Last updated: April 2, 2021
Eugene O’Neill loved dogs! His favorite canine companion was a purebred Dalmation by the name of Silverdene Emblem, aka “Blemie.” He lived a pampered life here at Tao House: he slept in a custom bed, made by Gump's Home Decor Store in San Francisco, had a raincoat designed by Hermès, and a diamond studded collar. When he passed away at on December 17, 1940, Eugene O’Neill, grief stricken, penned a tribute written in the dog’s voice: The Last Will and Testament of an Extremely Distinguished Dog, Silverdene Emblem O'Neill. "…No matter how deep my sleep I shall hear you, and not all the power of death can keep my spirit from wagging a grateful tail." You can read the rest of the tribute and visit Blemie’s gravesite from Tao House by following the path between the two barns.
When visiting the Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site, make sure to visit the gravesite, which sits at the back of the property.