Serve me to the dogs when I die, says Lord Eric!
Pet-loving peer Lord Avebury is adding an eccentric request to his will -- he wants to be dished up as dinner for the dogs.
The 12-stone former MP Eric Lubbock -- who could fill 168 11b tins of doggydins -- is determined to be a pedigree chum to the strays at Battersea Dogs Home.
And he says he will offer them money to accept him. Lord Eric's family are horrified. And the offer was turned down flat last night.
But chunky Lord Eric, 59, now a Buddhist, said: "It's a terrible waste to cremate bodies. I don't want to waste heat and energy being cremated. Anyway, it's a nice gesture to give the doggies a good meal."
Lord Eric's decision has deeply upset his second wife Lindsay.
But alarmed daughter Victoria said last night: "He is threatening to disinherit us unless we see his wishes are fulfilled."
Vet Bill Wadham-Taylor, manager of the home, said last night: "The dogs aren't fussy. But we just could not do it -- it is not ethical."
"Pedigree Chump," The Sun newspaper, 22 January 1987, quoted in Frank Jackson, Faithful Friends.
A stone is 14 pounds, so Lord Eric weighed 168 lb. at the time. I don't know what he weighs now, but he's got a blog. Check it out.