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The Modern Guide to The Thing Before Preppy

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Some of our Dogs

Photos by Salt Water New England
Some of our family's Goldens, English Setters, and Shetland Sheep Dogs...

Traveling around New England with Cloverdale Goldens, the conversations with certain strangers always start the same:

Stranger:  "May I pet your Goldens?"

Us: "Please."

"Cloverdale right?"


"You can always tell."

"Do you have a Cloverdale?" 


"Had, yes."

It always seemed to be the ones who had lost a Cloverdale who needed their "fix".




  1. It's funny you should say "needed their fix". According to Johns Hopkins, "Research has shown that simply petting a dog lowers the stress hormone cortisol, while the social interaction between people and their dogs actually increases levels of the feel-good hormone oxytocin (the same hormone that bonds mothers to babies)". I can almost feel the oxytocin release when I look at our puppy.

  2. Goldens are what dogs are supposed to look like.

  3. Goldens are lovely, but let's remember that one of the reasons behind International Dog Day is raising awareness of mixed-breed shelter dogs and encouraging their adoption.

  4. And a tip of my tankard to my long gone Labs, Oliver and Sadie. Hang on buddies, I'm coming. Cheers.

  5. Replies
    1. Rescuers are admirable. But rescues are a risk. Don’t we all know someone whose good deed has turned into a troublesome disciplinary project?

  6. What's a Cloverdale?

  7. I recently rescued a 10 year old beagle who lost her home due to death. She is a an excellent dog - well trained, good natured and loving. At my age, a senior dog made the most sense. Please consider a senior rescue.

    1. Oh, yes, absolutely. So glad you said this!

    2. My husband and I have owned dachshunds for forty years, and have been rescuing senior dachshunds, mostly those with special medical needs, for over fifteen years. We've had several since puppyhood, including our Venice (Venice My Heart Stood Still CGC), who will celebrate his "Sweet Sixteen" later this month. Venice has welcomed no less than six senior rescues into our home, never showing the least bit of jealousy or resentment. All of our seniors have blended into our family beautifully. People often ask how we can stand the sorrow of adopting older dogs that don't have much time left, but giving them a loving home and watching them blossom makes the tears when we lose them easier to take. Please consider adopting a senior - there are rescue groups for every breed, and a senior will return the love given to him or her 100 times over.


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