19 December 2010



"As you ask me about the dogs, I begin with them. The two Newfoundland dogs coming to meet me, with the usual carriage and the usual driver, and beholding me coming in my usual dress out at the usual door, it struck me that their recollection of my having been absent for any unusual time was at once cancelled. They behaved (they are both young dogs) exactly in their usual manner; coming behind the basket phaeton as we trotted along, and lifting their heads to have their ears pulled,—a special attention which they receive from no one else. But when I drove into the stable-yard, Linda (the St. Bernard) was greatly excited, weeping profusely, and throwing herself on her back that she might caress my foot with her great fore-paws. M.'s little dog, too, Mrs. Bouncer, barked in the greatest agitation, on being called down and asked, 'Who is this?' tearing round and round me like the dog in the Faust outlines."' Charles Dickens 1868

every thing that lived must be remembered

Moses collar stands in the hall on an urn

Bonham's auction here



  1. What a wonderful idea for a beloved pets collar, it's a beautiful way to see something that was such a part of them everyday.
    I enjoy reading about the relationships that artists and writers had with their well loved pets. The Bronte's were dog/animal lovers, and the stories about them are charming (and a bit disturbing). Emily had a Mastiff named Keeper and his collar is at the parsonage museum...big old uncomfortable copper thing...Dicken's had a much more comfy collar for his pooch.
    xo J~

  2. Interesting Emily was kind of a ........what? Not warm and compassionate........? She would not empathize with an uncomfortable collar! She sure wrote my very favorite book.......of all time!

    I am all for "comfy collars" and PGT's blog posts! Fantastic!!!



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