Canine loyalty remembered
It has been a long time coming but a memorial to Ruswarp. a Border Collie dog who stayed with the body of its dead master in the Welsh hills back in 1990 is to be created. Graham Nuttall of Burnley in Lancashire, who played a major part in saving the famous Settle to Carlisle railway line, died mountain walking in Wales. When his body was found by a lone walker 11 weeks later his 14-year-old dog who had stood vigil by his master’s body all that time, was so weak he had to be carried to safety. His was a remarkable demonstration of canine devotion but he subsequently only lived long enough to attend his masters funeral
Ruswarp received two awards for bravery and vigilance at the time but now the Friends of the Settle to Carlisle Line want to create a permanent tribute to him. An appeal has been launched for £8,000 to create a life size statue of the dog at the Garsdale station in Cumbria.
It is hoped the bronze memorial will go alongside a bench dedicated to Graham who always said that the station was his favourite place.