New home for Chinese dog after her three-month roadside vigil for owner killed in car crash

  • Dog that braved traffic and weather evokes tales of loyal dogs from across world
  • Hohhot animal control officers called in to catch then unite dog with new owner
PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 20 November, 2018, 2:55pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 20 November, 2018, 5:36pm

Animal lovers in northern China have found a home for a dog that sat a three-month vigil at the roadside where her owner was killed in a car accident.

The animal’s tale reminded dog lovers in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia’s capital city, and across China of a 15-year-old hound called Xiongxiong, who waits outside Liziba metro station in Yuzhong district, Chongqing, until his master returns from work in the evening.

The dog has gained a huge following on social media and fans travel to keep him company as he waits.

Others mentioned Hachiko, a Japanese Akita that waited outside a subway station for his deceased owner for more than nine years in the 1920s and 1930s.

He was also reminiscent of a Skye terrier called Greyfriars Bobby that guarded his owner’s grave from 1858 until 1872 and still draws visitors to Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital.

Dog’s daily vigil at station for Chinese owner's return home

The dog caught the attention of Chinese social media after she was reported to have waited for more than 80 days by the roadside.

“One woman died during a car accident on August 21. And the dog had been there since then, no matter how heavy the traffic was and how bad the weather was,” Guo Xinhua, a night shift taxi driver in Hohhot, said in the report.

Volunteers from an animal welfare charity tried to trace the woman’s relatives.

“It’s dangerous for both herself and the cars passing by if she continued to stand by the roadside,” said Xu Xiaogang, a volunteer from the charity, Blue Khata. “And the weather is getting cold.”

It took a team of animal control officers from the city’s police department to catch the dog on Thursday, as she would walk away from strangers when she was approached, the report said.

Hohhot resident Zhang Lei adopted the dog the same day after completing formalities at the animal control centre.

“I was touched, no matter for whom the dog was waiting for,” China News Service quoted Zhang as saying. “I want to give her a home.”