The Story of Lady, Who Still Waits for Her Friend in Vodnjan

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When we talk about dogs, the first thing that comes to mind is their unmatched loyalty. It is well known that dogs do not take long to show their affection to younger children or that they are often inseparable from their owners. Stories like those of Hachiko, the famous Japanese dog who, even after the death of her owner, never lost faith to one day meet him again.

Another that would prove that dogs indeed love forever, is the story of Lady, from Vodnjan.

As reports, Lady is a 16-year-old dog who immediately fell in love with all of her family when she arrived in their lives. However, as said by Marijan Kancijanić, her real love story happened when she was five.

That great love was with her neighbor, Salko. Why? No one knows, but the two of them loved each other endlessly. His house was about 80 meters away from hers, in a parallel street. Close enough to go to him every day. The world has never seen such love.


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”She followed him to the garden and the store every morning for an hour or two. They had their own timing. If she didn’t show up one day, because she would be with us in the olive groves, he would definitely come that evening or the next morning to ask if she was okay. Also, when she came home with us, she would walk away for at least a minute to see him or at least sniff in front of Salko’s house. I don’t know exactly why, I guess to see if he is well, because he was a kidney patient”, says Marijan.

She was once trapped under the wheels of a car, so she was not there for a couple of days because she was recovering at home. Salko came to visit. He was crying, worried about the little one, and her tail would start working like crazy when she saw him. Sure, everything hurt, but when she saw him, everything was a little better.

”It didn’t take long. About a year and a half after they connected, Salko passed away. As he left, part of her spirit disappeared with him. That was a full four years ago. From then until today, every morning and afternoon, Lady is constantly waiting in front of Salko’s door”, explains Marijan.

And so, today, every day, regardless of rain, sun, or snow, Lady goes to Salko’s house two or three times a day, at a time known only to her, depending on the season. She lays down on the sidewalk, her head facing the entrance, her sad gaze fixed on the door: waiting for him to appear. It doesn’t matter that he hasn’t appeared in four years, time is a human invention anyway and means nothing to dogs.

She understands that the sun has risen and set many times since her friend is gone, but she knows he will return. One day, Lady will come to the door and he will open it for her, hug her, give her a nice biscuit, and then the two of them, together, will slowly walk to the store, through their favorite streets, talking. Salko will tell her what is bothering him, and she will understand him in her canine way. And it will be as it used to be. One man and one dog, for a time beyond human comprehension, the discovery of two kindred spirits in this vast universe.

”I know she hopes to see at least one more time the man who took her everywhere with him, shared meals with her, talked to her… The late Salko entrusted his wife to take care of Lady for life. On his deathbed, he asked: “Is Lady coming?”. Several times, when we would meet on my doorstep, he liked to hear the verses of Dino Dvornik’s song from the Ballad of Shark: “Because a man is a man, and a dog is a dog, it’s worth it for everyone, but not for us…”, concludes Marijan.

If you want to know more about dogs and pets in Croatia, be sure to check Total Croatia’s guide HERE.

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