In honor Bastille Day I'm Reprinting a Post From Last July, a Fun History Lesson on France's most famous breed:
urban hounds love a good natured battle, after all nothing beats
wrestling with your friends. The snow in particular seems to bring out
Norbert and Bob's warrior sides (don't worry they were just playing,
even during the last pic, which admittedly looks pretty scary):
Maybe its just to hot too wrestle in the summer time.
Anyway today marks a big day in battle doggie history. When we see the poodle:
of us think of glamour, hair cuts, dog shows, and companionship. Those
who are more educated about how intelligent, athletic, and active these
dogs are think of rally-0, agility, hunting, and therapy dog work:
(links for images therapy poodle link, agility poodle link, hunting poodle link, rally o poodle link)
when we think of poodles--we don't usually think of battles or war.
Well, we are wrong. It turns out that one of the most famous warrior
dogs of all time was a poodle.
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Today, July 2, marks the anniversary of the Battle of Marston Moore. This battle was fought during the first English civil war in 1644. During the battle Boye, a hunting poodle, owned by Prince Rupert of the Rhine lost his life.
his life Boye was a very famous, and very feared, canine. He
accompanied Rupert into battles and there was a great deal of negative
propaganda about Boye put out by the Parliamentarians, the group that opposed Prince Rupert and the other Royalists.
Among the rumors circulated about Boye where charges that he was a
witches familiar, could turn invisible and thus spy on the Prince's
enemies, was a shape shifter, and even that he was the Devil himself.
The Royalists however loved Boye and adopted him as their official
mascot even giving him the honorary rank of Sergeant-Major-General.
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during the Battle of Marston Moore Boye escaped the Royalist camp and
chased after Prince Rupert into battle. The battle went badly for the
Royalists and Boye was one of many soldiers who lost their lives.
By all accounts Prince
Rupert was devastated by the death of his dog. Perhaps Boye was a
magic charm for the Royalists because after his death they were defeated
by Parliament and from 1649-1660 England was a republic. Prince
Rupert survived the war and was employed by the King of France to fight the Spanish during the thirty years war.
After the death of Parliamentary leader Oliver Cromwell in 1658 England fell into disarray. Prince Rupert returned to England to fight for King Charles II. This
time, even without the help of a magic poodle, the Royalists where
successful and the monarchy was restored in 1660. Prince Rupert died of
natural causes in 1682 at the age of 63.