A lonely 71-year-old man from Harbin [a location in the northeast of China] made headlines today after he contacted a local animal shelter, informing them that he wants to sign documents that’ll ensure his life savings will go to his pet dog.
Image shows Wang and his pet dog Erfu.
Wang Junwu notified the officials that he had written a will to hand over his life savings worth 80,000 yuan (US$ 12,062).
Erfu [the pet dog] is the 71-year-old’s only companion. They share a strong bond.
A report from Local Daily Life confirms Wang lost his only son in a car accident when the child was only six. His wife died a few years later due to illness.
The old man got the dog when he was only a puppy and they’ve been together for the past decade. He treats the dog like his son.
Wang and Erfu have been the best of friends. The loyal dog won’t let anyone touch him except the owner, and he’s always by the old man’s side, explains a charity worker who often visits their home.
According to the report, the pet owner saves money to buy meat for his dog, even if there’s nothing for himself. When the weather gets too hot in summer, he would let Erfu sit in front of an electric fan to cool off.
Some time last year, Wang lost the dog but was lucky to find him after six days through the help of neighbors. He said: “I haven’t left it alone since. I have no one else at home. I would rather die than lose him again.”
The old man has suffered heart attacks and strokes but miraculously held on to life. Now he fears for the dog’s well-being in a life without him.
Wang hopes his old-age pension will be enough to look after Erfu when he passes on to the after life.
“I’ve felt sick recently. My dog is my only concern,” he said. The manager of the animal shelter has agreed to take care of the dog, but refused to take the old man’s money, the report added.