I’m no dog fan, but have you heard of Hachiko? He was a dog in Japan who used to meet his owner at the train station after work each day, back in the early twentieth century. After about a year, the owner died, and never returned from work. For every day of the next nine years (the rest of his life), the dog faithfully turned up at the station at the right time, waiting for the return of his master. I’m not a mathematician, but I’m sure that adds up to more than seventy times seven occasions on which the master failed to turn up – and yet the dog didn’t give up on him. That is one forgiving canine! No wonder the good people of Japan made a statue in his honour, at the train station exit:
And no wonder the good people at Universal Pictures decided to immortalise the dog in a feature length episode of Scooby Doo: Scooby Doo and the Samurai Sword.
I wish I were as noble as he.