Best Friends: The Story of Greyfriars Bobby


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According to what the media would have us believe, dogs and human beings have been best friends for thousands of years. In today's blog post, we're going to discuss a story that dates back over one-hundred years, in fact.



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In the modern world, the internet is filled with stories of dog's spending time at their former owner's graves for many years until the dogs, die themselves. According to legend, a Skye Terrier named "Bobby" guarded his owner's grave for fourteen years, until the dog himself passed away in 1872.



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This story comes from the nineteenth century, as "Bobby" spent the majority of his life at John Gray's final resting place in Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh, Scotland. Although this isn't a ghost story, this does prove the issue of loyalty between animals and human beings. Interestingly, this legend has been referenced in video games from Rockstar Games.


With respect to Greyfriars Bobby, his story is also referenced in the animated sitcom "Futurama". When I saw the Futurama episode "Jurassic Bark" as a kid, it created a war with my emotions. I didn't expect an animated sitcom to contain such realistic messages of life and death.



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However, there's something to keep in mind:

story-telling comes from real world experience. Writing comes from experience. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we still live in a beautiful world.


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Further Reading:


https://web.archive.org/web/20130221080018/http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/scotlandshistory/makingindustrialurban/greyfriarsbobby/index.asp


https://www.polygon.com/2018/11/27/18114287/red-dead-redemption-2-rdr2-online-beta-details


https://www.rockstargames.com/V/restricted-content/agegate/form?redirect=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.rockstargames.com%2FV%2F&options=&locale=en_us


https://futurama.fandom.com/wiki/Seymour_Asses