Pomnik Psa Dżoka
Pomnik Psa Dżoka
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  • pawel_hbg
    Sopot, Poland9,715 contributions
    Monument that is a proof that dogs are our great friends
    Dżok the Dog was a black mongrel whose owner died of a heart attack near the Grunwaldzkie Roundabout in Krakow. Over the months that followed, he waited for his master to return, surviving on snacks supplied by local residents. After about a year, dog allowed himself to be taken in by a new owner. When she passed away, he wandered off, listlessly, to meet his end under a train.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 12, 2020
  • AlexSwallow
    Sheffield, United Kingdom1,531 contributions
    Sweet story
    I'm a fan of these kind of stories, it reminded me of Greyfriars Bobby and I believe there is a similar tale in Japan too. Nice to have a statue remembering this rather than just the usual statesmen etc. In a nice area to stroll through, by the river.
    Written May 1, 2020
  • IchBesorgeDasBier
    Raleigh, North Carolina143 contributions
    Stop and pay your respects to poor Dżok, he would do it for you.
    Take a few moments to read the story and pay your respects to this poor dog. Every now and then you hear of a story like this and it just breaks your heart. In short, Dżok’s master had a heart attack while driving on a nearby roundabout and passed away. As his master was taken away by ambulance, Dzok was left behind and waited for his master to return…for a year! He was eventually taken in by a kind woman, then put in a kennel…before escaping the kennel, only to be run over by a train. It’s not far from Wawel Hill and other major attractions, do stop by.
    Traveled solo
    Written December 6, 2012
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Robby G C
Toronto, Canada78,235 contributions
Jul 2015 • Family
We wanted to see the Dzok Monument, however it wasn't indicated on our map. Eventually we found a Tourist Info and the clerk had never heard about this monument. She searched and searched and found where it was located.

Now we were heading in the right direction, walking through the Planty Park, bypassing the castle and there it was right in front of the river, 2 minutes from the Dragon’s Den.

For those who do not know the dog’s story, there was a summary underneath Dzok’s statue and I was able to find more info thanks to some locals: That poor dog went through a lot of ordeals! First his owner died while crossing a busy street. An ambulance was called and he was transported directly to a hospital. He never made it. He died in the ambulance.

In the meanwhile, his dog was frantic. He had no idea where his owner was. He wandered aimlessly in the vicinity where his owner had collapsed, probably hoping to find his owner. He stayed there for more than 1 year at the Roundabout, waiting for his beloved owner to come back. Cars were beeping at him. In their eyes he was nonsense! Still he remained there, wandering away at times to find food from garbage cans.

Someone called the Animal Shelter, but they were unable to catch him. Quite a clever dog!

He made friends with an elderly lady who lived in this neighborhood and she brought him regularly food, day in and day out. She shared with the dog what she had, as she was far from being wealthy!

As more and more people noticed Dzok, he became quite popular! The dog that had been waiting for his owner for over a year! Never had they seen such a faithful friend! He even appeared in the newspapers.

One day though the dog accepted this lady’s invitation and he went home with her. He lived with her for 6 years and then she died. The dog found himself alone again! He was brought to the Animal Shelter. That very night he dug a tunnel under the fence and escaped. His body was found near a railway tracks, several kilometers away from the Animal Shelter.

No wonder a sculptor named Bronislaw Chromy, wanted to build a statue of him. I like how he was built it. The dog in the statue is embraced by two human hands, an indication of how much he enjoyed those he trusted.

It was a worthwhile walk to see this statue. I certainly learned something that day about faithfulness!
Written May 26, 2016
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LordHafod
Swansea, UK774 contributions
Sep 2015 • Family
Walking along the River Vistula near Wawel Castle, came accross this memorial. As dog owners, completely captivated by it and the story which could bring a tear to your eyes. Dzok was a mongrel dog with definite German Shepherd genes, owned by an old man. Whilst crossing the road together, in the Summer of 1992 ,the old man collapsed and was rushed to hospital, but unfortunately died en route. Dzok was left behind at the scene. He run around the area desperately looking for his owner, avoiding the traffic. He use to sleep on the nearby roundabout, scavenging for food from nearby bins. Initially he was ok as this occurred in the Summer but with the onset of Autumn and Winter, Dzok started to suffer from the cold, wet weather and his poor diet. The local animal shelter tried to catch him but were unsuccesful. Dzok's dedication became well known with the media taking an interest. Local people improvised a shelter for him at the scene and gave him food. He would snatch the food and run away. He eventually came to trust an old woman who brought her dog to feed Dzok. He almost one year to the day left the scene and went home to live with the old lady for 6 years until she died. Dzok and her dog Katjek were taken to an animal shelter, but Dzok wanted his freedom, he tunnelled under a fence and escaped. The statue of Dzok is very moving and a fitting tribute to a faithful companion.
Written October 1, 2015
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK614,042 contributions
Nov 2016 • Friends
The story of Dzok is well known in Krakow but not that well known by the people who flock to this beautiful city.
It's certainly not really mentioned in the travel information brochures but to dog owners and animal lovers in general the story is so sweet .
The little dog who's owner took ill and died on route to the hospital and the little dog who waited near the scene for his master to return .
The authorities tried to catch him and eventually someone took him in but that owner unfortunately died so he was kenneled but escaped and died.
It truelly is a superb story and very touching.
The Monument is well thought out with the dog between 2 human hands,a beautiful Monument indeed.
It's not hard to find being near the Dragons Cave and Wawel Cathedral and Castle and is really well worth a visit.
Written November 14, 2016
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Dee Lukasik
Maidstone, UK30 contributions
Aug 2012 • Family
This is what it says on the statue close to Grunwaldzki Bridge in Krakow: Throughout the entire year /1990-1991/ Dżok was seen waiting in vain at the Rondo Grunwaldzkie roundabout to be fetched back by his master, who had passed away at the very site.
Written September 3, 2012
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SebastianSim
Krakow, Poland23 contributions
Oct 2011 • Couples
You have to read the story and take a photo of the monument. This is how a friend can love!
Written December 10, 2011
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Kaitlyn G
Mount Gambier, Australia109 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
It was lovely to see this tribute to the love between and dog and his person. I happened across it on TA so thought it was worth a short stroll from the Dragon to see it. So glad I did. Something unique
Written December 11, 2019
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tzliks
Candelaria, Spain12 contributions
Jun 2017 • Friends
...then DZOK MONUMENT is the place where you should definitely be in Krakow.And not only one visit..accidentally or deliberately your paths should always end up in front of this beautiful faithful dog...
Written August 15, 2017
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James S
Banbury, UK399 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
It's a statue. Of a dog. I am not sure how something like this could be either excellent or terrible. I mean, it is just a statue, of a dog, in the middle of Krakow.

Bonus star as it is a sweet dog.
Written July 8, 2018
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MariWolfe929
Springfield, VA709 contributions
Oct 2017 • Family
Beautiful and poignant story to human's most loyal friend. A must see for any dog and animal lover about the true and undying devotion of our canine friends. Read up on the story beforehand to truly appreciate the memorial. It made me appreciate and want to hold my fur babies closer to me!
Written October 15, 2017
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK614,042 contributions
Aug 2017 • Friends
The story of Dzok the dog is one of the most touching monuments to an animal that I have ever seen and if your an animal lover and especially a dog owner then a visit to this beautiful sculpure will be very rewarding.
The story is very touching,the owner of Dzok was crossing the road when he took ill,an ambulance was called but unfortunately the owner never made it alive to the hospital and the dog waited in vain for his owner to return.
After a while the dog became discrevelled and more frantic in a very dangerous area were his owner had took ill.
The local authorities tried to catch him to no avail and the dog and the dogs story made the local news.
Eventually an elderly women who walked her dog near the busy road intersection were Dzok resided gained the dogs confidence and took him in but after 6 years she died and Dzok was placed in a kennel but he dug under the kennel and escaped and his body was found a couple of kilometres away near some railway lines,it's a touching story of devotion without limits and shows the importance of dogs devotion to their owners.
The statue is also wonderful,it shows Dzok cupped between two hands ,his raised paw made shiny by people patting it for luck.
Ok ,it's not a must go destination on any holiday to Krakow but it is beautiful and if you've just visited the Dragons Cave and the beautiful castle and Cathedral and are heading along the River bank towards the Jewish Quarter then it's only a minute or two away.
A beautiful monument,a touching story and if your in the area well worth checking out.

Written September 12, 2017
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