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True animal stories

Bobby, Adapted from True Animal Tales, by Rolf Harris

The dog from Montignoso

The stray dog and the child, From the Parcival Practice newsletter

Bobby, a straydog

Over a hundred years ago, a stray puppy named Bobby adopted an elderly Scottish shepherd, known to his friends as Auld Jock. The two of them went everywhere together and became the best of friends.

Sadly, when Bobby was just two years old, Auld Jock died and for the next fourteen years, the faithful, loving dog guarded his master’s grave.

Just once a day he would leave and find his way to Traill’s restaurant where the kind owner fed him but Bobby would never stay there. Instead, he always took the food back to the cemetery. Sometimes local children came to see Bobby and they would happily play among the gravestones until the children went home and Bobby would return to his master’s last resting place.

Little did Bobby know that his own life was under threat. In Victorian times, people who owned dogs had to pay a special tax otherwise the dog would be put to sleep. There was no one to pay Bobby’s tax and it was up to judges to decide what would happen to the little dog.

But when Bobby’s tale was told in court, the judges were so impressed by his loyalty to Auld Jock that they decided Bobby must live! Local people got together and paid the tax and even built a shelter at the graveside so Bobby could keep warm through the cold Scottish winters. When he died of old age, Bobby was buried beside his beloved master, so the two of them could be together forever


The dog from Montignoso

The little town of Montignoso, in northern Italy, has adapted the rules for their cemetery, so a small mixed breed dog can visit his owner who passed away at only 32 years of age. .

The little dog, that quite rightly so listens to the name “Pity”, first draw the attention of the local media and later on he even made the national newspapers. After his owner passed away, much too early, the little dog regularly visited the grave of his beloved owner on the local cemetery. Many people witnessed these daily visits during which the little dog would spend hours and hours guarding his owners grave, calmly and quietly. Every day, around 3 pm., the little dog would get up and walk back to his new owners, the parents of the unfortunate young man. This continued for months until one day, a policeman who spotted the dog on the cemetery, chased the dog away since it was against the cemetery regulations. These regulations stated that dogs were not allowed on the grounds of the cemetery. Thankfully, due to pressure of the public, the small community changed the regulations and little “Pity” can now lie next to his owners grave peacefully.


The straydog and the child

Early May 2005, I was touched by a remarkable story. In the news, there was a short item about a stray dog in Kenya. This dog had taken the care of an abandoned baby upon itself.

In poor area’s of Kenya, babies are often abandoned or sometimes even just thrown away. In this particular case, the baby was left behind in a bag in one of the poor municipalities of Nairobi, the capitol of Kenya. Eyewitnesses had seen the dog dragging the bag across a busy road. A person, living on the same terrain as the stray dog, had seen how the dog had brought a bag to her nest. When people went to check, they found the baby in the nest together with the pups. The baby girl was rushed to the hospital. The presence of maggots on the baby’s umbilical cord was reason enough to assume that the baby had been outside for at least 2 days already. The condition of the baby girl has stabilised and she was given he name “Angel”.

It is not the first time that a stray dog has rescued an abandoned baby and taken the baby into her pack.
If stories like this would be highlighted more and given more attention, a lot of people would gain more respect for dogs; dogs living so close to us for already many centuries