I'm amazed that I had never heard of Hachiko until you posted this. I got teary-eyed reading of him going back to his old home and waiting at the train station... how heart-breaking. He obviously missed his friend so badly and never got to say goodbye... I wonder if he thought he had intentionally abandoned him. (This is why my dh and I are under strict orders that if one of us kicks the bucket, our pups must attend the funeral so they understand and have closure!) So so sad.....They forgot one...Hachiko.
There will always be those who insist that Hachiko did not do this out of love, but simple behaviorism (he was just doing what he was trained to do)... I had always been told (and believed for many years) that dogs don't have emotions (they're not "happy" to see you, they don't love, etc., their actions that look to us like those emotions are really just instinct and behavioral shaping, yadda yadda yadda)... but I can tell you with 100% certainty... that is hogwash. Dogs can and do experience happiness and sadness... and they can and do love.I've always thought dogs are incapable of emotions like love,