6. Islay in Sydney, Australia
Imagine sitting next to a beautiful fountain outside the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney, Australia, when you suddenly hear, “Hello, my name is Islay. I was once the companion of the great Queen Victoria. Because of the many good deeds I have done for ᴅᴇᴀꜰ and ʙʟɪɴᴅ children, I have been given the power of speech. If you cast a coin into the wishing well now, I will say thank you… Thank you. Woof, Woof!” That talking Skye Terrier is Islay, Queen Victoria’s favorite pooch.
Islay was a Queen Victoria’s dog for a mere 5 years until he ᴛʀᴀɢɪᴄally got ᴍᴀᴜʟᴇᴅ by a stray cat. However, the little dog must have made quite an impact on the Queen as she wrote of him fondly in her diary about how she loved how he stood on his hind legs begging for treats. (As portrayed in the statue).
7. Hachiko in Shibuya, Tokyo
Probably one of the most famous dogs in all of Japan, Hachiko has a similar story of loyalty to his master. The story goes that this Akita was adopted by Hidesaburo Ueno, a professor from the University of Tokyo. Hachiko would follow his master to the Shibuya train station where he would wait for his return from school. This went on for about 2 years until ᴛʀᴀɢɪᴄally Hidesaburo had a ʙʀᴀɪɴ ʜᴇᴍᴏʀʀʜᴀɢᴇ at work and instantly ᴅɪᴇᴅ. But Hachiko did not waiver and waited for his master at the station for the next 10 years until he too finally ᴅɪᴇᴅ.
8. Malchik in Moscow, Russia
The story of Malchik (which translates to “Little Boy” in Russian) is somewhat a ᴛʀᴀɢɪᴄ one that ultimately brought the people of Moscow together. For about 3 years Malchik would hang out in the Mendeleyevskaya Station of the Moscow Metro. He seemed a playful and happy dog that befriended many of the regular travelers along with the local businessmen. However, one night a 22 year old woman by the name of Yuliana Romanova and her little dog got into a fight with Malchik. Yuliana would end up ꜰᴀᴛᴀʟly sᴛᴀʙbing the poor stray about 6 times and then running off.
Now here is where our ᴛʀᴀɢɪᴄ story becomes interesting. Most people would not even think twice over the ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ of a random stray dog. But the locals of Moscow, who had come to love this lost “Little Boy” became outraged. Yuliana was brought to trial, was found guilty of ᴄʀᴜᴇʟty, and sentenced to a year of ᴘsʏᴄʜɪᴀᴛʀɪᴄ treatment for sᴄʜɪᴢᴏᴘʜʀᴇɴɪᴀ. Then to make the story even better, tons of donations came in from around all of Russia to erect this beautiful statue to honor him.
9. Balto in Central Park, New York City, U.S.A.
Balto was a famous husky sled dog that led a team of dogs 674 miles from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. What makes this story even more amazing was that his sled mushed through a raging ʙʟɪᴢᴢᴀʀᴅ in the heart of winter in order to deliver life saving medicines to the children of Nome who were dealing with a ᴅᴇᴀᴅly ᴅɪᴘʜᴛʜᴇʀɪᴀ epidemic.
10. Greyfriars Bobby in Edinburgh, Scotland
Greyfriars Bobby is probably one of the most famous dog statues in the world! This statue honors a small skye terrier who’s loyalty to his master even after ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ is truly amazing. The story goes that John Gray was a simple night watchman in Edinburgh who ᴅɪᴇᴅ and was buried in Greyfriars Churchyard. However, despite his ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ, the loyalty of this little dog did not waver. It is said that for the next 14 years, the terrier would stand guard over his master’s grave until he himself finally passed.