Meet Siberia’s Very Own ‘Hachiko’


For the past year, a heartbroken dog who looks like a Dachshund with short legs has been returning to a Siberian hospital every day in order to see her master. Sadly, her owner passed away last year, but Masha has been waiting for him ever since he was admitted to Novosibirsk District Hospital Number One in 2012.

She has been named Russia’s very own Hachiko after the famously loyal Japanese Akita dog who turned up at a train station every evening for 10 years to greet his deceased owner.

Masha is much loved at the hospital where both patients and staff give her food and a warm bed to sleep in. Even though she is the hospital’s darling, chief doctor Vladimir Bespalov told Novosibirsk Vesti TV that Masha is brokenhearted and lonely. He hopes that someone will adopt the pooch and give her a new home.

‘’You see her eyes, how sad they are – it’s not the usual shiny eyes for when a dog is happy. You can see this in animals in the same way as with people. There is nothing medicine can do for her here, but we are still hoping that Masha will be able to find another owner. One day, and we very much want this day to come soon, our Masha will trust somebody.’’



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