In this article I will tell you about the extraordinary monuments - not the world-famous writers, generals, famous for feats of arms, heroes, cosmonauts or pilots.
They were established in honor of our smaller brothers - dogs who, by their devotion, heroism, and sacrifice for the sake of man, proved that they deserve such honor.
Photo: Monument dog Hachiko
I was inspired by it feature film "Hachiko - true friend". It tells about a dog who met her master at the station every day when he returned from work. Once the owner did not return - he died at work from a heart attack. But the faithful Hachiko did not lose hope of seeing him. For nine long years he went to the station every day as before, and met all the trains, patiently waiting for him to return until late at night. And all the efforts of people to pick up a dog to live in another place ended the same way - Hachiko returned to the station, sat down at "his" place and waited, waited, waited ... If someone does not know Hachiko, the dog breed is an ancient Japanese dog breed - Akita Inu .
The most incredible thing in the film is nothing fictional. Even the name of the dog is real. This sad, striking story really happened in Japan back in 1923. After the death of a devoted dog, the Japanese, bending down before loyalty to Hachiko, erected a monument to him, which still stands at the station, where thousands of Japanese come with flowers to pay homage to the symbol of loyalty and true friendship.
The first Hachiko monument was erected in Japan, in Tokyo, near the Shibuya station. The monument was opened on August 15, 1948. Two more monuments dedicated to Hachiko appeared in Japan a little later in Akita Prefecture, where the famous dog comes from. One sculpture is an exact replica of the statue in Shibuya, and the other depicts several puppies of the Akita breed and is called "The Young Hachiko and His Friends"
However, in the world there are many monuments that are dedicated to other dogs. In the Paris cemetery there is a statue of a dog carrying a little girl on her back. This is St. Bernard Barry, who saved 40 people from death, who got lost in the snowy mountains and were doomed to death. Barry lived in the monastery of St. Bernard, located on the pass in the Swiss Alps. Winter is very cold and long. People who had to overcome this path often died there from the cold. And the monks taught specially bred St. Bernard dogs to save stray people in the mountains.
Barry had a unique talent, and most importantly - courage and kindness. Every day, especially in bad weather, he went to the mountains to find among the freezing snows, warmed them with his body and helped him get to the monastery. Someone, passing by the monument to Barry, lays flowers on his grave, bowing before the dog’s courage and devotion to completely unfamiliar people.
Perhaps the saddest will be my story about the beloved dog of the North Pole conqueror Georgy Sedov. During his last expedition, he fell ill with scurvy and died. Friends buried their commander and went further to the North, and the dog Fram refused to go further - lay down on the owner's ice tomb and stayed there forever. Over time, he also installed a monument.
I could tell many more stories about hero dogs, who saved people with their lives. For example, about the famous Balto, who brought the vaccine to the sick, having covered several hundred kilometers in the snowy desert. About the guide dog, who pulled the blind master from under the car, losing his paw. And about many, many ... They put up monuments, but it seems to me that people do it not for dogs, but for themselves. To appreciate the feats of animals and remember this.
I remembered only a few among hundreds, thousands of cases. And even more of those about which nobody knows. Many of you keep animals at home, and everyone can tell a lot about the dedication of their friends, their ability to empathize, to support them in moments of despair and even to heal.
And most importantly - about their unselfish love for us. Animals love us not because we are rich, successful, popular, but simply because we are their friends.