The Railway Village Goes to the Dogs
On Sunday, June 8 the Boothbay Railway Village will host Underhound Day At The Railway With Underhound Railroad, a dog rescue group with a big following in Midcoast Maine. The day will be filled with activities designed specifically for dogs and their families.
The event will kick-off with a big surprise. Two Salty Dogs Pet Outfitters, of Boothbay Harbor, has generously designed and installed a pet waste station at the Museum to dispense their Eco Bags for visiting pet owners. Store Owners Don & Liana Kingsbury will unveil the pet waste station at 10 AM with a short but fun ceremony likely involving Max, Auggie & Coal – the three black labs that really run the store.
A pet parade and costume contest will take place starting at 11 AM on the Village Green. There will be a $5 entry fee for the contest with proceeds benefitting both the Underhound Railroad and the Lincoln County Animal Shelter. Prizes for categories including Best Railway Themed Costume, Most Outrageous, and Best in Show will be awarded.
Underhounds currently looking for their forever homes will be available to meet with potential families throughout the day. As many as 30 “Underhounds” may be waiting in foster homes in Maine at any given time. Underhound Alumni are encouraged to come as well, what better time and place for a reunion.
Local Underhound alumni are taking action to support the event. Underhound Railroad’s famous puppy kissing booth will be staffed by non-other than Laila, the cattle dog, who’s smooches are famous from Kittery to Houlton.
Another alumni, Dash from Southport, will be hosting Dash’s Dogs starting at noon. Dash is treating the first 200 guests on two or four legs to free hot dogs or tofu pups. Crust, a local wood-fired pizza business will be at the event, selling breakfast sandwiches, scones, and of course, pizza.
Portrait Photographer Melissa J. Albert of Bath will be offering a doggie photo booth. For just $25 you’ll receive a professional portrait including an 8 X 10 print (including shipping) and the digital file of your image. For each package purchased $10 will be donated to Underhound Railroad.
Demonstrations by area dog trainers will take place throughout the day and there will be an opportunity to meet with groomers, trainers and boarding facilities about their services. Other pet-related causes will also be represented including The Maine POM Project which is working to equip rescue workers with pet oxygen masks.
A shopping mall featuring the finest in Maine-made pet accessories, treats and apparel is also planned. Among the many vendors, the popular Cunnah Town Blues will offer their Doggie Dinnah Mats, leashes and collars made from rope and Uncommon Paws will be offering their stylish fabric leashes and collars.
Many of the pets of area business owners have donated items for a large raffle benefiting the rescue. The Japanese chin, Hoover, convinced Tony of A Silver Lining to contribute an adorable bracelet featuring a paw charm. Tug, the svelte puggle, is donating a selection of dog-themed fabrics and one of Molly Hutchin’s fabulous pillows from On Board Fabrics. Underhound Alumni Jocee, a shepherd mix, and her dad Jeff Teel of the Inns at Greenleaf Lane, have donated an overnight stay at the inn. Maya, a black lab, insisted that Bob & Susan donate a fabulous print and a gift certificate for framing from Boothbay Harbor Framers Gallery & Gifts. Darling Luna who has Brian Lamb of Topside Inn totally wrapped around her little paw has also made a contribution. And Underhound Alumni Lu and Pedey, an adorable pair of dachshunds, inspired mom Anita Roelz of Circle Stone Designs to donate one of her wonderful pieces of jewelry. Lindy & Doug Bragg of Calpyso are also donating in memory of Bodhi who went over the Rainbow Bridge just last month.
A Red Cup gift certificate will also be part of the raffle in memory of Buddy from Wendy & Paul Johnson. There will also be a big prize from Mr. Dog Training in Bath. Sara Sokol’s four dogs Milo, Stell, Max, and Westin are donating a voucher for one of her four week activity classes. Contact Underhound Railroad volunteer Ashlea Andrews (Ashlea.firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to make a contribution to the raffle.
Underhound Railroad transports dogs slated for death in high-kill shelters in southern states to northern states, where they are cared for in foster homes until they can be placed in permanent homes. Underhound Railroad volunteers are continuously bringing rescued dogs into the state, fostering them in volunteers’ homes and working to find each one a forever home. The organization is run entirely by volunteers and relies on private donations and volunteer foster homes.
The Museum will be open from 9:30 – 5. Admission to the Museum and the event is $10 for adults, $5 for children. Museum Members are free. For more information about the event find Underhound Railroad or Boothbay Railway Village on Facebook.
This image is part of the Eastern Collection at the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport. It's labeled "School Street, East Boothbay" but curator Kevin Johnson would like to know more about the people and places pictured.