Loyal dog whose owner died in car accident waits on the spot for 80 days for her return
A dog mourning the death of its owner has been waiting for 80 days in the same spot where the owner was killed in an accident
Hearts melted across the internet after footage emerged of a loyal dog waiting on a busy road for more than 80 days where its owner lost her life. The video garnered 1.6 million views on the popular Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo after the animal was seen in the middle of the road in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia. The dog has been seen on the road every day since its owner's death on August 21, this year, according to China's Pear Video website. When people try to help, the dog runs away, a taxi driver said. "Drivers often give the little dog bits of food, but when we get out, he goes away," he said. "This owner's relationship with her dog was very deep. After she was killed, this little dog has just stayed standing guard. Every day it's on the road, I always see it. The relationship between man and dog is so true."
Users on Sina Weibo, which is used instead of other social media outlets like Twitter or Facebook in China, commented on the "loyalty" of the dog after the video filmed on November 10 was shared on the platform.
One commented: "This little dog is so loyal. My family used to have a dog and every day it would wait for me by the village school." Another user, who was concerned for the welfare of the dog, said: "It is so dangerous for that doggy to stand in the middle of the road. I hope that some good people can adopt it and take it to a safe place."
That said, this is not the first time a devoted dog has warmed hearts of online communities on China's social media platforms. Pear Video users couldn't help but fawn over an elderly dog named Xiongxiong earlier this year. The dog would routinely wait for his owner outside a train station until they came back from work.
In the 1920s, Hachiko the Akita became famous in Japan for regularly meeting his master every day outside a railway station. Even nine years after his owner's death, the loyal dog continued to make the journey to meet him at their spot.