Richard Burton spent $20,000 so his dogs could live on a yacht for two months to avoid quarantine

By Charlotte Regen

Imagine being paid a million dollars to star in a film with Clint Eastwood but to do the job, you'll need to either leave your dogs behind or put them in quarantine if they travel along.

What would you do? Well Richard Burton probably took a different option than the rest of us.

The star, who was born in Wales, was cast in the film Where Eagles Dare, which would film in London.

In 1968, regulations meant that animals travelling to the UK from abroad would need to quarantine for six months to ensure they were not infected with rabies.

So Richard and his wife at the time, Elizabeth Taylor, came up with a way to cheat the system. They hired a luxury yacht - because there were no rules stating that animals couldn't stay on British waters.

Enjoying a rather expensive quarantine, the dogs of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Also onboard is actor Clint Eastwood. February 16, 1968. (Mirrorpix)

The couple's four dogs made up of two Pekingese and two Yorkshire terriers named Cuthbert, Georgia, Oh Fi, and E’en So, set sail on a 200-ton, 120-foot Bolvian yacht called Beatriz, from Calais.

Burton leased the luxury yacht from the wealthy Patino family from Bolivia, which set him back $2,400 a week.

The luxury yacht docked at Tower Pier on the Thames for two months.

While the couple stayed at the Dorchester Hotel nearby, their dog's quirky quarantine is thought to have cost them around $20,000 in total at the time.

However, it's estimated that it would've cost around $140,000 dollars if they were to have done that today.

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