Meet Putzi, the Maltese who lives with us. Henri II Valois owned six of these noble beasts and introduced them into French society. When he was mortally wounded in a joust his mistress, Diane de Poitiers rushed to his bedchamber but nasty Catherine de Medici would not let her in to say good-bye. She did give her the King’s dogs. Better that than a poisoned apple, I suppose!
Dear Putzi won’t let us forget that he comes from noble stock. After all, the breed was favored in Antiquity by patrician Roman ladies.