Ian and Kai formed an instant bond and they’ve been inseparable ever since.
Now, the ‘soulmate’ pair plan to run 30km in 30 days in August to raise money for Pound for Paws, to help the Scottish SPCA help more animals like Kai find their forever homes.
People leave food and water for the dog (Picture: Youtube/Nafpaktia News WebTV) He refuses to leave the spot where his owner was killed (Picture: Youtube/Nafpaktia News WebTV) He became known as the Greek Hachiko (Picture: Youtube/Nafpaktia News WebTV)Local people have compared him to Hachiko, the dog which waited for its owner every day at Tokyo’s Shibuya Station after he died in 1925.
Ian said: ‘Rehoming Kai was the best thing I’ve ever done. I feel grateful that he is in my life.
‘I take him everywhere with me and he loves being outdoors, which is lucky as I do too.
‘I believe it was fate that Kai and I were brought together.‘I decided to take part in Pound for Paws for the Scottish SPCA as they are a wonderful charity that finds forever homes for animals in need like Kai.
‘I’m honoured to be doing the challenge with the support of Olympian Laura Muir. I’m excited to get started and I’d encourage everyone to take part.’
Make sure your pet is in good company. Pets get lonely and depressed just like people do when they spend too much time alone. Cats are generally better on their own, but dogs and especially puppies don’t do well left to their own devices for extended periods of time.
The challenge will see Ian and Kai running 30km in 30 days over the month of August.Scottish SPCA’s Katrina Cavanagh, who helped care for the pup when he was abandoned, said: ‘Kai is probably one of our most famous rescue animals.
‘The image of him alone at the train station with his suitcase resonated with people worldwide.
‘We were overwhelmed with people wanting to rehome him.
‘But in the end he went to his loving forever home with his soulmate and we could not be happier for them both.‘Ian has been so supportive of us in the past by running the London Marathon and taking part in other events. ‘We want as many people to join Kai, Ian and Laura to run 30km in 30 days. The challenge is suitable for everyone, whether you’re an experienced runner or brand new to running. Laura will also provide tips and encouragement along the way.
‘We want as many people as possible to take part and raise funds for Scotland’s animals so that we can do Kai proud by helping as many animals as possible.’
Make your own pill pockets when you need to feed your dog some medicine.
If you’d like to sponsor Kai and Ian’s mission, you can help out through the Pound For Paws website.
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