A number of events this weekend will mark the 70th anniversary of the death and burial of Norwegian sea dog Bamse.
The huge St Bernard achieved legendary status in Dundee and Montrose where minesweeper Thorodd was based during the Second World War.
Bus drivers stopped when they saw him and Bamse clambered on to the top deck aware that dogs were not allowed downstairs.
In Montrose the St Bernard made his way around the pubs dragging Norwegian sailors away before the curfew ended.
He was credited for stopping a bar fight by clamping his paws on the offender’s shoulders.
In Dundee Bamse raised the alarm when he spotted a man falling overboard.
During action and wearing a personalised steel helmet, Bamse would stand guard in the foremost gun tower and would not move until hostilities were over.
When Captain Hafto was leaving the Thorodd for another posting the crew demanded that Bamse remain or they would not return to the ship.
Sadly Captain Hafto was never reunited with Bamse, whose heart failed a year before the war ended.
Bamse was buried in the sand dunes on the banks of the River South Esk.
Montrose Heritage Trust and Montrose Port Authority are welcoming the Royal Norwegian state-of-the-art armed coastguard vessel Aalesund, which is coming from Norway to mark the occasion.
The Aalesund will be open to the public in Montrose on Sunday from 4-6pm, and the main celebration will take place at Wharf Street on Monday, starting at 10.30am.
A parade of sailors from the Aalesund will march from the ship to the statue of Bamse, led by the Pipe Band of Lathallan School and accompanied by sea cadets from Dundee, Arbroath and Stonehaven.
The procession will be joined by a large group of St Bernard dogs and their owners.