15th Annual Dewey Beach Doodle Romp
This is it folks, the most epic Doodle Romp of the year! It has been said "not taking your dood to Dewey is like not taking your daughter to Disney." Since 2005, doodles from across the country converge on Dewey Beach during the last weekend in April for some furry fun in the sun. Last year's romp drew over 600 doodles! Check out news coverage (https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=TkJdvbtFKw4) of the 2017 romp! REGISTRATION FEE: Registration is usually around $10 and should be live before the end of January. Once it is live I will post the registration link here. Note I am not accepting registration fees on Meetup, these need to be paid on the Doodles in Dewey site. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: Friday, April 24: • 4:00 PM: Yappy Hour at TBD Saturday, April 25: • 10:00 AM: Romp meets at Saulsbury St. entrance to the beach (located directly across from The Starboard restaurant). Raffle tickets, doodle romp merchandise, and coffee/tea/water bottles will be available for purchase. • 11:00 AM: Costume parade (sign up in advance at registration table) • 12:00 PM: Pizza delivered to the beach by Grotto Pizza • 1:00 PM: Raffle winners announced Sunday, April 26: • 10:00 AM: Doodle friendly yoga on the beach To meet up with our fellow Philly area friends, we will be positioning ourselves near the event registration & fundraising table. Look for the "Doodle Dogs of Philadelphia Meetup" sign, or text Michelle on arrival at 267-614-5972. Watch our group's Meetup message board for updates on the schedule of events. DOG FRIENDLY DINING: • Mama Maria (1608 DE-1, Dewey Beach, DE 19971) • Gary's (2000 Coastal Hwy, Dewey Beach) • Woody's (1904 Coastal Highway Dewey Beach) • Salty Paws Ice Cream Bar & Bakery (149 Rehoboth Ave Suite 6A Rehoboth Beach) • Crabby Dick's outdoor patio (18831 Coastal Highway Rehoboth Beach) ACCOMMODATIONS: Many people choose to arrive Friday night to participate in Yappy Hour, while others drive down early Saturday morning to get to the main meetup by 10:00 AM. There are several dog friendly hotels right on the beach. The host hotel is the Atlantic Oceanside (http://www.atlanticoceansidedewey.com/) Call them at 1-800-422-0481 and mention the Doodle Romp to qualify for the $99 room rate and have the $12 nightly pet fee waived. Also check out the Doodles in Dewey Lodging page (https://www.doodlesindewey.org/Lodging/tabid/3576/Default.aspx) for a list of discount rates at other hotels. Be aware hotels fill up quickly so if you don't book by mid-February you may miss out. WHAT TO BRING: • Pack beach chairs, umbrellas, towels, water, dog bowls, treats, water toys, and optional costume for the dog parade. • Dress in layers since the weather can be unpredictable. IMPORTANT TO KNOW: • "Officially" your doodle needs a Dewey dog license for the event. These are available for purchase the day of at the Dewey Visitor Center. Don't worry about buying them online in advance. This is your choice and you can proceed at your own risk with or without one; they usually only check during the summer season. • No parking permits are required as the event falls during the off-season period. BACKGROUND: “Doodles in Dewey (http://www.doodlesindewey.org/)” began in 2005 to raise money for Food&Friends, a wonderful organization that provides nutritional services, groceries and healthy homemade food delivered to those suffering from chronic life-threatening illnesses. Social worker Amy Scott began the romp as a tribute to a young man who died too soon. He was a teacher, counselor and a dog lover, who used and loved Food&Friends. The romp started with a small group of people and their doodles and it has grown every year. Raffles will be sold on the day or you are welcome to make an optional donation if you so choose.