More than 1,500 dogs roamed the 36-acre museum grounds at the Shelburne Museum Goes to the Dogs on Sunday. Some leaped over water in the DockDogs competition or caught flying discs in the Supernova Dogworks event. Others strutted their neon in the 1980s-themed costume parade.
Whatever the activity, the dogs and the approximately 4,300 humans in attendance enjoyed a cool, early-fall day that was perfect for taking in the non-stop action on this one day of the year when Shelburne Museum’s gates open to canines.
The event is presented by Shelburne Museum and locally-owned Pet Food Warehouse. A portion of proceeds from the day benefit local dog rescue groups and humane societies. Of the dozens of animal welfare groups in attendance, five are drawn at random to win approximately $2,000 in pet supplies from Pet Food Warehouse.
Winners this year were Humane Society of Chittenden County, Basenji Rescue and Transport, Above and Beyond English Setter Rescue, 4CA Cure, and Lucy’s House for the Prevention of Homeless Pets. Shelburne Museum Goes to the Dogs is a Family Day sponsored by NBT Bank and Vermont Tent. Additional support is from The Automaster, Casella Waste Systems, Holistic Select, Natura Pet, OC Raw Dog, and Pronature Holistic. Media support is from Star 92.9 and Wind Ridge Publishing.