Monday, August 13, 2012
"An Example of Dog's Loyalty and True Love."
"An Example of Dog's Loyalty and True Love."
I bet you may wonder why I keep talking about animals and mother nature...
You see, I view life in a different way from many people in the world. People have failed me, animals never have. Lifetime relationships teach one lifetime lessons, things one must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. One's job is to accept the lesson, love others and put whatever one has learned to use in all other relationships and areas of life.
I wrote once, a friendship poem that begins like this...
"Some people in our lifetime come and go.
Others make us happy from head to toe.
Some folks stay for a short season,
And some others remain for a good reason.
A true friend is someone who always stays,
Like a flower blossom that becomes a rose.
No matter whether it rains or shines,
That kind of friend will leave everlasting marks
Deep in our hearts and lives.
God gives us true friends as gems and gifts,
Like a special treasure without measure.
They step into our lives marking the way
With footprints of friendship with pleasure."
I also wrote a quote that says: "I will never support a business which supports one that spills the blood of innocent living creatures to line their own greedy pockets."
It'll be hard to understand me, if you are not an animal lover.
But if you are, it'll be just great the way we could communicate with each other.
Today's post is about "HACHIKO, an example of dog's loyalty and true love."
You might have seen the Movie with Richard Gere and his Akita dog. Have you seen it?
Hachiko (November 10, 1923 - March 8, 1935), was an Akita dog born on a farm near the city of Odate, Akita Prefecture, remembered for his remarkable loyaly to his owner, even many years after his owner's death. Hachiko loved his owner even more than his own life, and he became famous worlwide just because of his loyal and unconditional love, something that humans can't feel...
Some History about Hachiko: In 1924, Hidesaburo Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo, took Hachiko, a golden brown Akita, as a pet. During his owner's life, Hachiko greeted him at the end of each day at the nearby Shibuya Station. The pair continued their daily routine until May 1925, when Professor Ueno did not return. The professor had suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage and died, never returning to the train station where Hachiko was waiting. Every day for the next 9 years the dog waited at the Shibuya Station.
Hachiko attracted the attention of other commuters. Many of the people who frequented the Shibuya train station had seen Hachiko and Professor Ueno together each day. Initial reactions from the people, especially from those working at the station, were not necessarily friendly. However, after the first appearance of the article about him on October 4, 1932 in Asahi Shimbun, people started to bring Hachiko treats and food to nourish him during his wait. This continued for 9 years with Hachiko appearing precisely when the train was due at the station.
That same year, one of Ueno's students saw the dog at the station and followed him to Kobayashi home, the home of the former Professor Ueno Kobayashi, where he learned the history of Hachiko's life. Shortly after his meeting, the former student published a documented census of Akitas in Japan. His research found only 30 purebred Akitas remaining, including Hachiko from Shibuya Station.
There is no doubt that pets are best buddies with loyal love for real.
The student frequently returned to visit the dog and over the years published several articles about Hachiko's remarkable loyalty. In 1932, one of these articles threw the dog into the national spotlight. Hachiko became a national sensation. His faithfulness to his master's memory impressed the people of Japan as a spirit of family loyalty all should strive to achieve. Teachers and parents used Hachiko's vigil as an example for children to follow. A well-known Japanese artist rendered a sculpture of the dog, and throughout the country a new awareness of the Akita breed grew.
Eventually, Hachiko's legendary faithfulness became a national symbol of loyalty.
Hachiko died on March 8, 1935, and was found on a street in Shibuya. In March 2011, Scientists settled the cause of death of Hachiko: the dog had terminal cancer and filaria infection (worms). A photograph showing a recently deceased Hachiko, mourned by Professor Ueno's widow (2nd from right) and members of the station staff in the baggage room of Shibuya Station. Hachiko's stuffed and mounted remains are kept at the National Science Museum of Japan in Ueno, Tokyo. His monument is in Aoyama cemetery in Minatoku, Tokyo.
Telling you the truth, I have never experimented a greater love for me than the love of God, and the love of my dear animals. Humans have never loved me in the same way. In spite of the company of my dear cats, I still feel very lonely at times...
Have a lovely day!