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.

Marley Wilson.

Marley Wilson.

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. “Some other families got the other puppies from the same New Canaan liter, so Marley has family close by.”

Marley Wilson. Credit: Emma Nolan

Marley Wilson. Credit: Emma Nolan

In a family of two sons, Marley loves to run and play, especially around Waveny, his owner said.

With an active lifestyle, Marley is constantly fed big meals of strict dog food and Milkbone-brand treats. “We never give him human food because then he would develop bad habits and start to beg,” Charlie said.

Marley’s vet is Charles H Duffy VMD in Norwalk.

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