• Goldens

    Prep Essentials  

    "Having the right pet is as important as having the right polo shirt...it is allowed to contradict in its behavior every established rule and value of the prep household."

    —Lisa Birnbach, The Official Preppy Handbook

    Wonderfully good-natured, golden retrievers can always be praised for bringing the neighbor's newspapers to the breakfast table undamaged and scolded for digging huge holes in the rose garden.

    May 27, 2011 | Permalink (25) Total Comments

    Derek left a comment on 9/28/2013 at 5:56 PM:

    Goldens are the best.  Had one growing up.  I used to ride him like a horse around the yard.  He was a natural duck dog too.  Took to birding without a bit of training.  I’ll get another one day.  Can’t go wrong with any retriever.

    Ann left a comment on 11/23/2011 at 9:40 AM:

    Just discovered your blog, so fun! I’ve noticed there is no standard dog, or even pet for the prep set. Some people like wolfhounds, mastiffs, afghans, poodles, great danes, some (like us because a friend at the polo club introduced us to how docile they are) like greyhounds, german shepherds, huskies (an old horse show friend introduced us to how friendly they are), jack russels, king charles, pugs, corgies or labs, etc. It is like horses, some people like TBs and some people like WBs and some prefer cobs, to each their own! And one old prep friend loves birds… we love our critters in all shapes, sizes and kinds! One old family friend kept 20 horses and 8 dogs and a chinchilla, well because she could! The dogs had their own caretaker and most of them were mutts she found on the streets throughout her travels and brought home…

    My Affair with Michael Bastian left a comment on 6/14/2011 at 2:39 AM:

    Awwwwwww…. http://affairwithmb.wordpress.com/

    DSB left a comment on 6/6/2011 at 11:11 PM:

    Golden Retrievers are nice but if you’re looking for a hypo-allergenic non-shedding dog then purchase a Goldendoodle. Great dogs. I have one and he is so sweet and well behaved.

    tammy left a comment on 6/1/2011 at 9:30 PM:

    I am the proud “mother” of a wonderful Golden Retriever.  He is smarter, kinder, and more polite than a lot of people.

    Justin K. left a comment on 5/31/2011 at 2:37 PM:

    My in-laws have two Goldes from when my wife was still in school.  One would bring you a towel when you walked in the door while the other would show you the toy he wasn’t going to let you have.  Our Rhodesian loves to chase them while they’re chasing a ball.

    OldGeorgetowner left a comment on 5/31/2011 at 12:13 PM:

    Phew, ok.  Thanks for clearing that up.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love Goldens, Labs and all the preppy dog breeds but there is just something more prep. about rescuing a dog these days.  Maybe someday it would be nice to see the young preps adopting this cause.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 5/31/2011 at 12:05 PM:

    @OldGeorgetowner—I don’t believe anyone here has indicated they are against adopting a recuse golden or lab.

    OldGeorgetowner left a comment on 5/31/2011 at 12:00 PM:

    I’m so confused.  ‘80’s prep advice about dogs still holds true yet ‘80’s prep advice on how to dress is old and frumpy.  I thought some might choose adopting a rescue golden or a rescue lab.

    trailer trad left a comment on 5/29/2011 at 7:14 PM:

    Growing up, I had a Golden named Alex. He was snarky, ill-tempered and cowardly. KIDDING! He was great.

    Suzy left a comment on 5/29/2011 at 5:25 PM:

    Hiya im from the uk and been following your blog for a while now, i think its awesome and it gives me inspiration. I have one small request and was wondering if you would please consider, i have recently had a baby boy hes 4 months old. I love the preppy style and im obsessed with get him preppy outfits, i definately would love him to dress and cant wait to buy him a a rugby herringbone jacket! However i do need inspiration and i was wondering have you considered doing a preppy kids style section? Would be awesome if you could do something like that!

    Aldana left a comment on 5/29/2011 at 3:59 PM:

    That’s a beautiful dog (the one i want to get)... and the boots look so cute.  :)

    SKIP left a comment on 5/28/2011 at 11:02 AM:

    If only most people had the great disposition that Goldens have. They always make me smile. Great pic.

    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 5/28/2011 at 10:20 AM:


    My tortoise, Digby, was also good-natured, though he could be a bit annoyingly selfish at times.

    He could always be counted on to hog the chaise lounge catching the summer rays.

    I scolded him when he ate his lettuce and veggies too fast.

    NPHAF left a comment on 5/28/2011 at 6:13 AM:

    Dog looks great, too bad I’m allergic.

    G.S.O left a comment on 5/27/2011 at 10:56 PM:

    Gun dogs are the best.
    I have a Hungarian Visla

    Also tiny handbag-dogs are not prep.

    Natalie J. left a comment on 5/27/2011 at 10:44 PM:

    What a beautiful dog! I love the location of the white on the face - precious.

    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 5/27/2011 at 8:06 PM:


    Andrea left a comment on 5/27/2011 at 7:21 PM:

    I LOVE this picture / post. Thank you for putting this up. . .  can’t get enough of goldens.

    Tyler P. left a comment on 5/27/2011 at 7:15 PM:

    I have a golden. She’s really fat and has a thyroid problem, but I still love her.

    DJ Joe Dubb left a comment on 5/27/2011 at 6:47 PM:

    Having one of these beautiful dogs is a MAJOR part of why I’m excited to leave apartment life for home ownership!

    NWR left a comment on 5/27/2011 at 6:08 PM:

    Somewhat similar to an article in the latest GQ.

    KGC left a comment on 5/27/2011 at 5:55 PM:

    I am a sucker for dogs. Love them.

    Holt left a comment on 5/27/2011 at 5:00 PM:

    I must say, that is a beautiful golden! Someone is a lucky owner. :)

    Campbell left a comment on 5/27/2011 at 4:50 PM:

    Four Goldens later, I’m still smitten.