Anyway, Victoria loved Dash because he was one of her few companions, on account of she wasn't allowed to go to school or play with other children. I looked in Mom's book of dog paintings from 1840 to 1940, and there is a painting of Dash that was made by Sir Edwin Landseer. But I could not find this painting online in the public domain, so you won't get to see it in my blog.
When Dash died, he was buried in a garden, and here's what it said on the grave marker:
Here lies DASH, The Favourite Spaniel of Her Majesty, Queen Victoria, By whose command this Memorial was Erected. He died on the 20th December, 1840, in his 9th year.
His attachment was without selfishness,
His playfulness without malice,
His fidelity without deceit.
READER, if you would live beloved and die regretted, profit by the example of DASH.
So you can kind of get the idea of how much Queen Victoria loved dogs by reading this. Her husband, who was called the "prince consort," also loved dogs. In the movie, he was shown with two greyhounds. His favorite greyhound was named Eos. Her picture was also painted by Sir Edwin Landseer, who painted a lot of pictures of the royal family's dogs.
Victoria and Albert loved each other very much, and they had a whole bunch of kids. In fact, they had 9 of them and 42 grandchildren. I couldn't find out how many dogs they owned, but I think it was a lot. Also they had horses.
Queen Victoria really liked Skye Terriers and collies. These breeds came from Scotland. She helped make these types of dogs more popular in England. She brought dachshunds from Germany and also Pomeranians. At first, Pomeranians were much bigger than they are today, like about 30 pounds. But Queen Victoria liked them smaller, so people started breeding and showing them that way.
Anyway, I guess that's all I can tell you about Queen Victoria. Everybody always thinks that the most famous thing she said was "We are not amused," but I don't know if she really said that or not. I think that watching her dogs play was amusing to her or else she wouldn't have done it so often!