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Hachiko

Hachiko

The best dog story ever

You might have heard the recent story of Ella, a Rottweiler, found famished and dehydrated, sitting beside a busy highway in Tennessee.

The dog had been thrown from the car in which she was riding with the family that owned her when the car crashed and rolled over, and evidently rescue crews did not see her when the ambulances rushed the family members to emergency care.

So Ella waited, at the last spot she saw her “family.” She scavenged food and water for 13 days until she herself was rescued.

Here, if you have 3 minutes, you can see the story for yourself:

 

As heartwarming as that story is, it’s not the best dog story ever.

That accolade belongs to a dog named Hachiko, and you can read his incredible true story in a beautiful small book your kids will love, entitled, Hachiko Waits.

I won’t spoil the story for you, but it will amaze and inspire you, and move you to tears. And, you’ll want to read it soon because an American film version of this legendary Japanese story is being released this December. Starring Richard Gere and Joan Allen, I think it’s one you’ll want to see with your children.

 

You know that saying, “My goal in life is to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am“?

I think that every day.

We don’t really deserve this kind of loyalty, but I’m so grateful we get it.

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