Monday, June 20, 2016

Greyfriars Bobby

Greyfriars Bobby by Eleanor Atkinson  242 pp.

This is the fictionalized version of the legend of the Skye Terrier who remained faithful to the elderly shepherd who cared for him, even after the man died of pneumonia. The story goes that this little dog insisted on sleeping on the man's grave in Edinburgh's Greyfriars Cemetery for sixteen years. It's a nice story about the spunky little dog, the pub owner who fed him, the cemetery caretaker who let him stay, and the children of the local tenement who adored him. The true story of Bobby is much less romantic than Atkinson's tale but is less fun to read (once you get used to the Scottish patois). But the legend is important enough to warrant a statue of the little dog outside Greyfriars Cemetery.

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