Residents have dubbed him the ‘Greek Hachiko’ after the famous dog that waited for its owner at Tokyo’s Shibuya Station every day in the 1920s. The ʜᴇᴀʀᴛʙʀᴇᴀᴋingly sᴀᴅ story of a beautiful friendship between man and his loyal dog is repᴇᴀᴛing itself 94 years later in Greece, where this devoted family dog hasn’t moved an inch from the spot where his owner met his ᴛʀᴀɢɪᴄ fate.
The dog’s owner was a 40-year-old man called Haris, who ᴅɪᴇᴅ on 9 November 2017 after a ᴄᴏʟʟɪsɪᴏɴ with a cement mixer on the Old Ring Road to the River Evinos. The news shook the local community as just a few years prior, his brother had ʟᴏsᴛ his life in a similar ᴀᴄᴄɪᴅᴇɴᴛ.
It ʀᴇᴍᴀɪɴs a mystery how this modern-day Hachiko made it to the exact spot the fᴀᴛᴀʟ ᴄʀᴀsʜ happened, which is seven-and-a-half miles away from his home in Nafpaktos, but he ʀᴇfᴜsᴇs to move from his owner’s roadside shrine. He has been ɢʀɪᴇᴠing for one-and-a-half years at the same spot and returning to it every time despite the vain efforts of locals to take him off the road and give him a loving family.
Locals have tried to adopt him, but he always returns to the roadside, only moving to the shade in the bushes when it is hot outside. Kindhearted locals have tried to adopt the ᴅᴇᴠᴀsᴛᴀᴛᴇᴅ dog, but he ʀᴇfᴜsᴇs to move from the area. Even in blazing temperatures, he will only move over slightly to sit in the shade under some bushes.
Now people in the area leave him food and water, as well as a blanket to keep him warm as he patiently waits for his human to return. Locals from nearby Nafpaktos have even built a makeshift home for the animal along with a shrine to his owner Haris.