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Let's celebrate the return of spring outdoors at Freedom Barks! This gorgeous dog park in Medford, NJ has over 20 acres of open fields, creeks and paths. There is also a fenced in agility area with equipment for the pups to practice on. Plan to meet next to the tall A frame obstacle in the agility park. It won't be hard to spot the doodles. From there we will venture to the fields and creek. Note that you will need to walk about 5 minutes/400 yards from the parking lot to the entrance of Freedom Park where you will encounter the children’s playground. The agility course is directly behind the playground.
This is it folks, the most epic Doodle Romp of the year! I believe it was our founder who said "not taking your dood to Dewey is like not taking your daughter to Disney." Since 2005, doodles from across the East Coast converge on Dewey Beach during the last weekend in April for some furry fun in the sun. Last year's romp featured over 390 doodles! Check out news coverage (https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=TkJdvbtFKw4) of the 2017 romp! REGISTRATION FEE: Please register your doodle for $10 at https://doodlesindewey.org/2019Romp/TabId/3577/ArtMID/16338/ArticleID/1/2019-Doodle-Romp.aspx The site accepts Paypal. Ticket prices increase to $12.50 on March 1st and to $15 on April 1st so get your tickets early! SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: Friday, April 26: • 4:00PM: Yappy Hour! Location: TBD Saturday, April 27: • 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 • 2:00 PM: Raffle winners announced 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[masked]. Watch our group's Meetup message board for updates on the schedule of events. Let’s make this the most well attended Doodle Romp yet! Dining: Three different venues usually offer us space on their outdoor decks for dinner with the dogs. Restaurants within walking distance include Gary's (2000 Coastal Hwy, Dewey Beach) and Woody's (1904 Coastal Highway Dewey Beach). In Rehobeth you may dine at Crabby Dicks (18831 Coastal Highway Rehoboth Beach). Accommodations: Many people chose 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[masked] and mention the Doodle Romp to qualify for the $99 room rate and have the $12 nightly pet fee waived. Also check out http://www.dogfriendly.com/ for pet-friendly houses or townhouses for rent in Dewey. 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. • Total one way drive time to Dewey Beach from Philadelphia is an estimated 2HRS. • 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 (http://www.foodandfriends.org/site/pp.asp?c=ckLSI8NNIdJ2G&b=7565475), 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. After each romp, young helpers deliver a check to Food&Friends. Raffles will be sold on the day or you are welcome to make an optional donation if you so choose.
Built on nearly two acres, Swedes Run Dog Park features two running courses separated by a wooden rail fence and wire mesh, with one side for dogs under 35 pounds and the other for larger dogs. Both share a double gated entrance system. We will be meeting on the large dog side since doodles of all sizes tend to get along pretty well, but please don't hesitate to take your smaller pup to the other side. There is a fountain for water outside the park with a spout for humans and a spout for dogs. Seating is available inside the park for owners in a shaded area. There are also different pieces of agility training equipment for the doods to experience. The parking lot only fits about 20 cars, but if it is full you are welcome to park on the grass next to the road. Following the romp at around 12pm, you are welcome to join us at dog friendly Village Idiot Brewing Company, only 15 minutes from the park. Dogs are not allowed in the brewery, but they are allowed on their outdoor patio in the back. They have a couple of tables so you can sit outside and enjoy the nice weather and a brew. As New Jersey's first downtown brewery, they offer artisanal, small-batch pints, flights and spent grain treats for your furry friend. They do not serve food but encourage you to order delivery from local places or pick something up from Downtown Pizza across the street. Village Idiot Brewing Company: 42 High Street Mt. Holly, NJ 08060