Robert Taylor and his Beloved Dogs – Updated

{actually 26 photos} Robert Taylor loved animals–dogs and horses especially.  He wasn’t sentimental about them, though, being a proficient hunter and fisherman.  I don’t know how he felt about cats, although he cuddles one gently in High Wall.  Here is a gallery of Robert Taylor with some of the dogs in his life.

Taylor and Barbara Stanwyck visited silent screen star William S. Hart during the filming of Billy the Kid.  The dogs are Hart’s.
Newlyweds Taylor and Stanwyck and pets.

Pictures from the 1930s

During the filming of Camille, 1936. The Irish Setter is Jack.

Taylor dogs were well trained and obedient.

Canine companions for fishing and hunting, alone and with second wife Ursula Thiess.

Loading up Henry prior to an evacuation during a wildfire; Henry on another occasion with a friend.

About giraffe44

I became a Robert Taylor fan at the age of 15 when his TV show, "The Detectives" premiered. My mother wanted to watch it because she remembered Mr. Taylor from the thirties. I took one look and that was it. I spent the rest of my high school career watching Robert Taylor movies on late night TV, buying photos of him, making scrapbooks and being a typical teenager. College, marriage and career intervened. I remember being sad when Mr. Taylor died. I mailed two huge scrapbooks to Ursula Thiess. I hope she got them. Time passed, retirement, moving to Florida. Then in 2012 my husband Fred pointed that there were two Robert Taylor movies that evening on Turner Classic Movies--"Ivanhoe" and "Quentin Durward." I watched both and it happened all over again. I started this blog both for fans and for people who didn't know about Robert Taylor. As the blog passes 200,000 views I'm delighted that so many people have come by and hope it will help preserve the legacy of this fine actor and equally good man.
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5 Responses to Robert Taylor and his Beloved Dogs – Updated

  1. SusanaG. says:

    Wonderful post! You know, I’ve also wondered if he loved cats as much as dogs and horses. After all, as cat lovers ourselves we can’t overlook such a thought! However, the way he picks up that kitten from the floor in “High Wall” makes me think he really was very fond of animals, no matter what kind they were. I have a magazine article from 1947 where he claims he used to “comb the dog and cat” at home. I certainly can imagine that!


    • giraffe44 says:

      Hi, Su–did you notice in the photo of putting Henry in the car the sky is filled with smoke? Scary!  Maybe I’ll ask Tessa about cats.  I don’t like to bother her but she’s really so nice when I do.Judith


      • SusanaG. says:

        Hi Judith,
        Yes, I think that was the Mandeville Canyon fire we’ve read about in the biographies, Must have been terrible.
        Tessa is so sweet and nice. As the saying goes, “The acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree.”


  2. scvleon says:

    Those are Hart’s Great Danes at the top, not Taylor’s


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