I made it to the Gaslamp Museum this morning for a tour of the interior of the Davis-Horton House (see The Davis-Horton House).
There is a small park next to the Museum, and you have to go through the park to get to the Museum. The park opened about 30 minutes earlier than the Museum.
I walked around the park and found some fascinating information about “The Brother Dogs Project” a “tail” of two cities and two dogs—Greyfriars Bobby, the official dog of Edinburgh, Scotland, and San Diego’s Official Town Dog, Bum.
Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye Terrier which became known in 19th-century Edinburgh for supposedly spending 14 years guarding the grave of his owner until his own death on January 14, 1872.
Interestingly, Greyfriars Bobby has a Wikipedia entry: Greyfriars Bobby.
Sadly, Bum does not have a Wikipedia entry, so I have to rely on the plaque in the park:
San Diego’s Official Town Dog
Died November 10, 1898 – Aged 12 years
Loved by everyone – owned by no one. His name suited him
because he arrived as a stowaway, befriended everyone and
“bummed” quality food from the local eateries. As a young
dog he survived a scuffle with another dog on the Santa Fe
train tracks. Though he lost a foreleg and part of his tail,
his spirit was unbroken. He guarded the children, led the
parades and fire trucks, and had many adventures.
So admired was Bum that the City Council awarded him
a lifetime dog license. When he died, children collected
pennies for a proper funeral.
Notice that on the statue, Bum’s right foreleg is missing.
And look what I found making their home in the park:
I’m pretty sure those are not dogs.
And can you believe that the one stuck out its tongue at me?
I wonder what Bum and Greyfriars Bobby would think about two cats making a home in their park….
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to San Diego’s historical landmarks,
click on San Diego’s Historical Landmarks.
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San Diego Historical Landmarks series,