True Kostik from Togliatti

For several years, the main attraction Togliatti is considered not only a giant "AvtoVAZ", but also a monument to the dog maloprimetny Avtozavodsky on the outskirts of the district. Seven years of faithful dog waiting for their dead hosts on a city street ... It was first noticed by the roadside in the distant 1995. Smaller, tightly folded Shepherd screeched rushed under the wheels of oncoming cars. Machines were leaving, and the dog remained. She was a devoted and loving soul, did not know that those whom she so desperately waiting for her to come back ever.

the summer of 1995, shortly before the dog's ghost in the South motorway, on the same place there was a car accident. Car cherry color, which the couple returned from their honeymoon, faced with the counter machine. Of all the passengers unharmed was only dog. During the strike the dog simply thrown out of the car. Young woman died before the arrival of doctors. After several hours in the emergency room and the man died. A dog and remained waiting for him at the place where last seen alive. The dog owner did not give up. More precisely the place where he had seen the last of him. He waited, waited for the owner to come. And he would have come if he had been alive ... 7 years, in the heat and cold, the dog guarded his master's last resting place.
Only a few months of dirty, ragged dog noticed the locals. The dog was given the nickname of Constantine ("permanent", "right"). Everyone expected a little more - and the dog will forget about what happened. But every day, he again and again rushed into the oncoming cars. And just cherry picked "Nine" "Boss is back!". But the cars sped by.
All the while, the locals fed shepherd and even tried to shelter dog, but he did not seem to notice him knocked together for booths. He did not give up his post. And people very close to him did not admit. Neither the boys nor the police, nor the employees health services. I could not come to those who fed the dog. Everyone who went to the new or the old town, saw the dog, running along the road, or lying peacefully.

When he was found dead in the woods, we began to say that Kostya landed under the wheels of a large "KAMAZ", and the driver, fearing popular anger thus "hide the evidence." But there were no signs of violent death were found. Dogs often leave, sensing the approach of death, not to die in front of their owners. So Faithful went into the woods to the owner came back and did not see him dead. The dog was sure that sooner or later the owner comes. It can not come. And so I waited until the last ...
Then came another story. Even the people in it are playing a major role. Ordinary people.
To start off the road immediately put a shield with the inscription: "Dog, teach us love and devotion." Poster constantly blown away by the wind. Then Tolyatti community took the initiative to put the Faithful real bronze monument.
Two years after the death of the dog was a monument with the inscription "Monument dedication" at the intersection of the Southern Highway and street Lev Yashin. The monument, in fact, not the dog is more, and the people themselves. To remember. They collected 250 thousand. Ulyanovsk sculptor Oleg Klyuev sculpted in bronze dog, he said: "All I was trying to bring to their work, so it is - infinite dedication." As conceived by the sculptor, sculpted in bronze dog "looks into the distance with hope in his eyes».

In 2003, the Day of the city of Togliatti monument installed. And now I stood on the sidelines is no longer alive, and the bronze dog. Sculpture height of half a meter installed on a granite pedestal so that the passing of the Southern Highway is an impression that the dog turns his head after a passing car.
Sculpture dog - or rather, it is one of the symbols of the city. In Copenhagen, the Little Mermaid, and in Togliatti - a monument to the dog, whose devotion and loyalty has become a legend.


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