Court pets: who were the favorites of emperors and kings?
At the government courtyard, service is performed not only by authorized citizens, but also by smaller brothers. As it was in the era of kings, emperors - we will tell in the article.
The famous reformer Peter I in addition to his many associates, there was a court horse Lysette. She received such a “mannered” name, according to the legends, in honor of the king’s mistress from Saxony. Lizetta did an immense service, saving the life of her owner in the battle of Poltava during the Northern War. When the Swedes prepared to open fire, encircling the king in front of this, Lysette abruptly jerked to the side, thereby relieving Peter I of the wounds. And, in turn, a small smooth-haired terrier was named in honor of the horse - another pet of Peter I.
The emperor brought the cat Vaska from Holland. Any antics would be forgiven to the wayward darling, and his treatment was royal: no “scat!” or "leave!". Only politeness and care. The emperor also had a huge bullenbeiser nicknamed Tiran.
Alexander II was a big favorite of animals. In childhood, the future emperor had a pet named Husar. Actually instituted by him the animal was nicknamed Milord. The breed is an Irish setter. And during his time, Milord, in turn, did not back down from the owner a single step. In 1867, when the emperor went to an exhibition in Paris, leaving Milord at home so as not to lose, his faithful and devoted companion died.I could not endure a long separation and died of a broken heart.
In family Nicholas II loved animals very much. The emperor’s favorites from a young age were Raven and Iman. Raven was supposedly a collie breed. And Iman was definitely a collie. When the pet suddenly died of a heart defect, the emperor was very upset by the loss and no longer had pets.
At Catherine II there were laurels in esteem. They all slept on sable fur coats. The most famous of them is called Zemira. And the life of the tsar’s favorite can only be envied: the dog rested in a basket-cradle upholstered in pink satin, which, of course, was in Catherine’s personal chambers. Every morning she accompanied the empress while walking around Tsarskoye Selo. Italian greyhound was buried in Tsarskoye Selo, where the first dog cemetery appeared in Russia.
Dogs are favorite animals in the Romanov family since the time of Catherine. Emperor’s favorite Alexander III and the Kamchatka husky was a faithful companion. This name was given to her by the name of the port of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, where they found a dog. Kamchatka was even allowed to spend the night in the imperial bedroom in the Anichkov Palace, which, however, caused discontent among doctors.
The loyal friend of the emperor died during a railway accident in which the royal family miraculously survived. Even years after her death, the emperor did not cease to miss his favorite: “Do I really have at least one disinterested friend who cannot and cannot be, and Kamchatka was like that!”
Thus, faithful four-legged friends accompanied the emperors and their families on their difficult path.And, according to the theory that pets are similar to their owners, are there many similarities between the above animals and their owners? ”