May has been designated as National Pet Month -- a time to celebrate the unconditional love and companionship our pets bring us on a daily basis.
With our hectic schedules, it's easy to take our pets for granted. It's easy to forget how our pets impact our lives in so many positive ways. This month is the perfect opportunity to take the time to show them how much we appreciate them.
To find out how our neighbors were planning to celebrate National Pet Month,
I checked in with some Newtown pet owners.
“For our dogs, Darcy and Lorelei, every month is Pet Month," Main Street resident Mark Poirier said. "They play key roles in the love and fun of our home. Maybe we'll get them special bones for the festivities. Darcy will gobble his down like a dinosaur. Lorelei will bury hers, then try to make a play for his.”
Cobblers Mill resident, Pat Marlin, said, “My pets are more than just companions. They’re part of our family. Evidence, my Christmas cards. They always include not only my children but my pets – except for the cats who don’t sit still long enough!”
Former Newtown resident, Pat Linnell, said, "Every morning when I pick Ginger up in my arms, she thrusts her little head right up to my heart and holds it there, saying 'I love you' without a single sound. This means the world to me."
Charter Ridge resident, Bill Kovac, said, “I never take Nico for granted. He’s such a huge part of our daily life, both as a family member as well as a protector. He keeps the family engaged and active. It’s never a dull moment at our house.”
Taunton Lake residents, Jane Hellman and Ann Rothstein, said, “With two dogs and three cats, everyday is Pet Day in our house; every month is National Pet Month at our house. What makes this month different from any other month?”
Old Green resident, David Lawner, said “Casey has been with me for almost 10 years. She makes me look forward to coming home, being so excited to see me, whether I am away for an hour or a week. For National Pet Month, I am going to spend some extra time with her since that is all she ever really wants.”
Plan to do something special to celebrate with your pet this month. Maybe just a little extra love, an extra-special treat or toy or an extra-long walk, car ride or playtime.
How about a trip to the ? They have specially-sized ice cream cups just for Fido.
Or take your dog to a party! On Saturday, May 21 the second annual Strut Your Mutt festivities are coming to Fairfield Hills. Contests, prizes, vendors, food, a 2K dog and people walk, all for you and your favorite friend to benefit the Newtown Dog Park fund. For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 203-270-4373.
Don’t have a pet? This is the perfect mnth to adopt one. Visit the , or check out the adoptable dogs and cats at theaniamlcenter.org
Wouldn’t it be great to celebrate National Pet Month with a new dog or cat?