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Sunday, September 5

THIS YEAR'S THEME - DOGGONE WITH THE WIND

Registration opens at 8:30am, Ramble Walk starts at 9:30am, stepping off from the West Woods at the Antietam Battlefield, just a short drive from the Washington County Agriculture Center. Head south on Route 65 and turn LEFT at the Battlefield past the Visitors Center on the right and the small Dunker Church on the left. Cross Smoketown Road. The Philadelphia Brigade Monument will be to your left about 100 yds off the Road. Park on the grass.

After the Ramble Walk, join us back at the Agriculture Center for a day of fun activities, games, lunch, silent and live auctions, shopping and contests for humans and hounds alike!


What is a Ramble? The Ramble is BROOD's premier revenue raising event of the year, and it's also a lot of fun! Before the Ramble, we ask that you gather "pledges" from your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Remember all those Girl Scout Cookies you've bought over the years -- now it's payback time! A pledge sheet is available which will allow you to keep track of the pledges you get. All pledges are tax-deductible for the giver.

Pledge incentives. The top two pledge gatherers will win great raffle baskets. Each will receive a beautiful basket filled with many dog items. These are large baskets and each has dozens of dog or dog-themed items. (Thanks to Susan Randolph for donating the baskets.)

Each person bringing in $1,000 or more in pledges will receive a BROOD beach chair and a BROOD beach umbrella. Bring in $500 or more in pledges and choose either a BROOD beach chair or a BROOD beach umbrella. (Umbrellas and chairs subject to availability, so check-in early at the Ramble.)

And don’t forget you can set up a personal FirstGiving page and do your fundraising via emails and online donations. Note that if you do collect pledges in advance via FirstGiving, please BRING YOUR RECEIPT to the Ramble in order to be considered for the grand prize.

Ramble sponsors. PLEASE check out our wonderful sponsors, both individual and corporate! Consider becoming a sponsor yourself, details on sponsorship are here.

Top calendar dogs as Rhett and Scarlett. The top male and female calendar contest winners (Byron Baker and Trudy Brown) will be honored as Ramble King and Queen (Rhett and Scarlett) and will lead the Ramble walk at the Antietam Battlefield.

Buy your Ramblewear at BROOD's Zazzle Store. Three different designs! AND A HUGE THANK YOU TO JOAN PORTNER OF HOUND HOLLOW FOR HER AMAZING "DOGGONE WITH THE WIND" ARTWORK THIS YEAR!!!!

Pre-Register for the Ramble. Please help us plan for food needs -- and expedite your registration on the day of the Ramble -- by completing our online pre-registration form.

NEW! Ramble Program. You can be in the know with the ramble program, showing the schedule for the day's events.

Ramble Press Release. Check out the press release that has gone out to numerous media outlets in the Washington, DC area.

Map of the Area. Check out our handy map of the location of Ramble weekend events.

Don't have a basset? Rent one for the day! Many of our foster bassets will be there and available to share in the fun.


Fun Show. This year people and hounds will be participating in really pawsome Fun Show! Fun and Games Classes are open to bassets and basset mixes only. Winners in each class receive a basket of goodies! Specifically:

  1. Awesome Pawsome: Biggest Paws
  2. Golden Oldies: 9 years plus. To be judged on grooming and general condition.
  3. Anything BUTT: Does your basset have great assets? Prove it in the best butt contest!
  4. Pooch Smooch: Best Kisser
  5. Best BROOD Rescue: To be judged on grooming, charm, and back story.
  6. Ear-resistible: Longest ears
  7. Bay at the Moon: Can your basset vocalize? Enter and see! Howlers preferred over barkers, but we’ll take anything that makes noise.
  8. Westminster at the Ramble: Is your dog handsome? Enter the best “show dog.” To be judged on sheer basset good looks and gait. Not open to any dog who has ever been entered in a real dog show.
  9. Pie Eating Contest: Not for the Faint of Heart.
  10. Best Costume: Civil War attire to be favored.

New This Year! Sponsorships for Individuals. Want to support the Ramble without collecting pledges? Become a Platinum, Gold or Silver sponsor. New this year for individuals, you can support BROOD and be listed as an official Ramble sponsor in the program and at the event. Click here for more information.


Sponsorships for Businesses and Vendor Booth Rental. Showcase your business at the Ramble and support BROOD at the same time by becoming a Platinum, Gold or Silver sponsor. You can also have a booth at the Ramble and reach hundreds of basset hound owners and dog lovers. Vendor booths without sponsorships are available for only $50. Click here for more information.


Accommodations: Make your reservations now at the official Ramble hotel located nearby, The Sleep Inn in Hagerstown. There is a special rate for Ramble participants at this dog-friendly hotel.


Help Us Promote the Ramble. Download and print off copies of our Ramble Flyer.


If you have questions or (more importantly!) if you want to volunteer to help, please email us.


Most importantly, we need your pledge money - so don't be shy, download a pledge sheet now.