Shelton seniors party with UConn mascots

Jonathan XIV, the husky puppy who will take the job as UConn’s newest mascot, made a special appearance at Crosby Commons assisted living community in Shelton on July 7.

The puppy visited the community with his predecessor, Jonathan XIII, who is entering retirement, having served as the university’s mascot since March 2008.

A special retirement party was held to honor and celebrate Jonathan XIII and welcome Jonathan XIV into his new role as UConn’s 14th Husky mascot.

The party featured a gift presentation to both dogs, UConn-themed decorations, a UConn cake, an introduction to the dogs and other activities.

Wearing their UConn outfits

Many staff, residents and family members wore their UConn best — such as T-shirts and caps — to the retirement celebration.

Crosby resident and UConn graduate John Balog presented the dogs with their gifts and led the guests in the singing of the Connecticut Husky Mascot Song.

Crosby Commons, at 580 Long Hill Ave., is owned and operated by United Methodist Homes. Learn more at or 203-225-5000.