The Stone Dog by Spotour published on 2013/10/11 23:25:56 +0000 In the patio of the cloisters of the “Las Rosas Conservatory”, there is an enigmatic fountain. In the old days the conservatory had been a convent, for the education and housing of young ladies from wealthy families. The center of the fountain features the statue of a large stone dog, and water flows from his open mouth. The owner of the dog, which was an enormous Flemish Mastiff, was Juana Moncada, the Countess of Altamira, who had come to live at the convent when she was widowed. The dog’s name was “Pontealegre”, and he was famed for his strength and courage, defending the virtue and honour of the ladies of the convent.