Tuesday, 12 February 2008

All this because of a dog


An unnamed Newfoundland is credited for saving Napoleon from drowning in 1815 when he fell overboard in rough seas whilst trying to escape from exile on the island of Elba. The fisherman's dog jumped into the sea and kept Napoleon afloat until he could reach safety.Little did this poor dog know that he changed the course of history by saving the French Emperor. Without him my country, Belgium, would probably not exist neither would the European Union as we know it today nor Waterloo station nor the movie Waterloo Bridge with Vivien Leigh nor some lost village on Bodmin Moor named Waterloo. Not to mention the implementation of the Civil Code ( le code Napoléon ) which strongly influenced the legal infrastructure in many countries and which historians have called “one of the few documents which have influenced the whole world”. All this because of a dog.

9 comments:

Rebecca Taunton said...

Cute picture! Who would have guessed?! And I bet there would have been no "Waterloo" song from ABBA either, & would they have won the Eurovision without it? Gosh, one wonders what would have been ;@)

Flowerpot said...

So this dog not only changed history but geography as well...

Crystal Jigsaw said...

They are amazing creatures.

Crystal xx

jmb said...

Well those are interesting thoughts Eurodog.

These are wonderful dogs, we have a pair near us. A bit too large for housedogs however. Huge gallumpers.

Winchester whisperer said...

It was probably called Josephine

Mopsa said...

I do love a Newfie.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

What an interesting slice of history!

VioletsVintage said...

I think dogs are the true 'Unsung Heroes' of the world!

Moggy said...

So , its not just Lassie and Rin Tin Tin who are note worthy. thanks you for the piece of history!