They can sit and stay—and are excellent at playing dead—but this room full of obedient dogs will never go walkies again. The odd-ball collection of 51 stuffed dogs is the star attraction at the picturesque Castle Bitov in the Czech Republic.
The castle’s last owner, the ever-so-slightly eccentric Baron Georg Haas, was an animal lover—to say the least. He was the proud owner of thousands of animals—including a lioness called Mietzi-Mausi, with whom it is said he enjoyed sharing lunch every day.
But his favourite style of four-legged friend was the humble canine; and he eventually had more than 200 walking the castle grounds…which means the castle may well have been the hardest building to sneak into in the 1940s—certainly the hardest to walk around without watching where you step.
When the playful pets passed away, the baron buried the majority of them, their final resting places can still be seen in several cemeteries in the castle grounds, each with a wooden cross and small metal plate bearing the pet’s name.
However, for a select few, the baron had loftier plans—and the handiwork of the local taxidermist is still being enjoyed today.
And it’s clear the baron did not play favourites: spaniels, terriers, poodles, boxers—hounds of every shape and size—are included in this macabre collection.
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(Source: Morbid Anatomy Blogspot; The Daily Mail, July 19, 2011)