If you're a fan of Richard Gere or a dog lover, it's dubious if you missed the 2009 movie filmed in Woonsocket, R.I. when Hachi: A Dog's Tale, made even the most stoic moviegoer cry.
Co-starring Joan Allen and Jason Alexander, the story centered around a professor who adopted a lost Akita, and although the pup was a mischievous little guy, Hachi, as he was named, grew to be an incredibly loyal dog.
Earlier this week, the Shanghai Daily.com reported a story about a dog that appeared at a bus stop every day for over two weeks in Jiezi Town, located in southwest China's Sichuan Province.
The dog would show up at 8:00 a.m. in the bus parking lot and look inside of every bus - obviously looking for his human. As a particularly friendly dog, riders and transit workers made friends with the dog and named him Huanghuang after the dog's coat with the reference meaning 'yellow hair.'
A local person had thoughts of adopting the dog and bringing him home, however the man didn't want to interfere in case the dog's human returned.
Along the same story line, Hachi would accompany his human everyday to the Woonsocket train station in the morning as Parker Wilson (Gere) boarded the train and returned every evening to greet his human. When one day Wilson dies from a heart attack at the school he taught, Hachi still returned to the station. How does one explain to a dog his whole world just passed away? The dog continued to return for the next nine years until he died.
Today,a bronze statue sits outside of Shibuya Station in Japan honoring this dog for his loyalty, compassion, and love; traits that most humans want to strive for in themselves and admire in others.
No one knows now what has happened to Huanghuang since he is no longer waiting at the bus station. Let's hope that he found his human, and the two are living happily ever after.
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