Monuments for Dogs

by Ireland Wolfe
    Dogs have been memoralized around the world.

    Dogs have been memoralized around the world.

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    Throughout history, dogs have been honored for being loyal friends. Towns and counties have erected monuments and statues for special dogs. Private citizens have also built amazing memorials to man's best friend. There are many famous dog monuments across the globe paying tribute to dogs for heroic acts or just for their friendship. These are a selected few of the dog monuments in the world.

    The dog chapel and dog mountain are in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Artist Stephen Hunek built the chapel and surrounding grounds to honor man's best friend. After his own debilitating illness, Hunek began to appreciate the human-dog bond more. The dog chapel is filled with remembrances from owners to their dogs. There are statues of dogs on the grounds of dog mountain, in the chapel, and a dog angel statue is even on the chapel roof.

    In Edinburgh, Scotland, there is a dog monument in tribute to Bobby. Bobby was a skye terrier who reportedly spent 14 years guarding his master's grave. The inscription on the monument reads "A tribute to the affectionate fidelity of Greyfriars Bobby. In 1858 this faithful dog followed the remains of his master to Greyfriars Churchyard and lingered near the spot until his death in 1872, with permission erected by Baroness Burdett-Coutts."

    Hachiko was an Akita in Japan. Like Bobby, Hachiko remained loyal to his owner even after his owner died. Hachiko would wait at the train station for his master. After his owner's death, Hachiko continued his daily visit to the train station for nine years. At the Tokyo Shibuya Station, a bronze statue was erected honoring Hachiko. The exact spot where Hachiko waited in the train station is permanently marked with bronze paw-prints and text in Japanese explaining his loyalty.

    In New York City's Central Park, there is a dog monument honoring Balto. Balto, a Siberian Husky, transported diphthenia antioxins to a community in Alaska. Because of the lives that Balto saved, the monument was built for his heroism. The plague under the monument reads, "Dedicated to the indomitable spirit of the sled dogs that relayed antitoxin six hundred miles over rough ice, across treacherous waters, through Arctic blizzards from Nenana to the relief of stricken Nome in the Winter of 1925. Endurance · Fidelity · Intelligence."

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    About the Author

    Ireland Wolfe has been writing professionally since 2009, contributing to Toonari Post, Africana Online and Winzer Insurance. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in psychology and Master of Arts in mental health counseling. She is also a licensed mental health counselor, registered nutritionist and yoga teacher.

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