Friday, September 24, 2010

Pets of the Belle Époque: "Sammy the Poodle," 1896

Sammy the Poodle, 1896
The Royal Collection
Noble Hounds & Dear Companions
One of the many dogs in residence with Queen Victoria was a black poodle named Sammy.  Sammy was known to be a good companion and a loving friend to Prince Edward of York while the family stayed at Sandringham.  Sammy, it seems, also had a bit of a “fair grounds” side to him.  Possessed of remarkable agility, Sammy was known to be able to balance himself—bridge-like—on the backs of two chairs as seen in this 1896 photograph by an unknown photographer.  As they say, “Don’t try this at home.”

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