All dogs have the capacity to be loyal because it is their nature, but some of them are exceptionally faithful and devoted to their owners. Like good friends who stay by your side when you need them, these dogs are more than man’s best friends. These extraordinary dogs show incredible loyalty that made them notable to be featured in headlines:
Most probably the most famous loyal dog, Hachiko and his story were known through books, word of mouth, and the tear-jerking 2009 film Hachi: A Dog’s Tale, starring Richard Gere. If that movie didn’t make you cry or at least shed a tear, then we don’t know what will.
In a nutshell, Hachiko was an Akita dog born in 1923 and was owned by a university professor named Hidesaburō Ueno. Hachiko and Ueno developed a daily routine: Hachiko would accompany his owner to the Shibuya train station, return home on his own, and then leave again to the station to greet Ueno after his commute back home. However, the professor suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage in 1925 while giving a lecture, and died without ever returning to the station where Hachiko was waiting. For the next nine years, nine months and fifteen days, Hachiko continued to wait for Ueno’s return at the station at the precise time when the train was due to arrive. Hachiko’s presence at the station earned him unfriendly reactions from commuters and workers at the station, but when an article about him was published in 1932, people started showing concern for the dog. They brought him treats and fed him to nourish him.
Hachiko died in 1935 and was diagnosed with a filaria infection and terminal cancer. After his death, his remains were placed beside his master’s.
When Miguel Guzman of Argentina died in 2006, their family dog – a German Shepherd named Capitan – ran away from home. The family frantically searched for him but they cannot him anywhere. When they decided to go to the cemetery to visit Miguel’s grave, they were surprised to see Capitan sitting on top of his master’s grave. Since the family had never taken the dog there, they wondered about how could it possibly happen.
Miguel’s wife Veronica and his son Damian repeatedly tried to take Capitan home with them for six years after Miguel’s death, but the faithful dog always turned back and returned to the cemetery. As of 2015, it was reported that Capitan still guarded the grave and the family didn’t bother taking him home anymore, understanding the dog’s immense faithfulness to his master.
Tommy, a then-stray German Shepherd, was adopted by a lady named Maria Margherita Lochi. When Margherita passed away at age 57, her dog followed her coffin and was present at her funeral. Since then, Tommy went to the church every day and sat by the altar silently. He didn’t bark while inside the church, so the priest let him stay there until mass finishes. People also gave him food and water to drink in order to stay well. Tommy also eventually died in 2014 after battling an illness.
Fido was two years old when he was found injured by brick kiln worker Carlo Soriani in Borgo San Lorenzo, Italy. Soriani and his wife nursed the dog back to health and named him “Fido,” which means “faithful one” in Latin. He grew up to be true to his name.
Like Hachiko, Fido always accompanied his master to the bus stop each working day, and meet him there upon his return. In 1943 during World War II, Borgo San Lorenzo was subject to an aerial bombing raid, and Soriano was one of the casualties. That day, Fido went back home alone from the bus stop, but from that day on, he visited the bus stop for the next 14 years, still hoping in vain to see his master. He actually died at the bus stop while still waiting for Soriani.
News of Fido’s loyalty quickly spread, and the Comune of Borgo San Lorenzo eventually commissioned a sculptor to build a monument for Fido. It was placed in Borgo San Lorenzo’s Piazza Dante. The dog’s remains are buried beside his master’s.
Learning that your two-year-old toddler is missing can bring any mother to a full panic mode. Bianca Chapman raised the alarm after finding out that her kid named Dante and her German Shepherd named Dasher disappeared from her front garden in Victoria, Australia, on one evening. More than a hundred police, firefighters and volunteers searched the woodland for the missing pair, following a pair of small feet and paw prints. When the police heard a loud cry in knee-high scrub, they found Dante with the dog. Dasher has stood loyally by the toddler’s side as they got lost through the bushes. The family was so thankful that Dante was with the German Shepherd.
When the World Trade Center was highjacked, a blind computer technician Omar Eduardo Rivera was on the 71st floor. Because of his disability, he brought his guard dog Dorado, a Labrador Retriever, to the office. The dog was lying under his desk that time when Rivera decided to free him so that he may survive. He said he was hoping that Dorado would quickly run down the stairs and get to safety, but he was surprised when he felt a familiar, fuzzy nudge from knee high. Dorado guided his master down 70 floors and out into the street. While on the way down, one co-worker helped the dog in guiding Rivera downstairs. Not long after they reach the safe ground, the tower collapsed. Rivera says he owes his life to his best friend and companion Dorado.