Ever heard of the story of Hachiko, a Japanese Akita dog who waited for his deceased owner to arrive? He kept waiting at Tokyo’s Shibuya train station every day for nine years until he too passed away. The bond between a man and his dog is a powerful one. But if you're one of those misguided souls who believe animals can't feel emotions, you're in for quite a heartbreaking shock. So, grab a tissue cause you’re about to read the story of a loyal dog who refused to let go.
A 40-year-old man named Haris was the dog’s owner. Unfortunately, he collided with a cement mixer on the Old Ring Road to the River Evinos on November 9, 2017. Sadly, his brother had met a similar end a few years earlier.
No one knows how he made it, but somehow, the pooch traveled seven and a half miles from his home in Nafpaktos to visit Haris’s crash site. And he refuses to leave the area, no matter how hard anyone tries.
Although locals have tried to take him away and find him a loving new family to be with, the pooch always finds his way back to the road shrine where his owner tragically lost his life. And the locals have just about had it.
But that doesn’t mean they were ready to give up on him. So, instead of trying to relocate the dog, they built him a tiny shelter and brought over food and water while he waits for his owner to make a miraculous return.
But at the end of the day, there’s only one person he wants to see again and that’s Haris. But of course, that can never happen and perhaps he knows it, but is struggling to accept the loss. Is your keyboard covered in tears yet?
It seems dogs also have a tough time dealing with the stages of grief. If only humans had some of the love and loyalty that dogs provide, the world would be such a better place. Thankfully the locals are looking after him and keeping him comfortable.
But their time together was sadly cut short. In the wake of the terrible loss, there’s this pooch all alone with the memory of his owner. It’s obvious we haven’t begun to understand the range of emotions of animals. But maybe we could learn a few things from them.