Now that you’ve had a chance to visit our first three popular dog landmarks, what’s a pooch to do?
Not to worry, we have three more popular dog destinations where you and your dog can learn a bit more about these famous dogs and the roles they played in history. If you’re headed to Montana, Alaska or Scotland, be sure to stop by these popular landmarks and have your pooch take some photos with a few famous four-legged friends.
Old Shep – Cemetery Road, Fort Benton, Mont.
In 1936, according to roadsideamerica.com, “a sheep herder fell ill and headed to Ft. Benton for treatment. His dog, Shep, came along. When the herder died a few days later, his body was crated up and sent back east to relatives. Shep followed the box to the Ft. Benton train depot, and watched nervously as his master was put on board and taken away. ”What happened next is reminiscent of Hachiko, another faithful pooch who waited for his pet dad at a train station.
As Shep faithfully waited at the station, he became a fixture, greeting the four trains that arrived each day. Old Shep was even featured in “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” two years into his vigil.
Sadly, on January 12, 1942, Shep in his old age had become deaf and and failed to hear a train until it was too late. He slipped on an icy rail while trying to get away. Old Shep was buried on a bluff that overlooks the train depot. His burial site features a wooden cutout of him and stones that spell out “Shep.” In 1994, the town unveiled a bronze statue of Shep with his front paws on a train rail.
Old Shep is known in Fort Benton as its “Forever Faithful” Sheepdog.
A deaf Bull Terrier named Patsy Ann was born in Portland, Ore., in 1929 and ended up in Juneau as a pup.
According to patsyann.com, “Patsy Ann was stone deaf (from birth), but she somehow “heard” the whistles of approaching ships — long before they came into sight — and headed at a fast trot for the wharf. She was never wrong. In fact, on one memorable occasion, a crowd was given erroneous information and gathered at the wrong dock. Patsy Ann gazed at the crowd for a long moment, then turned and trotted to the correct dock.”
With no real place to call home, Patsy Ann would hang out in the Longshoreman’s Hall, where she was free to run through the open alleys.
In 1934, the mayor dubbed Patsy Ann “Official Greeter of Juneau, Alaska.”
She died peacefully on March 30, 1942. The next day she was lowered in a tiny coffin into Gastineau channel, which she had constantly watched over. A statue was commissioned by the “Friends of Patsy Ann” 50 years after her death and installed on the wharf so she could continue to greet visitors. The bronze sculpture included dog hair clippings from all over the world “symbolically uniting the spirit of dogs everywhere,” patsyann.com states.
Greyfriars Bobby – Candlemakers Row, Edinburgh, Scotland
A 6-month-old Skye Terrier named Bobby was the faithful police dog of a constable named John Gray that mourned his master for 14 years until his own death in 1872.
After their rounds, Gray would walk Bobby to a coffee house at Greyfriars Place in Edinburgh. They had a favorite seat and watched the owner’s wife go in and out of the back room where she did the cooking.
Tragically, in November 1857, Gray developed tuberculosis and a few months later passed away with Bobby by his feet. Bobby had made several friends who continued to watch over him and feed him in the years after his dog dad’s death and until his own death at 16 years old.
According to greyfriarsbobby.co.uk, a granite fountain was donated by Baroness Angela Georgia Burdett-Coutts to the city of Edinburgh in Bobby’s honor a year after his death. The inscription reads: “A tribute to the affectionate fidelity of Greyfriars Bobby. In 1858 this faithful dog followed the remains of his master to Greyfriars Churchyard and lingered near the spot until his death in 1872.”