We’re still barking about the wonderful reception we received from the community at the Newtown Labor Day Parade! So we’d like to share a bit more about the fun experience we had there this past Monday:

Newtown Veterinary Specialists staff members of all stripes—client service reps, animal assistants, veterinary technicians, veterinarians and administrators—marched alongside our fully decked-out float to accompany our guests of honor: Dutchess, a beloved blind therapy dog who has comforted the children of Newtown, and Mark Condon, Julie Phillips and Sammy Schreiber, who have produced a heart-warming children’s book, A Day with Dutchess: Life Lessons From A Blind Therapy Dog.

The inspirational tale teaches children about therapy dogs, compassion and mutual respect, and how small acts of kindness can make a big difference in the world. We’re also very pleased that Dutchess’ board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist, our own Dr. Cory Mosunic, is featured as a positive role model in this charming story. A Day with Dutchess: Life Lessons From a Blind Therapy Dog has won the 2013 Family Choice Award and is available at

In this photo you can see Dutchess happily riding the float and getting some love from the kids, while her dedicated owner and handler, Mark Condon, chats with Dr. Mosunic. On Mark’s left, therapy-puppy-in-training, Drift, is part of the action too.

We thank our staff and esteemed guests for participating in the parade. We appreciate the support of friends and local residents who came out to see us. Stay tuned for more postings about Newtown Veterinary Specialists fall activities. Bring it on!

–Story written by Joan Eve Quinn, Communications Specialist, Newtown Veterinary Specialists,