Friday, August 26, 2011

A Dog's Life

by Pa Rock
Culture Vulture

It was announced this week that Prince Charles of Great Britain and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, have adopted a “rescue” puppy from a local pound.   The lucky dog, a 12-week-old Jack Russell terrier whom the idle royals have named “Beth,” will spend the rest of the summer with her new Mummy and Daddy at the couple’s home on the Queen’s Balmoral estate in the Highlands.  Older siblings include two other Jack Russells, Tosca and Rosie

Camilla, and indeed several of the royals, have a fondness for dogs.  Queen Elizabeth is well known for her beloved Corgi’s, one of whom was famously killed by one of Princess Anne’s bull terriers a few years ago.    Camilla herself was often referred to by her predecessor in the royal bed as “The Rottweiler,” and she will occasionally to this day answer the royal telephone with the phrase, “Rottweiler here!”

It was Camilla who apparently decided to adopt young Beth.  She was mourning the loss of Freddy, another Jack Russell who spent his life entertaining Camilla and her children.  In fact, Freddy was so highly regarded in the household that Camilla’s son, Tom, named his own son after Freddy.  Seriously.

There is no word yet from Buckingham Palace on the Queen’s reaction to her eldest son and The Rottweiler naming their new dog after her.

According to those in the know in Britain, Beth’s place in the line of succession to the throne will most likely between Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, depending on how fine she looks in a hat.

God save the Queen!

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