Wording of this Handout:
For nine long years Bobby sat beside his master's grave. . and then one day he was arrested because he was unlicensed. Because he had no collar, he was sentenced to death.
His friend at the Dining Rooms heard about Bobby's arrest and went to court to plead for him. When the judge (Lord Provost Sir William Chambers) heard about the Bobby's faithfulness he decided to pay for the dog's license himself. A collar was specially made, and the words "Greyfriars Bobby, from the Lord Provost, 1867. Licensed" were printed on it.
For fourteen years, through summer and winter, frost and rain, snow and heat, Bobby stayed faithfully near to his master's grave, until finally, he died. He was buried near the church and the locals made his grave into a beautiful flowerbed. When some Americans heard about Bobby they were so moved they had a headstone set up at his grave. Later, a baroness (Burdett-Coutts) had a bronze statue made for him, and a drinking fountain built, to remember Bobby by.
The Bible tells us of an even greater faithfulness. The mighty God, who created the universe, is far more faithful than Bobby ever was, even though Bobby was remarkable. God's love and mercy extend to eternity, and for those who are His, there is no end to what God will do to keep His promises.