"Rose" Bramarley Paloma of Carothan

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Rose, April 2008
Other name(s)Bramarley Paloma of Carothan
SpeciesCanis familiaris
OwnerEmperor Father Terry
ResidenceWrythe, Austenasia
Parent(s)Champion Sundabish Luka (Junior Warrant) (sire)
Wyburn Topaz At Bramarley (dam)
Mate(s)Shadowguard Maximus
  • Alpha Primus of Carothan (stillborn)
  • Alpha Secundus of Carothan (stillborn)
  • Alpha Tertius of Carothan (stillborn)
  • Carothan Lily of the Water (b. 2010)
1st Mascot of the Order of the Bullmastiff
In office
3 January 2009 – 24 April 2014
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded by"Edd" Hyerdunscar's Notorious Edd of Carothan
Personal details
Born(2006-06-07)7 June 2006
Milton Keynes, U.K. w:United Kingdom
Died24 April 2014(2014-04-24) (aged 7)
Carshalton, U.K.w:United Kingdom
Resting placeWrythe Pet Cemetery
KennelsCarothan, Bramarley
BloodlinesOldwell, Brogalan, Wyburn

Rose (17 June 2006 - 24 April 2014), whose pedigree name was Bramarley Paloma of Carothan, was a bullmastiff owned and loved by the Austenasian Imperial Family, who lived with them in the Imperial Residence. Born in Milton Keynes and bought from there by the future Emperor Terry in September 2006, she was joined in March 2009 by Edd, another bullmastiff (her 4th cousin once removed).

Rose was appointed Mascot of the Order of the Bullmastiff in January 2009, a position which made her practically the embodiment of Austenasia's national animal. The bullmastiff was chosen as the Empire's national animal by suggestion of the then Emperor Terry I in honour of Rose.

Rose had one litter from Shadowguard Maximus, her nephew. Tragically, only one puppy of the four that she had survived, "Lily" Carothan Lilly of the Water.

Rose died on 24 April 2014 after suffering from lung cancer, the last surviving dog from the Bramarley kennel before its revival in 2020. An urn containing her ashes was buried in Wrythe Pet Cemetery on 1 June 2014.


Rose was DNA profiled on 22 October 2007, and had a hipscore of 11:11, or 22. The Carothan affix was granted in January 2007, it being a combination of the names of the now Emperor Jonathan I and Princess Caroline of Austenasia. Rose qualified for Crufts 2008 and 2010.

Role in Austenasia

Rose was appointed Mascot of the Order of the Bullmastiff, a life-held position, on 3 January 2009 upon the Order's founding. The Order had been founded in honour of Rose at the suggestion of Terry I, and as such, Rose functioned in many respects as the embodiment or archetype of the Empire's national animal, the bullmastiff.

Living in the Imperial Residence, over the course of her life Rose met the following dignitaries on their visits to Wrythe (this list does not include members of the wider Imperial Family):

Rose also played herself in the Austenasian Television Productions (ATP) sci-fi series Cool Barbie, appearing as one of the Protectors of the Realm in 2009's Cool Barbie IV - The Uprising (having previously appeared in the original (non-ATP) version of Cool Barbie 3 in 2008).

Pets as Therapy

Rose qualified in April 2008 to become a Pets as Therapy, or PAT dog - a very rare achievement for a bullmastiff. An article was written in Dog World later that month, welcoming her to the organisation:

I welcome the latest addition to the Bullmastiff members of the Pets As Therapy team. The Austens' Bramarley Paloma of Carothan has just passed her assessment test to be accepted as a PAT dog much to her owner’s delight. Not every dog has the ability to be a show dog but every real Bullmastiff should have the temperament to socialise with people, after all they were bred to work closely with humans. I hope that more people will find the time to become involved in this simple but effective scheme. Having owned two PAT dogs myself I am very aware of the importance of their visits to old people’s homes, hospital wards and schools. To see someone who no longer communicates with others becoming animated and talking non-stop to a Bullmastiff is a very moving experience. The fact that no-one else could understand what she was saying did not matter because the dog knew. Bullmastiffs are ideally suited to the scheme because they are big enough to be patted without anyone having to bend down from a bed or a chair and they do have such expressive faces, looking as if they are joining in conversations. The only problem I ever had was in retirement homes when, despite all my requests, biscuits were slipped unobtrusively into large mouths.

— Pamela Jeans-Brown, Dog World, 18 April 2008

Rose visited a Purley residential home for the elderly people in her capacity as a PAT dog several times over 2008 and 2009.


On 20 May 2010 it was confirmed by a scan that Rose was pregnant by Shadowguard Maximus, a bullmastiff that she had attempted to breed with in late April. Shadowguard Maximus ("Beau") was the son of Bramarley Paxton ("Percy"), Rose's brother; inbreeding by dogs is rather common, as in the wild they would have lived in packs with a relatively small genepool.

Rose was expected to give birth on 24 June 2010 with at least six puppies, but actually went into labour three days later. After one still-birth (which was buried in Wrythe Pet Cemetery) Rose was taken to an emergency vet in Wimbledon, where after undergoing a caesarian it was found she had only been pregnant with four puppies, two more of which tragically died and were cremated at the vets. Only one (the sole female) puppy survived, Carothan Lilly of the Water, who was sold to a family living in the United Kingdom, and who was visited by the Imperial Family on 31 October 2010 and 4 June 2011.

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Paloma Path, a footpath in Woldingham named after Rose's pedigree name during an IGS expedition in the month after her death.

Later life and death

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The plot in Wrythe Pet Cemetery where an urn containing Rose's ashes is buried.

Concern was raised in March 2013 when a swelling was discovered on one of Rose's mammary glands, with fear that it may be cancer, but this was fortunately discovered to be a mere infection, which soon healed. By late 2013, it was noted that Rose was becoming slightly hard of hearing as she began to near the life expectancy for a bullmastiff; larger breeds such as bullmastiffs have a human-dog year ratio of roughly 1:10, meaning that if Rose were a human she would have been in her mid-70s.

More fears for Rose's health arose in April 2014, when it was noted that she was showing signs of extreme thirst. Although blood and urine tests showed nothing amiss, a scan taken after she began to have difficulty breathing revealed an inoperable tumour in her lungs. With her condition rapidly deteriorating, the difficult decision was made to put her to sleep on 24 April, at a veterinarian surgery in Carshalton.

Rose was cremated, with an urn containing her ashes being collected on 13 May and personally escorted to Wrythe by the Emperor. The urn was placed on a table in Bullmastiff Hall, surrounded by flowers and toys which had been enjoyed by Rose, as a sort of lying in state. On 1 June, the urn was buried in Wrythe Pet Cemetery during a short ceremony which was attended by the immediate Imperial Family.

In May 2014, a footpath in Woldingham was named in Rose's honour by an expedition of the Imperial Geographical Society. She also received a posthumous Weimar Service Award in 2019.

Show results

Rose was frequently shown at various dog shows throughout 2007-9, qualifying to be shown at the 2008 and 2010 Crufts shows. After that, she went into a happy retirement from showing; it had been planned for her to enter a veterans-class show in mid-2014, but this was prevented by her death.

Date Show Judge Award Photo
28 January 2007 Welsh & West of England Open Show Miss A. Colliass (Oldwell) Reserve Minor Puppy Bitch
21 March 2007 Horsham & District Canine Society Open Show 4th Junior Bullmastiff
1 April 2007 British Bullmastiff League Championship Show Mrs. Margaret Mcnaught (Dreadnot) Reserve Puppy Bitch
15 April 2007 Southern Bullmastiff Society Open Show Mrs. Di Mccan Reserve Puppy Bitch and Minor Bitch
29 April 2007 West of England Ladies' Kennel Society Championship Show Mr. Bill H. Hill Reserve Puppy Bitch
6 May 2007 Welsh & West of England Championship Show Mr. Phil Thomas (Ceetee) 3rd Puppy Bitch (Qualified Crufts 2008)
29 June 2007 Windsor Championship Dog Show Mrs. S. Garner Reserve Junior Bitch
29 July 2007 British Bullmastiff League Open Show Mr M. Clifton 1st Yearling Bitch
"Fawn bitch of just over 13 months, nice feminine bitch of good size and substance, correct head proportions with desired expression, straight front, nice tight feet, good shoulder placement, ribbing up O.K, moved well, in good condition."
5 August 2007 Southern Bullmastiff Society Championship Show Miss Fiona Miller (Meitza) 3rd Junior Bitch
7 October 2007 Southern Bullmastiff Society Open Show Mr. C. Powell 3rd Yearling Bitch
7 December 2007 Ladies' Kennel Association Championship Show Mr. P. Myers Very Highly Commended Post Graduate Bitch
26 January 2008 Lichfield Open Show Mrs. D. Thomas 3rd Post Graduate Bitch
27 January 2008 Welsh & West of England Open Show Miss L. Davies 2nd Yearling Bitch
8 March 2008 Crufts 2008 (Bullmastiff) Mr. E. Grant Unawarded
4 May 2008 Welsh & West of England Open Show Mrs J. Carter Very Highly Commended Post Graduate Bitch
25 January 2009 Welsh & West of England Open Show Mrs. W. Clements 2nd Limit Bitch
16 May 2009 Bullmastiff Society of Scotland Championship Show Mrs. Ann Robertson (Vertish) Reserve Post Graduate Bitch
17 May 2009 Scottish Kennel Club Championship Show Mr. B. Kill 3rd Post Graduate Bitch (Qualified Crufts 2010)
5 July 2009 British Bullmastiff League Open Show Mrs. C. Freshney 3rd Post Graduate Bitch


With Shadowguard Maximus (28/6/2008 - 24/10/2016):

  1. Alpha Primus of Carothan: (m) 27/6/2010 - 27/6/2010 (stillborn)
  2. Alpha Secundus of Carothan: (m) 27/6/2010 - 27/6/2010 (stillborn)
  3. Alpha Tertius of Carothan: (m) 27/6/2010 - 27/6/2010 (stillborn)
  4. Carothan Lilly of the Water: (f) 27/6/2010 - 26/1/2018


The Mascot of the Order of the Bullmastiff was, prior to April 2016, required to be descended from Champion Ambassador of Buttonoak. Rose was descended from him thus:

  • CH Ambassador of Buttonoak (b: 3 May 1953)
  • CH Bulstaff Brobdingnag (b: 31 March 1959)
  • CH Bulstaff Achilles (b: 2 January 1961)
  • Sherharazade of Mureken (b: c. 1963)
  • Camelot of Mureken (b: c. 1966)
  • CH Thorfin of Oldwell (b: c. 1968)
  • CH Nicholas of Oldwell (b: 25 December 1971)
  • Leyrigg Bonny Kirsty (b: c. 1974)
  • Leyrigg Lady Isla (b: c. 1977)
  • Struanmor An Nuna (b: 26 February 1979)
  • CH Graecia Centaur (b: 14 October 1981)
  • CH Saturn of Graecia (b: 7 July 1987)
  • CH Graecia Mercury (b: 16 June 1992)
  • CH Pryderi Simasana (b: 20 July 1994)
  • CH Pryderi Kolaia of Oldwell (b: 26 June 1996)
  • CH Oldwell William (b: 27 October 2000)
  • CH Oldwell Bugler (b: 18 November 2002)
  • CH Sundabish Luka JW (b: 24 June 2004)
  • Bramarley Paloma of Carothan (b: 17 June 2006)


Rose was descended from the Oldwell kennel of bullmastiffs, a well-known kennel of Champions.