Take that, Greyfriars Bobby debunker

Greyfriar's Bobby, the legendary Skye Terrier
Greyfriar's Bobby, the legendary Skye Terrier

My ex-Reuters colleague, Bob Basler, is angry with the professor who has taken it upon himself to demolish the charming story of Greyfriars Bobby. It’s a tale Human Bob used to love:

When I was a boy, there was a Disney movie about a plucky little terrier who went to Edinburgh with his master, who then died. The dog kept a 14-year vigil at his master’s grave, passing away himself in 1872.

Watching this as a child required more tissues than I could even carry into the theater. The movie was called “Greyfriars Bobby, the True Story of a Dog.”

Since then, there have been other movies and books about Bobby. There is even a bronze statue of sweet Bobby in the cemetery, which I myself have visited in Edinburgh.

It’s no wonder Bob has concocted his very own revenge fantasy. And it turns out he’s not the only one who is upset. Rachel Johnson of Britain’s Daily Mail is also irritated and taking the professor to task.

The Scottish Terrier News would like to voice our official support for the backlash. Grrr, Dr Jan Bondeson of Cardiff University, just grrrr.

2 thoughts on “Take that, Greyfriars Bobby debunker

  1. Ann,
    I was born and raised as a fourth generation Montanan and I was not familiar with the Greyfriar’s Bobby story, but I grew up with the Shep story- Montana’s most faithful dog, which when I googled to check the authenticity of my memory found quite a few references on the web. I have included a few links for your browsing perusal:
    http://www.fortbenton.com/shep/story.html
    http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/4367
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shep_(American_dog)

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