Prince George of the United Kingdom is turning three years old and a series of four pictures was released by Kensington Palace to mark the happy occasion. They feature the young blonde toddler playing on a wood-crafted swing inscribed with ‘William and Catherine’, as well as playing on a picnic blanket with the family dog, Lupo.
A lighthearted and sweet diversion from the dark and disturbing acts of violence across the world this summer, the photographs should have been met with delight. Instead, a public outcry arose from people concerned about the health of the black cocker-spaniel Lupo, who in one of the shots was apparently being offered a lick of a white-chocolate coated Magnum ice cream bar by the little boy.
Detractors went so far as to call the young toddler a ‘monarchist monster’ and accused the family of deliberately poisoning their obviously beloved pet, whose comfortable and happy life is belied by his healthy, glistening coat and bright, alert expression.
There are those who might be expressing these sentiments from a place of genuine concern, so let’s explore the life of Lupo and the sensationalism of the outcry of his theoretical mistreatment. If it is not apparent to the casual observer, allow me to state, this dog is the picture of health and relaxed tranquility. This dog appears happy and very well loved, quite especially by the little boy who is sharing his own special treat with his canine friend and companion.
The Cambridge family are not only experienced dog owners, they come from families with generational histories of dog ownership, and will have access to the best and most exclusive care, food, and products available, in the world, for their animals. The Queen, Prince William’s grandmother, is famed for her lifelong stable of canine companions, as was the Queen Mother before her.
The Middletons are also famed dog-lovers and are the owner’s of Lupo’s mother Ella. The Duchess of Cambridge’s parents made a gift of the puppy to the newlywed Cambridge couple in celebration of Christmas 2011. It is safe to say this dog benefits from countless well-trained caregivers, and is in no danger of mistreatment or poisoning.