Honoring Man’s Best Friend: 4 Exceptional Dog Statues Around The Globe

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A dog is truly a man’s best friend. They’re very loyal, loving, trusting, protective and caring too. That’s why we love them so much, and can do anything within our power to prove that love.

There are many dog statues in almost every part of the world to honor our dogs for different reasons. So, if you’re a dog lover who travels globally for sightseeing purposes, make sure you visit the below cities to see these outstanding dog statues:

(Collie) Lake Tekapo Village, New Zealand

In the 19th century, farming was the main source of livelihood for local residents of New Zealand. Dogs, especially collies came in handy to help them guard their sheep in their vast fields and mountains. Therefore, to honor these animals and recognize their importance to the farming communities of Mackenzie, South Island, a dog statue named Collie was erected. The statue is set on a plinth on Lake Tekapo shore. It’s right next to the Church of Good Shepherd, about 45mins to 1 hour’s drive from Mount Cook.

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Greyfriars Bobby (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Greyfriars Bobby is a very popular statue in Edinburgh that attracts millions of tourists every year from different parts of the world. Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye Terrier dog who was owned by a night watchman in Edinburgh. Like most dogs, Bobby loved his owner deeply. So, when the watchman passed away in 1858, his dog continued mourning him for the next 14 years. He jealously guarded the master’s grave for 14 years till he died in 1872.
He was buried next to the owner and a statue erected one year later to commemorate his love and loyalty. You can find Greyfriars Bobby statue at the Greyfriars churchyard, while his bowl and collar are kept for display at the Museum of Edinburgh.

Patsy Ann (Juneau, Alaska)

Patsy Ann statue can be found close to the steamship dock in Juneau. It was put up to commemorate a deaf bull terrier who had the capability of sensing when ships were about to dock in Juneau. After sensing the ship, the dog would run to the port and alert the locals, who would then gather to welcome the arriving ship. Once the ship arrived, the dog made sure he greeted the visitors and crew members. Note that before his death in 1942, Patsy Ann lived in a hall alongside dock workers.

Owney (Washington, DC)

Owney was a mixed breed dog that was well travelled throughout the United States. He was spotted for the first time next to Albany, N.Y. post office. People thought he was a pet of one of the employees at the post office. However, he continued hanging around the area for a while, and later started following mail bags that were loaded on trains. He continued accompanying postal office employees to deliver mails by train in different parts of the U.S. This made Owney famous, earning him a trip to Europe and Asia for 113 days. The then Tacoma postmaster sent him there to advertise the city abroad. Today, you can find the statue of Owney at the National Postal Museum adorning several souvenirs and tags awarded to him by the staff members of Railway Mail Service.

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These are just some of the dog statues you’ll see around the world if you love travelling. Others include Sergeant Gander (Gander, Newfoundland), Balto (New York City), Old Shep (Fort Benton, Montana) , as well as Het Zinneke (Brussels, Belgium). Article thanks to cooperation with Art Dogs where you can buy dog statues like https://www.art-dogs.com/type/statues.