The ‘faithful dog story’ is a (lucrative) Hollywood staple. This winter in theatres we’ll be able to watch “Hachiko: A Dog’s Story”, starring Richard Gere, and based on the apocryphical Japanese tale of the Akita who returns every day to the train station where he waits for his deceased master.
In a real life story that even Hollywood couldn’t rival, a dog named Ella held a solitary vigil at the crash site where she last saw her human family. As the article puts it, “For thirteen days, Ella waited”.
From NewsChannelFive.Com —
Most humans would say that Ella is lost, but she’ll tell you it’s the other way around. Her family has been missing ever since the accident.
“She slammed the breaks and we went into a spin,” said accident survivor Joe Kelley.
On July 1, the Kelley family nearly died in a horrific car accident in Hickman County.
“I just remember slamming right into the mountain and I thought to myself well this is it God,” said accident survivor Michelle Kelley.
A frightened Ella watched as the medics took Joe, Michelle and their three children away to the hospital.
“The last thing I’ve seen was her looking straight in the eyes before she ran up into the woods,” said Joe.
The family pet, Ella, got scared and ran away from the scene.
“Couldn’t find my dog – couldn’t find my dog,” said Michelle.
She could have wandered east or west, north or south, but she did not. Instead, for 13 days Ella waited.
Kathy Wilkes-Myers drove by the accident the day it happened and two weeks later she spotted a dog near the same spot.
“That’s the last spot she saw her family and she was going to stay there,” said Myers. “She was starved and covered with ticks.”
As if that isn’t enough, Ella did everything in her power to keep her family close to her, even gathering up all of the personal belongings that scattered after the crash.
Kathy brought Ella back to her rescue ranch where the two became quick friends. She also brought back a plastic bag full of clues hoping it could lead her to Ella’s owners.
“I found another little nest where she had put all these personal items,” said Myers.
Since Ella could not find her family at the crash site, she decided to find everything that belonged to them.
“It just blew my mind and I thought this dog was just trying to find some comfort,” said Myers.
Ella exhibited all of the faith and stalwart devotion her breed is famous for. It’s just too bad there are so few cities left where you can own a dog like her – Ella, you see, is a Rottweiler.
I guess it’s true that dogs like this do grab and hold on – Ella, after all, grabbed hold of the idea that her family would come back to her, and in the end, thanks to her patience, they did.
She is back at home now, with her family. After all, could a story this sweet have anything other than a happy ending?