New Canine-ites

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Louie the Bernese Mountain Dog: A Puppy at Heart

In this installment of “New Canine-ites,” featuring profiles of local dogs, we speak to town resident Bella Doré about Louie, an instantly lovable Bernese Mountain Dog. Passing him mid-walk playing in his yard, it was impossible not to fall in love with Louie, who is essentially an enormous puppy. “Louie is definitely very loving,” Doré said. “He will do anything and everything he can to be as humanly close to you as possible. If you’re sitting down he will jump up and give you a hug—literally.” Continue Reading →

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Marley the 9-Year-Old Black Lab: Gentle and Playful

In this installment of “New Canine-ites,” featuring profiles of local dogs, we speak to town resident Charlie Wilson about Marley, a 9-year-old black lab that the family has had since he was a puppy. Coming across Marley in Waveny, it was easy to see how calm and relaxed this lab is. “He’s gentle and never does something he’s not supposed to do,” Charlie said. “He’s nervous at first, but when Marley’s outside he is active and loves to run and swim.”

Acquired in January 2007 when Charlie was eight weeks old, Marley was a gift to the whole family. “Our family friend had 11 puppies on Christmas and we went to go look at one for us,” he said. Continue Reading →

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As Temps Soar, New Canaan Animal Control Urges Dog Owners To Take Precautions

As temperatures soared toward the mid-90s Wednesday and with thunderstorms expected Thursday, New Canaan Animal Control officials are urging residents to be extra mindful of their dogs’ health and safety. “It’s going to get hot and ugly,” Animal Control Officer Allyson Halm told If it’s not possible to switch to an early-morning or evening schedule, dog owners who like to jog with their dogs should shorten their runs and understand that any dog over seven years old is considered senior—like puppies, those older dogs are more susceptible to heat exhaustion. “Also, the hot pavement,” Halm said. “People don’t realize that when the sun is beating down these sidewalks—put your hand down there and see how long you’d last. Continue Reading →

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‘A Very Good Dog’: Police Department’s New K-9, Apollo, Makes Waveny Debut

New Canaan’s first K-9 Police dog in more than two years started his patrol on our nation’s birthday on Saturday, at the 35th annual Family Fourth celebration at Waveny. Apollo, a full-breed German Shepherd dog, has been with his partner, Officer David Rivera for 2.5 months, and lives with Rivera at his house. He is cross-trained as a patrol dog who also has a narcotics certification, the police officer said. Apollo will assist police in finding missing items, persons, and also locating narcotics. “His ability to find people, I would say, is the best tool that is going to be brought to the town,” said Officer Rivera. Continue Reading →

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Brooke Landeck the 8-Year-Old Labradoodle: Eats Hard Food Mixed with Soft

In this installment of “New Canine-ites,” featuring spot profiles of local dogs, we speak to town resident Bob Landeck about Brooke, an 8-year-old Labradoodle that he’s had since she was five. Acquired after Brooke’s original family discovered the animal wasn’t a good fit, the Labradoodle is a “great dog,” Landeck said on a recent afternoon from a grandstand at Waveny’s Orchard Field, while watching his daughter start at third base for the varsity New Canaan High School Rams softball team. “I don’t need a leash with her,” he said. “She is nice to anyone and great around kids.”

An enthusiastic fetcher, Brooke’s favorite places around town include both Irwin and Waveny. Asked what type of food his dog eats, Landeck answered: “Dog food.” He later clarified that he picks up hard and soft food from Pet Pantry downtown and mixes the two together. Continue Reading →

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