Hachiko: A Dog's Loyalty Knows No Boundaries

Hachiko
Hachiko

Japan's Most Faithful Dog Remembered

In December of 2009, there will be a new movie released starring Richard Gere called Hachi: A Dog's Tale.

I wanted to share with you the true tale of this wonderful canine. It truly is a story of devotion and loyalty that warms the heart and penetrates the barriers of death.

"From mans best friend’s unceasing loyalty, mankind should master." -- Scott Latham

A Friend Waits

Professor Hidesaburō Ueno lived in Tokyo with his beloved Akita named Hachiko. Everyday Hachiko would see Ueno off to work from his home and then, at the end of the day, greet him at the nearby Shibuya Train Station.

One day in May 1925 would be the end of their daily routine together, for Ueno suffered a fatal stroke during his day at work. He never returned to his faithful friend that day nor any day thereafter.

Hachiko was given away to new owners but the loyal dog always ran off in search of his true master. After returning to Ueno's former home several times, Hachiko realized that he did not live there anymore. Hachiko then searched for his friend at the train station. There he perpetually returned everyday henceforth, always at the end of the day and at the precise time of Ueno's scheduled arrival. Hachiko waited there in vain every day for 11 years.

Hachiko Waits
Hachiko Waits

The Story Spreads

Some of the people at the train station recognized Hachiko from his prior rendezvous with Ueno.  Knowing about Ueno's death, they were deeply touched by this act of loyalty and brought him food.  Eventually the story spread about Hachiko.

A former student of Professor Ueno's heard of Hachiko's vigil and went to the station to see the loyal Akita.  Fascinated by Hachiko, the former student wrote several papers on him.  In 1932, one of these papers was published in Tokyo's largest newspaper.  This article threw Hachiko into Japan's national spotlight.

Hachiko became the personification of loyalty.  School teachers and parents would use him as a teaching model for dedication and loyalty.  In 1934, a well-known Japanese artist sculpted a likeness of Hachiko to be placed at the entrance of Shibuya Station; in the same area he waited for his long-deceased master.  Hachiko himself was there for the statue's dedication.

The Vigil Ends

On March 8 1935, eleven years after it started, Hachiko's vigil came to an end. At almost 12 years old, the Akita succumbed to heart-worm disease. The nation of Japan mourned the loss of their most beloved canine.

Hachiko's long wait was over and finally he is reunited with his beloved master at Rainbow Bridge.

That's a good boy, Hachiko.

That'll do.

A Tribute In Music

Here are two music videos made in tribute of Hachiko. The songs are "You'll Be In My Heart" and "Bittersweet", the scenes are taken from the 1987 movie Hachikō Monogatari.

Bittersweet

You'll Be In My Heart

Never Forgotten

  • Hachiko's body was preserved and put on display in the National Science Museum of Japan.  He is still there today.
  • Every year, at an annual ceremony at Shibuya Station, Hachiko is remembered for his loyalty.

 

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justmesuzanne 7 years ago from Texas

I had heard of this dog before. Thank you for writing this. I look forward to seeing the movie! Here is a story I wrote about my father's dog, McTavish, who was a real life dog hero:

MC TAVISH

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/939057/mc...

I hope you enjoy it!

:) Suzanne


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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia

I love this story. I saw it on tv years ago. It made me cry then, and I want to cry now. Thanks for making the story live on in words for others to see.

There was an incident in my area recently, over the weekend, where a four year old boy wandered away from home with his two puppies. He wasn't found till the next day, and he would have frozen to death if he was alone - his two (big) puppies kept him warm and alive all night.

P.S. That Cha Cha ShamWOW comment was very funny! :D


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

Why is it that I cry so much during death scenes of animals but not at all during human deaths? Please tell me.


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MamaDragonfly2677 7 years ago from New York

He looks like my Nanook, except she is black. And she is very loyal, also... I don't think I could piss that dog off for any reason in the world, unless someone tried to hurt us. She defenately holds a special place in my heart.

Great Hub.


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

Gotta love the loyalty of a dog. I wish humans could be so loyal.


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MamaDragonfly2677 7 years ago from New York

No kidding...


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

awww giver me the kleenex

this reminds me of the dogs i've had. only returned to "petting" last year, a black lab. her name's coco. thanks for sharing dork


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

Your welcome Cris. Thanks for reading.


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Lady Guinevere 7 years ago from West Virginia

Such a great story of loyalty that only a dog can give. They certainly know what unconditional love is.


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

I love this story! My daughter's dog is half Akita and just as wonderful. She looks alot like the dog in the videos. Thanks for letting us know about the new movie!


faye clayton 7 years ago

i love this story it made me cry. i have a akita she's only 16 weeks but she is so loya. i cant wait to she the film. know i'm going to cry when i watch it


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

Thanks for reading Faye.


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

Is this your secret trick to draw more female fans in? Using this sad story to get them a little weepy?

I'm not gay but if I were, I would lean on your strong shoulders right now to make me feel a little bit better. Is it okay if we man hug?


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

You found me out! Let's hug.


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Staci-Barbo7 7 years ago from North Carolina

What a beautiful tale! Hachiko inspired a nation during his lifetime and is on the way to inspiring the world 70+ years later.


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sheenarobins 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Oh, you are making me cry. I never liked any pet before but I changed my mind after someone gave me a puppy and she grew up right in front of my eyes from puppy to dog. I love her since then and I know she feels the same for me.


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

I cry whenever I read this hub. Especially when I watch the music videos I posted. I downloaded the movie that the videos came from a long time ago but have not been able to watch it. I'm not ready do deal with it yet.


\Brenda Scully 7 years ago

this is beautifully written, only just found you on the forums...... hope you are not too lonely, last year i was the loneliest person in the world but now i am picking up the pieces..... keep writing you are a sensitive creature


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

Thank you Brenda.


Berrywood 7 years ago

Nice writin two...you are a sensitive chap.


poetlorraine 7 years ago

hi just been reading your hub again, and comments, saw Cris A talking about his dog, the dog lost it's life in the floods...... at least we still have Cris


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

Thank you for returning. I'm so sorry to hear about Cris A's dog! Poor thing!


sweet keebler 6 years ago

dude I am still in tears. Those videos were so powerful. That's why I love dogs so much- they're always there for you. The next chance I get I am renting Hachik? Monogatari from netflix and I will write a review on it!


Oscar Zuleta 6 years ago

Una de las mejores peliculas que he visto.....


noah montgomery 6 years ago

i am just in tears poring down my face my wife keeps being an ass and making fun of me i cant believe he spent all of his life waiting for his master


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imadork 6 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

Oscar: I still have not seen the movie.


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imadork 6 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

Noah,thanks for reading. Tell your wife to grow a heart.


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imadork 6 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

Damn, I just reread my hub here and watched the videos and was a blubbering mess!


Tenzin Lhodup 6 years ago

hi.i just saw the movie hachiko:a dogs tale..and to be reall frank,i was touched deeply.besides being a dog lover..this story is simply worth saluting.i just couldn't hold my tears from coming out..i really admire and salute the loyalty and friendship ethics or example this un-spokeable dog has laid down.at times we human too fail to prove such loyalty and friendship.but HACHIKO.....wow...i salute u HACHIKO and once in my life time am definitely going to visit your statue and pay you my respect..you are simply out of this world...


Puddums 6 years ago

If we were half as loyal as a dog, the world would be half as better.


Puddums 6 years ago

At the end of the movie, Hachi, the newest, when they show the pictures of the real hachi, that is the saddest part of the movie, so much of the movie is sad really, but that, i mean i could barely breath! It is such a beautiful story, but it cuts me up so badly!


lou 6 years ago

the movie is so sad what an amazing loyal dog


matheus 6 years ago

esse filme é o filme mais bonito q eu ja vi eu e minha familia choramos muito eu achei inprecionante


hambase 6 years ago

haciko its japan dog 8 old that's a only one dog japan


phupu 6 years ago

so sad.. i cry watch this movie...


GLENN SUAZO 6 years ago

I LOVE DIS MOVIE


Father 6 years ago

I like this movie... It's very interesting..


bryan louie villanueva 6 years ago

i love this movie so much it made me cry...

actually almost all of the dog story i watch i cried!! lol

im a pet lover specially dog..

i watch that movie with my sister and pet labrador both of us three cried not sure about my dog..


Stuwee 6 years ago

My girl will always be my baby! You can't be around an Akita that will love you for ever and always!! I miss my girl every day, she would lay and say 'Hows it going'??

Lot's of dogs are faithfull, Akita's are the bestest!! :)


emms 6 years ago

i have watched both version, Hollywood n japanese version of the movie. n to the extend..i travelled all the way to shibuya just to see the place where Hachi used to sit n wait for his master..that's how deep he touched my inner soul. standing right there had gave me a feeling of going back into time n i was like seeing Hachi wandering around waiting ...i cried but i guess the japanese who passed me by understood well the reason for the tears. proud to be there at the station n visited the science museum where 'hachi' was kept.n that's all, never been to anywhere else in japan but shibuya station/hashiko exit/museum..crazy me ayyy..thanks dork for sharing. i would not know about hachi, would never watched the movie, would never travelled to japan if its not because of your writing. thanks very much again :)


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imadork 6 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

Emms - All I can say is wow! I touched by your admiration for Hachiko and am deeply moved that my writing introduced you to him. Thank you for the kind words.


rana 6 years ago

great movie... i realy realy like.


saves 6 years ago

something happen with my heart.... that's may word for the day... we have 4 dog in the philippines and i know they were like hachiko for my mom until now my mom cant leave with out them so she chose to be with them because they were waiting in fornt of our house gate....


luthfy 6 years ago

a good story!


saves 6 years ago

is there any body knows where i can find the japanese version of the movie???


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imadork 6 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

Saves -

Watch it on Veoh. Here's the link: http://www.veoh.com/browse/videos/category/family/...

You need to download the Veoh Web Player in order to watch the whole movie but it's free.


heyy 6 years ago

this story makes me cry but i love the movie i wish i could meet hachiko


widhie 6 years ago

dogs...as Hachi from Shibuya, in so many ways are better then human...that's the fact


Hinata Ylonen Lawliet 6 years ago

La historia sta muyy bonita, ami tambi3n m3 iso llorar, m3 conmovio bastant3 Hachi!! ^^. XD Si algun dia visito japon.. ki3ro ir a v3r la statua d3 HACHI


Caroline 6 years ago

Thanks so much, was lovely to read, and see the photos. I still feel like crying just thinking of Hachiko, what a beautiful dog, and the devoted people attached to him, he will be remembered forever......


Naussica 6 years ago

I already watched the English Version of this True to life Story of a Faithful/Loyal Dog.. Hachi/Hachiko is a good role for everyone.. I can't stop to cry everytime he awaited for his deceased master in front of the train station... I wish i could have a dog like Hachi/Hachiko. :'(


Geraldine 6 years ago

I truly miss Hachiko, it breaks my heart.. i wish i can fly to Japan just to see him


keziah 6 years ago

it makes me cry about it even in dreams


tulipdreamer 6 years ago

i inspired the story of hachiko, and i really like the movie


er 6 years ago

I have never cried this much in my whole life. Amazing story . Thank you Hackiko you made me re-think how I am leaving my life .


danbiting 6 years ago

a true to life story of man's best friend (but not to those people who eat dog meat and beat dogs)because they see dogs as delicacy and shock absorber).

Indeed the story is so inspirational, I myself would love my dog (even if she's a mongrel even more, until her last breath or its the other way around.


rainybear 6 years ago

Just finished watching the movie. I remember my mom telling me the story when I was young and realy enjoyed finding out the whole story. I appreciate that they portrayed Hachi and his master reuniting at death.


GSA 6 years ago

Great Movie seen it yesterday, it breaks my heart to think that dog went to such lengths and waited 11 years for his best friend. that dog is a true friend and always be. i hope those two met up in heaven.


VivekSri 6 years ago

that makes a wonderful collection and a great piece of inspiration for the pet lovers, loved that!


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PegCole17 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Dog lovers everywhere are a blubbering mess. What a beautifully written tribute to Hachiko and his legacy. I worked for a family that raised and showed Akitas. They had one pure white champion that looked like Hachi. What a gorgeous intelligent breed of dog.

Thanks for bringing a story to Hub that I had not heard. Too soon after my own loss to watch the videos. I'll bookmark for later.

All the best to you.


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imadork 6 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

Thanks PegCole17! Sorry for your loss.


Penny 6 years ago

That was really a GOOD movie! It made me cry after watching it and I can't stop it. I and my family are dog-lovers, and we really can relate to this story. I love the feeling that everytime we got home, we have our dogs waiting for us.

There's this one case that one of our dogs was slashed with a bolo knife by a passer-by. My father hurried after the perpetrator. Luckily, he was able to catch him and filed a case against him.

Fortunately, our dog suffered only minor injury / laceration. He then recovered.


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imadork 6 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

If someone did that to my dog he would be lucky to be breathing afterward, much less go to jail.


theranjanie  6 years ago

hello

i am crying watch at moive Hachiko love me


Mass 6 years ago

I just watched this movie it made me really really sad--inside.

I keep thinking, that poor dog waited all his life by that train station

only to see one person's face. Unaware of the concept of death and

yet tangled up with old time memories, he can't stop waiting for his master.

Then I saw Hachiko's picture, his frown face, his ear curled like a

leaf as if autumn never ended in his life, I couldn't stop tears running

down my cheeks.


Lovedthisdog 6 years ago

I just watched the movie with Richard Gere on TV. I cried and cried; the movie made me think of our dog, Manda. She suffered from Cushing's Disease at the end of her life and yet she would not give up until my husband, who had gotten Manda as a pup, told her she could 'go.' When we finally took her to her favorite vet, she knew on that final trip she was going to finally be free of her pain and she went peacefully. She was put to sleep and went so quickly her eyes did not even close. I am crying as I write this.

Hachi is a true story of loyalty and love--two things we have so little of in this crazy world in which we live.


shika 6 years ago

Gosh I feel the same way that all of you do! I was crying so hard during the entire movie. I just saw it today. I knew how it ended so from the start I was sad. Ridiculous huh? I lost my angel doggie back in 2008 and maybe that's why I was so sad. But that dog was so in love with his daddy, it was so cute. They are so loyal, humans should learn a lesson or two.

Cudos to all the men that wrote about their tears, I love that they can admit that.


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imadork 6 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

I wrote this hub and I still haven't seen the movie! I just haven't been able to put myself through that emotional wringer. Recently I put it in my Netflix queue, so I'm progressing toward it. It's #4 on the list. Once it rises to the top, I may chicken out and knock it down a little. Baby steps, baby steps, baby steps!

Lovedthisdog and shika, I'm very sorry to hear of each of your losses.

If you'd like, here is another of my hubs that has the great story of Rainbow Bridge posted inside. If you haven't read it already, you'll cry. You'll cry even if you have!

http://hubpages.com/animals/Rainbow-Bridge


bea 6 years ago

so touching


#1 Hachiko fan 6 years ago

i could listen to this story over and over


luke 6 years ago

it... its so beautiful!


kat 6 years ago

i want o cry about this dog...

Haciko 's mastes should not die so soon....


some body 5 years ago

I was crying when I first saw it.


Louvejita 5 years ago

I saw the movie this morning and haven't stopped crying all day. I come from a family of animal lovers and I've had my share of beautiful, loyal dogs, but Hachiko's story is one to be shared with the whole world. It's an example of real love and loyalty. As someone else mentioned before - if only we were half as loyal the world would be very different.

Love your blog, thanks for taking the time to share this story and let people like me know more about Hachiko.


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imadork 5 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

Thank you Louvejita.


autumn 5 years ago

i love hachi and parcker they are good together my dog died it reminds me of him x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x ;[


misyoung 5 years ago

Thank you for posting this, dork. I'm watching the Richard Gere version now...and I'm crying my eyes out even though I knew what was gonna happen. Both my dogs are terminal. One is in remission and doing great. The other is...not, and my heart breaks a little more each day. Watching this movie, seeing the dedication, the love in both dog and man...well, it just makes me realize how special a gift God gave me when He sent me my babies, Remmy and Holly. They're 14 and 12 and I know it won't be long now, especially for Remmy, and that devastates me. He's my best friend, has been for 14 years. :(

One thing I do know, though, is that when my father was dying he said he could hear his dogs barking. He called them by name, but I didn't know of any dogs by those names. Later I mentioned it to my mom and she knew they were from his youth. More importantly, Dad was positively gleeful when he told me that he could hear "his" Shelby-dog barking with Groover and Sam, and that Shelby was coming to see him soon. Dad sat in that hospital bed and clapped, smiled and was so excited that Shelby was coming for him. "He's getting closer now, I can almost see him! Oh, I can't wait to see my Shelby-dog! I've missed him so much," Dad said.

Shelby was my baby, but Dad's shadow. Dad and I had always bickered about whether or not animals go to Heaven when they die--him saying he wasn't sure, me saying that if I got to Heaven and my dogs weren't there, I was gonna have to take that up with God because it wouldn't be Heaven without them, especially Shelby, Remmy and Holly. That was the last night that Dad knew who I was, the last time we really talked. He died two days later.

Seeing how the movie ended, that's what I picture when I think of Dad's passing...Shelby patiently waiting all those years and my Dad, once again picking up his little shadow, cuddling him and getting all the sweet kisses little Shel used to give, both of them young, happy, healthy again...just...sweet, pure love.

Okay, gotta go get some decongestant and more kleenex cause it's gonna be a long night. Thanks for the background and the videos, dork. You really do need to watch the movie, but definitely stock up on Kleenex first--you're so gonna need them.


kenny williams 5 years ago

beautiful story,no wonder they are mans best friend,


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imadork 5 years ago from St. Peters, MO Author

@misyoung: Thank you for sharing your story. I teared up reading it.

I finally did watch Hachi. It was all that I feared! I sobbed so uncontrollably that I must have resembled a mental patient having an emotional breakdown. It was rough.


Moontears82 5 years ago

Ho appena visto il film... e devo dire che è stato toccante, veramente commovente. Così come a reale storia d Hachiko che hai scritto in questo blog, ti ringrazio. :)


sajith 5 years ago

today i saw the movie Hachiko in hbo and akita made me to cry after his master's death till the end. When i saw the real picture of hachiko i couldn't control my feelings. Because of this movie i surfed in net to find the real story, Atrue Loyalty of his master, I'm sure both of them are in heaven and enjoying the time. HACHIKO made me to cry,I'm happy in crying for HACHIKO :)


saket  5 years ago

i salute & tribute to hachicko for his love of deceased

master,he proved that mans best friend always being a dog.

whole world will love you forever,forever forever forever.


kathy 5 years ago

i cryed so much what as sweet tale of loyalty


chris john 5 years ago

this video is amazing i cannot explain the felling that i fell when i was watching this video


Ali 5 years ago

I cryed all the way through the movie it was a lovely story.


tushar 5 years ago

I was having no idea abt an animals faithfulness,but hachiko showed me that.it's my grand salute to hachiko and his dedication


Linda Danton- Vizor  5 years ago

I saw the movie with my husband on the TV a few days ago. We both couldn't stop crying. Watched it again with my parents and It had the same effect. Here I am typing this and crying again. What a wonderful loyal dog. I just wish someone could have come along who could have communicated to Hachiko that it was fine to wait for his master everyday if he wanted to but it was also fine to use their home for a nice warm place to sleep. I just feel so sad that he slept rough all those years.


hello 5 years ago

im crying now


Ats 5 years ago

Thank you for posting the story of Hachiko. I'm Japanese & dog lover. I'm glad Hachiko story has spread to all over the world. My mother has told me about Hachi when I was little and warned me that I wouldn't stop crying about Hachi. And of course she was right, I cry everytime I see his pictures...

I just lost my beloved Betty, she was so good to me and miss her so much everyday... But I'm glad she's in doggie heaven, probably with all of my dogs! I'm glad she didn't have to go thru what Hachiko had done, waiting forever. :(


don 5 years ago

love this story.. dont erased this story..


Ats 5 years ago

Today, March 8th in Japan- hope Hachi is remembered by many ppl in the world.


Acee 5 years ago

I've just watched Hachiko's movie today, the one with Richard Gere..After this morning when my sister told me about it i was too fascinated so yeah i watched it and cried so hard, it gave me a very big lesson..About love and loyalty ?

I wanna watch the Japanese version called "Hachiko Monogatari" i kept thinking of Hachiko all day ever since i watched the movie this morning, I LOVE YOU HACHIKO

and thanks for posting the info dork


Acee 5 years ago

You will always be in my heart Hachiko

my first comment on the top says "about love and loyalty" no question mark included


Anmol 5 years ago

could anybody tell me what did Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa(ken)tell the dog in japaneese?


Nejimz 5 years ago

A love this movie so much. I wish I can meet Hachiko in real life. T_T


roos 5 years ago

oh..hachi...if i was there for hachi...i miss u n i love u hachi...even you r a akita..u make me cry when i remember u..


Mary Yunker 5 years ago

I watched this movie last night and I'm still feeling the love that Hachi shared with so many. Having a loyal friend is the best medicine. If people only realized that all they want is your love. Thanks for sharing. Mary


s r bharathan 5 years ago

it is really a touching story and i too named my labradaor on its name hachiko.


crazy 5 years ago

sad


minimono 5 years ago

my eyes become 2x larger because of crying about hachiko.. i hope i can meet hachiko some day..


eden orulfo 5 years ago

Very touching,, I was super cries when I was watched this,,, MY God,, please take this dog in your side... and more pets like this,,


kiara 5 years ago

that's a true dog right there....i want a dog just like that and im going to name hin hachi...i saw the movie today and wanted to do more research on hachi..i cried at the end though.


Vinodini Selvan 5 years ago

Very touching movie... still im crying.. love u Hachiko..


Randy C 5 years ago

Cool,


sasi 4 years ago

a nice movie.. cried watching. true love..


Krisolito Maravilla 4 years ago

such a great dog... my eyes getting larger and bigger because of crying when i see that movie... wHEN i remember the event when he is in the train station waiting to his master , i easily cry.. . i have 2 dog named..

darwin & choco .. when i see my "choco" my dog , i remember hachiko... GREAT 1000x Dog...

still remember hachiko the faithful dog...


juanpaulino007@hotmail.com 4 years ago

ola soy de colombia - Puerto Lleras (meta) he visto la pelicula 2 veces, es impactante seber la difelidad de un animal de estos para con su amo... a toda nuestra familia hizo llorar..... exelente


MARY FISHER 4 years ago

I CRY JUST THINKING ABOUT THIS MOVIE, THE DEVOTION AND LOYALTY FROM THIS DOG WILL TOUCH THE VERY DEPTH OF YOUR BEING, I HAVEN'T CRIED THIS HARD SINCE 'BAMBI' FOR THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE 'RAINBOW BRIDGE' YOU SHOULD CHECK IT OUT. THIS MOVIE SHOULD BE A REMINDER OF HOW MUCH AN ANIMAL CAN GIVE TO EVERYONE!


sadhvi 4 years ago

i watched d movie..n was crying so badly...so touched....it made me bawl......i m so lucky to be able to know abt dis loyality example....its amazing....no earthly words can describe it.....i loved d movie.....worth a watch...hachiko u r in our hearts.....


Nimoni is playing poker! 4 years ago

i luv dogs so mch n i can do anythin 4 dogs....i cant express hw mch i luv tem,,,,,wenevr i watch tis movie,i make sure tet i kip a hanky wit me...sincei luv dogs, tis kinda story really touches my heart.

hachi's luv n loyalty 4 his master is a vry good exmpl 4 we human being to be faithful n loyal 2 eachother,i wish we human being could be as loyal as Hachi''


ediannne 4 years ago

It was a touching story of a dog, i really love it, i was crying when i saw the movie of Hachiko.I'm looking forward to see his statue and his body soon.. i love you hachi..


Patrick Thiedeman 4 years ago

Thank God for one such as Hachi, You were both lucky to find each other in this life.

You give me hope.


lisa norris 4 years ago

I watched hatchi a dog's tale, and was so moved and touched by the story i went out and got a japanese akita.!!We even called him hachi .He's so loving and loyal just like hachiko WE love him more than anything.I still can't believe that poor dog waited 11 years for his master to return.Just goes to show what loving and loyal companions these dogs are.!!!


misyoung 4 years ago

Just found this page again and read my post from a year ago. Shortly after I made that post about dreading the loss that I knew was coming, my precious Remmy got to the point that I had no choice but to help him cross Rainbow Bridge. It was the hardest thing I've ever had to do and I would give anything to have not had to make that choice, but it was not to be. I set him free even though it broke my heart to do it.

I still have my beautiful, precious girl Holly and I'm thankful for her every day--she truly keeps me going. I don't know what I'll do when I lose her. I think they may as well bury me with her...right next to Remmy. Dogs are much more loyal than people and their love is unconditional and forever...just as Hachiko has proven.


armymom 4 years ago

I just watched Hachi A dog's tale last night, it broke my heart. I cried like a baby. That poor dog just didn't understand why his man wasn't coming back to him!


angel21 4 years ago

i loved this story it was soooo touching this dog was something special


FLMom 4 years ago

I watched the movie "Tashi, A Dog's Tale" for the 1st time this morning. The tears came as it was so touching. We have 2 dogs, a 5 y/o schnauzer by the name of Cleo who was homeless temporarily and was given to us 2 years ago on Good Friday. We had to put our beloved mixed breed Paddy (born on St. Patrick's Eve) put to sleep. We adopted an Australian Shephard by the name of Katie. She is a rescue dog and have had her since Oct. 1st, 2011. My husband and I believe that St. Francis of Assisi the patron saint of animals sent them to us. Our 2 dogs are loyal and lovable as Tashi was. We need more stories like Tashi's. Thank you for sharing.


stephany 4 years ago

the story is so sad


Alaa 4 years ago

I watched the movie "hACHIKO, A Dog's Tale" for the 1st time last week and I loved it,


Dog lover 4 years ago

i watched this movie and read this story for the first time and i cried since when the professor died. dogs are faithful and loyal which humans lack. i wish i had a dog like hachiko and he never died. wish the movie had a happy ending. spread the message about the man`s best friend.


Lara 4 years ago

Just saw the movie on TV for the first time...I knew I should not have, now I can't stop crying! Only animals can love that way...so unconditionally. I have a cat and I love him with all my heart...I don't know what I would do without him. He can always cheer me up. No matter what. No human can! Thanks for posting that


jhen frias 4 years ago

ilove this doq . . .

But i'm so lonely ..!

because hachiko and her boss was dead =(


jhanice frias 4 years ago

this dog is thoughful...ilove this dog Very Very much


Sandeep Temkar 4 years ago

I am very emotionally strong person and thought this could be only regular movie, but no, I was wrong.

It was so damn sad when his masters dies and the dog waits for him and he doesn't return. Days passed, weeks passed, months passed and then years. But this dog, this God of Loyalty kept coming and kept coming, teaching a lesson of love. I couldn't stopped crying after watching this movie. I had to take medicine due to over crying but I enjoyed this sorrow. How sad it is for this dog to wait for a such a long time without missing a single time. I love you Hachi! RIP with your master.


frankie b 4 years ago

Heard abt this loyal n faithful friend called hachiko many years back - watched richard gere movie version, both me n my wife were very touch - shedding tears,around the same time bought the japanese movie version, again watch n both shedded more tears. Most recently we went to Shibuya station in tokyo to see n touch his monument, took some picture together with hachiko status. Hachiko may be long gone, touching his statue means very much to us - words cannot explain, only each individual feelings is fullfilled. I guess whoever reads this will have their own inner feelings. We said our own prayers there for hochiko. For he is one who spoke from his heart.


jenna 4 years ago

Hachi is a awesome story.


barun 4 years ago

dont say dog.... i love him !!! i want to see u hachiko ...your body is preserved in national science museum tokyo,,,???


Leash 4 years ago

Omg what the heck did I just watch I cried for hours hours and I never stopped I went running down stiars to see my dog I huged and kissed and CRIED Oh I hate my life because of this this is the number one heart breaking movie !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Michael C-S 4 years ago

I love this movie like there is no tomorrow. I even ended up adopting an Akita mix from a shelter in Utah and had him flown in to New Jersey on December 7, 2010. Even though he is not a full breed Akita, he is an Akita nonetheless, and of course, his name is Hachi. He is very devoted to me.

Toward the end of the film, Cate returns to visit Parker's grave. As she returns to the train station to leave, Hachi is sitting and waiting. The reunion between them and the shared sense of loss will resonate with animal lovers everywhere.

Suffice it to say that when Hachi, as an old dog, falls asleep in the snow, waiting, never to awaken again in this life, we feel comforted in the knowledge that he and his beloved master are finally reunited. There is Parker once again coming through those train station doors - this time not coming home but coming to bring Hachi home to be with him forever.

Let there be no doubt in anyone's mind that it was the spirit of Parker coming to get Hachi .... did you notice the subtle symbolism interjected in that final scene when their spirits came together - even though it was much later at night, the station clock read 5:00pm ... the time Hachi met Parker's train everyday.

Shame on Sony for not giving this movie a theatrical release here in the United States. Do they not realize there are millions of dog lovers here. And then to send it straight to dvd without any publicity is unforgivable. Thank goodness the Hallmark cable channel gets to broadcast this wonderful movie every now and then for those who are not even aware it exists.

And here is a bonus that no one ever expected .... On May 19, 2012, there was an exact replica of the original bronze statue of Hachiko which resides at Hachi Station in Japan, unveiled at the train depot in Woonsocket, RI, where the movie was filmed. My Hachi and I attended and to our surprise he was invited to be part of the ribbon-cutting ceremony. He was front and center in the newspaper article photograph as "a real-life standin for Hachiko". It does not get any better than this for me and my boy. Long live Hachiko in our hearts and our minds.


Sophia Arambam 4 years ago

I can never get over the pain of thinking how lonely Hachiko must have been...waiting daily for his beloved master...I watched the movie about a month or so back, and later, I searched the net for stories of the true Hachiko... I can never forget Hachiko's love for his master...could a human being ever love another person that much..? Hachiko waited a lifetime for his master...


$naxan$ 2 years ago

Its Sooo Sad ive wached it 5 times....His poor owner D_; Im Crying Now...Great Movie also...I Herd it true Thx For making the Movie Great But...ITS SOOO SAD BOOHOO! D_;


Joseph Edappally 2 years ago

Really heart touching......... Wish I had a pet like Hachi...


Michael 2 years ago

I have an Akita mix named Hachi ....


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