Sunday, August 16, 2009

HOW'D Y'ALL DO ON THE QUIZ?

AND THE ANSWERS IS....

Hey Hounder's,
Homer J. here with the gouge on the quiz the our girl Abby posted on the blog yesterday. We appreciate those of y'all that provided an answer. Our dad says that the story of the dog in the statue is an example of a dog's loyalty. Dad says that loyalty is important not only in dogs but in people too. I've wanted to do my best Regis impersonation and say: "Is that your final answer?" Well, here's the gouge* on the statue:
Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye Terrier who became known in 19th-century Edinburgh, Scotland, after reportedly spending fourteen years guarding his owner's grave, until his own death on 14 January 1872. A year after the dog died, the philanthropist Lady Burdett-Coutts had a statue and fountain erected to commemorate him. Several books and films have been based on Bobby's life, including Greyfriars Bobby by Eleanor Atkinson and the films Greyfriars Bobby (1961, Walt Disney Productions) and The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby (2006).
Bobby belonged to John Gray, who worked for the Edinburgh City Police as a night watchman, and the two were inseparable for approximately two years. On 15 February 1858 Gray died of tuberculosis. He was buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard, the graveyard surrounding Greyfriars Kirk in the Old Town of Edinburgh. Bobby, who survived Gray by fourteen years, is said to have spent the rest of his life sitting on his master's grave. A more realistic account has it that he spent a great deal of time at Gray's grave, but that he left regularly for meals at a restaurant beside the graveyard, and may have spent colder winters in nearby houses.
In 1867 when it was pointed out that an ownerless dog should be destroyed, the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Sir William Chambers (who was also a director of the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), paid for a renewal of Bobby's licence, making him the responsibility of the city council.
Bobby died in 1872 and could not be buried within the cemetery itself, since it was consecrated ground; instead, he was buried just inside the gate of Greyfriars Kirkyard, not far from John Gray's grave.
Today, a small statue of Greyfriars Bobby stands in front of the Greyfriars Bobby's Bar, which is located near Greyfriars Kirkyard. The statue originally faced toward the graveyard and pub but has since been turned around, allegedly by a previous landlord of the pub so that the pub would appear in the background of the many photographs that are taken each year. A red granite stone was erected on Bobby's grave by The Dog Aid Society of Scotland, and unveiled by the Duke of Gloucester on 13 May 1981. It reads: "Greyfriars Bobby — died 14th January 1872 — aged 16 years — Let his loyalty and devotion be a lesson to us all." Guided tours of the Kirkyard are given by a number of groups, including the Greyfriars Bobby Walking Theatre and the Greyfriars Kirkyard Trust.
How'd you do on the quiz?
A very special thanks to Bailey in Fargo, North Dakota for signing our guest book. That leaves only South Dakota left to get. Ask your old people if any of them remember a TV show called The Electric Company. It had a character named Fargo North, Decoder.
- Homer J. and The Bumpass Hounds
*In U.S. Navy jargon, gouge is --
the essential piece of information, the heart of the matter;
a crib sheet or other condensed summary of useful information;
outstanding test-preparation material such as an old test copy.
A person who is tired of hearing all the extraneous information surrounding a problem might exclaim "Just give me the gouge!"
Originated at the U.S. Naval Academy and introduced from there into the wider navy, where it sees less frequent usage
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Bobby's Statue
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Grave Marker





6 comments:

Brodie and Ailsa said...

Mums remembers reading the story to our skin sis and bro whens they was little, she loves doggie stories.

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Khongrats on only needing ONE more state!

Happy Sunday!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Scout 'n Freyja said...

Our momma knows in her heart how wonderful and special and loyal and loving dogs are and our momma says that there is no way she will ever live in a home without at least one dog and sometimes more☺

Morgan in Pittsburgh said...

mum knew she had seen that doggie before, but just couldn't come up with anything last night... BOL. maybe she will remember it now!
your pal, Morgan

chicamom85 said...

Thank you for teaching me about that great story.

licks and sniffs, Sasha

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

We didn't get that right, but then again, I didn't think we knew it.

Kat

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