Exemplary pets.

There was a story on the news last month about a cat that walks to the train station each day with his owner, then returns every afternoon and is there and waiting when his owner returns.  I missed this story at the time;  someone just told me about it as we were talking about their two cats, who aren’t quite so amazingly loyal.

If you also missed the story, then have a look at it here:

This got us talking about Hachiko, the famous Japanese Akita who waited at the train station for his master to return from work every day, and continued to do this for 9 years after his master’s death.   It’s a true story, and you can get the details here on this wiki page.

The story of Hachiko was made into a movie with Richard Gere, and it’s a movie well worth seeing.  It’s called Hachi: a dog’s tale, and is itself a remake of an earlier Japanese movie.

And if Hachi’s story sounds familiar it’s possibly because you’ve recently been to the cinema and seen Red Dog, another based-on-real-events movie about an amazing dog.

So, all these stories about amazing animals got me to wondering how common this is.  One doesn’t see cats waiting at the train station every day, and when such a cat appears it’s newsworthy enough to warrant attention.  But are there other examples of this kind of strong bond between human and animal that slip by un-noticed?

I have a client who used to have a cat a bit like this.  Ralf was a BIG sandy coloured desexed male cat, and his owner tells me he would follow her to the railway station in the mornings, and then make his own way back home after she got on the train.  I don’t think he came back to meet her in the afternoons.

I never saw Ralf doing this, but it is nearly 1km from where he lived to the train station, and he used to meet a lot of shop keepers on his way back home.  The thing that always struck me about Ralf was his appetite for rats.  I would go to their house to visit Ralf and the other cats.  The other cats live either in the house or in an outdoor enclosure, but Ralf wouldn’t be confined like that, so he was allowed the freedom of the neighbourhood.  Every time I visited there would be at least two or three rat heads on the lawn in front of the house, and his owner assured me that they cleaned away the rat heads every day, only for new ones to appear.

Wikipedia has a list of famous dogs which is worth browsing through.  There is, of course, also a list of famous cats.

Does anyone know of any other stories about amazingly loyal dogs or cats, or remarkable pet stories?


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. scottsabode
    Oct 24, 2011 @ 22:01:40

    I like the story of the Greyfriar’s Bobby. I got a picture of his statue when I was in Edinburgh.
    Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greyfriars_Bobby
    My Blog http://scottsabode.wordpress.com/2010/07/03/edinburgh-day-2/


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