The Duchess of Cornwall adopted both her pet dogs from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, of which Her Royal Highness has been patron since 2017. Their sad history is something Camilla has spoken openly about. She told BBC News:”They found Bluebell two or three weeks later wandering about in woods, no hair on her, covered in sores, virtually dead.
“And they nursed her back to life and her hair grew again. She’s very sweet, but a tiny bit neurotic, shall we say.”
Clarence House highlighted Camilla’s animal related work in honour of International Dog Day, which is today, 26 August.
They wrote on Twitter saying: “On #InternationalDogDay, we are highlighting the tail-wagging work of The Duchess’s canine patronages and charities!
“Having welcomed their first stray dog in 1860, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home have cared for over 3.1 million dogs and cats in their 161 year old history.
“Her Royal Highness’s own dogs, Beth and Bluebell, were adopted from Battersea!
“Last December, Beth made a special appearance at the official opening of the new kennels at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home Old Windsor!
“The Animal Care Trust aims to improve and enhance hospital equipment and facilities, support pioneering research into animal treatments, and educate veterinary professionals and scientists.
“In 2005, The Duchess took over the role of Patron from The Queen.
“The wonderful Medical Detection Dogs are trained to detect minute changes in an individual’s odour and alert them to an impending medical event, helping them manage complex, life-threatening medical conditions.
“Over the last year, these brilliant dogs have been working hard learning how to detect the smell of COVID-19.
“As Patron of Medical Detection Dogs, The Duchess has enjoyed watching their journey to success!”
Beth, Camilla’s first Jack Russell Terrier, won over her heart following a visit to Battersea Dogs and Cats centre to mark its 150th anniversary back in 2010.
A genuine dog lover, the unwanted Jack Russell has lived with Prince Charles and Camilla since 2011.
Both Beth and Camilla returned to Battersea for a second visit in 2012, and Camilla adopted another rescue dog Bluebell, who was found in a London park with a painful skin condition.
With her story touching several pet lovers across the nation, Beth was even in the running to be named Celebrity Dog of the Year in celebration of National Dog Day this year.
In December 2020, Beth stole the show at a royal engagement at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, when Camilla was unveiling a plaque to celebrate the opening of a new set of kennels.
The Daily Mail reported Camilla saying: “Now they say you should never work with animals, and now, with the help of Beth, I’m going to attempt to unveil a building with the help of a dog.”
The Duchess picked up Beth who grabbed hold of the blue curtain covering the plaque with her mouth and tugged, in one of the cutest plaque unveilings ever seen.
The animal centre takes care of over 100 dogs and 50 cats as they search for permanent homes for the unwanted pets.
Back in 2015, Camilla and Prince Charles brought Beth and Bluebell to a dog show, where Beth won first prize in the show’s agility contest.
In April 2020, Beth and Bluebell joined Camilla and Prince Charles in a photo released to celebrate the royal couple’s 15th wedding anniversary.
The Royal Family are huge dog and horse lovers, with the Queen famously breeding Corgis since her accession to the throne in 1952.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also had a family dog which they had owned since their wedding in 2011, called Lupo, who was an English Cocker Spaniel. Sadly, in November 2020 the royal couple announced on social media that Lupo had passed away.
In June 2020, Prince Edward joked to his patronage The Orpheus Centre on a video call saying: “We have two dogs and we’ve also got a tortoise, who basically rules the house!”