A dog in Chengdu has been searching buses which call at a stop near Guangyan Buddhist temple for his master for the past 15 days, SCMP reports.
The dog, nicknamed ‘Huang Huang’ by bus drivers, has appeared at the stop consistently in recent weeks to check all buses that park there.
“Everyday I go to Guangyan temple five times, and everyday that dog will hop on board my bus to give it an ‘inspection,” a conductor surnamed Yang told the Huaxi Metropolis Daily “At first I thought it was looking for food, but I later realised that it was looking for its owner.”
Yang said that the dog arrives at the bus stop at eight in the morning and stays until the last bus is checked at around 6pm.
Bus drivers said that they vaguely remembered seeing Huang Huang with his master in the past, but don’t know what has happened to the man. Some theorised that he had simply abandoned the dog, whereas others thought he might have died or fallen ill.
There’s hope for Huang Huang however, one driver, surnamed Fung, said he would take the dog home with him when he’s sure the owner isn’t going to turn up to claim him.
Several other dogs in history have become famous for showing such loyal / heartbreaking behaviour. Hachiko, a Japanese Akita, waited at Shibuya train station for his dead master for nine years until his death in 1935. Greyfriars Bobby allegedly guarded his owner’s grave for 14 years in Edinburgh, Scotland until his own death in 1872. Shep, an American herding dog, greeted the train that his dead owner’s coffin had been loaded onto every day for six years, until he was tragically run over by a train in 1942. Seymour waited for Fry for 12 years before he died of old age in 2012.
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