The bond between Ulysses and his dog, Argus, symbolizes the trust and loyalty between a dog and its master
The tale of Argus, Ulysses' dog, in "Homer's Odyssey," is the story of a dog's devotion, trust - The power of hope and the endurance of love.
As a young man, the Greek king Ulysses was called to war with the Trojans. Leaving his kingdom of Ithaca, he promised his wife, Penelope, his young son, Telemachus and his beloved dog, Argus, that he would be home soon.
The war was long and the journey home treacherous. the Fates had decreed that 20 years would pass before Ulysses finally made it back to Ithaca. Shortly before he arrived home to free his wife and son, Ulysses disguises himself as a beggar. His kingdom has been taken over by suitors and if he was recognized, he would have been killed.
When he got to his villa, Ulysses came upon a white dog, weak with age whom he recognizes as his beloved dog Argus. Despite a 20-year separation and his master's disguise, Argus immediately recognizes Ulysses.
When the dog heard Ulysses' voice, he weakly lifted his head, cocked his ears and struggled to rise. Ulysses bend down to cradle his faithful companion's head in his hands, renewing a loving bond that spanned 20 years.
"My dear Argus," he whispered with tears in his eyes. The ever-faithful dog, his last wish rewarded, died then in Ulysses arms.