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Bettie Makes a Grab for Her Favorite Paper

Loyalty, intelligence, and good taste are qualities we recognize in all of our regular readers — but Chris Dietz and his eight-year-old Boston Terrier, Betty, are in a league of their own. Photo by Yannic Rack.

Loyalty, intelligence, and good taste are qualities we recognize in all of our regular readers — but Chris Dietz and his eight-year-old Boston Terrier, Bettie, are in a league of their own. Photo by Yannic Rack.

BY YANNIC RACK | Chris Dietz has been dogged in his devotion to Chelsea Now — but it’s his four-legged companion who has a real grip on the paper.

“I always read it. I got the first edition still,” Dietz told us when we recently spotted him on W. 16th St.

What caught our eye was his companion, however. Eight-year-old Boston Terrier Bettie was carrying home the paper for Dietz, wrapped in a plastic cover and secured between her teeth.

It turns out Bettie has been on delivery duty ever since Dietz got her four years ago.

“She just grabbed it out of my hand one day,” he said. “She liked carrying it.” 

Betty likes to carry each fresh, new issue of Chelsea Now, and the protective wrap supplied by Chris Dietz keeps it crisp all the way home. Photo by Yannic Rack.

Bettie likes to carry each fresh, new issue of Chelsea Now, and the protective wrap supplied by Chris Dietz keeps it crisp all the way home. Photo by Yannic Rack.

Dietz, 52, said his favorite part of the paper is the weekly police blotter. He has lived in Chelsea all his life and still resides in the apartment where he grew up on W. 27th St., together with his brother, his sister and a niece — all fans of the paper, too, Dietz noted.

“Everybody in the house reads it, so I bring a couple copies home,” he said.

Bettie sure looked like she didn’t mind — snapping the paper right out of her owner’s hand again before trotting off dutifully.

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  1. […] “She meant a lot to a lot of people around here, a lot of people in the neighborhood started crying,” Dietz said, when he informed them of the tragic news. “They all know her from carrying the paper.” […]