Who’s that Good Dog?

Rux and Shirley do everything together

Family: Shirley Soper and her family

Pet: Rux

Age: He turns 7 on July 11

Breed: Golden Retriever

Adoption story: I’ve never been without a dog my entire life. In 1962 I got my first Labrador Retriever, named Barney. Next came my first Golden Retriever, Mac, followed by Brig, and then Bentley, and then came Darby. Bentley is Rux’s grandad. We never had a girl dog. Even growing up. Boys don’t pee on your lawn and kill your grass. We named Rux from shortening my maiden name — Ruxton.

Likes: People and children. Kids come up our driveway and hug him and lay on him. He loves his dog friends from our neighborhood like Bruno, Ruby, Leo and Juno. And he likes riding in golf carts and chomping on crushed ice.

Dislikes: I can’t think of a thing he dislikes. I’ve never heard him growl.

Interesting Facts: Before his walk every morning he gets four slices of banana. He also likes to keep everything on schedule.

Anything else we should know? He sleeps in his crate every night — except when my niece is here and she lets him sleep in her bed. I think it’s so important for children to have a dog. It makes them more compassionate.

One thought on “Who’s that Good Dog?

  1. Having grown up at the corner of Monte and Pala, my family lived directly
    across the street from Shirley and Jack’s house for 59 year. Their constant companion through the 1960’s was Barney the Black Lab, who loved his walks, especially with Jack and the neighborhood kids.

    Then came the lengthy string of “pet-agreed” Goldens, many of them from the same family line of Retrievers in Carmel, where the Soper’s spent much of their free time.

    Over the years , my family saved Shirley’s Christmas cards and custom annual calendars, all featuring her big happy male Goldens, each dressed by the season in distinctly comical and humiliating costumes! We’re talking elves, rabbits, Irishmen, Santa’s and turkeys! God bless the crazy Soper’s and their legendary dogs!

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