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Heartbroken little dog becomes Siberia's own 'Hachiko'

By Kate Baklitskaya and Derek Lambie
24 November 2014

For past year devoted Masha has been waiting in a hospital for the beloved owner who will never return.

'One day, and we very much want this day to come soon, our Masha will trust somebody.' Picture: Svyatoslav Odarenko 

A little dog that waits in vain at a Siberian hospital for the owner who has already died has been dubbed Russia’s own Hachiko. Heartbroken Masha has been turning up looking for her beloved master every day since he passed away at the facility in Novosibirsk last year.

It is a tale mirroring that of the famously loyal Akita dog Hachiko in Japan, who arrived at a train station every evening for 10 years to greet its owner even though he had died.

Masha has become a well-known, and much loved, figure at the Novosibirsk District Hospital Number One, where patients and workers ensure she has a warm bed and food to eat.

But, aware of her obvious sadness at being unable to find her owner, staff are hoping an animal lover will come forward to adopt her and give her a new home.

Chief doctor Vladimir Bespalov told Novosibirsk Vesti TV: 'You see her eyes, how sad they are - it’s not the usual shiny eyes for when a dog is happy. You can see this in animals in the same way as with people. 

'There is nothing medicine can do for her here, but we are still hoping that Masha will be able to find another owner. One day, and we very much want this day to come soon, our Masha will trust somebody.'

Masha, who looks like a dachshund with short legs, has been coming into the reception at the hospital in Koltsovo every day for the past two years since her owner was admitted. The man, a pensioner from the village of Dvurechie several kilometres away, had fallen ill and had turned up with his pet.

Dog Masha waits for her owner


Masha's sad eyes


Masha with hospitals visitors

'You see her eyes, how sad they are -- it’s not the usual shiny eyes for when a dog is happy.'  Pictures: Vesti. Novosibirsk

Whilst he was staying on the ward, Masha was his only visitor and she even trotted off home to guard the house before returning to the hospital in the morning.

Sadly he died a year ago but the loyal dog has continued to turn up every day, perhaps because she has nowhere to live, or because she believes her master is still there.

Nurse Alla Vorontsova said: 'She is waiting for him, for her owner. 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.'

Masha’s story is similar to that of the famous Japanese dog Hachiko, who used to greet his master on his return from work at the Shibuya train station in Tokyo.

When his owner, agricultural science professor Hidesaburo Ueno, died in 1925 he continued to visit the station every night for 10 years still expecting to meet him off his 4pm train.

In 1935 the dog’s body was found in a Tokyo street and his remains were stuffed, mounted and put on display in Japan’s National Science Museum, while a bronze statue was erected outside Shibuya. A Hollywood movie of the sad story, starring Richard Gere, was released in cinemas in 2010.

There are also similarities to Greyfriars Bobby, a little Scottish terrier who was unwilling to leave his dead master’s grave in Edinburgh, Scotland, for 14 years in the 19th century.

Comments (39)

What a true friend
thori, portland ,oregon
13/06/2016 10:11
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I an not tolerate the mental and physical agony imposed on this kind of mute innocent pathetic enexpressive dump animals . loyal animals do not expect anything which in turn like a greedy selfish humankind they need only your love care and warmth ,this if we could not offer for those animals we are all ashame of stating that we are human beings.do they abondon their chinden or parents when they vacate the residing place ,this is too sinful to not get atonement and this is the sinners of all sis of the world once again iam repeating that I willing to give my life if human populsation give me a promise assuring that will causing any harm or wound mentally or physically for all the loyal animal
d.shanthi narasimhan, india
03/04/2016 14:48
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Bella Hong Kong. did you do as you were asked? What a cruel thing to do to a child. I am so sad to think of poor Honey abandoned on a hillside.







I love the loyal dog, Masha which reminds me of my pet "Honey" , a small dog adopted by my mother in 1968. I was asked to abandon her in the hill after the death of my mother who used to feed her and care for her daily life. I miss her every day and I would like to have another dog like her.



Bella Yu, Hong Kong26/11/2014 19:4841
Christine, UK
29/01/2015 18:17
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She needs to stay at the hospital. Maybe one day she will form a loving relationship with a staff member.
Christine, UK
29/01/2015 18:11
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I cried for an hour when I read this.
Anna, England
05/01/2015 14:25
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Dogs of these kinds Hachi and Masha reveal all about loyalty and unconditional love. And the comments in these column with all their sincere wishes for caring these loving souls touch my heart. May God bless these noble souls for more peace and prosperity - saisundar.
Sai Sundar, Trichy INDIA
01/01/2015 17:19
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One more story to show that a dog's love and devotion are limitless and when they lose the one they have chosen to "adopt" they will never be happy again unless the adopted one returns. If, as is the case of this dog, her human does not return because he has passed away, the rest of their lives turns into an unfulfilled quest. I hope the universe rewards those that take care of this dog - wish them a very happy and healthy new year...
sjm, manderen, france
31/12/2014 21:16
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All pets deserve a good home and loving owners.
This little gem needs all the TLC you can find.
Take good care for her, she has found her place.
Jacqueline Dubois, Moncabrier France
31/12/2014 20:37
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i've read the story about Masha. Truely a tear wrenching story. Wished I could be in her presence to catch all her tears. As others have said and now so do I. We can learn alot from our 4 legged friends. May St Francis of Assisi be by her side. Most of all may God bless those whom are caring for her at this troubling time in her life. If true love has any distance she has truly shown it all the way.
charles liss, mt.holly,new jersey/usa
03/12/2014 22:53
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After reading your incredible story in reference to Masha. It's sad that she's without her beloved owner. It's apparent that she misses him/her dearly. This story really and truly touched my heart. Although, I live in the United States I would love to care for Masha so that the light can shine in her eyes once again. She would definitely receive an abundance of love and nurturing from me. I feel the cycle needs to cease concerning the hospital visits. The visits only shatter her hopes when her owner is no longer there to care for her, very saddening. It only prepares her each day for failure which is understandably devastating. If this is all possible I would like to be considered as Masha's new adopted mom. This will bring joy to my family and a new loving beginning to Masha. I would love to have her!!! Thank you, Ms. Wynter
A. Wynter, United States
03/12/2014 20:57
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I will be more than happy to adopt Marsha.
ornit, Beer-Sheva, Israel
03/12/2014 20:51
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Hi, i have three dogs that are part of our family and i,m willing to adopt Marsha too with lots and lots of love.
Ornit Dar, Beer-Sheva, Israel
03/12/2014 20:48
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Esos ojos hermosos y tristes a la vez son muy conmovedores, Masha es un ser especial, que como dijo Vladimir Bespalov ojala encuentre a alguien que gane su corazon y le de el amor que ella merece , me gustaria saber si eso pasa, nada me haria mas feliz. Muchas gracias a quienes la cuidan.ella es maravillosa
doryna, Argentina
01/12/2014 15:11
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yakın olsam kesin sahiplenirdim.....
Atilla koç, TURKEY TÜRKIYE
01/12/2014 00:10
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As much as i wish for a happy end to Masha I don't think it will be wise to take here away from the hospital. Wherever she will be taken, she just will run away and try to come back. And the further away from the hospital it is the worse it will be for Masha. Hopefully SHE will find someone, most probably it will be a kid, that she wants to go with.And hopefully THIS will be kind people. If not, let her come to the hospital every day. there are kind people there. It is heartwarming to read about it. Good luck and all the best in Nobosibirsk!
Morak Benedikt, Moscow,Russia
30/11/2014 09:55
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