15-Year-Old Dog Waits At Owner's Subway Stop To Greet Him When He Returns Home Every Day

15-Year-Old Dog Waits At Owner’s Subway Stop To Greet Him When He Returns Home Every Day

It’s a universal truth that dogs are the purest animals in the world, and anyone who’s ever had a pet doggy can confirm this truth.

Think about it: They have a devotion to someone outside of their species that is stronger and way more sincere than any feelings human beings have for each other, if you ask me.

Even in the face of total fear, people’s dogs were willing to sacrifice themselves for their protection, like this good pupper who, despite being terrified of the vacuum cleaner like all dogs, made sure the baby would be safe.

For many dogs, they’re so devoted to their owners that they’re kind of at a loss whenever they’re not around. The day begins and ends with their human and they want to spend every waking minute with them, if possible, and that’s because dogs are the definition of loyalty.

And 15-year-old Xiongxiong is a prime example of that loyalty.

Every day, this little guy walks with his owner to the Libiza Metro station in Chongqing between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. and watches him board his train. Then, Xiongxiong sits down and waits for him to return. He’s never worn a collar or has been walked with a leash in the 7 or 8 years his owner has been looking after him.

The good pupper waits about 12 hours each day for his owner to return, and when he does, he greets him with happy barks and tons of tail-wagging.

“Xiongxiong is 15 years old and I’ve had him for seven or eight years. Ever since I have had Xiongxiong, he has waited for me every day,” says his owner.

The doggy’s devotion to his human became a bit of a legend among local residents. Other subway riders and station workers have become attached to the dog, petting him and giving him plenty of love as he sits and waits.

Once word got out on the internet about how much of a good boy Xiongxiong is, people started deliberately visiting the Libiza station just to see the lovable pup.

Social media in China is blowing up with posts of how ridiculously cute and loving this doggo is and now it’s spreading stateside.

If Xiongxiong’s story sounds a bit familiar that’s because it is. During the 1920’s in Japan, there was a famed pupper named Hachiko who would visit the rail station every day to wait for his owner, agricultural scientist and professor, Hidesaburō Ueno, to return home from work.

When Ueno owner died, however, the dog was left without its beloved master. But that didn’t stop him from going to the train station every day for the next 9 years, many believing in the hope that he would return.

Hachiko’s undying devotion became a story of national interest in Japan. He became a celebrity, like Xiongxiong, with people coming to visit him and spend some time with the dog who refused to leave the station he made his home.

The Shiba Inu ended up becoming a symbol of loyalty and dedication to one’s family for the entire country. When he passed away, a proper funeral was held in his honor – such was the respect he received for the love he displayed for Master Ueno.

Statues were erected in his honor, celebrating the dog’s life and commitment to his beloved human. Hachiko’s inspired several books, movies, stories, and tons of references to the good boy can be found in countless stories.

He was ultimately buried beside Ueno in Aoyama cemetery, Tokyo so the two could be reunited at last.

Now I don’t want to get all choked up thinking about it, but Xiongxiong is kinda getting up there in age is already past the average lifespan of a dog. Let’s hope whenever this good boy goes he gets a proper send off like Hachiko did.

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Viral Photo From NYC's Subway Captures America's Diversity In The Best Way

Viral Photo From NYC’s Subway Captures America’s Diversity In The Best Way

It’s easy to forget that the United States of America was a nation founded by Puritans fleeing religious persecution in Europe. And who, at least initially, were welcomed by and lived in relative peace with the native population. And it’s that mixing pot of people and ideas from all different backgrounds that catapulted the country into global superpower status.

And while calls from President Donald Trump to build a wall on the border with Mexico, and to stop accepting refugees from certain countries, have been incredibly worrying, they’ve not stopped Americans from all backgrounds living in peace together.  

While a Taoist, a Hasidic Jewish couple, and a nursing Muslim mother may sound like the start of a joke, it’s a pretty normal sight on New York City’s subway. Jackie Summers, a Brooklyn man, recently shared a photo he captured which sums up America pretty perfectly.

In a caption alongside the photo, Summers writes: 

“A Taoist (me) gives up his seat so a Hasidic couple could sit together. They scoot over so a Muslim mother could sit and nurse her baby, on Easter Sunday. This is my America: people letting people be people.” 

A Taoist (me) gives up his seat so a Hasidic couple could sit together. They scoot over so a Muslim mother could sit and nurse her baby, on Easter Sunday. This is my America: people letting people be people.

Posted by Jackie Summers on Sunday, April 16, 2017

And people seem to agree, with the post picking up some 57,000 shares and 75,000 likes since it was posted on Easter Sunday. 

Summers told The Independent that he didn’t really think much of the moment until something suddenly clicked and he decided to take the photo. 

“I did not think about giving up my seat for the couple; the couple did not think about moving along to make room for the mother with her child.” 

“We live in a time when race, sexuality and religion have become divisive…But we have more important things to worry about than the color of someone’s skin, or how they worship God.” 

Facebook commenters seemed to agree that the photo was a nice reminder of what America represents. 

“THIS, is what makes America great,” one commenter wrote. “And these days I’ve been struggling to find ways to feel good about America. We, the people… thank you for restoring a little of my faith in humanity today.”

While another added:

“Jackie’s photo and accompanying story made my day. Returning to this post in my feed and seeing folks work stuff out in the subsequent comments — in a civil and thoughtful fashion, mind you — gives me hope.”

Whatever color you are, religion you practice, or who you love, you all have one thing in common  — you’re all American.

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New Yorkers Cleaned Up A Subway Carriage After Someone Drew Swastikas All Over It

New Yorker Gregory Locke got on the subway yesterday to find that someone had vandalized every advertisement and window with Swastikas accompanied by hate speech such as “Jews belong in the oven.” 

At first, people didn’t know how to react, and as Locke puts it, “the train was silent as everyone stared at each other, uncomfortable and unsure what to do.” That is until one guy had an idea. If you’ve ever traveled on New York public transport, you’ll know that hand sanitizer is imperative if you want to avoid catching the plague. And since alcohol is perfect for wiping off sharpie, people got to work.

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And it worked pretty well, once everyone on the carriage for involved. “I’ve never seen so many people simultaneously reach into their bags and pockets looking for tissues and Purel,” Locke wrote in a Facebook post. “Within about two minutes, all the Nazi symbolism was gone.”

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Locke continues: “‘I guess this is Trump’s America,’ said one passenger. No sir, it’s not. Not tonight and not ever. Not as long as stubborn New Yorkers have anything to say about it.” 

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Locke’s Facebook post has been shared more than 286,000 times since it was posted just a few hours ago. Hundreds of commenters applauded the New Yorkers for cleaning up.

“My city is under attack,” one commenter wrote. “New Yorkers coming together to make sure love wins. I love my city, and we are seeing the best of us when they show us the worst.”

Another commenter added:  “Thank you for sharing this and thank you for not remaining silent.”

Leave it to New Yorkers to roll up their sleeves and get on with it. 

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