With events ranging from baths for pups of all sizes to a puppy kissing booth, vendors and supporters from throughout the area are eager to host the first Mutts on the Mississippi event and welcome the Bathe to Save National Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Aug. 12, at Nipper Park.
Vendor Coordinator and 2 Besties Biscuits co-owner Angela Brown said she was excited that the Bathe to Save National Tour was coming to Mutts on the Mississippi — the tour raises awareness and funds across the country to support shelters and rescue efforts like the Northeast Humane Society — led by the Amos family: Anthony and Rachel Amos, and their children who came up with the idea for the tour, Bella, 14, Austin, 13, and Aria, 11. The event is sponsored by F&M Bank and McDonald’s, and various vendors will offer fun activities and services for family members of all ages and their dogs. Brown said a portion of the proceeds or all of the proceeds from each vendor will support the Northeast Missouri Humane Society.
Brown said the Amos family’s nationwide mission usually comes to larger communities, but they recently toured the local shelter and decided they wanted to stop in America’s Hometown to help out. The family brings a HydroDog mobile grooming device named Bubbles that can provide dogs a bath, regardless of their weight. A $20 donation for the first-come, first-served service will help support the local shelter.
"They’re just such awesome people," Brown said.
Brown said she looked forward to seeing families having fun with their dogs as they support the Northeast Humane Society throughout the day. Events throughout the day are tailored to visitors of all ages, and, of course, pups.
Dog massages by Vicky Koch: The massages are free of charge, but donations will go toward supporting the shelter.
Show-Me Shaved Ice & Frozen Custard will be serving treats to cool off.
Food will be served by Mark Twain Dinette.
The Northeast Missouri Humane Society will host a puppy kissing booth and an adoption event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Local artist Jeff Niffen will be creating caricatures.
Groomingdale’s Pet Boutique staff will trim dog’s nails and assist with the Bathe to Save event.
A bounce house and face painting will entertain the young and the young at heart.
A peanut butter licking contest is set to for some friendly, furry competition.
Live music will fill the air from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
You•nique Art Studio will feature a "Paint with Your Dog" activity.
2 Besties Biscuits will be selling balloon dogs and providing a free hydration station so canine visitors can have a cool drink.
A photo booth will be on hand.
Brown said she looked forward to an event that brings together vendors who support the local shelter and the Bathe to Save’s cause, noting that the Northeast Humane Society isn’t connected with other humane societies.
Northeast Humane Society Board President Elise Blue said the city provides a quarterly stipend to the shelter, but they depend on the generosity of donations and grants for daily operations and being able to bring new animals in and help them find forever homes. She said she looks forward to the national Bathe to Save event coming to provide support and "use our small shelter as an example of how all shelters —big or small — can actually have fundraisers like this and events to bring awareness to their humane societies in their local communities."
Event coordinator and Printex owner Randy Park is selling Mutts on the Mississippi t-shirts, with half of the proceeds going to the local shelter and the other half to Bathe to Save. They are available at https://bathetosaveshop.com/shop/mutts-on-the-mississippi-bathe-to-save-national-tour/ , and Park said any remaining shirts would be for sale during the event. He commended the Amos family for the work they do to "create a new level of excitement for rescue centers."
Park said celebrities would be on hand to join the Amos family, who have appeared on shows like Larry King Live and The Rachael Ray Show. Clarissa Burt, who appeared in the movie "The NeverEnding Story," will perform a radio show; former Kansas City Chiefs player Art Still will talk about health and wellness; and Jim Waddell will take on his well-known persona of Mark Twain.
Blue echoed Park’s comments that the event will offer a great way to help support a great cause while having a good time.
"I just really hope people come on down to Nipper Park and check it out, and see what the shelter is all about and what Bathe to Save is all about," she said. "It will be amazing and it will be a fun experience, because it’s going to be kind of a carnival atmosphere because we’re going to have so many things for people and pets to do."
For more information about the event, please visit the 2 Besties Biscuits website at https://www.2bestiesbiscuits.com or the Bathe to Save website at https://bathetosave.com .
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