Top 10s Monumental Dogs

Top 10s Monumental Dogs
    Top 10s Monumental Dogs
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    Top 10s Monumental Dogs!

    Look carefully and you will see dogs captured for posterity
    everywhere, says Karen Bush.

    1- The best known of all doggy statues is probably Greyfriars Bobby. The
    the story of the faithful Skye Terrier, who kept watch over his master’s grave
    for 14 years, so touched the heart of Baroness Angela Georgina
    Burdett-Coutts that she erected a memorial granite fountain with a statue
    on top. Unveiled in 1873, Edinburgh’s smallest listed building has become
    a tourist attraction and, over the years, so many have rubbed Bobby’s nose for
    luck that he needed a nose job to repair the damage! Twelve months later the
    restoration was wearing off, leading to an appeal to leave his nose alone.

    2- Another famous Skye Terrier can be spotted at Colinton Parish Church near Edinburgh. Author and poet Robert Louis Stevenson loved dogs,
    and Cuillin was his constant childhood companion. Sculptor Alan Herriot captured the magic of many happy hours spent together, portraying RLS sitting on a tree stump scribbling in a notebook — but it is Cuillin who really has his attention.

    4- The 18th-century painter, engraver, and satirist William Hogarth,
    nicknamed the ‘Painter Pug’, was famous for his love of the breed. Pugs
    were often included in his works, with his favorite, Trump, featuring in 1745
    self-portrait ‘The Painter and His Pug’. In 1741, Trump was sculpted in terracotta by Louis-Fran├žois Roubiliac, and he was also reproduced in Chelsea porcelain and as black basalt ware by Wedgwood. But when a statue of Hogarth sculpted by Jim
    Mathieson was commissioned in 2001, the little dog very nearly (and unimaginable)
    wasn’t included. At the last minute, an extra £10,000 was raised to enable him to be modeled and cast in time to join the master who adored him, on the plinth near their London house.

    5- There are many examples of dogs on medieval tombs, but only one who has a name. Half hid among her skirts, Terri (or possibly Cerri)
    lies at the feet of Dame Alice Cassey at the 14th-century family tomb in the
    Saxon church of St Mary’s at Deerhurst in Gloucestershire. It is the only known
    example of a named animal on funerary brass, and probably the oldest pet
    memorial in England.

    6- Outrage and an upsurge of popular support for the British anti-vivisectionist movement followed allegations of inhumane and illegal experimentation on a brown terrier at University College London.
    A Brown Dog statue, sculpted by Joseph Whitehead, was erected in Battersea,
    featuring a bronze statue of the terrier, and carrying a plaque naming and shaming UCL. It had to be assigned round-the-clock police protection from incensed medical students, sparking off a series of Brown Dog riots, and leading to questions being asked in Parliament about the expense of such protection.
    Despite injunctions and petitions to save it, in 1910 the statue was ripped down under cover of night and destroyed. In 1985, the terrier returned when a new statue by Nicola Hicks, modeled on her own terrier, Brock, was erected.

    7- If you find yourself near Belgrave Square in London, pause for
    a moment to admire the two handsome dogs lounging at the feet of
    Sir Robert Grosvenor, a nod to the Talbot Hounds which take a prominent place on the family coat of arms. Along with Greyhounds, they are the only breed of hound used in English heraldry. More Talbot Hounds can be found in Trevelyan
    Square, Leeds, where four of them, holding fountain spigots in their mouths,
    support a large stone bowl.

    8- While taking a stroll in the grounds of  Antrim Castle in 1607, the new bride of Sir Hugh Clotworthy was attacked by a wolf. A mysterious
    Wolfhound came to Lady Marian’s rescue and killed the wolf, but vanished again after she had tended his wounds.
    One dark and stormy evening some years later, the Wolfhound reappeared;
    standing on the battlements, his howling raised the alarm that the castle was
    under attack. With the enemy defeated, as dawn lit the sky, the Wolfhound was
    transformed into stone, although some say that the hound died helping defend
    the castle and Sir Hugh had a statue made in his honor. Superstition says that
    should the statue ever be moved from the castle grounds, disaster will follow, so
    although the castle no longer stands, the Wolfhound continues to keep his watch in
    the castle gardens.

    9- Over 60 statues dedicated to Scottish poet Robert Burns exist worldwide, 15 of them in Scotland, but, scandalously, not all of them
    feature his favorite dog Luath, from whom he was said to be inseparable. When the collie tripped up Jean Armour, Burns’ future wife, at a wedding, it gave the poet the courage to speak to the woman who was to become the other love of his life. Happily, the ‘gash and faithful’ tyke’ can be admired sitting at the feet of the poet in Dumfries town center.

    10- Edinburgh and its environs do seem particularly blessed
    with sculptures of famous canines: keeping novelist Sir Walter Scott
    company on the world’s second largest monument to a writer is his beloved
    Deerhound, Maida. Also featuring on the monument is a Dandie Dinmont Terrier — the breed named after a fictional character in one of Scott’s novels. 
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