WellesleyWeston Magazine


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 right: Dudley, Great Dane (left); Sophie, Yellow Labrador Retriever (middle); Blackie, Black Labrador Retriever (right); bottom: Cosmo, German Short-Haired Pointer Out and About Levitan and her friends enjoy walking their dogs off leash around Weston's scenic Ash Street Reservoir. She understands the social benefit for the women, as well as the dogs: "Our dogs are one of the bonds that keep us a close-knit group. Some ladies have tennis, some have the gym or spa, some have their kids' activities that connect them with others – we have our dogs. At the reservoir, the dogs are allowed to go leashless which gives them a real opportunity to socialize. This is important for dogs. It is not enough to just exercise the dogs, but when they get to play with their own kind, it teaches them how to properly interact with other animals." Commercial dog walkers also enjoy off-leash areas for dogs. Concern about the number of professionals walking multiple dogs on town land prompted Weston to require commercial walkers to purchase a permit to use Weston's conservation lands and trails and to limit the number of dogs walked to five. Levitan comments on the practicality of the regulations: "As for dog walkers, I know a few of them and they are friendly and engage with others. The fact that Weston limits the number of dogs they can walk at a time is helpful so that they can manage the packs they work with." Mazzella is not as positive: "I have mixed feelings about the dog walk- 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 ers. While most are lovely and control their dogs, there are a few who do not." Professional dog walker Gillian Spealman, owner of Wicked Happy Dogs, typically takes five dogs at a time to Cat Rock Park or the Ash Street Reservoir. Her smallest, a little Chihuahua mix that weighs in at about 10 pounds, and her largest, a 150-pound Newfoundland, wrestle and play like the best of friends. Spealman finds the locals walking their own dogs welcoming. "Residents take their dogs to these places for them to get exercise and socialize. People are genuinely glad to see us coming 142

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