By Dani Frank
Cassidy’s Pampered Pooches
75 Hamilton Street
New Haven, CT
Before your dog can enjoy the change in season and outdoor adventure awaiting it, be a good pet parent and make sure they are dressed and ready. Cold paws are no fun, and smaller dogs will be much more susceptible to shivering from the drop in temperatures. Head to your local puppy outfitter and pick up booties and a coat to keep your dog toasty. Find cute and functional clothing at New Haven’s Cassidy’s Pampered Pooches. Reflective vests, jackets, camo print included, hooded sweatshirts and more will stave off sickness for your snow-loving dog.
Bark at the Park
Chief Gary K. Tyler Memorial Bark Park
Chief Ryan Way,
South Windsor, CT
Engage in some canine social networking, and take your dog for a romp at the local dog park, or as South Windsor has coined it, the “Bark Park.” Visiting a dog park is, in fact, all fun and games for your pet, but as a responsible pet owner you’ll need to follow some rules and regulations. Be sure to have your dog license as well as proof of your pup’s rabies vaccination on hand while at the park. Unleashing is allowed within the park, but when entering and exiting, be sure to have a handle on your dog’s lead.
955 Ferry Boulevard
Tennis balls and chew toys will make for a soggy mess after a day of play, so grab a Frisbee and you’ll have your pet jumping for joy. Petco has a selection of activities to keep your dog happy and agile, and prevent you from drying a load of wet puppy products. Flying discs, rubber balls and more will amount to hours of throwing and fetching, with your arm tiring before your dog’s enthusiasm. Just remember: the more brightly-colored the toy, the better. Searching the backyard for a white squeaker bone in a mountain of snow will put a damper on your day.