Residents of Tolyatti, Russia noticed a German Shepherd on the outskirts of the South Highway. The residents saw this faithful dog in the same spot every day, rushing at passing cars as if he was looking for someone. Initially, they had no idea the dog waited for his owner. For 7 years this continued.
The Story Behind Why This Dog Waited 7 Years For His Owner
As the word spread, residents discoveoed the dog was in a car with a man and a woman. Sadly, the woman died right after her vehicle crashed. The man, however, was still alive and was promptly taken to the hospital where he died a short time later. At this time, Only the dog survived and he remained near where the car had crashed.
Residents saw the dog chasing cars at the edge of the highway where the crash occurred. The local residents knew the German Shepherd as Constantine. But because his name was unknown to most, residents began called him “Kostya” or “Faithful.” This dedicated dog returned to the same spot for the following seven years, bravely facing freezing winters and scorching summers.
Residents built dog houses for him, fed him, and even tried to adopt him. However, he only accepted food and then returned to the scene of the accident, seemingly waiting for his master. This routine continued for seven long years. The German Shepherd stayed in the same spot, chasing the vehicles and peering inside.
His story became a fixture and local legend for all who traveled the highway that linked the old and new cities in that region.
This Dog Was Faithful Until Death Stopped Him
Sadly, in 2002, residents found Kostya’s body in the woods. There were no signs of injury, so people assumed he died naturally. His death saddened the residents of the town. After 7 years, his dedication to looking for his family in the passing cars had captured their hearts.
The following year, they erected The Monument of Devotion in his honor. The bronze statue of Kostya, was appropriately titled “Loyalty,” The dedication occurred on June 1, 2003, the 266th anniversary of the town’s founding. Oleg Klyuyev created the sculpture, which stands about 1.5 meters (4.9 feet) tall. The monument sita at the crossing of South Highway and Lev Yashin Street on a granite pedestal.
The mayor and deputy mayor spoke at the dedication, as did the president of the Rotary Club (who funded the monument), “This will become a symbol of our city. The Little Mermaid is famous in Copenhagen. In Brussels, there is a famous boy. And here in Tolyatti, we have a monument of the dog whose loyalty has become legendary!”
This memorial was Tolyatti’s first monument built for a non- political reason. As a symbol of unbreakable fidelity, it is now a popular destination for newlyweds.
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Source: Twisted Sifter