Hachiko - A Tale of Dog's Loyality
Usually I hate dogs the most. A week ago I watched a movie of dog's loyality named "Hachi: A Dog's Tale" that made me cry. Its a true story of a dog's faith, devotion and undying love for his master. I made my mind to write something about the dog just after that. It was the dog's true loyality that made me write a blog on it even after many days. Finally got some time to write on him. So here is the story...
Hachiko was born on a farm near the city Ōdate, Akita Perfecture in Japan on 10th Novemer 1923. In 1924, Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department in the University of Tokyo adopted Hachiko as a pet. The master took care of the dog as it was his own son. The dog use to leave his master in the morning and use to greet him at the end of each day at the nearby Shibuya train station. This daily routine continued untill May 1925, when professor Ueno did not return home from university. The professsor suffered from cerebral hemorrhage and died, never returning to the train station where Hachiko was waiting. For the next nine years, Haciko waited at the train station for his master's return. His precise presence was noticed each day when the train was due at the station.
People who work at the train station had seen Hachiko and his master together each day. Initial reaction of those people was not friendly until an article was published in the newspaper about Hachiko's loyality on 4 October 1932. The dog then earned a fame nation wide and people then started bringing treats and food for him during his wait. His faithfullness to his master's memory impressed the people of Japan as a spirit of family loyality all should strive to achieve.
In April 1934, a bronze statue in his likeness was erected at Shibuya Station, and Hachiko himself was present at its unveiling.
Hachiko statue at Shibuya Train Station
Hachiko died on March 8, 1935 and was found on a street in Shibuya.
The first thing after watching the movie came in my mind was that even animals show such a true loyality and devotion to their master then why we humans are enemies of our own blood relations.??? And its the question still wandering in my mind.