Hey, Bunny here! Back with OPH tips for selecting a pet.
But first, let me say that this Preppy duck motif has been weighing heavily on my mind since last night (see last post). My home is really not duck-compliant. So I did some searching onÂ Craig’s List to find some duck-related items I could purchase to Preppify my environment.
I found a Shoveler Duck Print with the added note of, “Finally an Upscale Duck Print!” Apparently a lot of people are selling down-market duck prints out there. Buyer beware and all that. The print is limited edition, signed and out-of-circulation. It can be mine for only $575. The seller says, “It was more than just another print of a handsome duck, it was a limited edition done by someone with an artistic flair not totally concerned with replicating the Shoveler like a photo, but as concerned with bringing the feeling of the wild with the picture in an artistic manner.”
Then I found a slew ofÂ duck decoys! You can really comparison shop for decoys on Craig’s List. Don’t settle for the first lot you see and go for vintage wood. It should go without saying that you should avoid foam. Decoys are perfect for scattering about the home. A few in the living room, one in the bathroom, one on the front porch with a festive bow tied around its neck. One seller says, “I purchased these at an estate sale a couple of years ago and was going to display them in my man cave when I finished it.” I’m not sure, but I think ” Man Cave” is new word for “den,” like the place Mike Brady was always hanging out in on The Brady Bunch when the kids needed to come talk to him. This guy’s loss is clearly a Prep’s gain.
And speaking of the front of the house, I could have this outside – a lighted duck decoy arrangement on barn wood! For that folk art touch. There does seem to be a fine line between folk art touch and North Woods Gift Shop though. Folk art involves, well, art made by folks; people who don’t even know how artistic they are because they are so darn folksy until someone from The City clues them in my offering to be their agent or representative. North Woods Gift Shop is anything that smells like potpourri and was purchased from a place that sells Glady’s Homemade Fudge up at the check-out counter. And anytime you’re dealing with dried or silk plants, you’re walking on a razor’s edge.
Finally, I could hang this… this flock…Â from my bathroom ceiling, suspended over the tub. Coming in for a landing!
I’m feeling better already.
I wish I could say as much for my dog. She might have to go. She’s not a Preferred Prep Breed. In fact, she’s a Mixed Breed and we’ve already trained her to behave (for the most part). Apparently, the more ill-behaved a dog is, the better in a Prep household. Let them pee on the couch, eat off a plate at the dinner table, hump guests’ legs, sleep on the bed, etc. etc.Â Even worse, her name is Freja, which is ethnic in origin. This is a no-no. The acceptable categories for naming dogs are: liquor, family names and biblical or mythical names (so maybe Freja makes the cut as its also from Norwegian mythology).
Using the approved categories, I’ve come up with some name ideas, should you want to run out and get a puppy after this (but make sure you read all the way to the end so that you find out what kind of dog to get!)
Chambord (if tiny)
G.G. (for Grey Goose, although you NEVER use the full name, only the initials)
Brown (or the ever-popular Brownie)
You get the idea. Now, make sure you buy a pure-bred Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, English or Irish Setter, Newfoundland, Basset hound or Pug. German Shepherds don’t make the cut. Neither do Pit Bulls, Dobermans, Boxers, Jack Russell Terriers, etc. So, think big yellow Lab named Beefeater, NOT a Boxer named Diablo (Juno, however, does make the cut – mythical name!)
If you need a visual, here it is:
Next up: How To Manage Your Money Like a Prep
Like the fleece dog jacket? It’s available at the Prep-Recommended site Orvis for $49. I hope you do like it – it’s a turtleneck!!