Who is the most pampered pet in the world? There are many who might claim the title, but perhaps the only one who can reasonably do so are the Corgis belonging to Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor.
Elizabeth received her first Corgi, Susan, in 1944 as a gift for her 18th birthday. Since then, she has owned more than thirty Corgis in her lifetime, many direct descendants of Susan. Currently, Elizabeth has five Corgis: Emma, Linnet, Monty, Holly, and Willow. Though wealthy and surrounded by servants, Elizabeth grooms and cares for her dogs herself. Elizabeth’s love of Corgis led her to mate the breed with the Dachsund; thus, the new breed “Dorgi” was introduced. In addition to her Corgis and Dorgis, Elizabeth breeds and trains Labradors and Cocker Spaniels, and breeds horses.
As a unique hybrid, the Dorgi’s appearance can vary. The ears may or may not resemble those of the Corgi, though the coat will be as low maintenance as that of both parents. Like its parents, the Dorgi is fun-loving and good natured. This breed takes well to training, and loves to be in the company of humans. Size and weight of the Dorgi varies; Dorgis can be 10 to 15 inches, and weigh between 18 and 25 pounds.
Elizabeth is, of course, Queen Elizabeth, whose love for animals has endeared her to many. In December, 2009, a 95 year old man in England wrote to the Monarch to share his grief over the loss of his thirteen year old Japanese Chin, who died suddenly after a fall from the man’s bed. The Queen responded to the man’s grief with a letter of condolence.
Though the Monarch’s pets live the “good life,” wealth and fame are not necessary to produce pampered pets. Truly pampered pets are those that are loved, nurtured, and treasured.
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