This was a Skye Terrier in Edinburgh who spent 14 years guarding the grave of his owner until he died in 1872.
The story is obscured by the mists of time, but “Greyfriars Kirkyard” is the graveyard of the Greyfriars church. Bobby was the dog of the local policeman John Gray, and when John died he was buried in the graveyard and Bobby spent the next 14 years sitting on his master’s grave. When Bobby died he too was buried in the same graveyard.
There is a beautiful bronze statue of Bobby in Edinburgh.
Of course, to ruin the lovely story a historian at Cardiff University investigated the story in 2011 and believes it was a publicity stunt by local businessmen to attract custom to Edinburgh.
Was an Akita in Japan who died in 1935.
Hachiko’s owner was a professor at the University of Tokyo. During his life, the dog would greet him at the end of each day at the local railway station. One day the professor suffered a brain haemorrhage and died, but Hachiko would head to the station every day at the same time for the next nine years.
At the time this happened and when his story was investigated, it turned out there were only around 30 purebred Akitas remaining in Japan. His story was published and Hachiko became a national sensation. He died of cancer in 1935 and his body remains in the National Science Museum of Japan.
In Cadiz, Spain. His owner died at a hospital of kidney failure and Canelo waited 12 years. The town has put his name to a street in his honour.