PHOTOS: New Canaan Dog Days Returns

Tongues lolling, scores of leashed dogs gathered in New Canaan on a clear, hot Saturday for a popular canine-focused and -themed celebration put on by an established local business. Pet Pantry’s New Canaan Dog Days was held on the grounds of the New Canaan Nature Center, making its return after two years off due to the pandemic. New Canaan resident Niki Marmarinos said this was her first time coming to Dog Days and that she’d be back next year. 

“It’s beautiful weather,” Marmarinos said as she pushed her two toy poodles, Daisy and Lillybelle, relaxing in a baby carriage through. “A lot of vendors, they’re very cordial and welcoming. A lot of variety here.

Podcast: New Canaan Dog Days

This week on 0684-Radi0, our free podcast (subscribe here in the iTunes Store), we talk to Adam Jacobson, executive vice president at Pet Pantry Warehouse on Grove Street, about New Canaan Dog Days. The hugely popular celebration of dogs, a fundraiser for rescue groups, will be held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 at the New Canaan Nature Center. The event features games, competitions, family activities, entertainment and a lot of free swag from premium pet food brands. Here are recent episodes of 0684-Radi0:

PHOTOS: Crowds Come Out Sunday for ‘New Canaan Dog Days’ at Pet Pantry

Alex and Liz Tuff of New Canaan entertained high hopes for their 2-year-old miniature Australian Labradoodle, Bear, as the family waited in line with daughter Eloise and son Oliver at the “Doggie Fun Zone” track on Sunday afternoon. A centerpiece of this year’s New Canaan Dog Days event at Pet Pantry on Grove Street, the Fun Zone included an obstacle-laden track that Bear Tuff’s parents expected him to demolish. “We’re thinking of taking him on the road,” Alex Tuff said on a cool, gray spring day. “We think he’s got game.”

Liz Tuff added: “We think he’s going to win a trophy.”

He did not. Attentive to his mom as she tried to lead him through the course, though seemingly uninterested in the white “rabbit” he was meant to chase, Bear Tuff like many before him appeared lost and confused in the Doggie Fun Zone, finishing well over the 25 seconds that his dad had predicted.