Dogs Trust take the lead on Greyfriars Bobby commemoration
Dogs Trust will be hosting the annual Greyfriars Memorial event in Edinburgh on Monday 14th January in honour of Scotland’s most famous dog. The event, set to take place from 12.30pm at Greyfriars Church in Edinburgh, will include speeches from The Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Frank Ross and Paula Boyden, Veterinary Director at Dogs Trust.
Dogs Trust is holding this year’s event to promote the important bond between dogs and their humans. Each Year Dogs Trust’s Rehoming Centres in Scotland care for hundreds of dogs, all looking to find new owners they can share a special bond with, similar to that of John Gray and his devoted Bobby.
Greyfriars Bobby tells the story of an Edinburgh watchman named John Gray, who would take his Skye Terrier Bobby with him on his nightly rounds. After his death in 1858, John Gray was buried in Greyfriars Courtyard, where Bobby would continue to visit daily and watch over his grave; remaining devoted to his owner until his own death in 1872.
Working collectively with the One O’Clock Gun Association, who have held the Greyfriars Commemoration event after being formed in 1998; as along with students from George Heriots School in Edinburgh, who have been learning all about the story of Greyfriars Bobby and the importance of responsible dog ownership from Dogs Trust Education Officer Rachel Bliss.
Jen Terris, Dogs Trust’s Campaigns Manager in Scotland, said:
“Greyfriars Bobby is synonymous with Scotland around the world and it is a heart-warming story; not just because of Bobby’s relationship with his owner but also his relationship with everyone in the community, who continued to feed and care for him long after the death of John Gray.
“As well as honouring this memory on the anniversary of Bobby’s birthday, we want to highlight the rewards of having a dog in our lives and why giving a rescue dog a home can mean the world to that dog. The event has received so much support and we are very grateful to everyone who has helped make it happen.”
Event details: 14th January, Greyfriars church, Edinburgh EH1 2QQ, 12.30pm – 3.00pm
For more details about the event please contact Eleanor Upstill-Goddard, Campaigns Officer for Dogs Trust in Scotland on 0300 303 0292 or email [email protected]