Dog Days at the Old Garden By Peter P. Blanchard III, Co-Founder In times of joy and in times of hardship and trial, human beings have turned to canines for company and for re-affirmation of life. The accompanying family portraits were taken in an old garden - the historic and the present-day Greenwood- and the families are not posing alone. In this black-and white photograph (c. 1930s) Joseph P. Day poses with his grandchildren and two regal borzois. Day family home moves from the 1930â€™s show that a wide variety of breeds were part of daily life at Pleasant Days.
The color photo (c.1953) of my Mom, Dad and myself with a rottweiler hints that dogs held center stage early on during the Blanchard era at Greenwood. My father’s guiding principle regarding pet ownership reflected the strategy of a youngster at a candy store: If one stick of licorice is entrancing, then surely 22 sticks must be 22 times (perhaps infinitely) more rewarding. One dog was never enough for Dad. As a single parent in a household of two (my mother died in 1956) Dad recognized that he could fill the void, at least in part, by enlisting the services of Labradors, German shepherds and Welch corgis. A primary task of my middle school years was to position a large wooden sign across our driveway. The sign read: “CAUTION - Dogs Crossing Now!” Once the sign was in place, Dad opened the kennel gate, and the liberated pack surged across the road to join my father on his daily walk. The spectacle must have caused many groundhogs and grey squirrels to consider relocating!
The last color photo (c. 2014) shows our Greenwood family: my wife Sofia, our son Theo, and myself at a fall festival in the same field where Dad once walked with the pack. And yes, there are two dogs present in this photo - Andre and Doodles, both Pembroke Welsh Corgis!
By Peter P. Blanchard III, Co-Founder