Man’s Best Friend
Many tours of Highclere begin in the Library. When you walk into the smaller (north) part of this splendid cosy room, there is just one painting which is set above the fireplace. To our modern eyes it looks like a little girl in her frilly petticoats but it is, in fact, a little boy holding his pet dog on a lead. It was painted in 1770 by Thomas Hudson (Hudson 1701-1779) who studied under Jonathon Richardson before marrying Richardson’s daughter. Sir Joshua Reynolds was in fact one of his pupils.
Perhaps it was the presence of his pet dog that persuaded him to stand still and look happy for long enough for the artist to sketch him. Certainly, he looks not much older than my son Edward was when I bought our first yellow Labrador, Percy. Few photographs of Edward taken in those early years did not include Percy as well and, looking through the Castle rooms, many of the other family photos have at least one or two dogs in them too.
The drawing room is dominated by the large Beechey portrait of the children of the first Earl of Carnarvon with their pet dog Pincer who does not look at all friendly. In the Smoking Room there are more paintings with dogs though, in these cases, more in the guise of hunting dogs than children’s pets.
By the time you are climbing the Red Stairs to the Gallery, dogs have become assimilated into your impression of life and home throughout the Castle’s history. On the wall leading to the top floor of the Castle is an enormous portrait of a rather grand, commanding looking ancestor of Geordie’s – William Herbert – from the time of Henry VIII and his immediate successors. Despite his grand dress and formidable pose, he too is painted with a tiny, cute, white dog, making it clear that this little animal was definitely part of his life.
Today, our dogs are more often on our mobile phones and tablets acting as screen savers and are a large part of what I post on Instagram. However, in a life in which we look at screens all day long and listen to tiny headphones, dogs are often there to bring us back to a contrasting world. You don’t have to follow instructions in newspapers to know how good they are for our health. They encourage the sense of touch – so important for those on their own, are the safe and non-critical recipients of both dreams and tales of disasters and, most importantly of all, encourage us to get up and out to take some exercise in the fresh air. They offer unconditional love and from body language to scent, to hearing and sight, they help us attune to the world around.
I think you have all probably gathered by now through these blogs that the friendship of my dogs is at the centre of my life (apart from my husband of course!) and how much they are part of the sense of home and place here at Highclere but I am not alone in this. For centuries they have played this same role as companion and, in the past, co-hunter, featuring in prehistoric scenes, Egyptian tombs, Greek vases and Roman sculptures.
They make our journey through our lives so much richer to the point where I sometimes think they have a clearer idea of where they are going than we do in our more muddled lives.
Lady Carnarvon, Dogs hold such a special place in our lives. The love they give to us is never ending. They do not care what you look like in the morning, it just not matter to them. Our dog Anika comes to me and gives me a lick on the arm, as if to say good morning Mom. I love her so very much.
It is amazing how much we need them
I have no natural children of my own. These were my “children: and I treated them as such. They were my eyes into the soul.
When they passed, A part of me is gone……Gone until we meet at the Rainbow Bridge. Only then will my soul be whole again!
The British have always had a place for these “children”. It is part of the Kingdom and it was brought here to the Colonies then.
Lord Crawley had his 2 children and with the Carnarvons Dynasty it continues!
I so enjoy all of your post. I am amazed at the different subjects you come up with each Monday. I don’t know how you do it. Such talent. Thank you for a delightful Monday morning each week.
Wholeheartedly agree with your sentiments about our precious canine pets. Our two Cavalier Spaniels practically run our household! We are greatly looking forward to visiting your magnificent castle in May and will make a special effort to see the paintings depicting pets which you have so beautifully described.
They will be there …
I love dogs, it is a potty that my husband is alergisch for cats and dogs. But I love them
Good Morning Lady Carnarvon – I had the great pleasure of meeting Alfie on my first visit to Highclere and I must say that I can not think back to that wonderful day without him in my memory. He was such a joy and eased my feeling of missing my own dog at home in the States. My trip to was made all the more special for having him as a tour guide….LOL.
He is a very handsome chap with a love of litter bins…
Dear Lady Camarvon: My Last two dogs have been rescues and they came into my life when I really needed a friend. First, our Basset girl Bailey, who nursed me through 3 serious illnesses. She was 11 when she passed away. Now, I have a white terrier mix girl named Jazzie. She came into my life again when had health issues. She is just about perfect. She has a tan fur dot on the top of her head where I like to think God placed his finger on her head and told her she was perfect. As we all know, DOG spelled backwards spells GOD. ❤️
They are practically perfect in every way
We never replaced our companion of nine years. We had always had hunting dogs, but had never lived with a dog in the house. We could not believe the pain we had when he passed. He was our best friend.
Loved the last picture of them all attuned to one spot!
They are now quite good at posing!!
Your sweet story about the part played in your lives by your furried friends probably reminds many of your blog fans of their own dogs. My husband, a US Navy Admiral, and I, decided that our now deceased beautiful Welsh Springer Spaniel, (Admiral) “Chester” (Nimitz), was really a little boy in a dog suit! We miss him so.
Martha, that’s so funny! My theory about someone I worked with long ago, who would give contradictory answers to his staff, was that it was 12 cats in a man suit and the reason the answers were contradictory was that they took turns running the mouth. Nobody had a better explanation and I learned from friends that it stayed with the company long after i left.
Dear Ms. Glass, your comment caught my eye. My rescued Welsh Springer Spaniel is eight. Unfortunately, he will not live to see nine. He can run like the wind but he cannot outrun the cancer. You are so right, Miss Glass, a little boy in a dog’s body. Unlike any other dog I ever owned. Irreplaceable. His name is Remy. Only the owner of a Welsh springer spaniel would know this!
Oh Jan and Nan, your responses made me chuckle at Jan’s, then sigh T Nan’s. Our dogs are truly precious, Nan, and I still miss Chester, who died of heart failure. He, too, loved to cavort through our large lawn like a deer!
Thank you , lady Carnarvon! You tell a very interesting story about the life of the castle. From Russia with love, Julia.
Great sign off!!
What a great article. I so enjoy each & every one but this one in particular stands out. Thank you again for sharing it.
What good dogs you have to pose so well on the stump! I so look forward to your weekly blog. In the U.S. it arrives just in time for my morning coffee. We are dog and garden lovers too, though at the moment have only one, spoiled terrier who rules us completely. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, and all pictures of your lovely home and family.
My morning coffee, especially on a Monday is key to life!
Maybe I.ll get a dog , Thank you
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
thank you for the lovely post, which has brightened up this rather grey and wet Monday. Your dogs look truly content and happy, and like you, my dogs are also very much at the centre of my life, and the house would be empty without them running around and following me from room to room and greeting me when I return home. Dogs have an uncanny ability to know exactly how we are feeling, and they really are the best friends one could ever wish for.
The dog in the painting with the children of the 1st Earl almost terrifies me. I can only conclude that the dog, whether a pet or dutiful hunter, is a wilful protector to the children. Dogs are more often than not loyal and comforting companions, very much as Isis was to Lord Grantham in the Downton Abbey series!
The comforting companion of the feline variety tend to take space on my mobile. But any form of friend; feline, canine or whatever are inclusive of families all over the world. It is good to know that these speechless beings offer more than comfort and companionship, but unconditional love and sometimes emotional support.
Thank you for sharing!
I am not sure about it either – it is called Pincher, but I suspect it loved the boys anyway!!
Good morning from America-
I really enjoyed this post about your dogs, and the history of dogs associated with the Castle. Ours is also a dog loving family, and can’t imagine life without them.
As always, thank you for sharing insights into your life and the life of the grand place that you call home. It’s a lovely escape for me.
I am glad
Oh, how beautifully written! What a gift you have, you completely drew me in, and made me feel like I was in the UK again. Thank you.
I have a jolly beagle/jack russel/ dachshund mix called Bebop who is now 13, unfortunately with some health issues lately, and am now in the process of thinking about a dignified farewell for him.. SO hard. He is a larger than life comical character, still playful like a puppy, loves all other animals, and his best friend is the neighbours cat (it was the cat who initiated the friendship-very odd, and very touching).
I’ve had quite a few dogs and have loved them deeply, but this one is ‘the dog of my life’- there is always one that totally ‘understands you’.
Wonderful reading your blog, and how it made me yearn for having more space around me again- so I could have a whole pack of hounds of course!
Best wishes for a lovely spring
Thank you – there are some good moments every day with a dog – just a look, just a lick!
They are indeed our best friend. Humans rarely ever love unconditionally. It is a joy to behold the looks on their faces upon entering the home after a long day at work. Always happy to see us and always vocal with their pleasure. They deserve the best care we can give them. It makes me sad to see cases of neglect and abuse.
My two are a very special part of my life, especially after my divorce 4.5 years ago.
To our friends and family, both four legged and two!
Good Morning Lady Carnarvon,
Right you are about dogs! The only time a dog has ever broken my heart is when they have passed on… and what a void that leaves. When our two older dogs died just months apart from one another, the pain of that period was so great we vowed we would never, every get another dog. And then Lucy (our German Shepherd) wandered into our lives, teaching us it was okay to love like that again. A friend once told me, when I grieved over how short a lifespan dogs have, that perhaps their lives are so short so that we can love more of them, because so many of them need us, just as much as we need them.
Have a wonderful day!
Thank you – they wander in and then wander with us.
Beautiful story of how much we enjoy our pets and how important they are to our well being. Thank you …
They are a constant joy.
Good morning from Fort Worth, Texas! I no longer have my glorious female Chow (SayFoo). Loyal, loving, and very protective. I now have cats (Tater Tot and Big Red Tater) and my goal in life is to be the sort of person my cats think I am.
Lady Carnarvon, you so beautifully articulate what so many of your readers feel, “owned” as they are by special dogs. Following my husband’s untimely and tragic death, it has been my beloved German Shepherd, Grace, (now approaching fourteen!) who has kept me functional. For her twelfth birthday she received the gift of young Emerald, (another GSD)her Administrative Assistant. I wish the world would know the contribution made by the incredible, loving, stoic, supportive, and fun canine friends that so many of us depend upon. A blog like yours goes a long way toward achieving this. Thank you and well done!
– Holly Larocque
You are kind, thank you.
Did I count FIVE of your “kids” on top of that stump?
You are quite correct!
Good afternoon, your dogs certainly have plenty of wonderful grounds in which to have fun. Although I have never owned a dogs but have always had cats …..four at one period of time…they have all had different personalities and have given such love, comfort and companionship over the years. I believe a home, however big or small should have an animal to make it complete. The only sadness is when you need to say goodbye of course. May I ask the names of your dogs?.
Rosie, Winston, Clemmie and Evie are the spaniels. Alfie, Scooby, Freya and Stella are the Labradors.
Good morning Lady Carnarvon – today’s blog really touched me, as it did others. I have a mini wired haired dachshund who follows me everywhere and I must tell her 100 times a day that I love her. She will be 11 years old tomorrow so I am working on being brave when her times comes. I cannot imagine living without her as she is everything to me, such a comfort. Her name is Abigail (Abbey). At one time years ago I had three Dandie Dinmont Terriers so there was a little different face everywhere to enjoy but Abbey will most likely be my last doggie as I am not getting any younger to start over again – I just turned 78 the other day! I really enjoy your blogs but this one really got to me. Thank you so much.
Thank you – their eyes speak….I feel very lucky even when times are tougher
My friend just emailed me the same thing about dogs; all she needs is her dogs and a place she can live with them.
Happy Monday aka: Carnarvon Day in our house!
As I write this I have two little Yorkshire Terriers cuddled by my legs. They are my shadows. They always have time to listen to my problems. They never judge me. They have never asked to borrow the car. They are so loyal. As you mentioned, they give us unconditional love. They are so intuitive. When I have the occasional bad day, they seem to understand that I need a bit of extra love. They are never too busy to offer it abundantly.
I really enjoyed reading about the history of the precious pooches who have been lucky enough to live at Highclere. I can’t help but remember the scene in Downton set during the war when Isobel asked Robert what could be done to keep Isis out of the patient’s rooms. His reply was priceless…”absolutely nothing”. One of my favorite lines…
I wish you and our Monday group a Blessed day.
Dear lady Carnarvon! I hope it’s as sunny as it is here on the East Coast by Philadelphia. With your beautiful friends by your side I am certain it always is wherever you are. An enthusiastic animal lover I was lucky to had married into a “zwinger” full of borzois and pinchers, a great-dane, Belgium shepherds, and few others. All of those friends long gone, unexpected allergies galore, I found myself looking for a dog who could be a cat the same time; I found her five years ago. She is a maltipoo. Maltese and miniature apricot poodle, at six pounds the smallest dog I have ever had! I would have never guessed that a dog would be allowed in my bed. She’s a friend who carried me through tough times; So there, I have it; Nana, my daily reminder of “never-say-never.” How lucky. Have a great day!
Thank you! – Today began sunny but now it is grey and rainy – really boring!!!
My friend was just diagnosed with cancer – Her doggie has been more cuddly and sticks much closer to her than usual. Dogs know everything before we do….
They help us get through the harder days
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
What a wonderful read, I agree dogs bring so much to our lives, I work part time, and my dog always knows when it’s time for me to go to work, she has a look on her face, that says, please don’t go, she makes me laugh every day, and gives so much love.
Have a wonderful week.
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
The first picture of you and your lab is so beautiful!
I absolutely love dogs(and probably all other animals too!) and my husky especially, who lives with my ex, but whom I visit often. He has a great sense of humor and personality.
I can’t live without dogs in my life. Sometimes, I even go get my sister’s dog and take her home on weekends just to have her company, walk and play with her. She is a tiny, adorable and loud(!) poodle. LOL!
I can’t wait for the day that I will have a more suitable schedule to have another dog at home with me.
Greetings from Tennessee my lady. We share a love of animals and I feel so lucky to have a farm with 28 fur and feather babies that are my family. The dogs, cats, horses and even chickens give me a purpose, love, loyalty, great adventures and beautiful eggs. I could not live without them so I totally understand you and the Highclere ancesters, they are meant to be an important part of our lives.
Always enjoy your updates. Cheers!
Heartstrings tugged as I read your posting today- dogs have been a part of my life since birth. Currently, my two girls are sleeping/relaxing. I grew up with social convention of maintaining distance from our animals on the ranch. No animal was a pet. As my life changed my relationship with dogs and cats gradually shifted. Currently I have my dogs and a cat who provide me companionship. They have names and personalities.
My former companions(corgi kennel and companions) are now interred in a special dedicated area that should never be disturbed. I’m fortunate that I had the ability to do that.
While #disasters have taken my photos, artwork and prizes, my memories are vivid. I treasure those moments of pleasure in my life; they sustain me.
Thank you again for such a wonderful Monday Moment.
BTW- Is it possible to visit the cedar tree featured in the one scene of a movie? I promise that I will remain on the ground; it is my fantasy to sit on the branch and have a photo to prove it.
Have a wonderful day.
The cedar branch is way up in the air!! Better admired from the ground
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
Were your yellow labs the inspiration for Earle of Grantham’s dog Isis in Downton Abbey?
I, too, love dogs and enjoy your weekly blogs.
I am not sure but practically I think they photograph more distinctly than black labradors!
When my children were little we had two dogs. They can be good company. Not expecting much.
Thank you for sharing.
Dogs teach children so much!
Dear Lady Carnarvon:
I enjoyed reading the blog regarding “Man’s Best Friend”. Reminded me of my beloved “Princess”. She was a “mixed mutt”, but very loyal to me.
I am curious, was the Thomas Hudson painting featured in Downton Abbey? If not, is a reproduction on display at the Detroit Institute of Art?
Look forward to your next posting.
As far as Downton is concerned, the paintings are in situ here with our relatives and cannot be reproduced – Does the Institute of Art have other paintings by Thomas Hudson? I am not quite sure what you are referring to?
We have an almost 4 year old boxer/lab mix that we “rescued” as a pup a month after our cherished 10 year old family dog passed away (thought we’d wait…we couldn’t). Our kids were 16 and 13 at the time and we figured she would for sure be “their” dog. Of all the surprises in life, the gift that she chose ME as her person is by far the best. She does not budge in the morning unless I do. If I’m sitting, cooking, running the roads….she is nearby or riding shotgun. She is a “velcro” dog – follows me everywhere. If it’s wrong, I don’t want to be right.
It is definitely not wrong – it is as it is
What a lovely BLOG today. The pictures show how much those beautiful animals are loved and how much they love in return. I’m a very MATURE lady that has never been without a dog. They keep me going with there unending love. They truly enrich our lives.
Thank you for sharing your animals with us. We so enjoy them.
Our dog, Rebel, a golden retriever, is our wonderful companion. He is our child, our mischief maker, our early warning system. Even tho, we know,once you come through the door his only danger to you is his overwhelmingly boisterous greeting. He weighs 85 lbs….so quite a lot coming at you. Don’t we love our fur babies? Thank you for sharing your life with us. I so enjoy it.
I do look out for my knees!!! However they do not pull on a lead which is the main thing
Couldn’t agree more! My life literally changed when I rescued my little dog from the streets in Spain, he is now 14 and we’re living back in the UK. I know he won’t be around forever but I cherish every moment I have with him. Everyone should have a dog!!
Dear Lady Carnarvon:
Thank you for taking the time to respond to my question regarding the Thomas Hudson painting.
Yesterday evening I purused the Detroit Institute of Arts’ online collection, but could not find the particular Hudson painting.
I do recall seeing the same or a similar portrait, just do not recall where.
Again, thank you for your consideration.
Happy 311 day.
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
Your words today were close to my heart. Though I enjoyed reading about the various portraits of Lord Carnarvon’s family with their pets, your take on what dogs bring to us was so true. My dachshund, Bruno, follows me at every step. He is able to sit up on his bottom like a prairie dog begging for my attention. Our daily walks are so fun. He is always glad to see me. Speaking for the dog lovers out there; our fur babies are truly part of the family.
Thanks for your words today!
Dogs are more than pets, they are a well established member in each of our families, and it’s wonderful getting to see your adorable fur-babies. They are our companions, when we find ourselves alone. They are our best friend, who keeps our secrets, and our never failing partners in life, who can always teach us, how to just enjoy being in the moment of time, rather than worrying about tomorrow, or meetings, or schedules!… we can learn a lot from our furry members, that wind themselves into our hearts, and belong in paintings, family portraits, and pics to stand the test of time, as we can see the undying devotion …. called unconditional LOVE!…. we need more of this!….
We do need it –
To be honest we don’t deserve dogs Good job they overlook that and enrich our lives Never trust anyone who doesn’t like dogs or dogs don’t like They are a wrong un and dogs know They don’t lie
Dear Lady Carnarvon & Monday Family,
Last November TIME published an article by Jeffrey Kluger that began as follows:
“ You speak dog better than you think you do. You may not be fluent; that would require actually being a dog. But if you went to live in a dogs-only world, you’d be pretty good at understanding what they’re saying. You can tell a nervous yip from a menacing growl, a bark that says hello from a bark that says get lost. You can read the body language that says happy, that says sad, that says tired, that says scared, that says ‘Please, please, please play with me right now!’
“Think that’s not a big deal? Then answer this: What does a happy bird look like? A sad lion? You don’t know, but dog talk you get. And as with your first human language, you didn’t even have to try to learn it. You grew up in a world in which dogs are everywhere and simply came to understand them.
That, by itself, says something about the bond that humans and dogs share.”
And to borrow (& slightly re-word) from Byron’s ‘Epitaph to a Dog’:
“ … the Dog, in life is our firmest friend,
The first to welcome, foremost to defend,
Whose honest heart is still his Masters own,
Who labors, fights, lives, breathes for him alone”.
One’s dog is companion, comforter and defender; a playmate who is always attentive and always glad to be with you. And isn’t it wonderful that however short the “separation”, when your dog greets you, s/he is always so happy to see you.
A happy week to all and a special pat to each of “man’s best friends”.
Thank you – I did not know Byron’s poem. – thank you vey much as ever
The last two Golden Retrievers I had were the most wonderful, kind, fun loving dogs. They were both abused and abandoned dogs. The first “Red” Retriever we had, we too had a farm, had a serious problem, of going out “visiting” two weeks at a time, and coming back in horrendous shape. One time too many and not knowing what he got into, of which finally took his life. My husband and I could barely speak. So we found the 2nd Retriever, Toby. Took us about 7 years to make him feel how loved and special he was to us. My husband had this idea to have him jump for sticks, which he loved, but a year and a half ago I finally had to put him to sleep, the hip dysplasia was just killing him. I cried like there was no tomorrow for both of these dogs, they were my life. I have tried maybe getting another dog, but my heart won’t let me just yet. We’ll see what the future holds.
This was a wonderful article.
Dear Lady Carnarvon
Thank you for the most beautiful images. Labradors are so gentle and kind. Working dogs kelpies and border collies are also full of interest. Kindest regards.
Hi, we are very much looking forward to seeing your beautiful home in late July. Have loved watching Downton Abbey, I remember the painting of the little boy and his dog from the episode where they opened the home for a day. Was surprised that the Crawley daughters seemed to know very little about the house they grew up in.
We are from Australia.
That is because they are our relatives not theirs – a delicate line!
Over the years we have had several Australian Silky Terriers all of whom were much loved. Our vet is still laughing over what we named our first puppy Brandy………to which we added Alexander…….so Brandy Alexander he became. Our second one had a kennel name of Orlick Whitney to which our grand-daughter added Bankie (she was aged 4 and called her grandfather Bankie) so we registered him as owners of Orlick Whitney Bankie 🙂
On our farm we had 3 working Kelpies…..Jerry, Boy and Samantha and they all worked very well for us and we loved them dearly. Now sadly we don’t have a dog as we thought it cruel to bring Samantha from a farm to a small town yard……..life seems a bit lonely sometimes but in our 80’s it would not be fair to train another dog only to have to leave it.
Loved the photographs of your dogs and the story about Pincher. Best wishes
Wow – 69 comments! You have quite a following, Lady Carnarvon. Our animals occupy a special place in our hearts. Mine certainly do. They give so much, and they ask for so little. How lucky you are to have them, and how lucky they are to have you too. Thank your for such a sweet post.
Thank you for the lovely post, Lady C. I look forward to them each Monday morning. You are the best. I’m looking forward to visiting your home again in the near future, I hope you have a great week. Sincerely, Karen
Dear Lady Carnarvon
I really look forward to reading your blogs every Monday, especially this one about your dogs which touched my heart as I am passionate about dogs too.
I have a 9 months old ‘latte’ coloured labrador who I have called Alfie as well. Such a nice name for a dog. We would like to return and see Highclere Castle again soon.
With kind regards
Jenny and Alfie Suffolk UK
Good Morning from Florida USA. Do you breed your Golden Retriever’s so the line goes on or do you get them from other breeders? They are beautiful and so gentle.
Yes I do – this is the 4th generation and I therefore have this amazing family of relatives … we are bound together by labrador love
Lady Carnarvon, How old are all of your dogs? Anika was 11 years last Dec. 29. We always help our dogs will live a long and healthy life. By chance, did you ever receive the second card I sent. I mailed it on Feb. 7 and dated the same. No big deal, just wondering. Blessings on your day.
The oldest dog is 15 and the youngest are 1 and a half !!
Thank you for another wonderful blog entry! I’ve only just now had a chance to sit down and read it.
Growing up, we had two dogs. The first, Clancy, was from an unexpected litter of my aunt and uncle’s blonde cockapoo Meg-she had 4 pups: 2 blonde females, one long haired and one short haired, and two black males, again one long haired and one short haired. My parents wanted a male, and dad’s brother claimed the long haired male for his family (they named Buffalo Bill, which was perfect, because he looked like a little buffalo), so we brought home Clancy. The father was apparently a black stray terrier type dog that wandered into their yard at just the right time and the act was shockingly witnessed by my grandmother and my cousins whom she was watching while my aunt and uncle were away. To this day, that story resonates in our family! In any case, Clancy came to live with us, and was one of the most intelligent dogs I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. My mother had not been as Kern on getting a dog, and so made certain rules, one of which was no dogs on the furniture. But from the start, Clancy made it clear he intended to break that rule. He parked himself wherever he wanted; his favorite spot being my parents bed! He taught us many things, that dog. The most important was respect-if he did not like something you we were doing with him, he would let us know quickly with a growl and bearing of teeth, and a bite if the first two warnings were not enough. Rather, I suspect, like Pinscher in the painting!
Our second dog came several years later. She was a stray that my brother’s class at school had found and been hiding and feeding in the school basement. She was not more than 6 months old, and infested with mange and worms. When the principal discovered what the kids were hiding, the dog had to go, whether she was taken away by animal control, or adopted by someone, she didn’t care, it just could not stay at the school. A tearful call to our parents from my brother resulted in her joining our family. She adored Clancy, who tolerated her. And when a stroke finally took Clancy at the ripe old age of 19, her heart was so broken, she died 2 days later.
I’ve not shared my life with dogs since then. I’m not home enough to give them the time and attention they deserve. But I agree, they are a wonderful addition to one’s life! Thank you again for the beautiful blog.
I also remember all the cats in the barn near your dairy farm i still have a photo of them on the back i wrote the car sctatch my back and dad and tania( my sister) laughed
Yes – the love and feel of a dog is also center to our family life. We Have had St. Bernards and St. Bernard mixes to a Black Lab and most recently beagles whose eyes and warm personality have become welded to my soul forever. Just today I was sorting the nearly 800 photos on my phone into albums – 90% of which are of our beagles. I love being a dog mother.
The paintings with the dogs are striking. The one that is touching to me; is the one with the gentleman standing next to his little white puppy. We also have a white shitzu, he is like a little lion. I can’t imagine life without him anymore. Little Charlie is my sunshine. It is true, they give us inspiration to do things, we would not do on our own.
Thank you for referring to your Instagram account, which I just followed along with the Highclere account. Your blog posts are a highlight of my week!
Lady Carnavon, I just looked up Thomas Hudson pieces in the United States. It seems that the Denver Art Museum has on long-term loan from the Berger Collection a Thomas Hudson painting titled the Radcliffe Family painted about 1742. It is quite a painting, with several individuals in it, some dancing, some watching others, the mother and father overseeing the lovely family. And, there is a dog. As far as I can tell, it may be the only Thomas Hudson owned or on loan to a museum in America. And the page warns the art may not currently be on display at the museum, so I guess it must be treated as a holding. Thank you for your most enjoyable weekly blog.
How interesting thank you!
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
Thank you for your fascinating blog which I have only now discovered and the inclusion of the paintings. May I ask whether the Beechey group portrait of the Children of the First Earl of Carnarvon is dated? I note that Beechey exhibited ‘A Nobleman’s family with a dog’ in the Royal Exhibition of 1791, and I wonder if this is perhaps the same picture.
I think it is one and the same!