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/.