Meet Connecticut’s New Anchor Dog!

Ali Reed and Nell on the Good Morning Connecticut set. (WTNH / Ali Reed)

(WTNH) —  Nell, a 9-year-old Cockapoo, will be joining the Good Morning Connecticut family on set every morning. While she is new to live television, she is no stranger to the newsroom. She has been pulled out of bed at 2 a.m. with yours truly on mornings past to accompany me to work.

Ali Reed and Nell on the Good Morning Connecticut set. (WTNH / Ali Reed)
Ali Reed and Nell on the Good Morning Connecticut set. (WTNH / Ali Reed)

I wouldn’t exactly call Nell a morning dog. She prefers to sleep in and get her beauty rest. But she’s okay with getting woken up when it means she gets to come with me to work. I put her seat warmer on (only the finest for my pooch!) and she catches a few ZZZZ’s on the drive in. Occasionally she’s been known to sit up, look out the window and supervise my lane changing. As soon as we pull in to the New Haven parking lot, she knows she’s at News 8 and goes sprinting to the door.

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Nell’s new Good Morning Connecticut photo was interrupted by a very familiar face. (WTNH / Ali Reed)

While being Connecticut’s first news dog will be a career high for Nell, she has had many other interesting life experiences. I’ll let her file her own (first!) report…

Hello and woof! My name is Nell. My mom, Ali Reed, adopted me when I was 7 weeks old. At the time she was living in Boston, so I thought I was going to be a Boston dog, which I was pretty excited about. But, low and behold, three days later we were on a plane to Anchorage, Alaska. Let’s just say it is not warm there. But I quickly learned how fun snow is to play in and how great of friends Huskies make. At the time, my mom was working for a news station there and she would bring me in quite often. That’s how I got my paws wet in the news business (the Iditarod was my favorite). I was hooked from there.

Nell checking out the scene.
Nell checking out the scene. (WTNH / Ali Reed)

Mom and I moved from Alaska to Chicago (had she not heard about Hawaii or Florida?) and I quickly adapted to being a Windy City dog. I was actually on TV my first week there because a local TV station was shooting video of people walking down Michigan Avenue and they got me! That’s when I learned the camera really does add 10 pounds (which on a 16-pound dog has a big impact).

We eventually moved to Connecticut 6 years ago and I just love it here. I’m a big fan of recreating and the Nutmeg state is a great place to enjoy my favorite activities. I like to swim and boat in the summer. I love rolling around in the snow in the winter and then coming inside and lying by the hot fire. My favorite toy is a tennis ball – that’s all I need to be happy. Well, that and some Beggin’ Strips (not Gluten free). I also love going for rides in the car. I can sit, stay, shake, lie down, roll over and, perhaps my favorite, dance on my two hind legs.

I recently became a big sister. My brother Cayden was born in August. Being a big sister is a lot of work. I take my responsibilities seriously and am always by his side protecting him. He likes to feel my soft hair (I’m hypoallergenic so I have hair, not fur), but I’m really just waiting for the day when he can throw me a tennis ball. I keep dropping it in his lap (it doesn’t get any easier than that!) but mom says he’s not big enough to throw it to me yet. I’m trying to stay patient.

Nell with Cayden (WTNH / Ali Reed)
Nell with Cayden (WTNH / Ali Reed)

I’m looking forward to spending my mornings with you all! You can catch me wandering around the news set from 5-7 a.m. weekday mornings. Hopefully they’ll find a chair for me at the desk so that you can see my face when I file all my pet reports.

Nell, looking for the right chair on the Good Morning Connecticut set. (WTNH / Ali Reed)
Nell, looking for the right chair on the Good Morning Connecticut set. (WTNH / Ali Reed)

I would love to hear from you and your pets! Send me photos of your pets to (write ‘For Nell’ in the subject line). Let me know what you’d like to see me do on air and what stories you’d like covered! You can email my mom, Ali Reed, here.

Report!t or reach out to me on Twitter (I just joined! I’m finding it very hard to express myself in 140 characters…not to mention to type with paws!) @AnchorDogNell.

See you on air soon. Oh, and… good morning, Connecticut!

Ali and Nell working hard in the newsroom. (WTNH / Ali Reed)
Ali and Nell working hard in the newsroom. (WTNH / Ali Reed)

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