Dog Days: A fun-filled summer day for dogs in New Canaan
Big dogs, little dogs, show dogs, and therapy dogs -- dogs of all shapes and sizes hit the streets last Sunday.
"It's our second year and we're so excited about the turn out," Murphy said. "There are tons and tons of people here. It's just a ball."
Families, like the Marlowe family, brought their Akita puppy, Mojo, so he could socialize with other dogs and become `a good canine citizen' according to Scott Marlowe.
"Our first one lived with us in New York City and she got all the exposure city dogs get. Our next three were not as social because we lived in Connecticut on a 3-acre property; the properties are far apart," Jessica Marlowe, Scott's wife, said.
Similarly, the Wind sisters, Natalie and Regan, went into town with their first dog, Toby. "He's a little puppy and he's excited to see all the dogs," Regan said.
Some went to support their family's business. Meg Goldstein brought her daughters to Dog Days of Summer because her husband, Martin Goldstein, owns the Smith Ridge Veterinary Center. There, he and his staff gave multiple lectures and demonstrations. Entrepreneur Carmen Montanez was invited to the "doggie festival" by co-chairwoman and owner of Village Critter Outfitter, Shirleen Dubuque. Montanez owns a mobile pet grooming salon, `Pawlor Fur Dogs,' that visits New Canaan often and came to promote her business and her love for her job.
"It's very different (than a normal salon). I come to your house and do it in your driveway," Montanez said. "I don't even need to plug up, I have a generator and it's air conditioned and heated."
During the day, students from New Canaan High School were volunteering. Service League of Boys (Slobs) volunteer Greg Zales explained that he was in charge of setting up the event, maintenance, and take down. Throughout the day, Zales refilled water bowls for pooches and was prepared to clean up any messes. Another Slobs volunteer, Nick Van Nest, gave information out about the new Canine police dog and why this dog specifically is so special.
"It's a rare dog because there are not to many female dogs employed by the police department," Van Nest said. "She's from Slovakia and she's had 2 weeks of training, which is going to be followed by continuous training everyday."
Competitions were held through out the afternoon in one of the tents set up in the Cherry Street Village. Isabella Swearinden participated in the "Family Resemblance" competition with her `baby,' Rosie.
Although Isabella did not place, she signed up because she thought that they were a nice owner and pet fit. Deb Smith and her dog Snickers took third place in the event. Both of them wore matching neon yellow running vests.
"Oh, absolutely it was all about the outfit, but it was real. That's what we wear when we're running together," Smith said.
The event not only drew people into town because of the friendly competitions, but because of the adopting agencies -- something that is important to attendee, Kathi Gordon and her dachshund, Badger.
"We came to take a look and see all the work for adopting. I have five of my own and at one point I'd like to get a therapy dog," Gordon said. "The work that these people is so wonderful and so needed."