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Bum - San Diego’s Official Town Dog / Greyfriars Bobby
The “Tail” of Two Cities – The Brother Dogs Project
 
Bum - San Diego’s Official Town Dog Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Dean Whittle, January 5, 2012
1. Bum - San Diego’s Official Town Dog Marker
 
Inscription.
Bum
San Diego’s Official Town Dog
Died November 10, 1898 – Aged 12 Years
Loved by everyone – owned by no one. His name suited him because he arrived as a town stowaway, befriended everyone and “bummed” quality food from the local eateries. As a young dog he survived a scuffle with another dog on the Santa Fe train tracks. Though he lost a foreleg and part of his tail, his spirit was unbroken. He guarded the children, led the parades and fire trucks, and had many adventures. So admired was Bum that the City Council awarded him a lifetime dog license. When he died, children collected pennies for a proper burial.

Greyfriars Bobby
Died 11th January 1872
Aged 16 Years
Greyfriars Bobby is one of Edinburgh’s best loved characters who served his master in life and watched over his grave in Grefriars Kirkyard after he died.

Presented to the citizens of San Diego by the citizens of Edinburgh, Scotland to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their Sister City link and to extend an invitation to visit Edinburgh,
August 1997

The “Tail” of Two Cities – The Brother Dogs Project
The San Diego-Edinburgh Sister City Society, Inc. has brought these two dogs together to celebrate
 
Greyfriars Bobby Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Dean Whittle, January 5, 2012
2. Greyfriars Bobby Marker
 
the friendship between our cities and to memorialize the remarkable stories of Edinburgh, Scotland’s Official Dog, ”Greyfriers Bobby” and San Diego’s Official Town Dog, ”Bum”.

Our sincere appreciation to all who made this possible:
Centre City Development Corporation
Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation
The Family of Ida Hays Irvine
Marie Hitchcock • Evelyn Carroll • Chrissy McPherren Ambler • Wendy Lucas-Meyer
 
Erected 2007 by John P. Squibob Chapter 1853, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus, and the Markers Attached to Sculpture marker series.
 
Location. 32° 42.64′ N, 117° 9.66′ W. Marker is in San Diego, California, in San Diego County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of 4th Avenue and Island Avenue. Click for map. Marker and statues are located in a small park area on the northeast corner. Marker is at or near this postal address: 514 4th Avenue, San Diego CA 92101, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Quin Building, 1930 (a few steps from this marker); Chinese Laundry, 1923 (a few steps from this marker); Horton Grand - Kahle Saddlery – 1886 (within shouting distance of this marker); William Heath Davis House, 1850 (within shouting distance of this marker); Pacifica Hotel, 1910 (within shouting distance of this marker); Lester Hotel, 1906 (within shouting distance of this marker); Timkin Building, 1894 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chinese Mission Building, 1927 (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in San Diego.
 
The "Tail" of Two Cities Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Dean Whittle, January 5, 2012
3. The "Tail" of Two Cities Marker
 

 
Also see . . .
1. A Friend Was for Sharing. From an article by William Edward Evans, published in The Journal of San Diego History - San Diego Historical Society Quarterly Newsletter, July 1967.
Along about the turn of the century, San Diego took unto itself a town mascot, a dog by the name of Bum. Bum was not as common as his name may seem to imply; he possessed political aplomb, social mobility, and a remarkably congenial press. To the populace, he became an allegorical figure symbolizing the romantic vagabond. The very personification of Victorian California, he was the happy wanderer who attracted attention wherever he roamed. Because of his good-natured personality, his inquiring mind, and his unfailing sense of cameraderie, Bum rapidly became special to the people of San Diego. His was a good life, based on the carefree traditions of the knights of the open road. (Submitted on January 6, 2012, by Dean Whittle of San Diego, California.) 

2. Town Dog Bum. A Find-A-Grave posting tells his story along with photos. (Submitted on January 6, 2012, by Dean Whittle of San Diego, California.) 

3. Greyfriars Bobby. John Gray was a police officer. Regulations required him to have a watch dog. He chose a Skye terrier, about 6 months old. What was the young puppy to be called? There was no doubt, he was called ‘Bobby’ after all he was a police dog! (Submitted on January 7, 2012, by Dean Whittle of San Diego, California.) 
 
Markers and Statues Photo, Click for full size
By Dean Whittle, January 5, 2012
4. Markers and Statues
The markers are mounted on the pole between the two dog statues. Bum is the larger dog seen on the right and Greyfriars Bobby is seen on the left.
 

4. A Memorial to Bobby. This memorial stands at Kirkyard, Scotland. (Submitted on January 7, 2012, by Dean Whittle of San Diego, California.) 
 
Bum and Greyfriars Bobby Photo, Click for full size
By Dean Whittle, January 5, 2012
5. Bum and Greyfriars Bobby
The Horton Grand Hotel is seen in the background. See "Nearby Marker" for additional information.
 
 
Bobby Photo, Click for full size
By Dean Whittle, January 9, 2012
6. Bobby
 
 
Bum Photo, Click for full size
By Dean Whittle, January 9, 2012
7. Bum
 
 
Bum Photo, Click for full size
By Find-A-Grave, circa 1890's
8. Bum
 
 
Bum's Lifetime Dog Tag Receipt Photo, Click for full size
By Find-A-Grave, 1891
9. Bum's Lifetime Dog Tag Receipt
 
 
Park Area Photo, Click for full size
By Dean Whittle, January 5, 2012
10. Park Area
The dogs are visible behind the fence.
 
 
The Three Markers Displayed Together Photo, Click for full size
By Dean Whittle, January 5, 2012
11. The Three Markers Displayed Together
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on January 6, 2012, by Dean Whittle of San Diego, California. This page has been viewed 1,099 times since then. Last updated on February 23, 2012, by Dean Whittle of San Diego, California. Photos:   1. submitted on January 6, 2012, by Dean Whittle of San Diego, California.   2, 3. submitted on January 7, 2012, by Dean Whittle of San Diego, California.   4, 5. submitted on January 6, 2012, by Dean Whittle of San Diego, California.   6, 7. submitted on January 9, 2012, by Dean Whittle of San Diego, California.   8, 9, 10. submitted on January 6, 2012, by Dean Whittle of San Diego, California.   11. submitted on January 7, 2012, by Dean Whittle of San Diego, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
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