November 6, 2008

Powerscourt Estate: Pet Cemetery

The pet cemetery was a short walk from Triton Lake. There weren't too many headstones, but many of them were for multiple pets, so the cemetery contained more than one might think.

Perhaps the most intriguing of the lot was this one for Sting:

It says there that he/she was 12 years of age and, most interestingly, that he/she was faithful beyond human fidelity. One cannot help but wonder if that is simply a very emphatic "faithful pet" comment or if there is more to the story than we will ever know.

If the latter is true, then oh the drama that there must have been. Scandalous, I tell you.

The next stone tells of three little loneses, Tinker the Terrier pet of Guy Wingfield, Taffy Topaz the miniature wire-haired Dachshund pet of Michael Slazenger and Rusty, the miniature long-haired Dachshund pet of John Slazenger.

Personally, I can understand the choice of Rusty for a dog...and Tinker depending on the breed, but Taffy Topaz? What in the world?

Speaking of - here we have a stone for two cows. Yup, I said cows. There's Eugenie, a Jersey cow who had seventeen calves and produced over 100,000 gallons of milk. Then there's Princess, an Aberdeen Angus cow who was the Dublin Champion three times.

First: Go Princess!

Second: I doubt that Eugenie considered herself to be a "pet" considering she had to have seventeen calves (ow) and was milked...a lot (double ow...or quadruple ow?). One thing is for certain: she certainly earned the headstone!

Tomorrow I'll show you a garden that is more my style, but that I could never produce: the Walled Garden.

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