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25 November 2011

Loyal pet will not leave grave

The yellow dog belonged to Lao Pan, a single man, who died earlier this month, aged 68.

After his room, in Panjiatun village near Qingdao city, Shandong Province, was cleared his dog disappeared.

But later villagers found the dog by the grave of his owner. For seven days the dog stayed there, refusing to leave.

Seeing that the dog was going without food, the villagers tried to take him back to the village and gave him some buns.

The dog took the buns and returned to the graveyard.

Now the villagers are sending food and water to the dog regularly and plan to put up a kennel for him near his owner's grave.

The story is reminiscent of Edinburgh's Greyfriars Bobby, a Skye terrier who history recalls spent 14 years at his master's grave in the 19th century.

He is now immortalised with a bronze statue in the city and has his own website, www.greyfriarsbobby.co.uk.

Bobby belonged to John Gray, who worked for Edinburgh City Police. He was two when Gray died of tuberculosis in 1858 and was buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard.

The dog apparently spent the rest of his life sitting on his master's grave, cared for by wellwishers.

Several books and films have been based on his story.


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