photograph by Cheryl Simcox
Do you know who’s behind those canine dreadlocks? If you regularly drive down North Benson Road, you’ve probably seen “the mop dogs.” Maybe you thought the duo were statues until they moved or maybe you stopped to say hello. As with any celeb, greetings on the street, photos ops, and questions are on-going events. You’re not the only one. These two pooches are attention-getters.
We decided to find out more:
Names: Greer (female) is 10, Bedros (male) is 3
History: They’ve always lived in Fairfield. Greer was the 75th Bergamasco in the U.S.; now there are around 1,300.
Popularity Level: 5 stars
Did you know? Greer and Bedros marched in the NYC Columbus Day parade in 2009 and were featured in the New York Post. Consequently, they were blogged about by Martha Stewart. They’ve also appeared on Channel 12’s Pet Talk
More news for dog owners…
Your first glance at Pet Extravaganza may have you cocking your head to the side like a curious pup. What’s inside? Look around this luxury canine boutique—it’ll get your tail wagging. Parisian owners Johannes and Caroline Bahadourian opened the shop last November and delight customers with one-of-a-kind and designer apparel and accessories for lucky pooches. For those who appreciate exclusivity, see the exquisite, handmade leather collars imported from France. These collars are suitable for all breeds from mastiff to toy poodles with attitude.
For top dogs, check out the rare Louis Vuitton collector in horse (only one in America)—you can make an offer but the owners won’t likely part with it. The Bahadourians also offer years of experience with breeding, training and raising pets. (Collars shown start at $200.)
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A dog-lovers’s guide to the year…
October 2 to March 31 Beaches
Dogs are allowed on the beaches but must be leashed, except Jennings Beach, where unleashed dogs are allowed. Dog owners should stay clear of the private beach property along the Fairfield public beaches. Town beaches are off limits to all animals from April 1 to October 1.
May 12 Vaccines
The Fairfield Animal Shelter will hold a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic at the Animal Shelter, 211 One Rod Highway, from 10 a.m. to noon.The cost is $20 (cash) per pet (all dogs on leashes and all cats in secure carriers). A three-year vaccine will be given if owners have proof of a previous rabies certificate; otherwise, only a one-year vaccine will be given. Anyone with a state-assistance card will receive one free rabies vaccine.
Year Around Dog Walking
Walk your dog at any of the abundant open spaces located at Lake Mohegan, Pine Creek, Mountain Laurel Road and Ash Creek. Use a leash until you are at least 100-feet down a designated path and walk no more than three dogs at a time. You must always use a leash in the Ash Creek open space area near South Benson Marina. Always clean up after your furry friend.
Year Around Adoption
Adopt from the shelter. Unspayed/unneutered dogs and cats cost $50. Spayed/neutered animals are $5