New Canine-ites

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Molly the Bernese-Shepherd Mix: ‘Sometimes She Likes to Chew’

Molly Dixon, an 11-week-old German shepherd and Bernese mountain dog mix, may be the cutest puppy on Elm Street since the Bratches’ Labrador retrievers, Bruno and Winston. Mom Heather Dixon, stopped Tuesday afternoon by near Chef Luis on Elm Street, said people downtown drop everything they’re doing to say hello when they spot Molly. “It happens all the time,” she said as her 5-year-old son Josh knelt with the Dixons’ newest family member. The puppy is “really fun and sweet,” Molly said, and Josh, a Camp Playland preschooler who will enter the kindergarten at West School in the fall, added: “Sometimes she likes to chew.”

The teething beast is a client of the New Canaan Veterinary Hospital, mom said, and eats a puppy science diet kibble. Continue Reading →

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George the Shar Pei: Food Undergoes the Pendulum Test

We came across our newest subject for the standing feature “New Canine-ites,” profiling local dogs, at Waveny on Monday afternoon. It’s rare to see a Shar Pei in New Canaan, and George Zabrodsky is a great example of the breed. He’s seven years old and belongs to owner Rowena Zabrodsky, along with Tiger Lily, a 12-year-old pug. Originally from Florida and a Zabrodsky and New Canaan resident (they’ve been living here 16 years) since he was a puppy, George is “sort of ADD,” his owner told us when asked about the handsome fella’s personality. “So he’s not very good at training,” Zabrodsky said. Continue Reading →

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Lucas the Labrador Puppy: First Time in the Vintage Truck

In a first for our feature profiling local dogs, New Canine-ites, we spotlight here a canine that is not a town resident but is certain to become a fixture downtown, his owner tells us. Lucas, age 3.5 months, is a chocolate Labrador retriever from Boothbay, Maine. We spotted the puppy on a recent afternoon at Zumbach’s with owner Matt DeGarmo of Norwalk, who deals in vintage cars. Named for a childhood dog that DeGarmo had in the 1960s (the original Lucas was a German shepherd and golden retriever mix), the puppy was in town for the first time ever and—after a final distemper shot—he’ll be around a lot more to mix with other dogs and people in a busy setting, DeGarmo said. Asked what Lucas is like, he said: “I’ve had several Labradors before and I would say typically as a puppy he’s got lots and lots of energy, and also he’s incredibly brave and he’s not frightened by anything. Continue Reading →

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Callie the 208-Pound English Mastiff: Not a Big Eater

Sometimes when we spot a candidate for our “New Canine-ites” feature—where we fetch a mini-profile of a local dog—it’s all we can do not to drive off the road. That was the case on a recent afternoon when we spotted Callie Cardon, a massive, brindle English mastiff, walking along Forest Street. At the other end of the leash was dog-walker Brenda Costigan, who puts Callie’s weight at 208 pounds and age at about five, calls the big girl “as sweet as can be.”

“She loves children,” Costigan said. “She’s very gentle. She’s just lovely. Continue Reading →

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New Canaan’s Most Popular Dog Breeds; Licensing Deadline Monday

Monday, June 30 is the last day that New Canaan dog owners can license their pets with town without risking a late fee. State law requires that all dogs six months old (or older) be licensed in the town in which they reside. Proof of current rabies vaccination is required. More information is available here, including the registration form. In all, 2,924 dogs were registered in New Canaan for the 12-month period that ends Monday, according to Animal Control Officer Maryann Kleinschmitt. Continue Reading →

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