From: Price, Ilfryn (I.Price@shu.ac.uk)
Date: Thu 26 Jan 2006 - 13:18:38 GMT
These may be 'pre urban' legends
Another is the dog that sat on the tuckerbox nine miles from Gundagai (NSW Australia)
An excerpt from http://goaustralia.about.com/od/nswsightseeing/a/gundagai2.htm
"The story of the faithful dog is quite possibly a romanticised version. The refrain from the supposedly original verse about the
Then the dog sat on the Tucker Box
Nine miles from Gundagai.
But it's been said that in the "actual" original, it wasn't "sat" that the dog did."
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> Subject: legend of Greyfriar's Bobby
> I was watching a show called "A Dog's Life" on the cable channel Science
> Channel this morning and one segment introduced the Scottish legend of a
> Skye terrier named Bobby that was so devoted to its master that after he
> died of tuberculosis, the dog kept a graveside vigil for many years until
> its own death. The story was a basis for a 1961 film.
> The legend itself could be construed as memetic. But, beyond that, what is
> it about such stories that have an emotional impact upon people. I admit
> geting choked up as I watched the depiction of the terrier's behavior on
> There's gotta be something innate in this phenomonon, that such altruistic
> acts can result in a deeply felt emotional reaction. We are affected by
> stories of selfless bravery, such as that of former US Cavalry soldier
> Rescorla who died saving the people working for his company in the World
> Trade Center on September 11th. Being emotionally impacted by accounts of
> human bravery shows some innate response to acts of altruism, but why are
> so afftacted by selflessness in animals too. And what about the other side
> of the terrier's story. What is it in a dog that would cause it to be so
> devoted that it stays put long after its master has passed away? Is this
> to the innate aspects of pack behavior, where a dog will look up to the
> alpha of the pack? Would a dog stay by the death spot of a fellow pack
> member for such a long time? I've heard something of how elephants return
> bones of their deceased, but what about dogs? Surely the legend of
> Greyfriar's Bobby falls outside the norm for typical dog behavior.
> I do recall a comedian who said something to the effect that upon an
> death a dog would feel upset as the coroner takes the body away, but a cat
> would play with the toe tag.
> The bottom line is that despite an innate predilection for self-centered
> behavior, both humans and dogs seem to have a sense of devotion that
> species boundaries. Stories about dogs are very popular and seem to hit us
> somewhere deep within our psyche, such as the tragedy of "Old Yeller".
> the supposedly neotenic cuteness of dogs impact us like that of babies?
> a relationship with a dog dupe us into entering some sort of pseudo-
> response, not too far removed from the explanation of why people care for
> adopted and foster children not related to them. Are we merely a pack
> in the dog's eyes, the latter possibly regressing to innate patterns if it
> becomes a stray and meets up with a pack of feral dogs, following the
> of that pack and forgetting its owner?
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