and information sharing group formed to enhance the Fairfield community environment for people who enjoy outdoor recreation with their ENTIRE family— which includes their faithful
and devoted dogs.
Our objectives include improved education and awareness for both dog guardians and the non-dog guardian community; and to maintain recreation zones on Fairfield beaches for families to enjoy responsibly with their dogs.
While we focus on ensuring long-term stability of the Town's beach policy, we also work to protect access for familes with dogs in Fairfield's public open spaces. In the latter, our group has endorsed local constituent intiatives before the Representative Town Meeting to keep those public open spaces accessible—and safe—for our dogs (click here).
Whatever your opinion, we invite you to join our dialog: we are committed to put an end to the caricaturing
and disparagement that can color this issue with needless political undertones; and seek to build communication channels that will facilitate creative and pro-active problem solving
for this and future seasons.
Jamie & Ozzie: anti-gravitational pull
We work to support acceptance of the interests
and opinions of ALL who visit or live near Fairfield beaches, and to encourage enjoyment of the Town's most treasured natural resource during the winter (off) season— when it is commonly near-deserted on many days— welcoming residents and out-of-towners alike, to a safe and friendly communal environment for families to recreate at and enjoy each other's company... (be that human or canine!)
Acknowledging that there will always be competition within shared public spaces is a necessary framework for a reasoned and balanced approach to this issue.
Our membership advocates a considerate approach that respects the legitimate concerns of non-dog guardians while preserving our rightful access to public spaces. We are committed to enriching the quality of community life in Fairfield and the town's reputation across the county and tri-state area, through: responsible dog guardianship, open and respectful communication, and by nurturing goodwill between dog guardians and others.
Samantha: the wolf in the parlor
Among our goals are to: •Promote responsible dog guardianship; •Protect our resources on public lands; •Advocate responsible dog management rules
and policies; • Inform dog guardians about current and proposed
policies, and encourage compliance
with enacted rules; •Act as liaison between Town of Fairfield govern-
ment, the community, and dog guardians; • Combat over-politicization of Town of Fairfield dog
management rules and policies, and work to
ensure the long- term stability of
Town of Fairfield's beach access metrics; •Become a resource in dog related issues, and
educate the dog guardian community regarding
respect for the diverse and reasonable viewpoints of non-dog guardians.
Additionally, we will undertake to educate the dog guardian community and the Fairfield county community-at-large
regarding the implications of the “Public Trust Doctrine” to this issue.
Let us know your thoughts... Use our FeedBACK Form:
Go to our “Contact Us” page to send us your questions or comments; the FeedBACK form may be submitted anonymously (without Email or contact information) if you wish. Or if you prefer: to open an E-mail window, simply click any photo on this page.
Our Philosophy: “GUARDIAN,” NOT OWNER
Throughout this site we use the term “guardian” to describe the pet parent. We eschew the term “dog owner” since it conveys a concept of dogs as disposable property: a theory of ownership which we feel should not apply to sentient beings that we respect deeply and share every aspect of our daily lives with. This restrictive (legal) concept of pet ownership contributes to the process of bureaucratic rule-making that constrains access to public spaces with our dogs.
Nettie: wistfully thoughtful...
When we think about our dogs, the term family springs forth very readily: we don't hesitate to attach this inclusive and most intimate portrayal to our faithful and valiant, four-legged “children.” Daily life planning often revolves
around the dog... and without question... the dog is summoned for the family portrait.
“Guardian” (not owner) identifies this remarkable, acute, and sometimes piercing and painful bond that exists between human beings and their canine companions. It more clearly expresses the struggles, the first triumphs, the setbacks... the unexpected and often dramatic achievements we experience, as we journey life stages side-by-side. It reworks the ordinary and sometimes dismissive perception of personal relationships with animals, and holds close the powerful idea that we respect and honor the essence of their instincts, their feelings, what interests them... their very lives... their warmhearted souls.
Implicit in the term “Guardian”is everything that embodies responsibility and commitment: thus we are creating the most fundamental, treasured, and enduring relationships with these animals who share our lives. We allow them a dignity that they deserve: not as property, but as individual beings that are vitally important to us, and who gently nurture the concept of family itself. This seemingly nuanced but critical change in dialect elevates in our eyes our companions' status from that of easily disposable property... to individual being. “Guardian” radiates optimism, hope... and a pledge
of enduring security.
As we examine the travails of our own lives, the term “guardian” honors their profound role as emotional support systems that often aid our survival of day-to-day life. Are our dogs family? We need not ask. And so for the maxim adopted as the guiding principle of our group, we have chosen:
FAMILIES TOGETHER... at the beach
Max: pensive thoughts...
“The best friend a man has
in this world
may turn against him
and become his enemy.
His son or daughter whom he has
reared with loving care
may prove ungrateful.
Those who are nearest
and dearest to us —
those whom we trust with
our happiness and good name —
may become traitors in their faith.
The money that a man has
he may lose. It flies away from him,
perhaps when he needs it most.
A man’s reputation
may be sacrificed
in a moment of ill-considered action.
The people who are
prone to fall on their knees to do us honor when success is with us may be the first to throw the stone of malice
when failure settles its cloud upon our heads.
The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog. A man's dog stands by him in prosperity and poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground when the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only to be near his master's side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer, he will lick the wounds and sores
that come in encounters with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wing, and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens.
If fortune drives his master forth, an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him, to guard him against danger, to fight against his enemies. And when that last scene of all comes, and death takes his master in its embrace and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there, by the graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad, but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true, even in death.” —Senator George Graham Vest, speaking to a jury about “Old Drum,” (1869)
Corky: twilight traveler...
We are interested in your opinion—
of whatever nature or position— and will endeavor to integrate your thoughts as we build this site. So please tell us how you feel on the issue of winter (off-season) access for dogs
at Fairfield beaches.
Click any image on this page to open a message window, go to the “Welcome—Join Our Effort!” page;
Martini: unchallenged as an "Ambassador of Good Canine Behavior," enjoying Jennings Beach
You can brighten the long, lonely day of a needy dog:consider volunteering at a shelter. Your used but servicable linens, towels, bathmats, or cushions can provide comfort while he waits. Need help affording veterinary care? click HERE • Find low-cost spay neuter services: click HERE
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To think about: American taxpayers spend more than $1 billion annually to fund municipal animal shelters.
In those facilities, 14,000 animals are killed each day, often brutally: even in archaic gas chambers...
many within merely hours of their arrival: why are they called shelters?
“Shelter killing is the leading cause of death for healthy dogs and cats in the United States”