The bond between a dog and his owner is unbreakable. To a dog whose homeless owner died in a fatal stabbing attack in Brazil, that is an undeniable truth.
The man was stabbed while staying in a local park in Sao Paulo then sent to the Santa Casa de Novo Horizonte hospital. There, the man died as a result of his injuries. Unfortunately, he left behind his faithful pet, who had followed the ambulance after his owner was attacked.
Ever since the man's passing, the dog has remained outside the hospital, waiting for his owner to come out.
While the staff does its best to take care of the dog by giving him water and keeping him fed, they say the animal has never tried to walk inside. Instead, he just waits outside where he’s been for four months.
Cristine Sardella, a local, told reporters that the dog would “get up to let people pass by, very politely, and then lay right back down again.”
She shared the animal’s story along with photos on Facebook.
According to Sardella, the hospital staff has a great deal of respect for the animal. Still, what strikes her as unique is moments like this that teach us about real love.
“We have lots to learn from the animals," she wrote. "He waits for him in vain, but the love he has for his owner is eternal."
The hospital’s director, Osvaldo Sobrinho, told reporters that staff members are working to have the dog vaccinated and examined by a veterinarian. In the meantime, he explained that someone at the hospital was in the process of adopting him.
Much like Hachiko, the Japanese dog who waited nearly 10 years for his human at a train station, this unnamed dog remains loyal to his owner long after he’s left this world. It’s stories of loyalty and love such as this that remind us that what truly matters is the bonds we make with the people we love.