According to the UK Telegraph’s local media, heartbroken Masha has been turning up every day, hoping to see her owner ever since he passed away at this hospital in Novosibirsk, Siberia last year. When he was living on a ward in the hospital, Masha was his only visitor. Now that he’s gone, his loyal dog refuses to leave.
This little dachshund mix has been dubbed Russia’s own Hachiko, the famously loyal Akita in Japan.
Hidesaburo Ueno, a professor of agricultural science at Tokyo Imperial University, always took the four o’clock train home from work and every day his dog, Hachikō, would be waiting for him on the platform at Shibuya station. When Professor Ueno died of a cerebral haemorrhage in May 1925, in the middle of a lecture, his gardener, who inherited his house in the Kobayashi district, also adopted Hachikō, and for the next 10 years this golden-brown Akita would return to Shibuya station every day to meet the four o’clock train, hoping to see his beloved master again. In 1935, Hachikō’s body was found in a Tokyo street. His remains were stuffed, mounted and put on display in Japan’s National Science Museum. A bronze statue of the famous dog stands outside Shibuya station to this day, and he also has his own memorial by the side of his master’s grave in Aoyama cemetery.
Hachiko’s story was turned into a heartwarming film starring Richard Gere. If you’ve never seen it, here’s the link and make sure you have tissues handy.
“I cried like a baby” when reading the script, Gere said. “I wasn’t sure if it was just a very sensitive reaction I had that day, so I read it again a few days later and had the same reaction.
“This is a love story,” said Gere, who played the professor. “It has nothing to do with gender or species.”
Masha has become a well-known and much loved figure at the hospital, where patients and staff ensure she has a warm bed and food to eat. But aware of her obvious sadness at not being able to find her owner, hospital staff are hoping an animal lover will come forward to adopt Masha and give her a new home.
“She’s waiting for him, she’s not going anywhere,” said nurse Anna Vorontsova.
“Some girls tried taking her into their home, and she runs away. She doesn’t want to live anywhere. Look, just last Friday a local took her in, and she came running back here at three o’clock the next morning.”
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