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Bobby's old walk has gone to the dogs

posted 4 Oct 2009, 18:28 by David Rintoul   [ updated 28 Oct 2009, 20:07 ]

Each day for 14 years, Colour Sergeant Donald McNabb Scott took a walk with his faithful companion, a Skye terrier named Bobby, after the firing of Edinburgh Castle's One O'Clock Gun, to the grave of Bobby's master in Greyfriars Kirkyard.

The walk, taken come wind, hail, rain or snow epitomised a dog's loyalty to his master. And yesterday, dog owners and their pets from across Scotland retraced their steps.

Led by a Yorkshire terrier – Blue, the mascot of the One O'Clock Gun Association – and Brian McKenzie, dressed as Colour Sergeant Scott, the procession left Princes Street Gardens up King's Stables Road, walked through the Grassmarket and up Candlemaker Row, passed the statue commemorating Bobby, to Greyfriars Kirk.

Ex-Gordon Highlander Pipe Major Robert Anderson accompanied barks and howls from participants ranging from a 13-week Cocker Spaniel on one of his first walks to a breed that was unknown in the 19th century, the Labradoodle.


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