Ukraine's Hachiko: Akita dog who waited for dead owner is adopted

Reeny, an Akita dog from Makariv, has found a new home. (PHOTO: @Gerashchenko_en)
Reeny, an Akita dog from Makariv, has found a new home. (PHOTO: @Gerashchenko_en)

An Akita in Ukraine that faithfully waited for its owner, not knowing she had been raped and killed in a house next door in the wake of the Russian invasion, has been adopted.

"Good news!" tweeted Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to Ukraine’s internal affairs minister. "Akita Reeny from Makarov has found a new home and her people. Her owner's name is Nadezhda. The family knows how to take care of this breed, as they already have an Akita boy and they became friends with Reeny."

Reeny has been dubbed “the Hachiko of Makariv” by local media, in homage to the Akita in Japan that became famous for continuing to wait for his owner at Tokyo’s Shibuya Station years after he had died.

The dog lived with his owner in Makariv in the northern Ukraine province of Kyiv, said the Japan Times. Volunteers had been attempting to move Reeny, but refused to go with them.

But after the new owner brought food and clothes for Reeny for days on end, the Akita was finally won over.

Makariv was recaptured from the Russians late last month. Evidence of war crimes in the town has emerged.

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