Dash: an ex­em­plary dog

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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

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