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Wednesday Feels- Faithful Dogs



Dog-Loyalty-Best-Friend-2Canelo in Cádiz, Spain, used to walk with its owner to the hospital where he was receiving dialysis treatment. In 1990 his owner died at the hospital. Canelo died outside the hospital after 12 years waiting. The town Cadiz put his name to a street and a plaque in his honor.

Captain-Grave-Owner-Miguel-GuzmanCapitán, a German Shepherd Dog, ran away from his home in central Argentina, after the death of his owner Miguel Guzmán in 2006. About a week later, Guzmán’s family found Capitán standing guard at Guzmán’s grave after finding the cemetery on his own. When brought home, Capitán again ran away back to the grave of his former owner. As of 2012, he continues to stand vigil over his owner’s grave and receives provisions from the cemetery staff so he does not need to leave.


Fido, a mixed-breed dog, whose master had died in an air raid over Borgo San Lorenzo (near Florence, in Italy) in 1943, during World War II. Fido waited in vain, for the following 14 years, for Soriani’s return, going daily to the bus stop in where the man used to get off after coming home from work. Fido died still waiting for his master. The news of his death was announced to the public by the newspaper on a four-column front page story in La Nazione. Fido was buried outside the cemetery of Luco beside his master, Carlo Soriani


Greyfriars-bobby-edinGreyfriars Bobby, a Skye Terrier in Edinburgh, Scotland, was loyal to his master long after his master’s death in 1858. Until Bobby’s death 14 years later, he reportedly spent every night at his master’s grave. A statue in memorial of Greyfriars Bobby was erected near the graveyard.

Hachiko Funeral

Hachiko Funeral

Hachikō, an Akita who became a symbol of loyalty in Japan, is now honored by a statue in Tokyo. Hachikō is famous for his loyalty to his long dead master Hidesaburō Ueno, by returning to the train station and waiting for his return, every day for the next nine years during the time the train was scheduled to arrive. Each year on April 8, Hachikō’s devotion is honored with a solemn ceremony of remembrance at Tokyo’s Shibuya railroad station. Hundreds of dog lovers often turn out to honor his memory and loyalty. The photo above was taken at the funeral of Hachikō

Lance Corporal Liam Tasker with sniffer dog Theo-1399156Theo, an English Springer Spaniel belonging to Lance Corporal Liam Tasker of the British Army. Theo was used to sniff out roadside bombs in Afghanistan. In 2010, Theo and Tasker were in a firefight with insurgents, killing Tasker. Theo died later at a British army base from a fatal seizure, although many believe he died from a broken heart. Tasker’s body and Theo’s ashes were returned to England where Tasker’s family was presented with Theo’s ashes in a private ceremony. In October 2012, Theo was posthumously honored with the Dickin Medal, Britain’s highest award for bravery by animals.

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