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Shelton Dog Park Statue Now Has a Name

Thanks to members of the local community, the wooden dog statue that stands sentinel on the corner of the Shelton Dog Park now has a name!

Thanks to members of the local community, the wooden dog statue that stands sentinel on the corner of the Shelton Dog Park now has a name: Sheltey. The Friends of Shelton Dog Park's "Name That Dog" Contest ended on October 15, having received hundreds of imaginative and creative name submissions from members of the local community.

The most popular submissions included Shelty, Sheltie and Sheltee, with over 30 nominations in total. To honor all the variations of the submitted name, the endings of the various names were combined to make ‘Sheltey’.

“Most submissions involving the variations of ‘Sheltey’ mentioned that the name honors the town of Shelton, in which the dog park resides,” said Mandy Oram, City Liaison for the Friends of Shelton Dog Park. “Other popular submissions included Woody, Bear and Dawgwood." 

Everyone who submitted a variation of the chosen name was entered in a drawing for a free Friends T-shirt. The drawing was held at the dog park on Saturday, October 20 during the last Friends work party of the year. The winner is Mark Brown of Shelton.

When contacted about winning the naming contest, Mark stated: “The dog park is a great asset for the community. The statue on the corner of the park really sets it off and is a wonderful feature.”

The Shelton dog park is located on the corner of Nell’s Rock Road and Route 108. It is open from dawn to dusk every day. Local residents are encouraged to bring their dog to the park for some exercise and to socialize with other dogs. The stature name will be engraved on the base of the statue and included on the Friends website and Facebook page. For details of the dog park, visit http://www.fosdogpark.org/.

Susan October 23, 2012 at 12:46 PM
I like the name! I also agree that the dog park is a great asset to our community.
Kathryn Hosko Young October 23, 2012 at 01:02 PM
As a child growing up there from 1956-1987 to when my dad Bill Hosko retired from the Bridgeport Hydrolic Co. I cherish the park. I now live on VT and have visited 3 times since I heard of the project . I have pets buried there. Maybe an added pet cemetery would be nice. I love the dogs name. My email is kathrynhosko@yahoo.com
Nick Cinea October 23, 2012 at 01:30 PM
"Sheltey" seems most-fitting.
Russel choate October 23, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Shelty is OK but lacks imagination....but to draw it from a bowl of tickets, They should let the artist who created the beautiful carving select the name.
Leah Salomoni (Editor) October 23, 2012 at 02:41 PM
The drawing was to determine who would win a T-shirt, not the name of the statue :)
Russel choate October 24, 2012 at 04:05 AM
Dear Leah, The info under the photo was ...."draw the winning name" , how could Ii not think it was the name of the carving as opposed to the t-shirt winner :)

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