My memory is usually pretty good, but I completely forgot that two years ago I had already written about Daffodil, the dog Orbán recently touted as his beloved pet. Fortunately, search technology can succeed where memory fails.
As it turns out, Hungarian Spectrum contributed to the discovery of the whereabouts of Orbán’s kuvasz. 444.hu found a post of mine from April 2014 about the Orbán family’s purchase of an estate that originally belonged to the Hungarian branch of the Habsburg family. I wrote: “The site is off limits to strangers. It is guarded by security personnel as well as by a kuvasz named Nárcisz (Daffodil). Orbán admitted that the family has a ferocious dog called Nárcisz, but, he added, ‘it is in Felcsút.’ I guess he didn’t want to say that the animal is actually guarding part of the Archduke Joseph’s estate owned by his family.”
According to the 444.hu article, there is a sign on the gate that declares that “this is private property, for strangers entrance is forbidden and life-threatening.” So, it seems that Daffodil is neither nursing puppies in Budapest nor lying on the sofa in Felcsút. She is instead standing guard in Alcsút, ready to take on anyone she doesn’t know who dares to pass through the gate of the estate.
She may not be a beloved pet, but perhaps she’s a good metaphor for the Hungarian prime minister and his refugee policy.