March 24th 2011 3:16 pm
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In addition to the millions of people mourning the passing of Elizabeth Taylor, there is one canine who is likely just as heartbroken; Daisy, her white Maltese. Taylor adopted Daisy in 2005 and was the last in a long line of animals that the Academy Award winner and humanitarian held close to her heart. At one point, she even said, “I sometimes think I prefer animals to people”, which in effect summed up her love for animals and the high regard in which she held them throughout her entire life.
Starting at a very young age Taylor was surrounded by animals. Her first pet, a puppy named Monty, came into the family right around the same time the purple-eyed would-be superstar was born. The pair essentially grew up together as Taylor blossomed into the stunning beauty the world came to know and adore. But Monty wasn’t her only creature comrade; Taylor spent her weekends in the country on her grandparent’s farm and enjoyed the company of all the animals the barnyard and wilderness had to offer. When she turned five, Taylor’s grandfather bought her a pony named Betty and the two instantly became inseparable as a young Taylor spent hours learning to ride which eventually lead her to become an experienced bareback rider (after a few fall offs, of course).
With her predisposition to animals, it should have come as no surprise that Taylor would land breakthrough rolls starring alongside non-human actors. Her first film, Lassie Come Home (1943), featured a beloved a collie that would soon become a household name and example for talking dogs everywhere. Her second film, National Velvet (1944) featured a horse as her co-star and personal companion while propelling her career to the next level. Finally, whether by fate or coincidence, in 1994 Taylor played her final Hollywood movie role in The Flintstones as Fred’s mother-in-law and grandmother of Dino, the family’s pet dinosaur.
Throughout the rest of her life, in addition to all her charity work, films, marriages and scandals, Taylor always maintained her connection to the animal kingdom. She was the proud owner of almost every type of pet, ranging from a chipmunk named Nibbles to a lion she received as a gift (which was eventually returned because, well, it was a lion). Still, above everything else Taylor always had a soft spot for dogs. Most specifically, a Maltese named Sugar. From the time Sugar was three months old and until her death in 2005, the well-known white pup was Taylor’s cohort and partner in crime. After Sugar’s death came Daisy, a descendant of Sugar who is sadly now an orphan of the beautiful, talented, and inspiring Elizabeth Taylor. The two were always together for the last years of Taylor’s life, even being held as the actress signed autographs and took photographs. But luckily for Daisy, based on Taylor’s kind soul and how much of an animal lover she was, we can all rest assured that the pampered pooch is almost certainly still in loving hands.
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