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 Oct. 15, after receiving hundreds of creative and colorful name submissions, according to Mandy Oram, the dog park liason.
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.’
“Other popular submissions included Woody, Bear and Dawgwood,” Oram said.
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, Oct. 20 during the last Friends work party of the year. The winner is Mark Brown of Shelton.
“The dog park is a great asset for the community,” Brown said. “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/.