The Dog Days Of Brandon Malin

As the thermometer heads toward 95 — with plenty of that nice Westport humidity — it’s a good day to take note of some new signs around town.

Sure, we think there are too many. But a few new ones are well worth reading.

And heeding.

Last spring, Brandon Malin — a Coleytown Middle School 8th grader — spearheaded a drive to remind drivers not to leave children or pets in cars that quickly turn sweltering, even on mild days. He got the idea from similar signs in Fairfield parking lots.

With the help of the Staples High School art department — and the support of Westport Animal Shelter Advocates, First Selectman Jim Marpe and other town officials — he saw the project through to completion. (Brandon also raised money to produce the signs.)

They’re up now at Compo Beach and Longshore. Hopefully, downtown lots will be next.

One of Brandon Malin’s signs (under an already-decorated one) at Compo Beach …

The signs say: “If you love them, don’t leave them. Heat Kills!” Below that is the Police Department phone number to report a child or animal in a car, and the reminder: “One call can save a life.”

Heat like today’s makes all of us a bit fuzzy-headed.

Thanks to Brandon, we can focus a bit more clearly on the people and pets we love.

… and another at Longshore.

7 responses to “The Dog Days Of Brandon Malin

  1. Julie Fatherley

    Hooray for Brandon….It just takes one or two people such as you to start
    the tidal wave of concern. Thank you for taking the time to “stick your
    neck out” and make a difference in so many lives….Julie Fatherley

  2. Susan Hopkins

    Congratulations and Brava, Brandon ….. Well done!

  3. Mary Cookman Schmerker '58

    Way to go Brandon. Good job.

  4. Martha Mintzer

    Great job Brandon! I hate when people leave their pets in a hot car – even for a brief moment! Our furry friends thank you!

  5. Julie Loparo

    So very proud of our youngest WASA member! Your advocacy efforts on behalf of dogs – and children – are very much appreciated by so many.

  6. Nancy Hunter

    Imagine animals in a wildfire environment, human caused.

  7. I hope people abide by these better than the no parking and the 2 hour minimum parking at old mill beach !