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July 12, 2017

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5th Annual Dog Days of Summer Cruise to Benefit Anne Arundel County SPCA

(Annapolis, MD) – Your dog deserves a cruise! All dogs are invited to bring their people out for a benefit cruise on Harbor Queen for the SPCA of Anne Arundel County. Hosted by local pet friendly business Cruises on the Bay™ by Watermark®, the 5th Annual Dog Days of Summer Cruise is on Thursday, July 20. Watermark teams up with the AACSPCA annually to plan this fun evening fundraiser on the water for the community and their pets. Dozens of dogs have enjoyed this special evening on the water with their human pals. The Dog Days of Summer Cruise is open to the public.

“It always makes our day when dogs step aboard Harbor Queen for a cruise and this is the one time of year when our four legged passengers outnumber the people,” says Debbie Gosselin, President of Watermark. “Now in its fifth year, the 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 hosting them on Harbor Queen and helping them fundraise.”

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

The Dog Days of Summer Cruise has raised over $4,250 for the AACSPCA. Additional funds have been raised through raffles and silent auctions during the cruise. Docked at the end of City Dock for 45 years, Harbor Queen is an Annapolis icon. The boat offers an open air lower deck and fully open top deck so pups can enjoy the wind blowing through their hair. Harbor Queen is pet-friendly every day and dogs always cruise free.

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, raffles 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.

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 20 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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