Our first dog (or “New Canine” resident, you might say) featured here is Beaufort, a 3.5-year-old Newfoundland. Owner Leslie Kammerer, a New Canaan resident, told us on a recent afternoon as Beaufort earned oohs and ahhs (and awws) on Elm Street that the big lug has been working as a certified therapy dog at Norwalk Hospital for the past 18 months or so. Acquired as a birthday present to Kammerer from herself, Beaufort is a “very well-trained dog,” she said. “I spent probably more money on the training than I did on the dog. He’s like a fine piece of Tiffany jewelry, but never mind,” Kammerer said in a southern drawl.