This story goes all the way back to World War II. There was a dog called Bamse. Bamse was a Saint Bernard who lived on a Norwegian ship. He was called Bamse because while he was very strong, the passengers also saw him for his inner teddy bear (Bamse is cuddly bear in Norwegian).
As is usual when people spend a significant amount of time with a dog, Bamse became incredibly loved by the entire ship crew. The time came when the captain wanted to take Bamse on another job and this resulted in an outcry by the rest of the crew. See, Bamse was originally brought on board by the Captain; however, the grew grew to love him greatly and they wanted to keep him.
This Saint Bernard proved to be an incredibly valuable asset in Dundee and Montrose, where he would often help drunken men make their way home. Bamse was also known for ending bar fights between sailors by standing up on his hind legs and pressing his paws against the sailors’ shoulders. When a crew member would fall overboard, Bamse would jump in after them and drag them to safety. A buss pass was even made specifically for him.
Bamse is just another example of how dogs are really our best friends. They can help us in the worst situations and they shower us with love at every second of the day.