When the idea was first floated last year, Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna called the promotion known as Dog Days of Summer “a great community-building event…I think it’s going to put us on the map.”
Beginning tomorrow, June 17, and continuing on the third Tuesday of July and August, the Dog Days event finds Monmouth Street closed between Broad Street and Drummond Place from 6 to 9 pm. It’s an interlude in which dog-friendly downtown businesses — identified by the pawprint decal in their window — welcome four-legged visitors and their human personal assistants to enjoy tabletop takeout dining, grooming options, and other pet related products and services (doggie wear, treats, pet accessories and more).
Hosted by the borough with the support and assistance of Red Bank RiverCenter and Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, the events feature informational displays from RBVH, as well as water stations, cleanup areas, dog first aid, nutritionists and behaviorists.
There are displays by pet charities, boarding facilities, shelters — and of course, an opportunity for canines and humans to network.
For the safety of everyone, the organizers stipulate that all dogs be kept on a (non-retractable) leash at all times, and that all dogs in attendance be current with their vaccines.