THE DOG WHO BE­CAME A LEG­END

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If you’re a dog lover, make sure to stop by the statue of Greyfri­ars Bobby in Ed­in­burgh and learn about the coun­try’s most loyal pooch.

The ded­i­cated skye ter­rier has be­come part of the city’s folk­lore and has his own grave, where chil­dren will leave piles of sticks in his me­mory.

Bobby be­longed to John Grey, a night­watch­man who pa­trolled Greyfri­ars Kirk­yard in 1850.

John and his faith­ful friend be­came a fa­mil­iar sight on the city streets.

In 1858, John died of tu­ber­cu­lo­sis and was buried in Greyfri­ars Kirk­yard.

Lost with­out his master, Bobby re­fused to leave his gravesite.

Even­tu­ally the kirk­yard keeper gave up try­ing to con­vince the dog to leave and gave him shel­ter near the grave.

The lit­tle ter­rier be­came a lo­cal leg­end and crowds would gather to watch

Bobby leave the grave­yard for his daily meal.

When a new law was passed in 1867 re­quir­ing all dogs to be li­censed, the

Lord Provost of Ed­in­burgh paid the fees for Bobby and in­scribed a col­lar for him.

For 14 years, lit­tle Bobby stayed by his master un­til he died in 1872.

The dog could not be buried in the con­se­crated ground of the kirk­yard, so he was in­terred out­side the gates.

A statue sits nearby and passers-by can rub his lit­tle nose for luck.

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