For a year, ever since her owner past away, Masha – a brown dachshund – waits in vain at a Siberian hospital. Because Masha’s undying loyalty mimics that of famous Japanese dog Hachiko – who waited for his owner for 10 years at Shibuya Station, she earned the nickname, “Russia’s own Hachiko”.
Masha’s owner – a pensioner from the village of Dvurechie – had fallen ill and came to Novosibirsk District Hospital Number One with his pet. Since then, Masha will return home to guard the old man’s house and return to the hospital in the morning. Sadly, the man died a year ago but the loyal dog continues to show up every day.
“She is waiting for him, for her owner,” said nurse Alla Vorontsova. “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.”
Because of her undying loyalty, Masha have attracted attention of the hospital staff – both doctors and employees. They safeguard a comfortable bed to rest for the poor dog and also provide her plenty food to eat.
“You see her eyes, how sad they are – it’s not the usual shiny eyes for when a dog is happy,” said chief doctor Vladimir Bespalov. “You can see this in animals in the same way as with people. There is no medicine that can help her, but we are still hoping that Masha will be able to find another owner. One day, our Masha will trust somebody.”
We hope that Masha’s will recover from broken heart and find new home.