March is Women’s History Month, and what better way to celebrate than by tipping our collective hats to women who not only changed the world, but owned pugs as well. My kind of gals!
Marie Antoinette fancied the pug breed–even if she didn’t lose her head over them. I was amazed to find out that there is a picture book about her and her pug. Titled Moi and Marie Antoinette and written by Lynn Cullen, the book is told from the point of view of her pug Sebastien (the name was made up but not the pug). Her real pug’s name was Mops.
Empress Josephine, wife to Napoleon, doted on her pug Fortune so much so that supposedly when the little dog bit the little man when he was climbing into the marital bed, Fortune lived to bark another day. Fortune fell victim to a bulldog and was replaced in the Empress’s affections with FortunE II. When Napoleon was imprisoned he send messages to his lady love hidden in Fortune’s collar.
Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, was the proud owner of two pug dogs, Punch and Missy.
Queen Victoria was a big time pug lover and owned many of them, approximately 36 in all. The most famous are Bosco, Venus, Fatima, Olga, and Pedro. Love the names! In her reign, she banned the cropping of pug ears, deeming it an unnecessarily and cruel cruel practice.
Lena Horne, who just recently died but will surely take her place in history as a supreme performer as well as a champion for civil rights, owned a pug named Nellie, given to her by her husband Lennie Hayton.