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A Dog’s Fidelity

August 3, 2020

The following newspaper article, published in 1936 is not about my family history though  I could perhaps draw a tenuous link. The subject of the article, Frederick Weaver, lived in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire which is where my ancestors, the TAYLOR family originated from before settling in Australia. He was the person who invented and bred the Sealyham Terrier. His house was named Sealyham House and was where my great great grandfather John TAYLOR was employed as a servant, before leaving Wales for Australia.

The legacy of his will was not what I was expecting, but as a dog lover it really touched me which is why I’m sharing it.

DOG’S FIDELITY
Was Not Forgotten In Will
Frederick Weaver Lewis, a retired newspaper proprietor and dog breeder of Haverfordwest, Pembroke shire, loved dogs.Above all, he liked Sealyhams. He named his home Sealyham House. Some months ago he knew he was dying. He found homes for all but one of the 50 Sealyhams he had bred. The one he kept was Brazen Banker, sire of some of the finest Sealyhams in England, and now in his fourteenth year, blind and faithful. The old dog lived for the sound of his master’s footsteps, the greeting of his voice. Mr. Lewis died. He was 71. In his will, published recently, he wrote: — “With regard to Brazen Banker, whose DEVOTION AND DUTY to me are incapable of exaggeration, I specifically request that this noble animal shall be painlessly put to sleep, as I feel that he will experience considerable grief when he misses my presence and the acts of kindness it has given me pleasure to bestow on him.” And so Brazen Banker was led from his kennel and destroyed. His body was laid beneath the lawn where his master had so often walked with him. A simple cross records his devotion.

Sealyham Terrier Dog Breed Information, Pictures, Characteristics ...

The Sealyham Terrier. Image: dogtime.com

DOG’S FIDELITY (1936, March 19). New Call and Bailey’s Weekly (Perth, WA : 1934 – 1940), p. 3. Retrieved August 3, 2020, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article212505277

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