When people say dogs are the most loyal pets a person can have, Hachiko represents how true the statement is.
Hachiko, an Akita breed dog, was born on November 10, 1923, and acquired by a professor of agriculture at Tokyo Imperial University, Professor Hidesaburo Ueno, in 1924.
Professor Ueno took Hachiko from his neighborhood and brought him to live with him in Shibuya, Tokyo.
Hachiko was like every dog but little did people know that that was the beginning of a type of bond only once in 100years. Ueno loved Hachiko so much that he treated him like a son. In no time, they became inseparable.
Being a university professor, Ueno would walk to the Shibuya Train Station with Hachiko every morning to take the train to work.
After the day’s work, Ueno would take the train back to the station by three and then walk back home.
While this seems normal, the interesting thing about this schedule is the fact that Hachiko was always at the station waiting to accompany Ueno home, every day.
The pair kept up with their daily routine till everything changed in May 1925 when Ueno experienced a deadly brain hemorrhage while teaching and died almost immediately.
Hachiko, on the other hand, got to the train station at the usual time to wait for his master, but to his disappointment, Ueno never came.
Hachiko’s Sensational Loyalty
Hachiko was given away with his master’s death and was made to start life with Kuxaburo Kobayashi, Ueno’s former gardener.
But to the surprise of all, Hachiko never gave up on going to the Train station at exactly 3 pm every day to wait for Ueno. Hachiko made it a routine until everyone began to take note of him.
Although he wasn’t well-received at the station for a period, Hachiko was able to win over the love and affection of the station workers and the commuters after showing how unrelenting he was to see his master.
Even though everyone had in a way or another explained to Hachiko that his master is no more, Hachiko believed that Ueno kept his hopes of meeting his mater high.
From days to weeks to months and years, Hachiko never gave up. Everyone thought Hachiko would give up after some days, but to the surprise of all, Hachiko kept going to the Train Station for years.
His loyalty was so pronounced that he became an icon in the Shibuya community. People wondered how much Hachiko had bonded with Ueno for him to stay loyal for years.