A faithful dog led rescue crews a quarter-mile down a dark Florida highway Saturday night to the scene of his owner's fatal car accident and has been likened to the Japanese Hachiko.
Gregory Todd Travers, 41, lost control of his vehicle on State Road 84 near Davie, slamming into a bridge support and rolling into the stretch of road. While first responders searched for the wreckage, a dog came limping toward them, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
Led by Simon the German Shepherd, the group was able to find the wreckage. Simon circled and then licked Travers before jumping into the car next to his owner and waiting.
Tragically, Travers died at the scene.
"I think the dog definitely meant to lead them there," Davie Batallion Chief Robert Belizaire told the Sun-Sentinel. "I think he was out there looking for some help."
The Associate Press reports Simon was taken to Broward County’s animal shelter, where he was later picked up by Travers’ wife.
After his owner died in an accident, Hachiko waited for 11 years at the station for him to come home. The story was made into a film in Japan in 1987 and then remade in the United States in 2009, starring Richard Gere.
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"!