Saturday, August 17, 2013

UK Trip Blog #41: Ghostly Pets of Hampton Court/Amazing Dog Law

Although we didn't run into any ghostly pets at Hampton Court Palace, there are two animal ghosts that have become famous. While researching this blog, I also learned that one of the kings that followed Henry VIII granted a special position to a certain breed of dog.
A ghostly dog? Cr:

The King's Staircase: Phantom Dog Hangout
Ghost cat  Credit:
THE PHANTOM DOG -According to Hampton Court Palace's book "Is the Palace Haunted?: Palace Phantoms" - there's a dog that has been seen and heard at the King's Staircase in the William and Mary section of the palace.  Queen Victoria had banned all dogs from the palace except "lap-dogs, but this ghostly dog is reputed to be a mongrel dog. No one has a clue if this dog was a pet or a guard dog, but reports from State Apartment Warders (people that work in that part of the building) and others during the 1990s indicated that a ghostly dog had been seen and heard.

A GHOSTLY CAT - The old information center has been reported several times by information center staff and visitors. Especially during the 1980s and 1990s, visitors reported having to step over something and that was a white cat! However, there were no cats in the palace. Here's our Video from 2010 of the location where the ghostly cat has been seen: Hampton Court Ghost Cat Area

Charles II as an infant in 1630, painting attributed to Justus van Egmont

KING CHARLES II THE DOG LOVER- History shows that King Charles II was a dog lover. Under royal decree, King Charles II granted King Charles Cavalier Spaniels (named for him obviously) the ability to go anywhere in Parliment buildings.  The royal decree was referred to as the 'commons dogging charter.' Of course, he was displeased with Parliment, so this was one way of getting at them.  Charles II was the king of England, Scotland, and Ireland and lived from (May 29, 1630  to Feb. 6, 1685. His father, King Charles I, was executed at Whitehall Palace in London on January 30, 1649, at the climax of the English Civil War.
   It was obvious that he had an affinity for dogs since a painting of Charles II as a child depicts a small dog on his lap, that resembles a Charles Cavalier Spaniel.


Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next