Historical Pets and their Humans…by Jessica Jefferson

Antony and Cleopatra, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda, Bonnie and Clyde, George and Martha Washington…

History is littered with famous couples, but human to human love can be fleeting. Consider the example I just provided. Only 25% of these couple actually made it. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I thought we could take a look at a kind of love that is far less fickle – historical pets and their humans.

·       Queen Victoria and her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Dash – Dash was so loyal, he jumped into the water after her when she left without him on a boat trip once.

·       President Andrew Jackson and his parrot, Poll – Rumor has it, Poll had quite the potty mouth. President Jackson had worked hard to reform himself, so Poll’s swearing was a remnant of his old habits.

·       Josephine Bonaparte and her orangutan, Rose – Rose liked to dress up in human clothing. That makes Josephine the Paris Hilton of her day.

·       Salvador Dali and his pet ocelot, Babou – Despite being a wild animal, Babou wore a bedazzled collar. But then again, Dali was known for being unconventional. You couldn’t possibly have expected him to be satisfied with a regular tabby cat, could you?

·       Alfred Hitchcock and his Sealyham terrier– Mr. Hitchcock spoiled his dogs, which are now considered to be one of the more rarer breeds

Pets have been scientifically proven to help relieve stress. Keep yourself healthy during this tumultuous time in history by taking a moment to remove yourself from your Facebook feed and cruise the internet for gratuitous cat pics.

Do you have a pet? Maybe a great pet story? Please share in the comments!

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Jessica Jefferson makes her home in Almost-Chicago with her husband, nine and three year old girls, guinea pigs, and English bulldog Pete. When she’s not busy trying to find middle-ground between being a modern career woman and Suzy-Homemaker, she loves to watch “Real Housewives of [insert city here]” and performing unnecessary improvements to her home and property.

Jessica writes Regency-era historical romance with a modern twist, infused with humor. She always tries to create endearingly flawed heroes and one of a kind heroines that you’ll want to continue knowing long after you read the last page. Fall in love with romance again…

3 Responses

  1. Lucy Kubash

    My dogs and cats keep me sane, even when they’re driving me insane! I don’t know what life would be like without them. When my kids were young we had everything from a horse to hermit crabs, lizards, and hamsters to weird aquarium pets. They do add so much to our lives. Love your buddy Pete.