Dash: an exemplary dog
AS mentioned in your article about collies (August 10), Queen Victoria was indeed a prolific pet-keeper (above). As well as popularising collies, she did much to promote Cavalier King Charles spaniels through her devotion to her pet Dash. Like her collie Sharp, Dash was her first of the breed. Throughout her isolated upbringing, he was her loyal friend and the subject of her sketches.
He died in 1840 and, like Sharp, is buried in Windsor Home Park. His touching epitaph reads: ‘Here lies Dash, The favourite spaniel of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, In his 10th year, His attachment was without selfishness, His playfulness without malice, His fidelity without deceit, Reader, If you would be beloved and die regretted, Profit by the example of Dash.’ Grace Burchell, Solihull