abandon them, and in some parts of the world we boil them alive for their coats. Yet….they continue to keep faith in our skewed rationale and selfishness. They continue to come back to us with the hope that we will finally understand what we mean to them.  As millions of dogs are euthanized and abused every year, we refuse to get it…at least a good portion of us. 

 Hachiko was eventually found dead in a nearby street. The country of Japan constructed a bronze statue in honor of Hachiko. Yeah… it’s nice they constructed a statue, and to this day the statue is sometimes used as a marker for tourists, but do you know what would be even better? If Japan would stop importing as much as 5 tons of dog meat a year from China. The horrific conditions these dogs are exposed to in China is beyond comprehension, and you can bet that many of the dogs that are boiled or skinned alive would have been the same kind of loyal companion if given the opportunity to be loved by us instead of slaughtered by us… 

This is the new movie trailer starring Richard Gere scheduled for release on December 18th. It’s a beautiful depiction of a dog’s loyalty and why we should never ever treat them as a commodity…or worse. 

For those that think Hachiko was a fluke, read about Spot and how he waits on the side of the road everyday for his owner’s return.



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