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The "Hachiko of Makariv": the tragic story of an Akita dog in Ukraine who refuses to leave his home

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Reeny is a brave dog who has shown extreme loyalty. Reeny is an Akita Inu who lived in Ukraine with his owner. The dog has been nicknamed the "Hachiko of Makariv".

By Emilie Heyl

Published on the , Updated on the

Reeny, an Akita dog, has become a symbol of war. This tragic story was relayed on social media by Anton Gerashchenko, advisor to the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs, and Reeny is now called the "Hachiko of Makariv" by the local media.

Who is Hachiko? 

Hachiko, of the same breed as Reeny, was the dog of a professor at a University.

Every morning he accompanied his owner to Shibuya station in Tokyo and returned to wait for him in the evening. But when his owner died of a heart attack at work in 1925, Hachiko continued to go to the station to wait for his owner until his own death on the street ten years later in 1935. This dog has become Japan's most famous dog for his dedication.

What is Reeny’s story?

In Makariv, Ukraine, Reeny waited for his owner at the door of his house. But he did not know that his owner had died. Several people tried to help the dog, but he refused to follow anyone. He wanted to be there when his owner returned.

All the while, people came to bring him food and the dog slept outside the house.

Until Anton Gerashchenko, the adviser to the Ukrainian Minister of the Interior, tweeted about him. On the 11th of April, a friend of his owner went to his former home and the dog agreed to follow her.

On the 13th of April, the Minister tweeted that Reeny had moved into his new home and had become friends with the family dog who is also an Akita Inu.

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