Akitas are thought to be among the most faithful and loyal of dog breeds. Maya, a 2-year-old Japanese Akita Inu demonstrated the accuracy of that label when she steadfastly set up camp outside a Spanish hospital where her owner was recovering from an emergency appendectomy.
Barcelona resident, Sandra Iniesta – along with her father Andres and Maya the dog – was returning home from vacation on August 27 when she was struck with severe abdominal pains. She was admitted to Elda Hospital near Alicante where she underwent surgery to remove her ruptured appendix.
Despite Andres’ efforts to lure Maya away while Sandra recovered, the stubborn pup refused to budge – even for treats! She planted herself just outside the doors of the hospital and remained there for nearly a week, patiently waiting for her best friend to return.
Elda Hospital’s Facebook post of Maya’s vigil quickly earned thousands of shares and hundreds of comments, making her an instant local celebrity. Admirers stopped by to visit with Maya and shower her with gifts. The staff at Elda Hospital also grew fond of Maya and made sure she received plenty of water, food and head pats to help pass the time.
While the rest of the world is deeply moved by Maya’s touching display of loyalty, her owner Sandra – who was discharged from the hospital on September 3 – told The Telegraph that her actions do not surprise her at all:
“She is just doing what she does in Barcelona. Whenever I go inside some place or another, she waits for me at the door.”