The Dog That Waited For His Owner For Almost 10 YEARS!
Hachiko was born on November 10, 1923, in a farm located in the Akita prefecture in Japan.
His eventual owner Professor Hidesaburō Ueno adopted him in 1924. The two became inseparable ever since.
To the Professor... "Hachi" was more than just a pet... Professor Ueno treated Hachi like a son. They have spent every day together and created magical moments.
Over time, the two developed a daily routine. Hachi, who wanted to be with his owner as much as possible, started chasing after his owner as he went off to work. They had a powerful bond. The two started walking towards the Shibuya train station together every day! Hachiko would wait at the train station at exactly 3 pm to greet his best friend who got off work.
But one faithful day... On May 21, 1925, Hachiko was sitting at the train station waiting for Ueno.
But Ueno never showed up...
Professor Ueno had died during one of his lectures.
The cause? Cerebral Hemorrhage
The professor's family and his wife were devastated.
But not to Hachiko because he never lost hope
He waited in the Shibuya train station every day for the next nine years, nine months and 15 days.
Throughout the remaining years of his life, he went back and forth in the station sitting for hours to patiently wait in vain.
People started picking up on this example of devotion and loyalty. Eventually, Hachiko became an icon, inspiring people all over the world. People would visit the train station to meet him and give him treats.
Sadly on March 8, 1935, Hachiko passed away.
It's safe to say that Hachi finally reunited with his beloved owner.
A statue of Hachiko was unveiled at the train station to give tribute to his undying loyalty.
Hachiko became a symbol in Japan and all over the world.
Hachiko became so iconic that two movies were produced based on his incredible story. One from Japan and one here in the stats "Hachi a dog's tale."
If this story inspired you, then try watching the film! Don't forget to bring your tissues :)