By Neal K
A dog in the city of Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, had been sitting by a guard rail in the middle of a road for almost three months, waiting for its owner.
The sad truth however is that the owner had died in a road accident in the same street about three months ago.
According to China News Agency, the female owner was reportedly killed in the accident on the road cutting through Hohhot, Inner Mongolia on Aug 21.
Every day since her passing, her loyal dog has wandered the same street, locals told China’s Pear Video.
A video of the dog waiting on the road has accrued some 1.4 million views on Chinese microblogging website Sina Weibo.
“This owner’s relationship with her dog was very deep. After she was killed, this little dog has just stayed standing guard,” a taxi driver told Pear Video, translated by the BBC.
“Every day it’s in the road; I always see it. The relationship between man and dog is so true.”
He said other people on the road tried to care for the animal. “Drivers often give the little dog bits of food, but when we get out, he goes away.”
The video has garnered praise and concern from users worldwide.
A reporter from China News Agency, who visited the site, meanwhile was reported as saying dog-lovers had been leaving food for the dog by the road. The dog appears to get scared and move back when people try to approach it.
This is not the first time dogs have been known to stay in one spot mourning their owners.
A Skye terrier known as Greyfriars Bobby is thought to have spent some 14 years guarding his owner’s grave in Scotland, before dying himself in 1872. Soon afterward, a statue of the dog was erected at the corner of Edinburgh’s Candlemaker Row and George IV Bridge. Bobby received his own headstone in Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh, in 1981, The Scotsman previously reported.
In Tokyo, an Akita dog known as Hachikō is believed to have waited for nine years for his deceased owner to return after he died at work in 1925. The loyal dog died a decade later on a street in the Shibuya area, where his owner once lived.
Earlier in 2018, an elderly dog named Xiongxiong (Little Bear) charmed Chinese social media when footage emerged showing him waiting all day outside a metro station for his owner to return from work.