During our launch event we were surprised by the number of people who came and asked us where we got the idea for our name Hachiko.
The story of Hachiko is one of enduring loyalty and we could not think of a better name to show the connection between dog and human.
Hachiko was an Akita dog born in 1923 in Japan who was adopted by Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo. Hachiko used to accompany his owner everyday to the Shibuya train station, to see him off to work. At the end of the day Hachiko would come back and wait for his owner at the station. One day Hidesaburō Ueno passed away while at work. Hachiko waited for hours for his owner to return though he never did. Every day for 9 years Hachiko would go back to the station at the end of the day to wait for his owner to come home. In time commuters knew Hachiko and would feed him as he waited for the master that would never return. When Hachiko died in 1935 his story turned to legend that symbolizes the loyalty and enduring connection between human and dog.
We don’t think this story surprises any dog parent, though we still goosebumps whenever we tell it. And we’ve heard of more and more stories similar to Hachiko.
Capitán was a German Shepherd from Argentina who ran away from home after his owner Miguel Guzmán passed away in the hospital in 2006. He was found a few days later sitting vigil at his owners grave, despite never having been at the hospital or graveyard. Though he would leave to spend time with his family he returned every night for 6 years to the grave.
Fido was living in Italy during WWII and was adopted by a kiln worker named Carlo Soriani. Every day Fido would wait by the bus station for his owner to return, not leaving until he was off the bus (and mind you this was during a time when Italy was bombed daily). One day his owner was killed in an air raid. And Fido spent the next 14 years waiting for his owner. His story gained media attention and crowds would come to watch Fido. He would wait, look at all the people coming of the bus and when he would not come out he would walk away dejected. Fido passed away waiting for Soriani and was buried next to his master outside the cemetery of Luco di Mugello.
These dogs and their devotion are amazing and touching, but after let’s also celebrate the happy reunions.. this should cheer you up.
Tell us your favorite stories that symbolize this bond!