FAMOUS DOG OWNERS
WINSTON CHURCHILL: Churchill displayed great wit toward his dogs. Dinner could not begin before his poodle Rufus was served. Once, while watching the film Oliver Twist, when Bill Sikes is about to drown his dog to throw the police off track, Churchill covered Rufus’s eyes and said, “Don’t look now, dear. I’ll tell you about it afterwards.”
LORD BYRON: During his lifetime, Lord Byron owned dogs, horses, a bear, a fox, geese, monkeys, a badger, a parrot, cats, an eagle, a crow, peacocks, guinea hens, and probably other unlikely pets. But none of them can claim as much renown as his Newfoundland, Botswain, the subject of his famous poem Epitaph to a Dog.
CALVIN COOLIDGE: The 30th US President and his wife had many dogs and showed no lack of imagination and foresight in naming them. Tiny Tim and Blackberry were Chows. Prudence Prim and Rob Roy were Collies. Peter Pan was a Terrier, Paul Pry an Airedale. King Kole was a Police Dog, and Ruby Rough a Collie. Calamity Jane was a Shetland Sheepdog, and Boston Beans a Bulldog.
SIR ISAAC NEWTON: Sir Isaac had a great deal of love and patience for his dog Diamond who, according to his master, “knows some mathematics.” Legend has it that Diamond once knocked over a candle on Newton’s desk which led to a fire that destroyed years of valuable research. “O Diamond, Diamond,” said Newton, “thou little knowest the carnage thou hast done.”
EMILY BRONTE: Emily’s Bull Mastiff, Keeper, was known to be a loyal, loving, and also fierce dog. He could be vicious toward other animals and had his differences with his mistress. Emily broke up many a fight by throwing pepper in fighting dogs’ eyes and dragging Keeper home. Some critics maintain that Wuthering Heights is essentially about the power struggle between Emily and Keeper.
JOHN WAYNE: The Duke heard a lot of speculation about the origins of his nickname. Some say he played a duke in a high school play, which he never did, others that he was descended from royalty... “It was all a lot of rubbish,” says Wayne, “Hell, the truth is that I was named after a dog!” Little Duke was Wayne’s Airedale.
MUNGO & MAUD’S ABECEDARY
DOG & CAT NAMES
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STROLLS THROUGH ARTS IN PARKS
LONDON: How long has it been since you’ve taken a stroll through Hyde Park? Your dog, the art lover, will no doubt appreciate the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens and its pavilion, designed annually by a world-renowned architect. This year features Peter Zumthor and can be appreciated both inside and out. An ideal promenade for humans and dogs alike in the heart of the city. A little known niche of the park, in Victoria Gate Lodge’s garden on Bayswater Road, is a Pet Cemetery that was maintained by a lodge-keeper from the early 1880s to the early 1900s and is the eternal home to some 300 beloved pets.
PARIS: Take a walk in time with your dog back into the 18th century with Rousseau and Diderot and imagine the debauchery of the old Palais Royal with its carnival-like atmosphere and lofty flights of the intellect and imagination. Emerge into the world of contemporary art and sit by Pol Bury’s Fountains before letting your dog hop, skip, and jump around Daniel Buren’s Columns. From there it is a stone’s throw to the Tuileries Gardens and classical sculptures, not to mention the Louvre and I. M. Pei’s glass Pyramids.
NEW YORK: The Big Apple’s magnificent park is home to some thirty permanent sculptures -- featuring Hans Christian Andersen, William Shakespeare, Alexander Hamilton, Alice in Wonderland, among others, and Balto (see, on this site, Famous Dogs)! Temporary exhibitions, art events, music and theatre, make Central Park a great place for dogs and humans alike. Many events cater specifically to our canine friends, including the My Dog Loves Central Park Country Fair, Monthly Bagel Bark, and other occasional events.