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"Rose" Bramarley Paloma of Carothan
Bramarley Paloma of Carothan
Rose, April 2008.
|1st Mascot of the Order of the Bullmastiff|
3 January 2009 - 24 April 2014
|Preceded by:||Office established|
|Succeeded by:||"Edd" Hyerdunscar's Notorious Edd of Carothan|
|Sire:||Champion Sundabish Luka (Junior Warrant)|
|Dam:||Wyburn Topaz At Bramarley|
|Bloodlines:||Oldwell, Brogalan, Wyburn|
|Born:||17 June 2006|
Milton Keynes, U.K.
|Died:||24 April 2014 (aged 7)|
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 would posthumously receive the Weimar Service Award in 2019.
Rose died on 24 April 2014 after suffering from lung cancer, the last surviving dog from the Bramarley kennel. An urn containing her ashes was buried in Wrythe Pet Cemetery on 1 June later that year.
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 Emperor Jonathan I and Crown Princess Caroline of Austenasia. Rose qualified for Crufts 2008 and 2010.
Rose was appointed Mascot of the Order of the Bullmastiff, a life-held position, on 3 January 2009 upon the Order's founding.
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") is 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.
Later life and death
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.
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.
With Shadowguard Maximus (28/6/2008 - 24/10/2016):
- Alpha Primus of Carothan: (m) 27/6/2010 - 27/6/2010 (stillborn)
- Alpha Secundus of Carothan: (m) 27/6/2010 - 27/6/2010 (stillborn)
- Alpha Tertius of Carothan: (m) 27/6/2010 - 27/6/2010 (stillborn)
- Carothan Lilly of the Water: (f) 27/6/2010 - 26/1/2018
The Mascot of the Order of the Bullmastiff must 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.
|Ancestors of "Rose" Bramarley Paloma of Carothan|
In popular culture
Rose played herself in the Austenasian Television Productions sci-fi series Cool Barbie, appearing as one of the Protectors of the Realm in Cool Barbie IV - The Uprising (2009), and in the original (non-ATP) version of Cool Barbie 3 (2008).