Lost dog reunited with owner after video of him waiting outside every day went viral
A lost dog in Malaysia has been reunited with its owner after a video of the animal waiting outside a store in the pouring rain went viral.
THE video, which was posted on TikTok by user @jimjimmie in December last year, shows the dog sitting outside a store in Sembilan. According to the store owner, the dog had been sitting outside for four days in a row.
Jim, who usually records himself feeding strays, entices the dog to seek shade with food.
“Come here, dog… Come and eat.” Even if you don’t want to eat, please stand in the shade here,” Jim says in the video, according to SAID.
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After the video went viral, the dog’s owner, Vaani, saw the post and immediately contacted Jim.
Vaani, a 40-year-old mother from Melaka, said her dog, Bairava, went missing for eight months after their separation as Vaani recovered from an illness.
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According to Vaani, her family rescued the stray five years ago when Bairava was still a puppy.
“She still didn’t know anything. If she fell down a drain, she wouldn’t know how to get back up,” Vaani told SAYS.
When Bairava disappeared, the devastated family embarked on a month-long search. Vaani was worried as she said her dog is very pampered and likes to sleep next to her children.
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“I walked around the neighborhood shouting her name for a month. But I never saw her,” Vaani said. “People in the neighborhood knew me, some even asked me why I was making so much noise .”
Vaani walked about 2.5 miles to where Bairava was seen strolling after her sister came across Jim’s TikTok video.
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Bairava was reunited with his family at the end of last year.
“I went there and called his name…we were all crying and hugging,” Vaani said, adding that she felt blessed to welcome him back into the family.
Bairava’s story is reminiscent of an episode of the American animated television series “Futurama”.
In the episode “Jurassic Bark”, the series plays a series of flashbacks to the main character’s pet dog named Seymour, who waits outside a pizzeria every day for 12 years in hopes of his owner returning.
The incident is also reminiscent of Hachikō, an Akita dog who lived in Japan from 1923 to 1935.
Hachikō is known for his remarkable loyalty to his owner. He waited more than nine years in a Shibuya station after his owner died. A statue of Hachikō was erected at the station in 1934.
Hachikō’s story was adapted into the 1987 Japanese film “Hachikō Monogatari” and the 2009 American film “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale”.