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Loyal Dog Refuses to Leave Lao Pan’s Grave; Doesn’t Eat for a Week

November 23, 2011 by Brett Wilkins in Animal Kingdom, Asia/Pacific with 1 Comment

By all accounts, Lao Pan was a bit of a loner. He was a 68-year-old bachelor without much family, living out his golden years in the Chinese village of Panjiatun with his loyal dog as his closest companion.

Just how loyal he would never know. According to Sky News, Lao’s faithful canine companion was seen by villagers guarding his grave site for  a week after he was buried. Concerned locals took the dog back to the village to feed him; he took the food and ran back to Lao’s grave.

Touched by the dog’s unwavering loyalty, Panjiatun citizens have taken to bringing the yellow pooch food and water on the regular. They’ve even built a small kennel for him near Lao’s grave.

Who knows how long he’ll remain there– Greyfriars Bobby, a Skye terrier who lived in the 1800s, held vigil at his Edinburgh master’s grave for 14 years. And Hachiko, an Akita who would meet his owner at a Tokyo train station every day, is said to have returned to that same station daily following his master’s death.

More recently, Hawkeye, whose owner John Tumlinson was a U.S.  Navy SEAL killed in Afghanistan, refused to leave his master’s casket after his memorial service.

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One Comment

  1. p.l. wickNovember 26, 2011 at 7:49 amReply

    the Eternal Friend

    There will be just one beside my rest,
    traces of memory in his breast—
    and thus, the saving grace shall be
    along this trail of final Test,
    the faithful dog, who waits for me.

    O’er lush meadow and distant lea
    awash with Heaven’s crystal sea,
    our reward, to spend eternity,
    I, and my dog who waits for me—

    the flaxen friend who waits for me.

    for the unnamed dog of Lao Pan

    p.l. wick
    from: Sweeping Petals of Dust, bk.i
    copyright 2k11: Canyon Wren Press

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