Friday, July 11, 2014

Crosby Commons in Shelton welcomes UConn mascot

Alisa Geller (center) introduces retiring UConn mascot Jonathan XIII to residents of Crosby Commons Assisted Living Community in Shelton during a 'retirement party' this week. / Contributed photo

SHELTON - Jonathan XIV, the husky puppy who will take the job as UConn’s newest mascot, made a special appearance Monday at Crosby Commons Assisted Living Community. The puppy visited the community with his predecessor, Jonathan XIII, who is entering a well-deserved retirement, having served as the University’s mascot since his debut in 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, organized by Activities Director Mary Ann Milano and hosted by the staff and residents of Crosby Commons, featured a special gift presentation to both dogs, UConn-themed decorations, a UConn cake, an introduction to the dogs, and plenty of time to visit with both huskies. Crosby resident and UConn grad, John Balog, presented the dogs with their gifts and led the guests in the singing of the Connecticut Husky mascot song.

Staff, residents, and family members, many who are avid UConn fans, gathered for the retirement celebration dressed in their UConn best.
The community was delighted to welcome the huskies and thrilled to have the opportunity to meet and pet the dogs and wish them well.

Crosby Commons Assisted Living Community is located on the Wesley Village Campus at 580 Long Hill Ave. To learn more about the award-winning community, visit or call 203-225-5000.

This is a press release from United Methodist Homes.

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