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Siberian ‘Hachiko’ Waits For Beloved Owner Who Will Never Return


Masha, who looks like a Dachshund with short legs, has been waiting in a Siberian hospital for the past year for her dearly loved owner who passed away. The heartbroken pooch has been dubbed Russia’s own Hachiko after the famous Japanese Akita dog who arrived at a train station every day for 10 years to meet his deceased owner.

Masha is a favorite at the Novosibirsk District Hospital Number One, where both staff and patients take care of her and give her food and a place to sleep. However, she is obviously stricken with grief and staff hope someone will adopt the pooch and give her a new home.

Chief doctor Vladimir Bespalov told Novosibirsk Vesti TV that the dog has been coming to the hospital in Koltsovo every day for the past two years – since her owner was admitted. Sadly, he died but Masha has continued to turn up at the hospital every day in order to see her master.

‘’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.’’

Nurse Alla Vorontsova said that a family tried to adopt her, but Masha came back to the hospital.

‘’She is waiting for him, for her owner. Just recently a family tried to adopt her, but Masha ran away and returned to the hospital. She was taken on Friday evening, and at 3am on Saturday she was back here.’’

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