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3112 clicks; posted to Main » on 11 Feb 2005 at 5:22 PM (12 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2005-02-11 02:15:55 PM  
Henny King, a member of the Montrose Port Authority board, learned of Bamse in April last year and decided to start the campaign to erect the statue, which will cost GBP 50,000 (USD 93,500).

OK, I like a good dog story as much as anybody, but the dog was bascially a mascot. It's not like this was Lassie saving Timmy from the well for the 20th time.
2005-02-11 05:26:25 PM  
will it be near a steakhouse?
2005-02-11 05:27:49 PM  
the loyal marine hound rounded up his human shipmates when local bars closed and made sure they made it back to their vessel.

Waddaya mean? This dog's a hero. Probably checked the hookers for VD too.
2005-02-11 05:27:57 PM  
This article would be better if it was a boobies link.

That being said, I think its a horrible waste of money to build this statue, but lots of people to lots of dumb things a lot of the time.
2005-02-11 05:29:58 PM  
They can take our land,
but they can-ine!

2005-02-11 05:30:00 PM  
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2005-02-11 05:31:04 PM  
yeah because americans don't waste money on useless momuments and other nationalistic propaganda
2005-02-11 05:31:42 PM  
"...the entire crew of the Thorodd jumped overboard to save Bamse when he once fell into the water."

"Swim faster! I'm only going to say this once - it would have been nice if one of you could have stayed onboard to turn the boat around..."
2005-02-11 05:32:58 PM  
I wouldn't go as far as saying a Norwegian dog statue in Scotlad, based on exploits 60 years ago, was nationalistic propaganda.
2005-02-11 05:33:11 PM  
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2005-02-11 05:34:49 PM  
a cool and quirky little story to start the weekend. tanx
2005-02-11 05:35:08 PM  
That is sappy. What a great note to leave work on.

Thanks, submitter!
2005-02-11 05:39:42 PM  
We had a St. Bernard show dog when I was growing up. Huge, something like 180 pounds. I could ride him like a pony and he would pull us kids on sleds through the snow. Great dogs (except for that little Cujo thing.)

I scoff at those people who warn me that they have a "big" dog at home- an 80 pound German Shepherd or something. Pffft.

Give the dog his statue. Better yet, instead of life size make it 100 feet tall. Wouldn't it be cool if the Statue of Liberty had a 10 story St. Bernard sitting by her side?
2005-02-11 05:43:10 PM  
in about 18 minutes my border collie will be going to the local pub with me. happy weekend all!
2005-02-11 05:45:09 PM  
will it be near a steakhouse?

A statue of a steakhouse, yes.
2005-02-11 05:45:28 PM  
Yes, But will they include huge set of doggy snow genitals?
2005-02-11 05:47:51 PM  
Love my spaniels. There should be more monuments to our canine friends. I aspire to be as good of a person as my dogs think I am. I seem to come up a bit short on that most of the time.
OtherMisterP, yes, that would be really cool.
2005-02-11 05:47:59 PM  
I actually got weepy reading this, and anyone who tells me to man up can go fark themselves.

2005-02-11 05:51:09 PM  
meh, my dog brews and bottles his own beer, grows veggies organically, produces his own TV talk show, and still has time to snuggle. Where's his statue?

/got nothing
//not even a dog :(
2005-02-11 05:52:17 PM  
Anyone familiar with the Grayfriar's Bobby in Edinburgh?
Another monument to man's best friend in Scotland
2005-02-11 05:52:45 PM  
"OK, I like a good dog story as much as anybody, but the dog was bascially a mascot. It's not like this was Lassie saving Timmy from the well for the 20th time."

What are you talking about man? Moral is one of the most important things to consider during war. Imagine you're fighting for your life and the lives of your friends for hours on end. You're exhausted, demoralized, and ready to collapse onto the bodies of one of your dead comrades and then you look up and see good'ol Bamse still holding his position and staring down those dirty kraut bastards. So you think to yourself, "Hell, if Bamse can hold his position then so can I." So you pull over one of your dead buddies to lean against (you'd do the same for him) and keep workin your ass off. It sounds cheesy and hollywoodesque but when your fighting for your lives something like this can make all the difference. Give the dog his trophy.

/keep firing assholes!!!
2005-02-11 05:55:39 PM  
Thats nothing. Wait till you see the statue of the Fighting 69th's mascot cat, Nibbles.

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(nibbles is on the right)
2005-02-11 05:57:25 PM  
Man up, Dashiki!

Off to the self-farking machine.

/cried like a baby when his dog passed away
2005-02-11 06:01:33 PM  
Flying B - a friend of mine got married in Edinburgh, and we took all the wedding photos in that churchyard (kirkyard?). Even went on the ghost tour there later. Very cool place. Heard all about Bobby - felt inadequate after.
2005-02-11 06:06:48 PM  
statue trifecta?
2005-02-11 06:12:10 PM  
Who let the cats into the dog thread? That's just asking for trouble!

/cats are ok, dogs are super.
2005-02-11 06:25:00 PM  
My family has a Saint Bernard directly descended from the relativily famous Master Sergeant. Her father is also the largest Saint Bernard in the United States. Her name is Bobby Jo.

/hick parents
2005-02-11 06:29:41 PM  
I had a St. Bernard when I was a kid. That sumbiatch weighed in at 185lbs. He actually lived to the ripe old age of 13. That's pretty damn old for a dog of his size.
2005-02-11 06:59:42 PM  
Anybody got a tissue?

/sniffles, cries
2005-02-11 07:00:33 PM  
bin_smokin's right
dogs kick ass I wish I had a yard so I could get one.
I mean not alot of people have 800 folks show up for their funeral. Considering the other wastes of money in this world I don't really see anything wrong with this.
2005-02-11 07:20:41 PM  
There is a statue of an Akita outside of Shibuya Station in Tokyo.

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For the Japanese, the most famous Akita is the Chuken Hachiko, which means loyal Hachiko, but he is usually referred to as Hachiko.

Hachiko, a white male Akita, was born in Odate, Akita Prefecture in November 1923. Two months old, he was sent to the home of Professor Eizaburo Ueno in Tokyo. The Professor named the puppy Hachi and called him Hachiko. At that time, Professor Uenos residence was in a suburb of Tokyo in the vicinity of Shibuya Station, and he used the train from that station to the agricultural experimental station in Nishihara where he worked.

May 21, 1925, Hachiko was at Shibuya Station as usual, waiting for his masters arrival on the four oclock train. However, Dr. Ueno would not return this time since he tragedly had suffered a stroke and had died at the university. Hachiko was by then eighteen months old. The next day and for the next nine years, Hachiko returned to the station and waited for his beloved master before walking home, alone. Hachiko was sent to homes of relatives or friends, but he always continued to await his master, who was never to return, at the train station.

Nothing and no one could discourage Hachiko from maintaining his nightly vigil. It was not until he followed his master in death, in March l934, at the age of 11 years and 4 months, that Hachiko failed to appear in his place at the railroad station.

The fidelity of Hachiko was known throughout Japan, owing to an article, Faithful Old Dog Awaits Return of Master Dead for Seven Years in the October 4, 1933 issue of Asahi Shinbun (Asahi News. Upon his death, newspaper stories led to the suggestion that a statue be erected at the station. Contributions from the United States and other countries were received. Today, the statue of Hachiko, pays a silent tribute to the breeds faithfulness and loyalty. A bronze statue of Hachiko was erected in 1934 at his waiting spot outside the Shibuya railroad station, which is now probably the most popular rendezvous point in Tokyo. Hachiko was mounted and stuffed and is on now on display at the Tokyo Museum of Art.

During the World War II, the statue was melted down to help the Japanese military. A new statue was returned to the Shibuya station in 1947. Another statue of Hachiko, although not equally well known, is erected in front of the Odate station. This statue was erected in 1935. It too, was melted down during World War II and was re-erected in 1987.
2005-02-11 07:59:55 PM  
Dogs just kick ass.
2005-02-11 08:06:44 PM  
The story of Bamse was excellent. Lifted my spirits. I can just imagine the great shaggy beast wandering round town picking up drunken sailors and packing them on the bus. Excellent.

The Hachiko story, however, was sweet and sad at the same time. I'm a sucker for dog and cat stories. Hachiko reminds me of the saddest moment in Futurerama, the last scenes of the episode where Frye mentions his dog and they showed the dog waiting in the same spot for old Frye over the years.
2005-02-11 08:46:32 PM  
Whaleburger: This was a real tear-jerker, until:

Hachiko was mounted and stuffed and is on now on display at the Tokyo Museum of Art.

2005-02-11 08:59:42 PM  
Gunman - I have to agree with you...

/the more I look at people, the better I like my dog.
2005-02-11 09:05:24 PM  
A couple of other shaggy dog stories...
greyfriars bobby
2005-02-11 09:08:38 PM  
hhmmm..on making the previous post, the next thing I see is a posting on the right side of the screen about a husband farking his dog.
2005-02-11 09:31:55 PM  
This deserves a hero tag. Will someone do the honors?

/Still t3h ub4r-n00b
2005-02-11 09:48:03 PM  
"Jurassic Bark". Probably cried more at this ep than any other TV show.

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Poor Seymour.
2005-02-11 10:04:36 PM  
That Futurama episode made me so damn sad. Poor Seymour. *cry*
2005-02-11 11:51:45 PM  
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He's not Scottish or Norwegian, but he does funny.
He make Charles Grodin fall down.
That funny.

Everbody knows Seymour was a second rate Bender. However, if you enjoyed the song at the end of that episode, the artists name is Connie Francis and the song is called "I will wait for you". She was a very talented singer.
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