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When the time gun boomed from Edinburgh Castle, Bobby gave a startled yelp He was only a little country dog the very youngest and smallest and shaggiest of Skye terriers bred on a heathery slope of the Pentland hills, where the loudest sound was the bark of a collie or the tinkle of a sheep bell That morning he had come to the weekly market with Auld Jock, a farm laborer, and the Grassmarket of the Scottish capital lay in the narrow valley at the southern base of Castle Crag Two hundred feet above it the time gun was mounted in the half moon battery on an overhanging, crescent shaped ledge of rock In any part of the city the report of the one o clock gun was sufficiently alarming, but in the Grassmarket it was an earth rending explosion directly overhead It needed to be heard but once there to be registered on even a little dog s brain Bobby had heard it many times, and he never failed to yelp a sharp protest at the outrage to his ears but, as the gunshot was always followed by a certain happy event, it started in his active little mind a train of pleasant associations My reading of Stevenson has reminded me how much I loved this as a child I was such a sucker for sentimental animal stories sobbed my heart out at the film version of The Incredible Journey and one of my earliest memories is how the lions at the Zoo did not share out their food in a comradely sort of way and I cried all the way home because one lioness went hungry Aaaaaaaaw Molesworth would have called me a wet and a weed, and my older brother called me worse than that But that s what older My reading of Stevenson has reminded me how much I loved this as a child I was such a sucker for sentimental animal stories sobbed my heart out at the film version of The Incredible Journey and one of my earliest memories is how the lions at the Zoo did not share out their food in a comradely sort of way and I cried all the way home because one lioness went hungry Aaaaaaaaw Molesworth would have called me a wet and a weed, and my older brother called me worse than that But that s what older brothers are for This is a lovely story from 1912, based on fact, about a Skye Terrier Greyfriars Bobby is a famous little dog, who became known for his loyalty to John Gray, a night watchman for the Edinburgh City Police in the 19th century After John Gray died, Greyfriars Bobby watched over his grave in Greyfriars Kirkyard, for the next 14 years, right until the day the dog himself died I first saw the older film of this from 1961 on television, and enjoyed it so much that I tracked Eleanor Atkinson s book This is a lovely story from 1912, based on fact, about a Skye Terrier Greyfriars Bobby is a famous little dog, who became known for his loyalty to John Gray, a night watchman for the Edinburgh City Police in the 19th century After John Gray died, Greyfriars Bobby watched over his grave in Greyfriars Kirkyard, for the next 14 years, right until the day the dog himself died I first saw the older film of this from 1961 on television, and enjoyed it so much that I tracked Eleanor Atkinson s book down There is also arecent film from 2006 The story continues to be well known in Scotland, and there is a prominent statue in Edinburgh to commemorate this very special Skye Terrier photo by Michael Reeve, on Wiki Tourists also tend to visit the graves, as Greyfriars Bobby was buried near to his much loved owner in 1872.Although my Puffin book said it waswritten for grown ups but suitable for children between 8 and 12 , it is the sort of timeless story which can be enjoyed by all ages A short glossary at the back, explains the occasional Gaelic words which pepper the text I was delighted to find Greyfriars Bobby is now available on kindle, free of charge I had previously enjoyed the charming 1961 Disney film adaptation of Greyfriars Bobby, and for some reason, I don t know why, I had the notion that the source novel would be a bit dry and dusty I was entirely wrong This is one of those happy instances where the movie is a faithful adaptation, but the book is even better, simply because there sof it a littledepth to the characters,backstory,incidents that just didn t fit into a screenplay The story of Bobby, the faithfu I had previously enjoyed the charming 1961 Disney film adaptation of Greyfriars Bobby, and for some reason, I don t know why, I had the notion that the source novel would be a bit dry and dusty I was entirely wrong This is one of those happy instances where the movie is a faithful adaptation, but the book is even better, simply because there sof it a littledepth to the characters,backstory,incidents that just didn t fit into a screenplay The story of Bobby, the faithful little Skye terrier who refuses to desert the grave of his chosen master in Greyfriars kirkyard, is sweetly told and beautifully written, peopled with the endearing characters of a miscellaneous group of people whose lives become entwined with the little dog s sociable restaurant keeper Mr Traill, kirkyard caretaker Mr Brown and his gude wifie, the waif like children of the tenements surrounding Greyfriars, the merry schoolboys of the nearby orphans home, andThe setting of Victorian era Edinburgh is described in rich and loving detail, both its beautiful antiquities and dark slums, the nearby harbor, the Castle overhead and the farm countryside surrounding it and the book s ending, even though the story is a happy one and wholly satisfying, had tears in my eyes Lovely book, much recommended Utterly delightful I knew I was going to love this little book because the film was a childhood favourite of mine Indeed, the memories of that are very special because my Mum also adored it and i remember watching it with her There were many moments throughout where I was close to tears, but when all those poor children gathered together the money for a dog licence that was it, I just broke down blubbing A beautiful, beautiful story One, I suspect, that I will reread often which is very un Utterly delightful I knew I was going to love this little book because the film was a childhood favourite of mine Indeed, the memories of that are very special because my Mum also adored it and i remember watching it with her There were many moments throughout where I was close to tears, but when all those poor children gathered together the money for a dog licence that was it, I just broke down blubbing A beautiful, beautiful story One, I suspect, that I will reread often which is very unusual for me If you are fond of animals, you will be totally enchanted by this Highly recommended