忠犬ハチ公

Most people would agree that dogs are the most loyal creatures. As long as you provide them with food and lots of love, they’ll remain by your side no matter what happens. This loyalty is displayed as its full extent in the case of Hachiko (the title says Hachiko in Japanese), a dog from Tokyo, Japan, who remained loyal to his master even after his master died.

The story goes that everyday when Hachiko’s master, a professor at the University of Tokyo, goes off to work, the dog see off his master from the front door, then greets him at the Shibuya station at the end of the day. Until one day, the professor suffered a stroke at the university, died, and never returned to where Hachiko was waiting. After tries to give Hachiko away to new families and numerous escapes back to his old home, Hachiko realized that his master no longer lived in that house. So he went to the station where he usually greeted his master, and waited there for his return. And so for the next 10 years until Hachiko’s death, he waited at the train station every evening at the time when his master’s train would come.

This kind of devotion is exemplified in many dogs, who loves their owners even more than they love themselves. People argue over whether domestication is good or bad. It is shown here that what resulted from the domestication of dogs is definitely a mutual relationship of love and trust. Both sides gained from living in the same community. While cases of abuse still exist, the relationship between humans and dogs is something that perfectly integrates nature into society.

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