In 1995, the inhabitants of Togliatti, Russia, began to see habitually a homeless German shepherd roaming the city and chasing cars. They had no idea where it came from, and assumed that it was just another lost dog.
But very soon, the dog became quite well known in the city, and people began to be curious about its history. It was then that they discovered that he was holding a secret so heartbreaking, that he changed his city forever.
The German shepherd could be seen everywhere in the city, but nobody knew where he was coming from.
Soon, they discovered that he used to have an owner. Unfortunately, its owner died after a traffic accident in the area.
Now, without a master, this dog so loyal – that the people of the town called Kostya ("Fidelity") – he waited wildly for his owner to come back, he did not go too far from the accident site. The townspeople tried to adopt Kostya, but he kept coming back to the same place. This happened every day for seven years.
Unfortunately, Kostya passed away in 2002. To celebrate his life and his dedication to his loss human, the artist Oleg Klyuyev built a sculpture to remember him.
Although he is no longer with us, Kostya will always be in the hearts and minds of all the people of his hometown. History shows that dogs really are the most faithful creatures on the planet!
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