Tuesday, 8 May 2012

The Most Loyal Dogs in History




Dogs can be loyal beyond reason or mere instinct. They can be so loyal as to deny their own existence and their own physical needs, and will even die of a broken heart. Truly, dogs put no limits to their unconditional love and devotion; we have so much to learn from them. These are the tales of six souls that will be remembered in history as being loyal beyond compare.


On a related note, this is an earlier piece about my Cocker Spaniel and how tough it was to put her down when she got sick about a few years back in Canada: A Dieu Caramella.

Also check the story of Gunner: The K9 Air-Raid Early Warning System



1- Bobbie the Wonder Dog

Pictured above in the featured photo, Bobbie rose to fame in the 1920s when he walked more than 2,500 miles over six months to return to his home in Oregon after his owner lost him on a road trip. Shortly after Bobbie passed away in 1927, Rin Tin Tin laid a wreath at his grave.



2- Hachiko
Hachikō’s story was featured in many films and books — last of which was Richard Gere’s Hachi: A Dog’s Tale from 2009. I specifically recall the high tissue consumption while watching that flick.


Last known photo of Hachikō — pictured with his owner’s wife Yaeko Ueno (front row,
second from right) and station staff in mourning in Tokyo on March 8, 1935.



3- Shep

The story of Shep the Sheep dog can be found Here.


The historic photo of Shep is courtesy of The Schwinden Library, Montana Agricultural
Center, Fort Benton, MT.



4- Fido

The tale of Fido the Italian street dog on Here.


5- Heidi
Heidi, the Jack Russell Terrier, earned acclaim of Scotlands most loyal dog in 2001. Her story is featured in Les Krantz’s book: Power of the Dog: Things Your Dog Can Do That You Cant.


6- Greyfriars Bobby

The Story of Bobby, the Skye Terrier, was featured in the 1961 Walt Disney movie Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog.

This statue of Bobby sits at the corner of Edinburgh’s Candlemaker Row and George IV
Bridge, and is a Category A listed building



7- Ruswarp (pronounced ‘Russup’)
 




ALSO VIEW:

A Dieu Caramella

Things I Wish All Dog Owners Would Understand


Training a Gentle Giant

When Lady Ran Away 
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