This story of a dog who walked 600 kms with a Sabarimala pilgrim is heart-touching

In times when Kerala is gripped with the fear of stray dogs' terror on roads, this story comes as a whiff of fresh air.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Published:December 29, 2016 10:59 am
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Hachiko was a dog in Japan who used to loyally wait for his owner to return from work at the nearby Shibuya station. He continued to do so for almost a decade after his owner’s death due to cerebral haemorrhage. The heartwrenching story of the little dog was made into a movie Hachi: A dog’s tale in 2009. Years later, the story of another dog in Kerala is going viral, for similar reasons. Malu, a dog, followed 38-year-old Naveen from Kozhikode on his pilgrimage to the Sabarimala shrine in Pathanamthitta.

According to a report by The News Minute, Naveen found a loyal friend in Malu on December 8, the second day of the 700 km religious journey he had embarked on by foot. Little did he know that Malu will be with him throughout, sometimes following him, other times leading him. That was then, and when he finally was returning on December 23, Malu was seated right beside him on the KSRTC bus he took home.

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Reportedly, Naveen noticed Malu and her extended olive branch of friendship only after 80 kilometres of walking. The Kerala State Electricity Board employee tried shooing her off, but she seemed adamant, he told The News Minute. Not only was she a loyal friend, Malu also stood guard of his belongings when he wasn’t around, and even moonwalked as his “alarm” once, when his phone’s display had stopped working and he had slept off.

(Source: Sabarimala Ayyapa Temple/Facebook) Little did he know that Malu will be with him throughout, sometimes following him, other times leading him. (Source: Sabarimala Ayyapa Temple/Facebook)

He even recounted the time when he lost Malu in Pampa near the shrine. The devotees who had seen Malu walking with Naveen from Kozhikode, called him up on his phone to inform that she was waiting for him at the steps leading to the shrine. “For the next one-and-a-half days, Malu waited there for my return,” he reportedly said. She waited there sniffing every devotee and when finally found Naveen, jumped on him, he said.

Malu, now a resident in a cardboard box at Naveen’s house in Beypore, was brought back home after Naveen talked to a KSRTC special officer and got her a Rs 460 ticket.

In times when Kerala is gripped with the fear of stray dogs’ terror on roads, this story comes as a whiff of fresh air.

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    L pooja
    Jan 18, 2017 at 6:30 pm
    V touching story
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      Raghu
      Dec 29, 2016 at 8:27 am
      Incredible and heart touching real story. Canines have heart to heart relationship with anyone they trust. Most loyal living beings on earth... beautiful Malu...
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        Chandu
        Dec 29, 2016 at 1:41 pm
        Heart touching. I have experience wit two dogs in my life like that. They are very loyal. Dog is a wonderful creation of God.
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          rameshnk
          Dec 29, 2016 at 7:16 am
          Very nice Heartwarming.
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            G S
            Dec 29, 2016 at 11:31 am
            Beautiful story.Time has come for human beings to learn from pets and animals.Their love and loyality has no parallel.Pets especially Dogs are integral part of the society.You just have to look at them with affection and they will give their life for you.God has created everything for some task and responsibility.We,the people,have not understood the God"s message.
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              Mani Menon
              Dec 29, 2016 at 12:58 pm
              When our canine friends are being mercilessly slaughtered in Kerala, this is a whiff of fresh breeze.....
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                M.P.Rama Rao
                Dec 29, 2016 at 6:42 am
                That is the greatness of Indian breed which is left by us time immemorial on roads. But, it still is loyal to us . It wants small amount of food which it collects at the garbage bin left by us, and in return, gives unaccountable affection and loyalty. Let us protect our OWN INDIAN BREED.
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                  David
                  Dec 29, 2016 at 7:16 am
                  In loving memory of my first dog Raju and second dog Amigo who gave me so much love and protection. lt;br/gt;They have moved on. Whatever state you are, I wish you well buddies. lt;br/gt;Love always.
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