Everyone says that dog is man’s best friend and sticks by you no matter what. But do you really know how far a dog’s loyalty will go? Some dogs became famous for displaying fidelity to their owners that goes above and beyond. You may have heard of Hachiko’s story, the dog who waited for his master’s return even after his human had passed away. But there are many other canines whose exploits were extraordinary in some way. They did the unexpected, doing things that will astound you. Some saved their owners’ lives or stayed by their loved ones’ sides even after death. In order to honor the memory of a particular canine, many dog statues around the world have been erected, representing the dogs devotion to man. The stories below will surely make you cry. And if you are a pet lover, you may find yourself wanting to hug these dogs today. In this list we have only the loyal dogs that have been honored with statues, although many other faithful dogs have existed in the world, and we really think each one of them also deserves one. So why not going to the already existing dog’s statue locations to pay tribute to them?
The Top 10 Famous Loyal Dogs in the World and where to find their statues
1 – Constantine “Kostya” – Tolyatti, Russia
The only survivor of car crash, the dog Kostya, a German shepherd, left behind when his deceased owners were moved from the crash scene. People start to notice that dog, which was always on the same spot looking on the street and waiting. After some time, people built dog houses and tried to adopt him but with no success, Kostya didn’t want to leave his post hoping to see once more his dead master. In 2002, after 7 years waiting, he was found dead in the woods. The bad news and the story touched the citizens, which made and installed a billboard with the saying “Dog, teach us love and devotion”. In 2003, a bronze sculpture with Kostya’s head looking east was erected on the same spot the dog used to be.
2 – Bobbie the Wonder Dog – Oregon, United States
This story has a happy conclusion. We are talking about Bobbie, lost in the state of Indiana in a family road trip, this 2-year-old Scotch Collie have made unbelievable 4,500 kilometers(2,800 miles) solo trip to reunite with his lost human family in Silverton, after six months walking. Not only because of the dog have traveled 2/3 of United States, but also, because he traveled over unknown territory, through wintry peaks, plains and rivers and made it! The dog experienced a meteoric rise to fame, appearing on the news, magazines and even movies. Nowadays you can find in Silverton a replica of Bobbie’s house and a statue in his honor.
3 – Ruswarp – Garsdale, England
The story takes place in Garsdale. Graham Nutall was an active member of Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line, a group that fought against the Garsdale railway station and others from closure. Ruswarp was Graham’s dog and companion who followed him wherever he goes. One day Graham went to his usual walk on the mountains and never went back. After one week missing, people start to search for them but could only find Graham’s dead body 11 weeks later and by its side was Ruswarp, still alive and guarding the cadaver. The 14-year-old Border Collie was very week and died in the same day people found them. Today, you can see Ruswarp’s sculpture at the Garsdale railway station as if the dog is still helping his owner prevent the station from closure.
4 – Waghya – Maharashtra, India
The story begins with Shivaji, the powerful founder of the India’s Maratha Empire and one of the most loved kings. By his side, he had Waghya, his loyal dog. The tale says that in 1680 after Shivaji’s death, the dog mourned and jumped into his master’s funeral pyre and immolated himself. Today, even after a strong resistance the statue lies on a pedestal next to Shivaji’s tomb at Raigad Fort.
5 – Dżok (Jock) – Krakow, Poland
Dżok (pronounced as Jock) was a black-haired mix breed dog and probably is the most famous loyal dog in Poland. His owner, driving on a street in Krakow, suffered a heart attack and died. Dżok was left behind and he waited for his owner’s return for one year on the same place he was left. Later, Dżok accepted help from an old woman who was giving him food, moved to her house, and started to live a life with love and caring again. Not long after the re-adoption the old woman died and Dżok was taken to a dog shed. After escaping from there, the dog was killed by a train. A local sculptor, supported by the people, created a beautiful monument for him and erected it in Krakow near Wawel Castle.