Dog refuses to leave roadside where owner was killed 18 months ago

The Sun reports, July 16, 2019, that a dog in Nafpaktos, a coastal city in western Greece, refuses to leave the roadside where his owner, 40-year-old Haris, was killed when he was hit by a cement mixer 18 months ago in 2017.

It’s unclear how the dog got there, as the scene of the crash is 7½ miles from his home.

Local people have tried to adopt the unnamed dog, but the faithful canine insists on staying by the roadside — through the seasons, moving only into the shade when the weather gets very hot.

So kind locals built a little kennel for the dog, and bring him food and water, as well as a memorial to his dead owner.

Dogs have been known to stay at their owner’s graves for many years.

Last year, a 15-year-old German Shepherd named Capitan died at his owner’s grave after spending 10 years at the Municipal Cemetery of Villa Carlos Paz, Argentinia. Capitan’s owner, Miguel Guzman, had died in 2006. Some months later, the dog went missing. Guzman’s family thought Capitan had run away, but were shocked to find the dog by Guzman’s graveside months later. No one knows how Capitan found the cemetery where his owner is buried.

Perhaps the best known story is that of a Skye terrier named Greyfriars Bobby in Edinburgh, Scotland. The terrier spent 14 years guarding the grave of his owner, John Gray, who died in 1858. The dog died in 1872 and is buried inside Greyfriars Kirkyard, not far from where his owner is buried. A statue was erected in the terrier’s memory and several books and three films based on his life have been produced.

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Dogs bonded with humans long ago, at some point choosing to live in our world. Cats on the other hand prefer to have a foot in both worlds, thereby retaining their dignity. No matter how much we try to domesticate them they will always be hunters. It is often said that dogs are just people in dog suits but that’s not fair to them. Dogs put most humans to shame with the depth of their love and devotion and loyalty. They are without pettiness, without sin. I just want to hold this dog and look into his eyes. To repeat… Read more »


My 11 lbs. Maltese is what keeps me happy, he knows when I’m happy or sad, his eyes say so much to me. I LOVE YOU BARNEY.


Such a great story, while I often say why can’t people be more like dogs, this story shows the good of both. Those people that are helping feed, water and give shelter and some comfort to this great dog, have also warmed the cockles of my heart.

Tom Wigand

Watch the movie “Hachi” and try, just try, not to tear up at the end.


A wonderful movie. I remember feeling amazed that in this day and age they actually made it