Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Celebrity Owners

The most celebrated Pembroke Welsh corgi owner ever is, of course, Lizzy Windsor which is a bit of a shame. Much cooler celebrity owners of the breed have included Ava Gardner, Stephen King, Dirk Bogarde, Michel Houellebecq, Diane Keaton, Norman Rockwell, Gary Cooper, and Kiefer Sutherland to name but a few.

Ava Gardner, in particular, was a huge fan of Pemmies. Her first, Rags, was given to her as a present by her then lover, Frank Sinatra. Her next pooch, Cara, would regularly accompany her on set. In the above photo you can see the director’s chair that Roddy McDowall had especially made for the dog. Her last Welsh corgi was Morgan. It was her faithful companion during her final reclusive years in London. After Gardner’s death Gregory Peck took responsibility for the mutt. When it eventually kicked the bucket he buried it in his backyard.

Below is a picture of horror novelist Stephen King with Marlow (RIP) his Welsh corgi. Corgis have featured in several of King’s books: Horace in Under the Dome, and Daisy in The Regulators.