The annual Mutt Scrub to benefit the Lincoln County Animal Shelter and Coastal Humane Society, was once again a success. Two Salty Dogs Pet Outfitters hosted its sixth straight popular benefit on Saturday, July 28 when over 60 dogs enjoyed – or endured – washes and nail clippings as owners enjoyed raffles, games and giveaways. The Doggie Talent Show and two rounds of Doggie Musical Chairs were a blast for adults, kids and canines.
Last year's event raised over $3,800 in donations, washed about 80 dogs, and clipped over 800 canine nails. This year, the event scrubbed 64 dogs, clipped over 500 nails and raised more than $4,300 for the two shelters.
Two Salty Dogs owners Liana and Don Kingsbury said everything about the event has grown since the first year, and the bigger it gets the more they realize it cannot be pulled off without the great amount of volunteering they get. From under 30 dog washes the first year to over 60 for the past three years, it is all hands on deck.
"It's always a big production, but it's great," said Liana during a break in her rush to keep things moving. "We've had six years of no rain – knock on wood, knock on wood – so we've had good luck there."
Raffle prizes from over 30 local businesses included more than 20 gift certificates, a free animal adoption from the shelters, six free months of pet food from Two Salty Dogs Pet Outfitters, 10 days of daycare from Coastal Dog, five weeks of dog obedience training classes from Mr. Dog Training, two overnight stays or four drop-in visits from Creature Comforts Pet Care, bath and groom from Paws A While at Camp Nancy’s, a claw bracelet from A Silver Lining, admission for four from Boothbay Railway Village, free private tasting for up to 10 people from Eventide Specialties, one lobster roll basket from Shannon's Unshelled, and one five-pound whoopie pie from Wicked Whoopies.
"It really has grown since that (first year)," said Don, filming the event on his GoPro. "We had no idea what we were doing and now people come every year and can't wait for it ... And for the kids to come out on a Saturday afternoon to wash dogs? I mean, that's fantastic."