All you dog lovers read this as well as you skeptics who do not believe there is s bond between man and his dog.

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    Sep 14, 2012 1:05 AM GMT
    Aye and he's not the first... Have ye no heard of Greyfriars Bobby who spent 14 years back in the mid 1800's at his masters grave before dying himself.
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    Sep 14, 2012 1:08 AM GMT
    Thanks to both of you, Winstonguy & Beneful1, for sharing these! Have read about these many times. icon_cry.gificon_biggrin.gificon_cry.gif
    More people, especially here at RJ, need to read stories like these!

    Thanks again!

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    Sep 14, 2012 1:13 AM GMT
    beneful1 saidAye and he's not the first... Have ye no heard of Greyfriars Bobby who spent 14 years back in the mid 1800's at his masters grave before dying himself.

    In 2011, after five years of research, Jan Bondeson published Greyfriars Bobby: The Most Faithful Dog in the World, the most detailed biography of Bobby to date. In it he dispelled the story as traditionally told and offered a different version.[5][3][4][6]

    As background, in 19th century Europe there are documented over 60 'graveyard dogs', or 'cemetery dogs'.[3][4] These were stray dogs which were fed by visitors and curators to the point the dogs made the graveyards their home. People thought, "Oh look at that poor dog, waiting by his master's grave," so they kept looking after them: the stray dog had free food while graveyard curators had company and a good story to tell visitors.[3][4] In Bobby's case, he was originally a stray that hung around nearby Heriot's hospital, but became such a nuisance the hospital gardener threw him into the graveyard.[3][4] James Brown, the curator of the graveyard, was fond of Bobby's company and began to feed him to keep him around.[3][4] Visitors saw Bobby and liked to believe he was loyally staying by his masters grave, and provided Brown with tips to hear Bobby's "story". After an article about Bobby appeared in the Scotsman visitation rates to the graveyard increased by 100 fold with people arriving from all over England and Scotland.[3][4] "They would give James Brown a handsome tip and have lunch in the Traills' restaurant."[3][4] It was a lucrative situation for Bobby, Brown and the local community.

    Bondeson believes in May or June 1867 the original Bobby died and was replaced with a younger dog because he states pictures of him show a clear change.[3][4] The first was an old tired-looking mongrel, the second was a lively youthful Skye terrier that ran around and reportedly fought with other dogs.[3][4] This also explains the longevity of Bobby, 18 years, since Skye terriers usually only live around 10-12 years.[3][4][2]

    When the story of Bobby first broke it was believed his owner had been a shepherd buried in the graveyard.[3][4] Later, a scholar named Forbes Macgregor, who wrote a biography of Greyfriars Bobby, believed the owner was John Gray, a local policeman buried there in 1858.[3][4] Neither makes full sense since a shepherd wouldn't normally use a terrier for herding sheep, nor would a small terrier normally be used as a police dog.[3][4]

    Over the years local Edinburgh residents who knew the facts had talked in public, there were even newspaper articles that cast doubt on the story, and even while Bobby was alive some councilors cast doubt on his story when it was discussed at Edinburgh City Council. However, the romantic legend of Bobby was so ingrained and beloved that any revisionism over the years went largely unnoticed.[3][4][7] Jan Bondeson stated "It won't ever be possible to debunk the story of Greyfriars Bobby – he's a living legend, the most faithful dog in the world, and bigger than all of us."[5]
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    Sep 14, 2012 1:14 AM GMT
    when i first heard about hachiko i got allergies so bad...

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    Sep 14, 2012 1:16 AM GMT
    That's why I Love my 2 dogs....they Love me for me!!icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 14, 2012 1:18 AM GMT
    That story was awesome! Thanks for sharing! Im away at college right now and I miss my dog so much! They truly are a mans best friend
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    Sep 14, 2012 1:28 AM GMT
    Faithful dogs

    Faithful after master’s death

    Fido, a mixed-breed dog, whose master, Carlo Soriani, had died in an air raid over Borgo San Lorenzo (near Florence, in Italy) in 1943, during World War II. Fido waited in vain, for the following 14 years, for Soriani's return, going daily to the bus stop in Luco del Mugello (a frazione of Borgo) where the man used to get off after coming home from work.

    Greyfriars Bobby, a Skye Terrier in Edinburgh, Scotland, was loyal to his master long after his master's death in 1858. Until Bobby's death 14 years later, he reportedly spent every night at his master's grave. A statue in memorial of Greyfriars Bobby was erected near the graveyard.

    Heidi, a Jack Russell Terrier from Scotland, made her way down a 500-foot (150 m) vertical drop to get to the body of her owner (after he fell to his death while hiking) and stood guard over his body for days in 2001.

    Hachikō, an Akita who became a symbol of loyalty in Japan, is now honored by a statue in Tokyo. Hachikō is famous for his loyalty to his long dead master Hidesaburō Ueno, by returning to the train station and waiting for his return, every day for the next nine years during the time the train was scheduled to arrive.

    Shep, a Border Collie, who – after seeing the coffin of his master loaded onto a train in Fort Benton, Montana in 1936 – maintained a vigil at the station for six years.

    Baekgu, a 4-year-old male Korean Jindo, lived alone with owner. After the owner died in June 2000, accompanied his dead owner for three days until other people came to find the body. Followed the owner's body to his funeral, came back home, not eating anything for four days, until The Korean Jindo Dog Research Institute (진돗개 시험연구소) brought him under its care. The dog would not interact with anyone except for his feeder as of 2005.

    Squeak, a Jack Russel Terrier who would not leave the body of his owner, Zimbabwean farmer Terry Ford, after Ford was murdered in 2002 by a violent mob carrying out Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe's land seizure programs. The photo of little Squeak guarding Ford's bloody body raised worldwide awareness of land-related violence in Zimbabwe.

    Waghya, Chhatrapati Shivaji's pet dog. Waghya is known as the epitome of loyalty and eternal devotion. After Shivaji's death, the dog mourned and jumped into his master's funeral pyre and immolated himself. A statue was put up on a pedestal next to Shivaji's tomb at Raigad Fort.
    Statue of Waghya, symbol of pure loyalty and devotion in India
    Sources disagree about whether Waghya was an actual dog or a fictional dog.

    Leao, a mix breed who stayed by the side of her owner who died on January 2011 during Brazil's flood. His owner was Cristina Cesário Maria Santana. Her body (along with other 3 bodies of members of the family) was retrieved by the rescuers after looking at the dog digging over some mud.

    Spot: In November 2010, five months after his owner, Wayne Giroux of Lone Oak, Texas, was killed by a drunk driver, a local television station reported that Giroux's Great Dane-mix, Spot, was still traveling daily to wait for Giroux at a spot on a country lane where Giroux used to meet him. The story was quickly picked up and disseminated by international media outlets such as CNN.

    Hawkeye, a Labrador retriever, stayed by the coffin of his owner, Jon Tumilson, a Navy Seal who was killed in Afghanistan in 6 August 2011 when the CH-47 Chinook he was riding on was shot down by a rocket propelled grenade.

    Theo, a Springer Spaniel belonging to Lance Corporal Liam Tasker of the British Army. Theo was used to sniff out roadside bombs in Afghanistan. In 2010, Theo and Tasker were in a firefight with insurgents, killing Tasker. Theo died later at a British army base from a fatal seizure, although many believe he died from a broken heart. Tasker's body and Theo's ashes were returned to England where Tasker's family was presented with Theo's ashes in a private ceremony.

    The yellow dog of Lao Pan. After Lao Pan, a poor 68-year-old Shandong villager who lived alone, died in November 2011, his home was cleared, and his unnamed yellow Spitz-type dog disappeared. Villagers later noticed the dog had found Lao Pan's grave and tried to bring it back to the village, but the dog refused to leave. They tried luring the hungry dog back to the village with some buns, but he took the food and ran back to the site again. Villagers felt touched by the dog's behavior, arranged to provision him daily at the grave, and as of a week later when the first reports appeared, had decided to build him a shelter there. The story broke locally, was picked up by national media, and was being run by many international media outlets by mid-December.

    Homing dogs

    Bobbie, the Wonder Dog, after accidental abandonment on a cross-country trip, Bobbie made his way back over 2800 miles to his family's home.
    Baekgu, the Korean Jindo Dog, After being sold by original owner due to economical hardship, to a new owner 300 km away, came back to the original owner after 7 months.

    Other Faithful Dogs

    Gelert, a legendary dog associated with the village of Beddgelert, Wales. According to the legend, a king returned from hunting to find his baby's cradle overturned, the baby missing, and Gelert with blood around its mouth. Imagining that it had savaged the child, Llywelyn drew his sword and killed the dog, which cried out pitifully. The king then heard the cries of the baby and finds it unharmed under the cradle, along with a dead wolf which had attacked the child and been killed by Gelert. The king, overcome with remorse, buried the dog with great ceremony, but Llywelyn never smiled again, plagued by the memory of the dog's dying cries.

    Pompey, a Pug that foiled an assassination attempt on the life of William The Silent, Prince of Orange.

    Old Drum, an American Foxhound whose death at the hands of a neighbor was the subject of a lawsuit and George Graham Vest's famous closing argument, "Eulogy to a Dog", that has as due to their faithfulness, a man’s relationship with his dog is unique, and this should influence how the law is interpreted and implemented in such cases. The case has been influential in courts ever since.

    Bob the Railway Dog a loyal traveller and drivers’ companion on the South Australian Railways in the late 19th century.

    Owney the Postal Dog, U.S. Mail mascot, traveled around the world and more than 143,000 miles (230,000 km) in his lifetime.

    Taro and Jiro, two Sakhalin huskies that survived a year on the frozen continent of Antarctica until members of a Japanese Expedition team rescued them.
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    Sep 14, 2012 1:48 AM GMT
    I think most of us have seen this. Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson and his faithful dog, Hawkeye.
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    Sep 14, 2012 2:52 AM GMT
    I read that and teared up a little bit. I have had 2 dogs my life and they were both loyal!

    My first dog would always wait outside the door until I would get home from school every day and would be at the mail box right when i got off the school bus. It was so hard when I got home the first time and he wasn't there...icon_cry.gif

    My second dog who i got 3 months ago is showing me extreme loyalty. I have been gone for 2 weeks and apparently she wont leave my bed and keep smelling my blankets. ahah icon_lol.gif