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Dalmatians Are Best

by Susan Linden on Monday, February 6, 2012

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Tombstone of Eugene O'Neill's Dalmatian

“I have always held that most dogs are good… Some dogs, of course, are better than others. Dalmatians, naturally, as everyone knows, are best.”


Eugene O’Neill, The Last Will and Testament of Silverdene Emblem O’Neill, 1940


On December 17, 1940, Silverdene Emblem, beloved Dalmatian of Eugene and Carlotta O’Neill, died at Tao House, their home in California. A week later, Eugene wrote a tribute to their Dal in the form of a last will and testament, imagining that Blemie, as he was known, had left this text in the mind of his master before he died. Blemie’s master was a gifted human (he had won the Nobel Prize for literature only four years before) and capable of transcribing Blemie’s words with absolute fidelity.

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