The Japanese police bestowed an award to a 12-year-old Akita Inu and his owner for rescuing a senior woman.
The Akita Inu, named Mame, alerted his owner while out on a walk Senboku, Akita Prefecture, after it discovered a woman in her 90s slumped on the side of the road.
An Akita Inu: Image by uadrienn from Pixabay
Since the senior woman who was wearing pajamas could not give Mame’s owner her name or address, the dog owner staff at a nearby convenience store was notified of the situation, and they proceeded to bring the senior woman to the hospital.
The Japanese police noted that they rarely bestow distinguished service honor to a dog, but they could not ignore the “appropriate manner” by which Mame assisted the elderly lady.
The breed was popularised by the story of-of an Akita Inu named Hachiko, who waited each day at Tokyo’s Shibuya station for his master, who had died, to return from work.
A statue was later built to honor Hachiko’s loyalty near the Shibuya station, which is now a popular meeting spot in the bustling district.
Hachiko’s story was depicted in the 2009 film Hachi: A Dog’s Tale starring Richard Gere, that further popularized the Akita Inu breed.
To learn more about Hachiko, the most famous Akita Inu in history, watch the following YouTube clip by Liga MX:
The popularity of the breed is also drawing attention to the place where it originated–the prefecture of Akita, which became second only to Tokyo in a ranking of Japanese prefecture names based on internet research.
Searches for Akita prefecture increased due to the increasing number of people trying to obtain information on the Akita Inu breed.
The survey by Info Cubic showed that Akita, with 350,310 searches, came a close second to Tokyo, which topped the list with 359,700 searches. A distant third was Hiroshima only 214,120 searches.
Internet searches for “akita inu” began to increase around 2010.
Certainly, with more akita inu dogs like Mame showing great traits, the breed will continue to soar in popularity.