RUSSIA: Canine Canard

In his rich, full dog's life, Tobey, a small white French poodle, achieved fame of a sort. The last of a succession of Tobeys owned by rich, eccentric Miss Ella Virginia von Echtzel Wendel, he slept on a little bed in Miss Wendel's own bedroom in her house on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue, and ate delicate meals of sliced liver on a tiny table. When Miss Wendel died in 1931, aged 78, Tobey was looked after by two servants. Newsmen dubbed Tobey "the richest dog in the world." But, while Miss Wendel left an estate of $40 million, her will...

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