Image via SkyThere is, however, one story that is most commonly accepted, and it goes a little something like this: John Gray was the youngest of three siblings born in 1814 in Forfar, Scotland. After marrying, John followed in his father's footsteps and became a gardner, but work was hard to find. The family decided to move to the larger city of Edinburgh and John took a job as a night watchmen. John was obliged to have a watchdog with him and chose a six month old a Skye terrier, who he aptly named Bobby. Bobby was loyal to his new family and accompanied John on his evening rounds to make sure the city was safe. The pair were inseparable and well-loved by locals until John's death in February of 1858. John was buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard (churchyard), and wee Bobby was present at the funeral.
Image via FlickrPeople across Scotland mourned his death, as his devotion made him many a friend and somewhat of a tourist attraction.
Image via FlickrAlthough this is the most commonly known story the exact details of the Greyfriars Bobby story have been lost over time. What we do know and love about this story is that this pup is an everlasting tribute to affection between dogs and dog parents everywhere!