Alert “06880” reader Jonathan Greenfield loves Westport. These days, he loves it just a little bit more. He writes:
The residents of Vani Court exemplify the absolute best in neighborly values. They truly reflect all that’s wonderful in Westport.
That quiet street off South Compo — which still consists of many post-war Capes built for returning veterans in the 1940s — is where my rescue dog Buddy Holly ended up 2 days in a row after he pushed his way past my daughter, and through an open door.
My 9-year-old son gave chase. I grabbed a leash and ran to the car, as my 4-year-old daughter pointed the way.
I tried to obey the South Compo speed limit, but panic set in. My son and dog were nowhere to be found.
We often include Vani Court on our daily walks. Maybe Buddy was there!
As I turned onto the road, I saw a commotion.
My son arrived out of nowhere — on a bike, which he’d gone home to retrieve. I got out of my car, and learned that 2 drivers had seen my son running along the road. They offered him a ride, to help. He declined, saying he could not get in a stranger’s car!
At the same time, residents on Vani Court had come outside with their own dogs and treats, hoping to nab Buddy. He darted from one dog to the next, having a great time.
Tim Luciano came close to nabbing him. James McLaughlin tried to lure Buddy into his backyard.
The chase became exhausting. But when Jesse Daignault appeared with his dog Milo, Buddy took interest. With lightning fast hands, Jesse grabbed Buddy’s collar.
But Buddy was just getting started.
The next day — just as my youngest was leaving for preschool — Buddy pushed her aside. He was ready for another adventure.
This time I took a different approach. I followed him calmly, so I wouldn’t chase him away. He headed back to Vani Court.
Dan and Kelly Merton were out with their golden retrievers. Like a magnet, Buddy went to them. Another mini-circus developed.
Eventually Buddy headed back to our house. He wouldn’t come in though. My wife followed him back to Vani Court.
Soon, I got a text from my wife. Iris said, “Got him!” Melissa Wilson had come out with her dog. She and James McLaughlin lured Buddy into her backyard.
As soon as I got home, I called an invisible fence company. I’m also setting up dates to continue Buddy’s training, so he can run with us and be safely off leash.
We are extremely thankful for everyone who helped. Vani Court is such a special place.
It’s not just the charm of the postwar Capes. It’s the people. They so easily express what it’s like to be neighbors. Thank you!