In Tokyo, 1924, every time a certain university professor emerged from the subway station, he was always warmly greeted by this little puppy named "Hachiko". Every day, The little Hachiko walked home together with his master. After a sudden death, the professor had never returned back to the station. However, Hachiko was patiently waiting for his owner for 10 years. In 1935, he was found dead near by the station. Japanese people were so fascinated and amazed by Hachiko's loyalty and grief that his statue was erected at Shibuya Station. Eventually, Hachiko's legendary faithfulness proclamed as a national Japanese symbol of loyalty.
Another story and proof of dogs' hardship to overcome the loss of their master is the most recent story of a Texas dog named Spot. In June of 2010, Wayne Giroux was killed by a drunk driver leaving behind him a son, Paul, and his dog, Spot. Although Paul will forever be without his father, his youth and intellect will help him mend over time. However, Wayne's memory will always be permanently etched in the heart of Spot, who to this day still hangs out by the side of the road waiting for Wayne to come home.
"I have no doubts that's what she's waiting for," Paul sad. "It breaks my heart every time I go over there."
It's been over a year since Spot keeps preciously waiting for her master, and it seems like she is not ready to get over her longing to see Wayne.
"It's possible, one day, Spot might give up. But Paul doesn't think so."
Another pretty sad story is about a legendary Skye terrier, Bobby who within two years formed an exclusive relationships with a night watchman of the Edinburgh City police. The next 14 years after Bobby owner's death, he spent sitting on his master's grave and rejecting to overcome his sadness of loosing his owner.
There are countless other stories all over the world, but the truth is that dogs and may be some other pets really do grieve for their masters and most of the cases become fatal. Psychologists conclude that some dogs experience some type of depression which effects not only their appetite, but also their immune system, which is very untypical for their survival instincts. In reality, the grief and the sadness become the main reasons for that type of depression. Some dogs get so attached to their masters that they suffer from a "separation anxiety." Always keep it in mind that one of those homeless dogs might just lost his/her best friend and master which makes their lives miserable. Would you like to help some of those little friends to get rid off the "separation distress"? You should check out our shelter in Las Vegas at Little Friends Foundation and help one of those little friends to become happy and fresh under a new care of your house.