Famous Dog Statues

Canine Culture

I was intrigued to learn that there are a statues of famous dogs. I did some sniffing about & today I want to share the story behind three of these monuments to good dogs.


In Edinburgh, Scotland, there is a statue of a dog named Bobby. Bobby reportedly spent 14 years guarding his master’s grave. The inscription on the monument reads “A tribute to the affectionate fidelity of Greyfriars Bobby. In 1858 this faithful dog followed the remains of his master to Greyfriars Churchyard & lingered near the spot until his death in 1872”.


Next is Hachiko. He was an Akita who lived in Japan.  Hachiko also remained loyal to his human even after his human died. Hachiko would wait at the train station every day for his human & after his human’s death, he continued his daily visit to the train station for nine more years. At the Tokyo Shibuya Station, a bronze statue was erected honoring Hachiko. The exact spot where Hachiko waited in the train station is permanently marked with bronze paw-prints.


In New York City’s Central Park, there is a monument honoring a dog named Balto. He was a Siberian Husky, who by sled, transported life saving medicine to a community in Alaska. Because of the lives that Balto saved, the monument was built for his heroism. The plaque under the monument reads, “Dedicated to the indomitable spirit of the sled dogs that relayed antitoxin six hundred miles over rough ice, across treacherous waters, through Arctic blizzards from Nenana to the relief of stricken Nome in the Winter of 1925. Endurance · Fidelity · Intelligence.”

I wonder if there will be a statue of me one day? I better go do something heroic.

CEO Olivia


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