At least we think so! Today on Metro Line 1 a dog, of its own accord, got on the metro at Xinzha Station and then got off at Hanzhong Road, later seen running off in search of… something… perhaps its owner?
A netizen reported on Weibo this morning that he saw a lone dog, seemingly separated from its owner, pacing nervously about Xinzha Station. When the train arrived, the dog hesitated for a moment, then boarded. Passengers gave the dog plenty of space, and left the dog to its own devices whereupon it chose to get off at Hanzhong Road. A few curious souls who followed the dog last saw it running headlong off into the rain, and have asked that if anyone sees this brave pup to please let them know where it ends up!
We’re reminded of the famous Japanese dog Hachiko, who waited at Shibuya Station everyday for nine years after his owner failed to show up one day. The owner had died earlier in the day due to a freak brain hemorrhage, but the dog remained loyal until its death, becoming a national hero and icon of Shibuya (which now has a statue there in Hachiko’s honor).
We have to commend this fearless Chinese dog, however, who does not sit idly by but rather faces fate head on and goes in search of his lost master! May the wind always be at your back!