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July 7, 2016

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4th Annual Dog Days of Summer Cruise to Benefit Anne Arundel County SPCA

(Annapolis, MD) – Harbor Queen goes to the dogs! Bring your dog for a cruise of Annapolis on Harbor Queen to benefit the SPCA of Anne Arundel County. The 4th Annual Dog Days of Summer Cruise is coming up on Thursday, July 21. Local pet friendly business Cruises on the Bay™ by Watermark® teamed up with the AACSPCA to plan a fun evening fundraiser on the water for dogs and their humans. Now in its fourth year, dozens of dogs have enjoyed this special evening on the water with their human companions. The Dog Days of Summer Cruise is open to the public.

This won’t be the first time Harbor Queen goes to the dogs; the vessel is pet-friendly every day and dogs always cruise free. As featured in National Geographic’s The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel, Harbor Queen is an Annapolis icon; she offers an open air lower deck and fully open top deck so pups can enjoy the wind blowing through their hair. During the special Dog Days cruise, hot dogs can cool off in baby pools on the top deck, and if they’re lucky, SPCA volunteers will toss in actual hot dogs for them to bob for. Human guests will enjoy food from Graul’s Market, music, a silent auction and a full cash bar. Special refreshments will be served for Fido. The party starts dockside at 6:00 p.m. and Queen will depart at 6:30 p.m. for a one-hour cruise around the Annapolis Harbor and Severn River.

“In a pet friendly town like Annapolis, restaurants have dog menus and stores set out water bowls on the sidewalks. We play our part by taking dogs out for a cruise!,” says Debbie Gosselin, President of Watermark. “Now in its fourth year, this Dog Days of Summer Cruise is a fun tradition for us and we’re happy to support the mission of the SPCA of Anne Arundel County by helping them raise funds. The event draws lots of attention as dozens of dogs and their owners make their way around City Dock onto Harbor Queen. It’s a fun night for the dogs – and people – of Annapolis.”

The SPCA receives no funding from city, county, state, or federal government. The organization is supported by private donations and fundraisers like this. Administrative Coordinator for the AACSPCA says Kristen Rygg, "The SPCA of Anne Arundel County is excited to partner with Watermark for this crusie aboard the Harbor Queen! What better way to capture Annapolis’ pet friendly spirit than taking our dogs out on the water?”

Tickets for the cruise are $30/Adults, $15/Children 3-11, Free 2 & Under. Fifty percent of ticket proceeds will be donated to the AACSPCA. Friendly on-leash dogs are welcome. Dogs cruise free! Advanced reservations are recommended. Purchase tickets online at The Dog Days of Summer Cruise is Thursday, July 21 from 6:00 -7:30 p.m. and departs from Annapolis City Dock. Guests will check-in at Watermark’s ticket booth under the red umbrella.

About Watermark: Watermark immerses people in the history, culture and fun of the Chesapeake area more completely than any other tour or charter company. Whether you want to learn or just enjoy, no one else offers so many ways to experience this special place, both by land and by water. Watermark® an Annapolis-based, locally owned and operated business, has been creating authentic experiences since 1972. Watermark sub-brands include Annapolis Tours® by Watermark®, offering the original Annapolis colonial tours; Cruises on the Bay™ by Watermark®, with the easiest way to have fun on the water; Yacht Charters on the Bay™ by Watermark®, and Wedding on the Bay™ by Watermark®, offer flawless events on pristine yachts; Destination Education™ by Watermark®, gives teachers the most engaging way to immerse their students in history. For a complete list of walking tours, sightseeing cruises, yacht charters and services offered by Watermark visit

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