You can find dog statues in just about every part of the world, looking over parks, streets, squares, water and even gardens. Most of them are made of stone or bronze. They can be deceptively real sometimes, even though we all know they’re frozen in time.
Dog statues are the perfect way to commemorate our dogs for their heroism, service as well as unconditional love and loyalty to us. If you love dogs, you can get yourself a life size dog statue to show the world that love. And if you’ve lost a dog, you can also get a dog statue of the same breed as him to pay tribute and give you some comfort. With that in mind, let’s look at some of the most popular statues you’re likely to see out there if you love travelling:
Hachiko (Tokyo, Japan)
This extraordinary dog statue can be found in Tokyo, Japan. Almost everybody knows Hachiko’s story in Japan. A professor from Tokyo University owned an Akita dog, named Hachiko. Every morning, the dog would accompany him to Shibuya Train Station, where he boarded the train to his place of work. The dog would wait there every day till his master returns from work so they can go home together. This continued for two years until one day when the professor failed to return.
The worst had happened as you can imagine. The professor had died of celebral haemorrhage while at the university. Though saddened by the absence of his master, the dog continued going to the train station daily for the next 10 years until he died too. Because of this, the dog became a celebrity in Japan, and that’s why the bronze statue came about. It was erected at the same spot he used to wait for his master to honor him.
Hachiko has also been honored in several movies and books in Japan.
Note that after the dog died, his body was cremated and the ashes buried next to his master at Aoyama Cemetery in Minato, Tokyo. His fur was however preserved, and can be found stuffed and mounted for display at the National Science Museum of Japan. If this isn’t love, faithfulness and loyalty, then I don’t know what is.
Islay (Sydney, Australia)
Outside Queen Victoria building in Sydney, you’ll find Islay, the charming bronze statue of Queen Victoria’s Skye terrier dog that died after losing a fight with a cat. You’ll be happy to know that this statue can actually talk, even though his vocabulary is limited to introduction and a request for donations (voiced by John Laws). Every donation placed at the wishing well the statue guards, is used to help blind and deaf children.
Fala (Washington DC, USA)
Fala remains one of the most famous First Dogs in American history. It was greatly loved and adored by President Roosevelt and his family. The black Scottish terrier dog was very loving and loyal to his master too, and would accompany him to almost all his official trips. Because of their strong bond, the dog became an integral part of the president’s image during his tenure, to the point where he would sign official letters with a paw on them. That is how Fala statue came about – to honor this famous dog. Fala can be found in Washington, DC at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Museum. I hope you enjoyed reading our list of the most famous dog statues around the world. If you look for dog statues you can find nice selection over here at https://www.art-dogs.com/type/statues.