HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Clear the schedule of your pooches because Saturday, Aug. 12, is dedicated to the dogs.
The Bathe to Save national tour is stopping at Nipper Park in Hannibal that day to provide grooming services, increase awareness of adoption and raise money for the Northeast Missouri Humane Society. The event will include vendors, food, music, arts and crafts, pet specialists and activities involving dogs.
Hannibal is one of more than 150 cities across the U.S. the Bathe to Save tour is visiting.
"Most of their stops are in major cities, so for them to come to Hannibal is exciting," 2 Besties Biscuits co-founder Angela Brown said. "I had shared on Facebook one of (Bathe to Save's) posts, and I was like, ‘How cool would it be if they came to Hannibal?' They then sent a message on Facebook saying they would like to come to Hannibal.
"I was so excited that I didn't know what to say at first."
The tour is the brainchild of the Amos family of Australia. Anthony Amos, at age 21, founded the mobile dog grooming business HydroDog, which is a fiberglass grooming salon in the shape of a blue dog. Within five years, HydroDog grew to more than 100 franchises across Australia and is the world's largest franchise of its kind, according to the Bathe to Save website.
Amos' three children saw a need to raise awareness about pet adoption and raise money for animal shelters, so the family purchased an RV and has taken off more than a year to tour the U.S. with HydroDog to achieve these goals.
"The Amos family stopped by in Hannibal on their way to another stop, and I had the opportunity to sit down with them and meet them," Brown said. "They are so cool, so much fun, and really care about what they're doing."
While in Hannibal, HydroDog will bathe a dog for a $20 donation, which will benefit the Northeast Missouri Humane Society.
"We are very appreciative, especially since they only visit larger cities," Humane Society Vice President Elise Blue said. "The Amos family visited our shelter, took several pictures and seemed to really like Hannibal. It'll be great to have people come out to this event, see what the shelter is all about and meet some of our dogs up for adoption."
Several other activities will be held at Glascock's Landing during the event.
The Hannibal McDonald's will be distributing coupons for free Big Macs; 2 Besties Biscuits is sponsoring a water station for dogs, and it also is holding a peanut-butter-licking contest for dogs. Registration for the contest is the day of the event.
The Northeast Missouri Humane Society is hosting a kissing booth where for a nominal fee, participants can receive puppy kisses. Younique Art Studio will have a booth where people can paint with their dogs.
"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend this event. This is a special tour that won't continue for long," Brown said. "There are going to be a lot of fun vendors, and this event supports a good cause. You're not going to want to miss this."