One hundred years ago today, the much anticipated maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic ended in terrible tragedy. Of the 2,224 humans aboard, only 710 survived. The total number of dogs who were aboard the luxury liner is unknown it is believed there were a dozen or more of which only 3 survived.
Among the pups who perished that night were:
A French Bulldog, Gamin de Pycombe, owned by Robert Williams Daniel. Daniel survived.
A Chow, name unknown, owned by Harry Anderson. Anderson survived.
An Airedale, Kitty, owned by John Jacob Astor and his wife. The Astors did not survive.
The passengers in Titanic's lifeboat #4 also reported a Newfoundland, Rigel, whose barking aided in avoiding a near collision of the Carpathia with the lifeboat. Rigel was believed to have been in the water searching for his master, First Mate Murdoch, who did not survive the sinking. He was adopted by a crew member of the Carpathia.
While it has been a century since that fateful night, my heart still breaks for my cousins and their humans who were thrust into a harrowing situation fraught with moral dilemmas, fear and grief.