The Countess Bans Actors’ Dogs on the Set of Downton Abbey

This is serious stuff: Dogs have been banned from Downton Abbey. Because Downton Abbey is a television show and not real a thing, let us clarify: Dogs have been banned from Highclere Castle, where Downton Abbey is filmed. The actors’ dogs, to be precise. 

The decree came down from the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, who own Highclere. They were not happy — or I suppose the correct way of putting it is “they were displeased,” delivered in a throaty voice from the top of the stairs — with all the dogs “running riot around the house and grounds,” according to the Daily Mail.

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However, not all dogs were banned. The Countess' own dogs were spared, because she owns the joint and can do what she likes. She owns owns three spaniels and two Labradors.  

A source on the show told the Mail, "As the cast spend so much time filming at Highclere Castle, a lot of them bring their dogs with them. Lady Carnarvon imposed a ban because she doesn’t like the dogs going in certain areas in case they cause a mess." 

However, there's a bit of intrigue. The source leaned in close to the Daily Mail, furtively scanned for the Countess, and whispered, "One of her own Labradors gets jealous when rival dogs are on set, which is believed to be another reason."

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Also not allowed: Dogs pretending to be the actors.

Ed Speelers, who plays downstairs footman Jimmy, admits he got on the wrong side of the Countess: "I’ve got a Border Collie who ran off and up to the part of the house you're not allowed to go to," he said. "I had to run after him and pick him up by the scruff of the neck because he was getting mud everywhere."

Frank -- that's the dog's name -- also chewed some carpets in another actor's dressing room. 

"Frank just sat there and licked his lips while I scrubbed away the mud he'd spread around and pushed the sofa into a position that would hide the damage," said Speelers. "Now everyone's sending me up because I was acting like a real footman."

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Only one of these people are allowed on the set.

Dame Nellie Melba, however, is flaunting the decree, and she is perfectly fine with doing so. "I took my two dogs along and Lady Carnarvon didn’t want those anywhere near the place," she said, "but anyway I did."

"Take that, Lady Carnarvon!" she did not add.

Other dogs spotted on the set include those of Lesley Nicols (who plays cook Mrs. Patmore). She recently brought her Tibetan Terrier and rescued Miniature Poodle to work, and they behaved beautifully. 

Via the Daily Mail


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Fear Me: Fear Free Practice and You

My resting blood pressure, I assure you, is completely normal. I have to state this fact again and again every time I wind up at the doctor’s office, when the nurse places the cuff and then pulls it off with a thoughtful wrinkle in her forehead. “It’s not normally 200/140!” I plead, hoping she doesn’t direct me to the closest ER. “I just get this way when I’m in the doctor’s office.” She nods, and we get on with our day. I have no idea why it happens, but apparently it’s A Thing. I blame it on the scale. I hate going to the doctor and avoid it as often as possible.

Sound familiar?

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It happens at the vet, too. “The cat’s temperature is 103.8,” the tech will say, shrugging. “I think. She was trying to bite me most of the time, so I didn’t get a heart rate.” White coat syndrome in pets can be so significant that some behavior experts counsel the veterinarian to leave the coat in the back room, so as to trick the pet into thinking you aren’t the dreaded vet. We accept this as a reality of practice, our years of blood sweat and tears in service of our love of animals being reduced to this: told, on a daily basis, “Ha ha! My dog hates you.”

“Fear is the most damaging thing a social species can experience.”

I was talking to Dr. Marty Becker the other day (I know, right? I am so excited to actually say that I am a person who talked to Marty Becker the other day) and he was sharing a conversation he had with Dr. Karen Overall about the effect of stress hormones on physical health. It’s not some theoretical thing; fear causes permanent change to the brain. It is damaging in a profound and terrible way.

I think of my mother, who had such horrible experiences at the dentist as a child that she refused to go back for years until the advent of sedation dentistry. I think of my own memories of childbirth and hospitals and how simply seeing the maternity ward from the side of the freeway gets my heart pumping. Fear is an awful feeling. And what we do to pets in the hospital can only be described in many cases as a terror inducing, fear of death experience. Slapping a cat on a cold exam table, sticking needles in their neck like a predator sinking their teeth into prey, staring at them through the bars of the cage. It can take them days or weeks to recover from the stress of a hospitalization, and as soon as they get put in the carrier for a follow up, it starts all over again. No wonder cat visits to the vet are so infrequent. And we are supposed to be their health champions.

As vets, we often blame clients for not caring enough about their pets. “Don’t you know,” we ask sagely, “how important these visits are?” And we shake our heads at the pet owners, blaming them for not having their priorities straight, for not wanting to spend the money on visits. We have done this for years, without ever looking at ourselves and wondering what part of the blame we shoulder ourselves for making the vet hospital pretty much the worst environment possible for pets. “Shelters are so stressful and sad,” we say, ignoring the PTSD we are inducing in the cat with a urinary catheter in the back who has nowhere to escape the prying eyes of the Husky across the room.

When I really started to think about it, I was mortified.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

Some people get it. I worked with a technician who loved cats, like, in a self professed ‘cat lady’ sort of way. She was always sneaking into exam rooms to place a microwaved towel under a cat, or sprinkling catnip in their cage, making little hidey boxes out of recycled cardboard. It was tolerated. It should have been celebrated.

A lot of people in the profession, like that technician, are intuitively doing what they can to make things easier on pets. After hearing Dr. Margie Scherk lecture on this topic years ago,  I started keeping a yoga mat in the back for cats to sit on, on the table. Dr. Becker is taking it one step further: he wants vets to re-envision practice from the ground up, to change them from a vet-friendly hospital to a pet-friendly one. He calls it “Fear Free Practice,” and I love it.

When I was in school, veterinary behavior as a specialty was just getting off the ground. It was scoffed at. It’s not ‘real medicine’ was the prevailing attitude. They were wrong. It is, in my opinion, our biggest oversight as a profession. We blame backyard breeders and lack of affordable spay/neuter for pet overpopulation while neglecting to address behavior issues that eventually result in a pet being relinquished. We make the clinic so unpleasant people would rather let their pet suffer in pain at home than come see us and miss the chance for interventions that can save a life.  The consequences: less visits, more health issues, more behavior issues we never got the chance to address.

The veterinary community needs to do a better job, from start to finish, of addressing and incorporating behavior into practice.

Fear Free Practice: Real Life Implications

Anyone who has spoken to me in the past year or two knows I am passionate about encouraging our profession to take a more active role in maintaining a pet’s healthy role in the family. To me, preserving that relationship is just as important as maintaining a good weight. It is vital. As is, I think, this concept of fear-free practice.

While Dr. Becker and other like minded vets work on our colleagues, I encourage you to advocate for your pet’s mental well being at the clinic. Bring a mat or towel. Spray them with Feliway. Ask the vet to give your dog some of his favorite treats before jumping into the exam, or if they can take the heart rate while the cat stays in your lap. Making a visit less stressful doesn’t have to involve rebuilding the clinic from the ground up; it can start with these little steps. It’s a philosophy more than a set of prescriptives.

Has fear kept you and your pet from the vet? Had a vet that went out of their way to make you comfortable by embracing a fear free approach?

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Busted! A “Lion” in a China Zoo Is Really a Tibetan Mastiff

One day, a boy went to the zoo in the eastern Chinese city of Luohe, located in the People’s Park of Luohe in the province of Henan. He noticed the lion was barking. 

He pointed it out to his mother. (We so wish we could have overheard that conversation.)

The mother and the boy looked at the sign in front of the cage. It said, “African lion.” Then they looked in the cage. This is what they saw:

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Today, amazingly, our bonehead is a zoo. It put a Tibetan Mastiff in the lion pen, then went around like everything was fine, business as usual. A dog in the lion pen. 

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Behold the majestic Tibetial Mastiff, a breed known for ... oh, wait, hold up. African lion via Shutterstock.

Admittedly, it does seem like a foolproof plan. Who could possibly notice the difference between a lion and a dog? But the zoo didn't account for the barking. And the six-year-old boy. A zoo, of all boneheads, should have accounted for the barking. And a six-year-old boy. 

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The beautiful African Lion, the king of the -- what? Damn! Tibetan Mastiff via Shutterstock.

Once the zoo was caught, an administrator reassured guests: 

"The African lions will be back," he said, according to the South China Morning Post. "They went to another zoo to breed."

Ah, yes. Of course. But not everyone understands that it is the most natural thing in the world to replace lions who are breeding with Tibetan Mastiffs, when you are a zoo.

"To use a dog to impersonate a lion is definitely an insult to tourists," said the mother of the boy. 

"The zoo is absolutely cheating us," she said in another interview, according to AFP. 

Also discovered at this zoo: Foxes in the leopard's den, a dog in the wolf den, and rodents in the snake cage. We imagine Jack Hanna spit out his morning coffee when he opened his computer this morning.  

Obviously, this zoo does not have the dog's best interests in mind, and thankfully the ruse was discovered so the dog can go back to being a dog. We hope that's already happened. 


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