The story of a Most Faithful Friend
Hachiko was an Akita dog born in Japan in 1923. An agricultural professor named Hidesaburo Ueno brought the puppy from the countryside to be his pet in Tokyo. Every morning, Hachiko would accompany his master to the train station where the professor would commute to the University of Tokyo. Every evening, Hachiko would wait at the station to greet his master when his train arrived. Hachiko did this everyday until May 1925, when the professor did not return on his usual train one evening. Despite this, Hachiko, continued to go to the train station the everyday at the same time in anticipation of his master’s return, but everyday he would not see his beloved friend. It turned out that the professor had suffered a fatal cerebral hemorrhage while giving a lecture at the University. He would never return again.
Every evening Hachiko would show up just when the professor’s train was due to arrive. Hachiko continued his routine to look for his owner from among the crowd at the train station for nine more years, eagerly waiting for his master until Hachiko’s own death in 1935. Hachiko’s faithfulness has inspired generations of Japanese people, and he is a national symbol of loyalty.
When Hachiko died on March 8th 1935, his body was found near the train station. A post mortem was conducted and they found that dirofilaria worms had infected his heart, Hachiko had suffered and died from heartworm. (more…)