This is the largest annual fundraiser for Tri-State Basset Hound Rescue (TSBHR) held over Friday and Saturday in and around Ocean City, NJ. Events open with the Basset Hound Olympics on Friday afternoon, followed by a fabulous country club buffet dinner and “Pawction” in the evening at the Linwood Country Club. Saturday is the big day! Ocean City’s Doo Dah Parade kicks off at noon. TSBHR has the largest brigade in the parade, consisting of you and all of your hounds! What a sight to see…hundreds of hounds strutting down the streets and boardwalk! After the parade we have a Picnic with food, vendors, games and awards. Join us for a weekend of fun on April 12th and 13th!

Can’t make it to the PARADE? Watch the live cam at 9th Street and the boardwalk to see the hounds! The PARADE starts on Saturday, April 13th at 12:00 p.m., EST, so it make take a little while for the hounds to waddle to where this camera is located:



Click HERE to download the BoardWaddle 2024 Packet!






Annie is 15 years young today and will celebrate her 16th birthday this March, making her the eldest Grand Marshal of all time! Annie came into our rescue in 2013 and was adopted by a wonderful family, Rob
and Connie Braden. Annie has attended most of all of our major events over the last 10 years. You can always find her accompanied by her spunky and oh so proud sibling, Piper, a sweet little beagle girl. Annie is a well-traveled, bed hogging, belly rubbing loving, gentle soul, who has earned admiration from  everyone she meets! She has won a few local contests and prizes and is considered a “Basset Star” in some circles. Thank you, Rob, Connie, Piper and Annie Braden, for all you have given to support the rescue over the years!

Doc, now 8 years young, was surrendered to Tri State at only 6 weeks old. He was born with a back-leg issue, resulting in trouble getting around. Doc’s leg was treated by our local veterinarian, and received excellent aftercare in his foster homes, while recovering. He was then adopted by one of his fosters. His family has been an intricate and valued part of the Tri State family, showing dedication for over 2 decades. Doc enjoys his days on a farm with his human sibling Amelia. He is a wonderful babysitter who lights up every time he sees Amelia. Doc is currently battling lymphoma. He is brave and shows great progress with his treatments. He enjoys long saunters on the farm with his family, making new acquaintances and nibbling on his toys out of excitement. Thank you, Caleb, Kaitlyn, Amelia, Lily and Doc Gilder, for all you have done for the rescue and the hounds in need.

Please join us this spring as we honor these exceptional Grand Marshals, come together in celebration and honor this breed we all have come to love. Congratulations Annie and Doc our 2024 Board Waddle Grand Marshals for the 37th Ocean City Annual Doo Dah Parade.



Waddle shirts are a must-have, and this year’s design is beach blanket bingo fabulous! Featuring our 2024 Grand Marshals, Doc and Annie, this design was created by our friend, Early Riser (owner of Early Riser – Mixed Media Art).

  • Shirts come in three styles (short sleeve tee, long sleeve tee and crewneck sweatshirt) and two colors (Sport Grey and Sea Green).
  • Popular sizes sell out quickly! Click HERE to access our online shop.
  • Shirts will start shipping in mid-February.
  • Online shirt sales end on April 7th. After this date you can purchase shirts at Basset Hound Olympics, Parade Registration or the Picnic.

Click HERE to access our online shop! 


Start collecting your BoardWaddle pledges NOW! Share this link with friends and family:

Be sure to tell them to enter your name (or your dog’s name) so the pledge gets credit to YOUR FUNDRAISING TOTAL! You can also turn in your pledges in-person at the Parade Registration (cash, check, credit card and Venmo accepted).



When: Friday, April 12th – 5:00pm is the cocktail hour and buffet dinner is served at 6:00pm

Where: Linwood Country Club | 500 Shore Road, Linwood, NJ

Cost: $35 per adult or $17 per child (must buy in advance)

The Pawction includes one of a kind Basset-themed items that you bid on. There is also a silent auction, prize give aways and more! Casual dress and there is a cash bar available. Online ticket sales end on April 11th. Tickets are not available at the door. Casual attire. Cash bar. Note: Dogs are not permitted at this venue.

Buffet dinner includes:

  • Chopped Salad (vegetarian)
  • Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Grilled Skirt Steak w/Thai Basil Chimichurri
  • Pesto Chicken Penne w/Piquillo Pepper and Bocconcini
  • Pan Seared Gnocchi w/Mushrooms, Roasted Tomatoes, Baby Spinach, Garlic and Oil (vegan)
  • Fingerling Potatoes and Vegetables (vegetarian)
  • Chef’s Selection of Cookies, Miniature Desserts and Fruit (vegetarian)
  • Soda and Water
  • Coffee and Tea

If you have any dietary restrictions, please email



Can’t make it to the Pawction Dinner? You can still submit a PROXY BID for certain items listed below. These items will still be available at the PAWCTION but if you can’t make it, and see something you like, email your high bids to If no one out bids you in person you will then win the item. Please keep in mind some of these items are heavy, fragile or an odd size and are not shippable. Bidding will be limited on where you are located so that we can get the items to you or for pickup at the WADDLE if you are the high bidder. 


Do you have a Senior dog who cannot walk the entire 1.68 mile parade route? Hitch a ride on the Senior Express! For just a $25 donation you can ride with your hound for the entire parade (ONE human per hound). 

THE SENIOR EXPRESS SPOTS HAVE SOLD OUT! Here are some suggestions on how to participate in the parade with an older hound:

  • Pull/push them in your own wagon or stroller.
  • Walk in the parade for a short distance and then hitch a ride on the “Pooped Pup” Truck that is at the end of the brigade.
  • Hang out at registration and then once the Parade starts, drive down to the Picnic grounds to wait for the rest of the waddlers.



Basset Hound Olympics

  • When: Registration starts at 11:00am and the games begin at 12:00pm
  • Where: Ocean City Tabernacle grounds (corner of E. 6th Street and Asbury Avenue)
  • Events: 10-meter sprint, 15-meter hurdles, high jump (set to 6″ to start) and obstacle course
  • Gold, silver, bronze medals for the winners
  • No pre-registration required
  • No admission fee and plenty of parking
  • Only Basset Hounds and Basset Hound Mixes allowed to compete
  • Purchase BoardWaddle t-shirts and hoodies
  • Soft pretzels/water available to purchase or bring your own food (
  • In the event of inclement weather, we may opt to have the Basset Olympics at the Picnic following the Parade on Saturday, April 13th, so check our social media for real-time updates.
Pawction Dinner

  • When: 5:00pm (cocktail hour) / 6:00pm (buffet dinner served)
  • Where: Linwood Country Club | 500 Shore Road, Linwood, NJ
  • Cost: $35 per adult or $17 per child (must be paid in advance, buy tickets HERE)
  • The “Pawction” includes one of a kind Basset-themed items!
  • There is also a silent auction, prize giveaways and more!
  • Casual attire, cash bar
  • Online ticket sales end on April 11th
  • Menu listed HERE
  • If you have any dietary restrictions email us at
  • Note: Dogs are not permitted at this venue


Parade Registration

  • When: 10:00 to 11:45am
  • Where: Ocean City Tabernacle grounds (corner of E. 6th Street and Asbury Avenue)
  • Head to the Registration table to hand in your pledges via cash/check/credit card/Venmo and check in with our volunteers
  • Everyone who registers will receive a ‘swag’ bag with some goodies, including a TSBHR dog bandana (one bag per family)
  • Purchase BoardWaddle t-shirts and hoodies
  • Soft pretzels/water available for purchase and a dog treat bar (free treats)
  • Ciocca Subaru of Pleasantville will be on site with a brand new car to show case and some fun giveaways
  • Meet and mingle with new and old friends



  • When: 12:00pm
  • Where: Line up at Asbury Avenue & E. 6th Street (in front of the fire house)
  • Parade Route: Walk down Asbury Avenue from 6th Street to E. 12th Street; turn left onto E 12th Street and go to the Boardwalk; turn left on the Boardwalk and walk down the ramp to the sidewalk back at E. 6th Street for the Picnic!
  • DIY costumes and parade floats for your hounds and strut your stuff!
  • The Parade route is 1.68 miles total. If your hound gets tired, hop on the ‘Pooped Pup’ truck that is at the very end of the brigade. 



  • When: After the Parade at 1:00 to 4:00pm
  • Where: Football field next to the OC Recreation Dept (at E. 6th Street and Boardwalk)
  • TSBHR store selling new merchandise
  • Local small business vendors with a variety of pet-related merch and services available to purchase
  • Local animal rescues with adoptables you can meet
  • Hot dogs, snacks and drinks available or bring your own food (
  • DJ playing music
  • Caricature artist doing drawings of you and your hounds
  • Costume and parade float contests with ribbons/medals for the winners
  • Basset games including: Longest Ears, Lowest to the Ground and Best Trick with ribbons/medals for the winners
  • Awards for the top-10 pledgers
  • Vendors include:
    • Brixxy & Co. – Alissa will be selling reversible dog bandanas for all the cool pups and some things for their humans too. 
    • Bully Bows – Brian will be selling dog bow tie collars and other high quality pet supplies for your best friends.
    • Caricatures, Murals & More – Artist Donna Klein will do caricature drawings of you and your hounds (this is FREE for all attendees).
    • Cumberland Air Solutions – Peggy and team will be providing information about their air purification and total home cleaning services…perfect for dog owners.
    • Doggie Beach Ice Cream Bar & Boutique Samantha will be serving up some doggie ice cream and treats made in Ventnor City, NJ.
    • Doodlebug Quilts – Barbara is selling dog themed quilts, pillows and accessories for pet parents.
    • Gallagher Events – Chris Smith from Gallagher Events will be playing music and act as the emcee for the Picnic.
    • Happie Dogs Training LLC – Dani will be on site to talk about her individually owned dog training practice, that is focused on creating a lifelong bond between pet owner and pet.
    • Images on the Run – Tim Hawk and Team are our official photographers for the BoardWaddle weekend…make sure to say hi to them!
    • Kani Kouture – Brianna is selling dog harnesses and accessories. 
    • Loren’s Reading Room – Author of children’s book, ‘Bowser’s Back’ which features a Basset Hound, Loren will be selling copies of this book and her other works.
    • Peace In The Pack – Nancy will be on site providing information about her canine behavioral counseling services.
    • Pet Wants – Pamela will be selling pet health and wellness food, treats, supplements and ‘spaw’ products.
    • Philadelphia Animal Specialty & Emergency  (PASE) – Rebecca and our friends from PASE will be on site providing information about their services and vet care as needed.
    • Rugged Paw – Ashley is selling all natural pet care products that are made in NJ.
    • Saint Rocco’s Treats – Kolby and team is selling all natural dog treats and food made in PA.
    • SOS Beagle Rescue – NJ – Linda and team will be on site to provide info about their non-profit organization and will have adoptables you can meet.
    • The Dog Bone Guy – Anthony and his team of Bernese Mount Dogs will be selling grass-fed NJ angus beef bones and more out of their bus.


If you walk the entire parade route, it is 1.68 miles from the start (at the OC Fire Department) to finish at the Picnic grounds on the football field next to the OC Recreation Dept (at E. 6th Street and Boardwalk).


General Rules & Tips

  • Everyone and every dog breed is welcome to join the Parade and Picnic!
  • All dogs must be up-to-date on shots (recommend bringing a copy of your dog’s records; rabies is a required vaccine in NJ).
  • Only Bassets and Basset-Mixes can participate in the Olympics.
  • Owners must be responsible for their dogs (please clean up after them and keep them leashed at all times).
  • TSBHR is not responsible for damage/harm incurred to any dog/person.
  • Sales of animals of any kind are not permitted.
  • If your dog gets tired during the Parade, hitch a ride on the “Pooped Pup” truck.
  • All of our events are rain or shine! Check our socials for real time updates: FACEBOOK or INSTAGRAM.

Handy Checklist

  • Create a list of your family, friends, co-workers who would make a donation. Remember, it doesn’t hurt to ask them to support the rescue!
  • Set a fundraising goal and continue to raise it right up until the Parade!
  • You and your donors can submit donations online via credit card or PayPal (HERE), mail them (via check) to P.O. Box or hand them in at the Parade (cash, check, credit card, Venmo accepted in person).
  • Make your hotel reservations.
  • Make your costumes and parade floats to enter in the Picnic contests.
  • Sign up for the ‘Senior Express’ if your older hound cannot walk the parade.
  • Check the weather and prepare for cooler temperatures.
  • Bring water and bowls for your hounds and blankets/chairs for the Picnic.
  • Buy tickets for the Pawction Dinner.
  • Buy your shirts online as popular sizes sell out fast.

Dog Friendly Hotels

Sonesta ES Suites

  • 900 Mays Landing Rd, Somers Point, NJ
  • 609-927-6400, Select option #0
  • Call them for our group rates (mention TSBHR or BoardWaddle when you call, or use code 0411TRISTA011 when booking online)
  • Group rate booking only available until March 11th!

Coral Sands Motel

Tide Winds Motel

Other Dog Friendly Lodging Options:


Are dogs allowed at all the events?

  • The only event that dogs are not permitted is the Pawction Dinner on Friday night.
  • Only Basset Hounds and Basset Hound Mixes may participate in the Basset Olympics.
  • Every dog breed is welcome at the Parade and Picnic! We ask that the dogs you bring are up-to-date on shots and friendly towards other dogs and people.

Can I purchase tickets to the Pawction Dinner at the door?

  • No. You must purchase Pawction Dinner tickets in advance.

Are all outdoor events rain or shine?

  • On Saturday, the Parade and Picnic will proceed as scheduled rain or shine. On Friday, in the event of rain, we may opt to have the Basset Olympics at the Picnic following the Parade on Saturday. Please check our Facebook page for real-time updates:

Will there be food to purchase at the Basset Olympics, Parade Registration and Picnic?

  • Yes. There will be snacks/drinks available for a small donation to TSBHR. You can also bring your own food or visit one of the many places on Asbury Ave or the Boardwalk:

How do my BoardWaddle pledges help the rescue?

  • Pledges go to the general fund to pay for the dogs currently in our care (e.g., spay/neuter, monthly flea/tick and heartworm preventatives, veterinary bills, transport costs, meds, etc.) and continue saving more dogs in need.

Do you have a senior dog who cannot walk the entire parade route?

  • Sign them up in advance for a spot on the ‘Senior Express’ so they can ride the entire parade route. Or you can walk the parade until they get tired and hitch a ride on the “Pooped Pup Truck” or pull them in your own wagon/push them in your own stroller.

Do I need to sign up in advance for the costume/parade float contests and Basset games?

  • No. Come to the Picnic after the Parade and sign up for the contests/games at the DJ booth/Picnic registration table.

Do you have additional questions?

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