When I read that ‘so and so’ is Grand Marshal of a parade coming to a town near me, I immediately envision someone very distinguished looking, riding in an open convertible, smiling and waving to the crowd as the car passes by.
On Friday, August 27 from 5-7 p.m., Mystic Seaport is having its first-ever dog parade, but the Grand Marshal won’t be waving to the crowd. Instead he’ll be wagging his tail and possibly woofing a greeting as he passes by. His name is Rufus , and this Bull Terrier is well-deserving of his status in the parade.
Awarded the 2006 Westminster Best in Show Champion medal, Rufus holds a total of 700 titles in all. This winning dog has since used his fame to raise money for multiple animal and human charities in addition to bringing a touch of cheer to humans as a Certified Therapy Dog.
On August 27th, Rufus will be leading a multitude of fellow canine parade participants, some of whom have already had their own ‘moment of fame’ by being selected as Sea Dog of the Week in Mystic Seaport’s photo contest. For the parade, all dogs can compete for prizes in the categories of Best Dressed, Best Nautical Theme and Judge’s Choice. Rufus will be head judge along with fellow judge Lee Elci, dog owner and radio personality on 104.7, WXLM.
We humans don’t need to beg for this treat. All we need to do is register our costumed dogs at 5 p.m. if they are to participate in the parade. Otherwise, we can just come, with or without our pooch, and watch from the sidelines. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. Admission to this after- hours event is FREE! And, everyone that comes Friday night will receive a coupon for reduced admission on the weekend.
What a fun way to kick off Dog Days weekend at Mystic Seaport. ‘See you at the parade….and at all the other special events and demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday. These animals are amazing in what they can do. No wonder dogs are considered man’s best friend!
This entry was written by Museum volunteer Trudi Busey. Trudi no longer has a dog, but she is known to spend time dog sitting for friends and family.