Before this film was made I had already known of the real Hachiko, and the original Japanese film Hachiko Monogatari. I was happy to see an American version of this film, perhaps giving it a broader audience beyond Japan. This is a true, timeless account of the special relationship between human and dog. Having owned a dog, I have often wondered what breed of dog God might have had? There is certainly no animal quite like a dog. A dog is a companion, a family member, and a true friend for life. It is sad that some people do not treat dogs (in fact, all animals) with the kindness and compassion they deserve.