A dog dug a hole in the tomb of his owner who has just died so that he could be close to the person who he loves most.
When it comes to love, I mean true love, nothing in the world can compare with the love and loyalty of a dog for his owner. There are love stories throughout the world that happened among humans. Compared to the human population, they are very rare that end in real love, however.
The real love stories that rocked the world, undeniably, occurred between dogs and their master humans.
Dogs’ devotion to their human owners never ceases to amaze human beings. In early 2011, when Brazil was devastated by floods and landslides, there was a story of Leao, who made international headlines when photos of him lying next to his deceased master’s grave went viral. Later that year there was the story of a Chinese dog who wouldn’t leave his owner’s graveside even when other villagers tried to feed him.
Another amazing story came from Argentina in September 2006. Capitán, a German shepherd from the Argentinian town of Villa Carlos Paz Cordoba, has chosen to remain close to his master, even though he died over six years ago. The man’s wife told journalists that Capitán disappeared from their home soon after her husband died, and after searching for him, she and her son believed he was either killed by a car or adopted by another family. But when they went to visit her husband at the cemetery, there was Capitán. They couldn’t explain how he had managed to locate the right grave, but there he was, by his master’s graveside. “I’ve tried to bring Capitan home several times, but he always comes straight back to the cemetery,” said the son, 15-year-old Damian. “I think he’s going to be there until he dies too. He’s looking after my dad.”
Capitan follows in the tracks of Hachiko, an Akita dog which is said to have waited at a Tokyo train station for its master to return each day for nine years from May 1925 until the day he died, following owner Hidesaburo Ueno’s death at work. His story inspired the heartbreaking film “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale“, starring Richard Gere and Joan Allen. The first time I saw this movie, I was really sad at the dog’s fate until my head was almost blowing, it’s that powerful. “A wait that lasts a lifetime. Cruel is the fate that allows a creature to yearn reunion but yet not understand the mortality which separates them.” This is a comment posted on a YouTube clip from Hachi that I think best describes the film and Capitán’s story.
The most famous tale of a dog’s devotion beyond the grave is Greyfriars Bobby — a Skye Terrier which allegedly spent 14 years guarding the Edinburgh grave of John Gray, dying itself in January 1872. A statue and commemorative fountain were built at the southern end of the George IV Bridge.
According to a recent piece by Mic in partnership with GE, “Not only do dogs seem to love us back, they actually see us as their family. It turns out that dogs rely on humans more than they do their own kind for affection, protection and everything in between.”
Dogs understand the world through their noses. So, scientists at Emory University conducted a neuroimaging study about odor processing in dogs’ brains. They trained dogs to stay very still so they could do an MRI of their brains while presenting them with smells, both strange and familiar.
What they found was that dogs’ reward centers lit up like fireworks on the 4th of July when presented with their owner’s familiar smell. It turns out that in the barrage of smells they are presented with on a daily basis, they filter out and prioritize their human’s smells above all.
Another study (conducted by the Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest) that researched vocal communication between dogs and humans found that emotionally heavy vocal sounds are processed similarly in both species.
“It’s very interesting to understand the tool kit that helps such successful vocal communication between two species. We didn’t need neuroimaging to see that communication works [between dogs and people], but without it, we didn’t understand why it works. Now we’re really starting to.”
Andics also pointed out something that pup parents everywhere will find extremely interesting and reassuring:
Dogs are the only species that when frightened, worried, or anxious, run to their humans for comfort, just like children do. They are also the only species that seek eye-contact with their humans.
Humans have always seen dogs as family, but now there’s definitive proof that dogs truly think of us as family as well.
Say something about these please.
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