Before the break of dawn on April 25th I thought I would be cramming my beach paraphernalia into the back of the Doodle Bus headed North to Dewey, DE for the Annual Doodles in Dewey Beach Spring Event…
I regret to inform you I will miss this years event because Mr. Jaxson Teller Bennett #thatshisname will not have completed his round of puppy vaccinations. I asked Doodle Doc and she said he cannot go!
Well over 100 Doodles romping around the beach is 99 too many for him to be exposed to at this time. #understood #doctorsorders #wontgowithouthim
This is a fund raiser and 2015 marks their 10th Anniversary. I cannot lie, I was looking forward to seeing Amy Scott and the rest of the gang again as they celebrate this milestone.
It was Amy, and her wonderful story that inspired me to certify both Harley and Leo as Therapy Dogs.
Grab your coffee, and continue to read –
Doodles in Dewey can only be described as a labor of love that started as a fundraiser to help others. It began when a Therapy Doodle named “Arlo” befriended a young man dying of AIDS. He was a teacher, counselor as well as a dog lover. “Food & Friends” would supply his meals, and Arlo would supply all the affection.
It is in loving memory of this young man that Amy Scott, her warmhearted Arlo, along with a few others started this annual fund raiser back in 2005 in support of the “Food and Friends” Organization.
So every year – on the last weekend in April, Doodles and their pet parents check into participating hotels along the beach. Then, both humans and doods assemble early Saturday morning for the official meet and great with their feet/paws in the sand…
The doods romp and play all day long in and out of the water…
You can order lunch or dine on your own and at the end the day meet up at Sharkey’s (Doodles allowed on the porch) for “Yappy Hour” while watching the sun set over the Atlantic Oceanside…
Doodles are also welcome at the Lazy Susan Restaurant for dinner later that evening in the screened in porch area.
Sunday morning some will return to the beach for an informal romp before heading home.
It is so much Doodle fun, it’s Doodletastic! #fursure…
I remember my excitement back in 2013. I couldn’t fathom a bunch of leash-less Doodles (to include runaway Harley) on the beach together. But let me tell you – it was A-mazing!
Try to envision more than 160 Doodles running wild. Just being free. Doodles of various sizes and colors racing through the sand, sliding into the water after tossed balls…
It was easy to detect I was a newbie back in 2013. I carried entirely too much stuff with me.
In my defense – I had never done anything like this before – and had no idea what to expect. Therefore we looked the part. We dragged folding chairs, a cooler with water, diet drinks, poop bags, baby wipes, hand sanitizer #why? microwaved hamburgers wrapped in aluminum foil, #sotacky and a few snacks.
I brought towels, an extra pair of flip flops, and my husband dragged his kite along. #welookedcrazy
We never ate a thing, never sat down, and why I brought towels to the beach vs. leaving them in the car I’ll never know. What we did use the most were the travel water bowls. In the course of about four hours, they went through more than 7 bottles of water! #goDasani…
April weather in the Spring is absodoodletutely pawfect! Not too hot and a doodlelicious breeze all day long. They ingested way more salt water and sand then they should have, so a bland diet was in order the very next day 🙁
All in all the experience was magical and memorable. With the view of doodles and pet parents as far as the eye could see, I’m sure Amy and her friends were able to make a sizable donation to the “Food & Friends” Organization.
Information about this years event, “how to” donate should you feel so inspired, as well as photos galore from past years can be found on their website. www.doodlesindewey.com
I shall miss them next weekend and I will think of them often throughout the day. Congratulations to all who have worked so tirelessly for the past 10 years making this such a success. We will be with you in spirit this year, but God willing, we’ll be there in the “fur” next year!
Operation #happyfeet Shoe Drive this weekend.
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