Miss Hockanum Valley to march with ‘Gizmo’ in 375th Anniversary Parade

Pippa Leigh, Miss Hockanum Valley with Gizmo, the first ever CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) dog in the state of Connecticut.

Pippa Leigh, Miss Hockanum Valley with Gizmo, the first ever CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) dog in the state of Connecticut.

Greenwich native Pippa Leigh, Miss Hockanum Valley of the Miss America Organization will marching in the 375th Anniversary Parade on Greenwich Avenue on Sunday, Sept. 27. The parade begins at 2 p.m. and will line up at the Town Hall.

Pippa will have a special guest with her during the parade. “Gizmo” is a 3.5 pound little Mi-Ki dog breed, who is officially the first ever CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) dog in the state of Connecticut.

His Facebook page “Gizmo’s Frens” has a following of 90,000 “frens” worldwide. Gizmo visits local hospitals, nursing homes, and schools. He is a Paws to Read dog and a K9 First Responder as well as a CERT dog in the state of CT. He is available to visit storm shelters, sit with families during search and rescue situations as well as being available to read with children through the Paws to Read. If you would like Gizmo to read in your community or to help in any way please send a Facebook message.

Please come and meet Gizmo during the parade on Sunday.

Visit and “like” Gizmo’s Frens Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GizmosFrens?fref=ts

And Pippa Leigh Miss Hockanum Valley at https://www.facebook.com/misshockanumvalley?fref=ts

Pippa and Gizmo will also “check out” a CERT training session on Saturday September 26th in Greenwich to meet our local CERT volunteers & other CT K9 Search and Rescue Team dogs.

For more information on Greenwich CERT or to volunteer contact the Greenwich Police Department Daniel Paladino 203-618-8307 or email at [email protected]

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