The Prince of Rockland

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
The Prince of Rockland is a memoir about my dog I spent the first thirteen years of my life with. It chronicles the adventures and shenanigans of a beloved family dog who had an independent spirit. This dog was known by many in the town of Rockland, Massachusetts, a suburb south of Boston.
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Table of Contents


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Introduction Prince, part black Labrador retriever and Part Husky, was adopted into my family in the fall of 1980, shortly after I wa... Read Chapter

First Paw Prints

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Chapter One-First Paw Prints A local fur trapper, who was also a friend of my oldest brother, Peter would regularly do business with ... Read Chapter

Camping with a Curious Dog!

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Chapter Two: Camping with a Curious Dog! In the early thru the mid 1980’s our family took numerous camping trips in Massachusetts a... Read Chapter

Chapter Three: Your Dog Doesn't Sing

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In 1984, the now late, great talented artist, Prince came out with the movie “Purple Rain”, along with the soundtrack. I was going on... Read Chapter

Chapter Four: First Real Shenanigans

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Prince was a unique dog due to the fact he refused to be tied to a leash, chain or dog run. After some time, Tony Alfonso, Rockland’s D... Read Chapter

Chapter Five: Move Over Rockland High Mascot!

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Rockland High School’s mascot is the Bulldogs (BULLDOG PRIDE FOREVER!). Sometime in the mid-1980’s before I started kindergarten, I w... Read Chapter

Chapter Six: To Protect and Serve

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Rockland is a little over 20 miles south of Boston. A Boston Police Lieutenant by the name of Val Williams lived in our neighborhood. He ... Read Chapter

Chapter Seven: Woof You Be My Neighbor?

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Around the time of the early 1990’s, our neighborhood gained a few new neighbors. On the other side of our yard was a three-family home... Read Chapter

Chapter Eight: Change in Routine

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Towards the middle to the end of sixth grade, I was homeschooled and then the school department’s Special Education coordinator and psy... Read Chapter

Chapter Nine: Last Paw Prints

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That fall, I started the seventh grade, at my least favorite school. Hanover now gave me a bad taste in my mouth. The snotty, upper class... Read Chapter

Chapter Ten: New Paw Prints

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About a month later, we took Tony up on his offer to come to the dog pound. There was a dog, about Prince’s size there. His owner had t... Read Chapter

Epilogue: History Repeats Itself

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In 2009, I was going on twenty-nine years old, living in a one-bedroom apartment in the town of Norwood, MA. I was employed as a home hea... Read Chapter