Bella and Beavis
Who says animals don't express emotion? This video of Bella the dog and Beavis the beaver has been viewed on YouTube over 245,000 times.
Before Beavis passed away, he and Bella were inseparable. They ate together, played together, and even shared living quarters. Beavis passed away in 2012, but the pair's story resurfaced after a video that the owner shot of the two appeared on Reddit.
In the heartbreaking video, as Bella realizes that her friend is not coming to life, she whimpers, nuzzles, and licks her friend as if trying to say goodbye.
My dog Hachi had a "crush" on my parents elderly cat named "Misty". For years, Hachi would tentatively try to approach Misty- only to be rebuffed by a loud hiss and a fierce stare. When Misty died, she was buried in the backyard with a simple ceremony. After the burial, Hachi began whimpering and digging frantically at the soil. For days, he wouldn't leave the site.
Unlike Bella and her beaver friend, Hachi never got the chance to show his devotion to Misty... until the very end.
Vicki Shigekuni Wong
I first spotted Hachiko's statue many years ago at Shibuya Station. Upon returning home, I adopted a dog and named him Hachi. When he passed away, I missed his reflective, welcoming and calm ways. We can all learn from the innate emotional grace of our animal friends and the Way of Hachi. I love sharing the story of the loyal dog of Japan, and hope he inspires more people to "Be Hachi"!