WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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The United Nation of Dogs top: Olive, Standard Schnauzer; right: Lucy, Maltipoo always happy to see me, sit with me, share my happiness and share my sadness. He gives the best doggie love to everyone in my family all the time. A friend of mine saw a T-shirt that said, 'Greet everyone as if they were your dog.' She agreed she would, if everyone greeted her like her dog does." Fellow dog-lover Sharon Levitan explains her affection for her Standard Schnauzer, Olive. "Dogs keep us young, healthy, and close to one another. Dogs are good therapy, great companions, and the best judges of character, not to mention they love unconditionally. How many people can you say that about?" Dog ownership in Wellesley and Weston continues to rise annually. Most Popular Puppy Names** National Data (2012) Each year, Wellesley Town Clerk Kathy Nagle expects registrations to Move over dog-specific old standby names like Rover, Fido, and Lucky. finally level off, and each year she is surprised when they don't. "Just Human names are now popular for pups, indicating just how integral canines when I think registrations can't go any higher, we run out of registration tags." In 2012, the Wellesley Town Clerk's office registered more than 3,000 dogs and Weston's more than 1,300. Nagle also notes the trend towards two dogs per household and sur- We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 3 mises families who aren't home much of the day are adding a second dog to keep the first company. Until about a year ago, Levitan had two Standard Schnauzers before Olive's sister Ginny passed away. Levitan is thinking about getting another dog, and is quite confident that Olive would like that. "She is a happy, though I am sure if she could ask, she would want us to consider getting another dog." 140 are to families. Top Dog Breeds* Female Male Labrador Retriever Bella Max German Shepard Daisy Buddy Golden Retriever Lucy Charlie Beagle Molly Rocky Bulldog Lola Cooper Yorkshire Terrier Sophie Bear Boxer Sadie Bentley Poodle Chloe Duke Rottweiler Coco Jack Dachshund Bella Max *Data from the American Kennel Club **Data from vetStreet's analysis of more than 1.26 million puppies born in 2012

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