Tonight rather than tell you what we have been up to this past week.....not a lot !!....I thought I woudl tell you the story about a famous wee dog that everyone in and around Edinburgh seems to know. He was certainly my favourite dog when I was young and we did not have a "real" dog. This dogs name is
Grayfriars Bobby, He belonged to a policeman in Edinburgh called John Gray and this is what happened to him once his owner John Gray died.
John Gray's faithful dog Bobby mourned his master for 14 years, until his own death in 1872.
James Brown the keeper and gardener of the burial ground remembered John Gray's funeral and he said the Skye terrier was one of the most conspicuous of the mourners.
The grave was closed and the next morning James Brown the curator found the Skye terrier lying on the newly made mound of earth. Old James could not permit this, for there was an order at the gate stating that dogs were not admitted into the Kirkyard. Accordingly...Bobby was driven out.
Next morning the same thing happened again, Bobby was lying on the grave. The third morning was wet and cold; James Brown took pity on the faithful animal and gave him some food.
Bobby made the Kirkyard his home. Often in very bad weather, attempts were made to encourage him indoors, but he was not having any of that.
At almost any time during the day, he would be seen in or around the Kirkyard. He had made many friends.
A weekly treat of steak given by Sergeant Scott of the Royal Engineers from Edinburgh Castle. Punctually at the sound of the One O'clock time gun, Bobby would appear at the Coffee House for his dinner.
The stone where Bobby sheltered had been there for many years. The higher one was put up in the year of the battle of Waterloo to commemorate a woman called Jean Grant and it is inscribed with a text from the Bible - which may well equally apply to Bobby. ‘With such sacrifice God is well pleased.
There is a lovely bronze statue of Bobby near the churchyard throughtout the many many yeras he has sat there thousands of children and adults have stopped to give him a pat....including me !!
I hadn't thought if Bobby for a long time until a photograph appeared in an Edinburgh Paper the other week and it is this that I will put at the top of this entry.
As Bobby loved his master all his life may you also be able to
LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
LOVE ONE ANOTHER.