Posted by: DG MARYOGA | 23/10/2015

Greyfriars Bobby …


The Epitome of Man’s Best Friend …

Greyfriars Bobby of Edinburgh ...

Greyfriars Bobby of Edinburgh …

The Epitome of Man’s Best Friend ...

The Epitome of Man’s Best Friend …

*Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye Terrier who became known in 19th-century in Edinburgh for spending 14 years guarding the grave of his owner until he died himself on 14 January 1872.The story continues to be well known in Scotland through several books and films,and a prominent commemorative bronze life-size statue on a granite fountain in Edinburgh.

*In 1850 a gardener called John Gray arrived in Edinburgh and as he was unable to find work as a gardener,he joined the Edinburgh Police Force as a night watchman.He also took on a partner,a diminutive Skye Terrier,his ‘watchdog’,called Bobby,to keep him company through the long winter nights. Together,the two faithful friends,John and Bobby, became a familiar sight trudging through the old cobbled streets of Edinburgh.

* William Brody sculptured the statue from life and it was unveiled in November 1873, opposite Greyfriars Kirkyard.It is with that,that Scotland’s Capital city will always remember the famous and faithful dog.

* A red granite stone was erected on Bobby’s grave by The Dog Aid Society of Scotland, and unveiled by the Duke of Gloucester on 13 May 1981.Since around 2000 it has been treated in a shrine-like manner,with sticks, for Bobby to fetch,dog toys and flowers.

* Bobby’s Headstone Reads *

“Greyfriars Bobby – died 14th January 1872 – aged 16 years – Let his Loyalty and Devotion be a Lesson to us all” More here …

Greyfriars Bobby ...

Greyfriars Bobby …

Greyfriars Bobby Pub with the statue of loyal hound Bobby outside and just round the corner from the graveyard where the famous Skye terrier would lay down beside his master’s resting place.

A statue to the dog is outside the pub in Candlemaker Row – Grassmarket area – in the Old Town Edinburgh –

The Epitome of Man’s Best Friend ...

The Epitome of Man’s Best Friend …

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” Josh Billings

Bobby crossed over the rainbow bridge long ago,but his love is still above Edinburgh …

The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog. A man’s dog stands by him in prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his master’s side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer. He will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounters with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings, and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens.By George Graham Vest “Tribute to the dog” …

Greyfriars Bobby ...

Greyfriars Bobby …

♥ See you there my friends,the drinks are on me … ♥

*The Skye Terrier is one of the most endangered native dog breeds in the United Kingdom

“Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends.” Alexander Pope

Learning from Dogs : here :http://learningfromdogs.com/2015/11/11/rebooting-inmates-life/

Don’t Throw Us Away : here :http://dtua.org/

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  1. Here it is again Doda, not sure what I did on photobucket!

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    • I got it here !How nice to see you and Nikos again,Cybele dear!It doesn’t show in the same place where your comment is,but it doesn’t reallymatter.I can look at your sweet smiling faces any time in here.A big thank,dear friends 🙂 xxx

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  2. What a remarkable story of one dog’s devotion! First time I’ve heard it, so thanks for posting 🙂 ♥ ❤

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    • I am so glad you enjoyed the touching dog story!Dogs display phenomenal devotion and unconditional love;they have so much to teach us …. My best wishes to you ~ have a splendid day 🙂 ❤ xxx

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  3. Outstanding story of love and loyalty. A message we can all learn from. Thank you for sharing.

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    • Thank you so much for appreciating it,my friend!Blessed those who receive dogs’ unconditional love and loyalty and have real animal love.

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  4. This is a wonderful post Doda, and a lovely tribute to a loyal friend. I grew up with my Mum telling me the story of Greyfriars Bobby, but I’ve never been to see the monument. And I didn’t know Skye Terriers were endangered. That is so sad. All the best to you my friend. xx

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    • Isn’t it a sweet and touching story?Glad it stirred up sweet childhood memories,dear friend.So many thanks for reading my post.Here is a BBC article I read where it was said that there are now just 3,000 to 4,000 of the dogs in the world.Have a quick look to see more about it :

      http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-22653880

      Happy weekend Su Dear 🙂 xxx

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      • Thanks so much for sending me this Doda. I must admit to getting quite cross about animal breeding which is done purely to provide pets for humans, and on the whim of fashion. Sometimes I’m so not proud of my species. Sending you my best wishes dear friend. xx

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        • I absolutely agree with you,dear friend.It all has become a lucrative industry and when I see the puppies in the cages waiting for Love …. it breaks my heart.As for the species we own,I feel guilty too,especially when I see stray dogs around,but we have adopted some and that balances my feelings.Sending my kindest thoughts your way,dear Su 🙂 xxx

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  5. This is such a moving story. Thank you for this lovely post, dear Doda. Dogs are amazing friends, so faithful. And they shower you with unconditional love. I miss my dogs. Have great week! 🙂 Hugs and kisses xxx

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    • Hi sweet friend from Down Under!I have to thankyou for liking Bobby’s story and for tweeting it away!Scientists claim that the relationship between humans and dogs started 30,000 years ago.Isn’t it amazing?Yes,as you so nicely said,they shower us with unconditional love,which is so touching!I wish you also have a great week,dear friend Irina!Sending you hugs & kisses 🙂 xxx

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  6. soooo beautiful, Dear Doda, what an amazing tribute! It seems amazing that we both have memorial tribute posts this time around, too. love and hugs and kisses sweetheart! ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • Isn’t it sweet,Dear Aisha ?So many thanks for appreciating Bobby’s story!Delighted to see you again ~ Stay well & enjoy life!Love & hugs to you my lovely one 🙂 ❤ xoxox

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  7. It is the first time I hear the story about Greyfriars Bobby and see the statue in its honour. Truly a mans best friend! Thanks for sharing.

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    • Really?I am so glad I shared it with you,dear friend Inger!When in Edinburgh next time,I am certain sure you won’t miss his statue.Many thanks for reading Bobby’s story and for appreciating it 🙂

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  8. What a wonderful post and tribute, Doda. You know I can relate, since I have Copper to keep our family happy and grounded. 🙂 I love all that is written here about dogs, which is so, so true…wishing you a lovely weekend and lots of love, Lauren ♥

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    • Yes,I know,I have met Copper through your wonderful posts,dear Lauren!Hope everything goes fine with your book,I’ll come by and check it out again.I love your poems,my sweet friend!Happy weekend to you too ~ Much Love & Hugs, Doda ❤ xxx

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  10. Yes. I am very interested to know. You have fired my curiosity. you know ti well you see xxx

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  11. Wonderful post, dear Doda… I love the pub and statue … and the story behind Bobby… great shots… sending love and best wishes. Aquileana ★⭐

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    • Thanks for coming by,dear Aquileana!Glad that Bobby’s story tugged at your heartstrings.Love & all the best to you,my friend.Doda ★

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  12. Tenderly sweet story…

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    • Isn’t it,dear Sally ? Thank you for reading it 🙂 xxx

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  13. Great captured

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  14. that is so awesome 🙂

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  15. Oh Doda this is my favourite pub in Edinburgh!! Great minds think alike! I did a series of posts on Bobby for the One Four Challenge! I love this post and here is the first I did in a photographic series of four.
    https://cybeleshineblog.wordpress.com/2015/06/03/one-four-challenge-june/

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    • Yeah,dear Cybele!Thaaaaank You so much for the link,I was on holiday and had missed it.Each time I am in Edinburgh I am moved by Bobby’s story as if it were the first time I get to know him ….
      Have a look at this article to see how they still honour him …

      http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-30800979

      and this one is dedicated to you and Nikos with love and respect :

      PS :Tomorrow 28th of October we Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Greece’s WWII Struggle ” OXI ” please tell Nikos about it …. Thank you 🙂

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      • Doda!
        Niko and I at greyfriars pub

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        • and thank you for the lovely reply and video!!! It is so touching!!!

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          • OM!Can’t thank you enough Cybele Dear!It’s such a nice feeling to see you there virtually,my friends!I’d love to have a glass of beer with you!When I am there again,I’ll look around to see you sitting somewhere … You have both my love & my respect !Take care 🙂 xxx
            PS:Your generous reply and your photo wrote another “Bobby” post within my post 🙂 xxx

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      • I am always as well!! I will remind Nick but I think he knows!! Thanks so much for the links!! Anything Scotland of course is wonderful!! 😀

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  16. I have heard tell of this story of Bobby Doda, but had not seen the statue or the pub… 🙂 you have seen something I have not. 🙂 and although we have always kept cats here, we are pet-less at the moment.. A lovely little terrier would make a great Loyal companion,..

    Thank you dear Doda for sharing this story.. Dogs are more than a man’s best friend.. They show unconditional Love which could teach many a human a thing or two 🙂 xxx

    ❤ Love to you my dear friend x

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  17. Sad, but lovely story.

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    • Absolutely,dear Roslyn,sad but so moving!There are plenty of written and unwritten stories about dogs’s proverbial loyalty …

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  18. It’s an interesting and touching story, dear Doda, thanks for sharing. And lovely pictures too. I like the look of that old pub building.
    Have a great weekend. 🙂

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  19. Great story, Doda. I didn’t see this when we went to Edinburgh 3 years ago. I wish I had. I absolutely loved Scotland. Hugs, N 🙂 ❤ xoxo

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    • There is always a next time,I’m sure you won’t miss him again.Thank you for reading Bobby’s story,dear friend Natalie!Hugs to you 🙂 ❤ xxx

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  20. Oh wouldn’t I just love to share a beer with you in this handsome pub, Doda. I enjoyed the story about faithful Bobby very much, my friend–I had never heard it. 😀 😀

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    • Yes,dear Jet,it would be really lovely to have a glass of beer in this pub while listening to Bobby’s song ….

      Thanks ever so much for reading Bobby’s story ~ Cheers ! 🙂 ~

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  21. That is a wonderful, moving story of love, Doda! I’m glad Bobby is still remembered. His loyalty and devotion is indeed a lesson for us all. If life ever takes me to Edinburgh, I’ll certainly go see him. Thank you for sharing. XX

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  22. Oh, dear Doda, you have certainly picked one of my absolute favorite stories! It always brings tears to my eyes. Having owned both cats and dogs I can honestly say that dogs are the most loving and most loyal companions ever. I do have a couple of cats that show some of those tendencies but never to the degree of my dogs! Such a lovely post! 😀

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    • Absolutely dear Linda!As a pet owner you very well know dogs’ reactions and their proverbial loyalty.Yes,cats are not the same,their love is not unconditional … Thank you so much for your astute comment dear friend 🙂 xxxx

      Have a quick look at this newspaper article ….

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1362789/So-dog-really-die-broken-heart.html

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      • What an article. I’m one who believes we too often underestimate animals and their nature. Thank you for sharing this, dear Doda! 😀 ❤

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        • I am delighted you liked it,I knew that you would,dear Linda!You’re right,there are still more things we don’t know about animals and we all too often underestimate their nature and their complex behavioural aspects 🙂 ❤ xxx

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  23. I’m reading it with tears… how moving. Thank you for the beautiful post, story, and photos, dear Doda! ❤ ❤

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  24. Doda, this is very similar to the story of Hachi! It has been made into two movies, a Japanese version, then a more recent American version: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1028532

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    • I have shed streams of tears while watching it … I have also a photo of the statue of the loyal dog Hachiko,in Tokyo,Japan!Thank you Hien 🙂

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  25. A lovely story Doda, and one I had not heard before; although there are many tales of dogs remaining beside their ‘owners’ grave of course. It is a gruesome thought, but Bobby will almost certainly have been able to smell Gray’s body right throughout the lengthy decomposition process.

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  26. What a wonderful story.

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    • Isn’t it,dear Gretchen?Thank you for appreciating it,there are some lovely paintings and sketches depicting him,I’m sure you’d appreciate them too. 🙂 xxx

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  27. DODA!!!! How wonderful to see. I loved that story growing up and I MADE my mum and dad take me to Edinburgh to see the statue. I still have the photo. Was there a few years ago to see it again. This is a lovely, lovely post and so nice to see over here. What a treat for me today. x

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    • I am so glad I stirred up sweet memories,dear Shey!It’s a very touching story and each time I see Bobby’s statue I feel thrilled and recall his story.Thank you dear friend ~ Enjoy Allhalloween & have fun 🙂 xxx

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      • Enjoy it too my darling. It is always a thrill to see any posts about Scotland! x

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        • Scotland is my second home,sweetheart Shey;I love “Her” for many,many reasons apart from her history and her natural beauties … Oh,Bonnie Scotland ~ My Heart’s In The Highlands …

          To Shey with Love & Respect :

          Wherever I wander, wherever I rove,
          The hills of the Highlands for ever I love.

          My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here;
          My heart’s in the Highlands a-chasing the deer;
          A-chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe,
          My heart’s in the Highlands wherever I go….

          Bard of Ayrshire ….

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          • Awww, that is lovely my darling. I now you have come here–obviously from your blog and what you have told me–but to see that is so special. I hope I can meet you one day when you enxt come to your second home. xxxxxxxxx

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            • Delighted you appreciated it,sweetheart Shey!We’ll definitely meet,I can sense it,and then I’ll explain to you why Scotland is my second home.xoxoxox

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