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National Dog Day

Saturday August 23
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons, Maryland has been selected as the host site for the 2008 National Dog Day main event on Saturday, August 23, 2008. This event, founded by the Animal Miracle Foundation, will feature a host of activities for dog-lovers including dog shows, vendors, entertainment, contests, demonstrations, children’s activities, celebrities, and most importantly, pet adoptions offered by numerous nonprofit rescue groups.

On the Calvert Marine Museum Pavilion stage, the evening will feature the first leg of the 2008 “FURocious” Concert Tour, created by Colleen Paige, founder of National Dog Day, to use music as a tool to not only shed light on animal welfare issues in the states and abroad, but to also raise much needed funds for welfare holiday projects such as National Dog Day and National Wildlife Day. This concert will feature the music of multiple popular emerging bands such as “Stop Motion Poetry,” the headlining band of the “2008 FURocious Concert,” who also have concerns for animal welfare. Admission is free and open to the public except for special V.I.P. seating, available for purchase in advance through the Animal Miracle Foundation. Please bring a blanket or chair for seating. Food and beverage vendors will be available.

“The monthly educational programming theme for August is “the dog days of summer,” and we are excited to culminate our month of activities with National Dog Day,” says Sherrod Sturrock, Deputy Director of the Calvert Marine Museum. National Dog Day, officially proclaimed as August 26 annually, serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day - for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for a child who is disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs, and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage, saving their lives and often grieving the dead and dying they cannot save.

National Dog Day's founder, dog trainer and animal advocate, Colleen Paige, felt it was time to honor dogs more than we currently do - to give them "a day" to show deep appreciation for our long connection to each other - for their endearing patience, unquestioning loyalty, for their work, their capacity for love and their ability to impact our lives everyday in the most miraculous ways. National Dog Day wishes to encourage dog ownership of all breeds, mixed and pure, and embraces the opportunity for all dogs to live a happy, safe and ”abuse-free life.”

National Dog Day is produced and overseen by the Animal Miracle Foundation (AMF). AMF is a private charitable foundation whose mission is to advocate for the protection of domestic and wild animals from cruelty and neglect. During Hurricane Katrina, AMF helped in the rescue efforts by providing kennels to over 1,000 animals to shelters receiving displaced pets, most notably to the Mobile, Alabama, SPCA. They also provided hundreds of pounds of "red ant" killer and flea control to protect the animals. Additionally, AMF provided clothing, food and toiletry supplies to several make-shift human shelters for evacuees, including the Humane Society of Central Louisiana, where 20 families with pets had evacuated to. National Dog Day will be many a dog’s birthday and for all of them it will be a “K9- 4th of July!” Even citizens who are not dog owners will be encouraged to donate $5 to their local shelter on National Dog Day. For a complete list of National Dog Day events for this national festival in Solomons, to become a vendor or event sponsor, or for more information, please call 410-326-2042 x17 or 410-474-2958, or email Melissa Carnes at A downloadable vendor kit can be found at or, and vendor space is offered on a first-come first-served basis.

Sponsoring Gateway: Calvert Marine Museum

Registration Status: Open

Space Limited: No
Location: Calvert Marine Museum
14150 Solomons Island Road
Solomons, Maryland 20688
Event Contact: Melissa Carnes (410) 326-2042
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